Two members of the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood have been recognized for their efforts towards improving their communities.
Kim Boatman, the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwoods director of Service and co-owner and advertising director with The Oshawa Express, and Caroline Rodriguez, president of the Rotaract Club of Durham College-UOIT received the “Leading Women, Leading Girls, Building Communities” award from the Province of Ontario.
Boatman not only organizes, chairs and attends all of her committees’ meetings, she also attends all of the Rotary Club’s Board of Directors meetings. In addition, she also makes a very positive contribution to the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood at the regualr weekly meetings, held every week, at the Oshawa Golf and Curling Club. For Rodriguez, in addition to her leadership role as Rotaract Club President, she is a full time, fourth year student in kinesiology at UOIT. She has been involved with Rotary since 2010, when she started her Rotary experience as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student. Since then, she decided to join Rotaract in 2014 after her exchange. The awards were handed out to 21 recipients during a gala on April 4 hosted by Oshawa MPP Jennifer French at the McLaughlin Branch of the Oshawa Public Libraries.
The awards, organized by the Ministry of the Status of Women, are a chance for MPPs to recognize local women and girls who have demonstrated strong leadership and improve the lives of others through breaking down barriers, championing issues of equality, diversity and healthy relationships, and work to prevent violence against women, racism and discrimination.
“As a woman in politics, I know that strong female role models are critical to motivate women and girls to participate in community and public life,” says French. “That is why I have chosen to take time this year to honour the passion and commitment of the women and girls in Oshawa who are not only making change, but are also inspiring others to do the same.”