Former Share employee Sandra Whiting was recognized with a Community Award at the Jamaican Canadian Association’s (JCA) 14th annual International Women’s Day celebration last Sunday.
Whiting spent six years with Canada’s largest ethnic publication in the early 1980s, serving as an advertising sales representative and managing editor/columnist of the now defunct magazine, Excellence.
She was a project manager, community arts programmer and vendor co-ordinator at Harbourfront Centre for 23 years prior to focusing on her company – Sandra Whiting Associates – which she launched six years ago.
“I am delighted to be recognized by the JCA,” said Whiting who is also an accomplished story storyteller. “This organization has a special place in my heart. It’s an important institution in our community supported by its members, particularly the women.”
Women Recognizing Women Awards were presented to registered nurse Shirley McDonald, real estate agent Josephine Spence, membership and women committees member Mary Green who has been with the organization for the past seven years and pianist Jill Summers who is a member of the JCA’s senior choir.
The theme of this year’s 14th annual celebration was “Inspiring Change”.
“We have witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women and society’s thoughts about women’s equality and emancipation, all things to be proud of,” said JCA president Audrey Campbell. “However, we must also recognize that the struggle continues. The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics and globally, women’s education, health and the violence against women is worse than ever.”
Consul General George Ramocan and his wife, Dr. Lola Ramocan, who was the keynote speaker, attended the brunch.