In celebration of International Women's Day a panel of six regional employees were invited to speak about their contributions to local government at Regional Headquarters in Whitby.
Regional CAO Gary Cubitt welcomed the group and thanked the women for the great work they do every day. He noted the importance of sharing experiences in order to break down barriers and create motivation for others to accomplish their goals.
Speakers included Sue Siopis, Commissioner of Works; Stephanie Jones, Manager of Data Mapping and Graphics in Planning and Economic Development; Joy Mahorn, Caseworker is Social Services; Soojin Lee, Lawyer, Corporate Services; Karen Chatten, Purchasing Manager Finance Department, and Cathy Bawden, DRPS Inspector, Equality and Inclusion.
All six women shared stories of overcoming adversity and stepping out of their comfort zones to achieve the success they have today. Some of the themes coming out of the panel discussion included challenging yourself, making a plan for success and leaving excuses at the door. Many spoke about finding a work life balance and how this can be challenge for women in particular. Building a strong support network, asking for help when you need it, and doing what makes you happy can help you achieve goals both professionally and personally.
International Women's Day has been observed since the early 1900s and the global event celebrates the social, economic, political and cultural achievements of women.
Thanks to women of the DRPS and Durham Region who work hard to better our communities every day.
Celebrating Women Today (JPG file, 369.0K bytes)
Speakers at Regional Headquarters (JPG file, 3,173.3K bytes)