Last week, on Friday, March 8th, the world celebrated International Women’s Day.
Personally, I have been blessed to have had the influence of strong, kind and successful women all around me my entire life, and I feel I owe a lot of the success I’ve had over the years to them. Obviously, I won’t be able to recognize all of them in the confines of this column, but I will write about some of them.
Let’s start with the person who gave birth to this reporter, my mother Lorie. Scugog residents may have met my mother over the years. For many years, she has been working tirelessly as a nurse at Medical Associates of Port Perry.
Because of how hard my mother works at her job, she was one of the people who has taught me the importance of hard work, and how far hard work will take you in life. She has also supported and encouraged both my sister and I to pursue our dream careers, and over the years has sacrificed her time and money to help us get there.
Some of the things I can thank my mom for in helping me achieve my journalism dream include: picking me up late at college because I had a late game or event to cover; taking the time to drive me to an event off campus; or driving me and a couple of my journalism student friends to a location to do some extra video work for an assignment; helping me with financing for college, so I could take the courses and eventually graduate; and just listening to me talk when I had a hard or frustrating day.
I already mentioned her in the above paragraph, so I guess I should write something about my sister Katrina. Over the years, my sister has been someone I’ve been able to hang out with, talk to and laugh with, and play games with. People who’ve read my column before may remember I’ve written in the past about how my sister is enrolled in Queen’s University. She has the ambitious dream of becoming a doctor one day, and I wish her success in that endeavour.
I should also mention the several female friends I’ve made from elementary school until college. In this paragraph, I don’t want to mention any names, as I don’t want to leave anyone out, but I will say I have a lot of ambitious, talented and supportive female friends, and I appreciate how they’ve been there to encourage and support me over the years. They’ve made me laugh when I’ve felt down, they’ve provided a listening ear when I’ve needed to rant about a frustrating moment, they’ve inspired me with their ambitions and supported mine, and they’ve helped me de-stress after long workdays by inviting me to fun events. I am thankful to know and have so many great female friends.
Let me finish this list by mentioning that The Standard Newspaper’s team includes several talented women. I won’t mention all of them, as you have likely read their names somewhere in this newspaper, but I will mention the business is largely run by a woman named Colleen Green. She’s worked hard to keep this newspaper running and on track, so you, the reader, can continue to read about local news, events, sports and features.
I’m grateful to have so many amazing females in my life. I encourage people to take time to thank the women in your lives who’ve helped guide or influence you.
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