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Enniskillen woman among honorees

By John Phair

Judy Krall

Judy Krall

A judge, a college vice-president, a farm leader, an employment advocate and a community volunteer have been named as the Sarnia Foundation’s 2018 Women of Excellence.

Justice Deborah Austin, Margaret Dragan, Judy Krall, Alison Mahon and Noleen Tyczynski will be honoured as this year’s recipients during an event June 6 at the Sarnia Riding Club.

Tickets are $50 and the event supports Women’s Interval Home and Blue Eyes Big Hearts Scholarship funds at the foundation.

Jane Anema, the foundation’s executive director, said this is the third year for its Women of Excellence awards recognizing contributions recipients make to the quality of life in Sarnia-Lambton.

“We’d honoured a couple of community champions and I looked across the table and thought, ‘you know what, the women part of this has been pretty quiet,’” Anema said.

Also, creating a program to recognize the contributions women make in the community fit the foundation funds connected with the honour, she said.

The foundation puts out a call each year for nominations.

“It’s often people we haven’t thought about, or connected with,” Anema said.

That provides the foundation with a different view of activities happening in the community, and can help inform the work it does, she said.

Austin, a judge on the Ontario Court of Justice with more than two decades of experience, has been an advocate for the Gladhue court in Sarnia and volunteers with the city-based international aid organization Rayjon Share Care.

Dragan is vice-president at Lambton College, on the board of Bluewater Health and volunteers with the Inn of the Good Shepherd. She has previous sat on the boards of the United Way, Huron House Boys Home and the YMCA.

Krall works on the family farm and is an Enniskillen Township councillor. She is chairperson of Lambton Kent Agriculture in the Classroom and the Sarnia-Lambton Physician Recruitment Task Force, as well as a mentor for fall fair ambassadors.

Mahon is a health planner and advocate for Sarnia who has been involved in the Community Roundtable. An active Rotarian, she has served on a number of community boards and plays oboe in the International Symphony Orchestra.

Tyczynski is executive director of The Workplace Group, hockey volunteer and an advocate for heart health and self-care.

Anema said the typical reaction by women receiving the award is, “Me, seriously?”

Often, they will claim they haven’t done anything to receive the honour but the list of contributions they’ve made show the opposite is true, she said.

“These are women what embody a vision of a vibrant community with their commitment to projects and programs,” said Bruce Scott, chairperson of the foundation board.

The June 6 event at the Riding Club runs 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and tickets, $50, are available at the foundation office, or by calling 519-332-2588.