Ceremony aims to honour London’s female community builders

21 women and girls to be honoured by local MPPs for leadership in making London a better place

Ontario is recognizing the women and girls who are making a difference in their communities with award presentations in local ridings across the province. (Ontario government)

Twenty-one London women are being honoured for their contributions to community building in an awards ceremony Thursday night.

The ceremony for the 2018 Leading Women, Leading Girls, Building Communities Award will be hosted by London New Democrat MPPs Peggy Sattler and Teresa Armstrong at South Collegiate Institute in London.

The province-wide program allows local MPPs to nominate several hundred women across the province within their own ridings who show exemplary leadership in several areas, including actively promoting equality, diversity and healthy relationships.

“I’m always struck by how people are contributing in so many ways to make our community better and improve the lives of others,” Sattler said, noting she nominated 14 women in her London West riding.

Among the recipients is Sierra Jamieson, who started a First Nations Métis program in order to help Indigenous students at her London high school.

“It means so much to me. I’m so honoured to get this award,” she said. “I feel like this is going to take me a long way.”

Jamieson cited her mother as one of the most inspirational women in her life.

“She raised me all by herself and she’s played both mother and father to me,” she said.

Jamieson said she wants to continue making a difference in her community by pursuing a career in policing.

“I definitely want to become an undercover cop who catches sex offenders,” she said.

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