By RON FANFAIR
Ontario’s Health Promotion & Sports Minister Margarett Best has been recognized for her leadership role in promoting sports activities and healthy living in the province.
She made the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women & Sport & Physical Activity (CAAWS) 2010 Most Influential Women’s List announced last Monday that highlights the leadership, strength and accomplishments of Canadian women who made a significant impact in sport and physical activity last year.
Best played a pivotal role in Toronto and the Golden Horseshoe region securing the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Games. She has also been very supportive of myriad sports events, including the Ontario Games program that plays a key role in the province’s sports development providing most young athletes with their first multi-sport Games experience.
Through the Healthy Communities Fund, Best’s ministry has provided almost $22 million to 369 organizations across the province to deliver innovative health promotion programs.
“I am honoured to be recognized with this award that acknowledges my personal passion for health promotion, including participation in sport, healthy living and positive lifestyle choices for all Ontarians, and the efforts of the government of Ontario and the Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport in these areas,” said Best.
This is the 10th year that the CAAWS has published the list.
“With each edition, we celebrate Canadian women who are making a difference,” said CAAWS executive director Karin Lofstrom. “They are women who work in all fields and come from all walks of life…They are women to be admired.”
The list also includes Women’s Tennis Association chairman and chief executive officer Stacey Allaster and former Canadian cyclist and speed skater Clara Hughes.