WHY WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH:
Throughout our history, women have played a significant role to shape our country. In 1992, the Government of Canada declared October as Women’s History Month in recognition of women’s remarkable contributions to our society. October was selected because of the historical significance of the “Persons Case” decision of 1929, a landmark victory in the struggle of Canadian women for equality. The historic decision to include women in the legal definition of “persons” was handed down by Canada’s highest court of appeal. This gave some women the right to be appointed to the Senate of Canada and paved the way for women’s increased participation in public and political life. (It is worth noting that this decision did not include all women, such as Indigenous women and women of Asian heritage and descent.)
WOMEN WHO ROCK AWARDS
To celebrate the national designated month, Women Who Rock Awards was established 7 years ago by EMPOWER Strategy Group as a local vehicle to raise awareness about women’s contributions to Canada and to honour local women who have made a lasting impact in the community or in their field of endeavor.
This year six trailblazing women and girls will be honoured with the women who rock awards.
Please fill out this form to nominate a woman for an award.
Nomination Deadline: October 1.
Please click on this link for nomination form: https://bit.ly/3cymiIq
Sunday, October 23 2022
Time: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
FOUNDER EVELYN MYRIE
Evelyn Myrie has held numerous leadership positions in government, business and the non-profit sector with a strong focus on helping organizations translate their mission into action. She has been an independent businesswoman—owning one of Hamilton’s first African art galleries in Ontario. She has served as regional program director at Status of Women Canada where she was responsible for administering federal funding program to advance women’s equality.
Evelyn worked as the executive director of the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion where she launched the city’s first diversity conference and recognition program and in 2014 led the establishment of DiversecityonBoard program in 3 cities across Ontario. As founding director of Peel Newcomer Strategy Group, she has led the development of a new immigrant settlement service delivery model for Peel region.
For more than 15 years, Evelyn has been a columnist with The Hamilton Spectator Editorial page where she wrote on current affair issues including human rights and social justice issues. She recently hosted her own show on cable 14 TV —“Singing Her Praises” which featured women who are making a difference in Hamilton. She is a also a regular commentator on CHCH, Cable 14,, and CBC Hamilton.
In 2015 Hamilton’s Urbanicity Newspaper’s listed Evelyn on its top 30 community Influencers. Evelyn was honoured with the Order of Hamilton award, Global Africa Award for community leadership. In 2015 she was named named one of the 100 Accomplished Black Canadian women in Canada —an initiative led by Dr. Jean Augustine. Evelyn is also the co-founder of the Rev. John C. Holland Awards —an annual program that recognizes the achievements of African Canadians in Hamilton and area. Since its inception the JCH Awards has presented more than $110,000 in scholarships to assist youth in pursuing their educational goals. In recognition of Evelyn’s leadership of the JCH awards, at the 2016 awards ceremony, Hamilton city councilor Matthew Green announced the establishment of the Evelyn Myrie’s Political Action Award — an annual scholarship for young women who are driving change in their community.