I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the nominees and the three northwest recipients of the eighth-annual Influential Women of Northern Ontario Awards held in Thunder Bay on June 2.
The sheer volume of worthy candidates from such a diverse variety of backgrounds illustrates the tremendous depth of talent we have here in Northern Ontario.
Each of this year’s award recipients—Rosalind Lockyer (Thunder Bay), Iris Sullivan (Marathon), and Carole Long (Thunder Bay)—has demonstrated the determination, creativity, and perseverance it takes to succeed in whatever life path one chooses.
More importantly, each is a role model for every woman in the north and a down-to-earth example of what can be accomplished with the right attitude and a belief in one’s own abilities and dreams.
As minister of state for FedNor, I am especially proud of FedNor’s involvement in supporting Northern Ontario Business’ establishment of the Influential Women of Northern Ontario Awards and website.
We like to say that “At FedNor, we invest in the north’s most precious resource—its people,” and I believe the recognition and promotion of our best and brightest is an investment that will pay for itself many times over.
By showcasing these women, and other northerners like them, we demonstrate to the world that Northern Ontario takes a back seat to none when it comes to producing world-class social, cultural, and business leaders.
Once again, congratulations to all concerned.