Celebrating the many, varied roles women play
© Eric Sparling – Amherst Daily News
The March 8 luncheon’s planning committee are, from left (front row) Ruthie Patriquin (Sexual Health Centre), Deby White (CANSA), Caroline Foster (Autumn House), Lisa Emery (councilor), and back row, Karen LeBlanc (Maggie’s Place), Wallie Simieritsch (Laughter and Wellness) and Barbara Baxter (Lions Club).
AMHERST – What hats do you wear?
Many of us wear many hats: colleague, friend, cook, cleaner, parent, disciplinarian. The different hats women wear will be the theme of this year’s March 8 International Women’s Day luncheon, featuring Oxford’s mayor, Trish Stewart, speaking on the subject of women in public office.
“I think the topic this year is going to be very interesting,” said Ruthie Patriquin, referring to Stewart’s speech.
Patriquin is a member of the planning committee for the event, which is free and open to all. Donations at the door will benefit Autumn House, and tickets will be sold to benefit the Go Girl Self Esteem Workouts program.
Caroline Foster from Autumn House is also on the committee.
“It’s just a day to celebrate being a woman,” she said.
Attendees are encouraged to bring along a hat to wear – a holdover from last year’s luncheon, when funny hats were worn to fit with that event’s theme, Laughter. Those who don hats will be entered in a draw.
Nancy Mooney will be leading the performance of the song ‘Bread and Roses’ as a reminder of the struggles many women around the world continue to face.
Patriquin said the event attracts women of all ages, and that there are women in our community who anticipate the luncheon (Foster said it’s been held for at least a decade)
The Lions Club’s doors will open at 11:30 a.m., with the soup or chili lunch starting at noon. Men are welcome to join the celebration. International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world, according to a press release.
More information is available by calling 667-1344.
SIDEBAR: Mayor Trish Stewart was reached in Oxford and shared some interesting statistics: just seven per cent of mayors or wardens, 22 per cent of councilors, and 16 per cent of MLAs in this province are women. Stewart said the many hats women wear – raising kids, working, volunteering – may leave little for contemplating elected office. And the division of labour in the household still isn’t equal between the sexes, according to Stewart.
“I think we’ve come a long way…but we ain’t there yet, baby.”