The Women of Excellence Gala honours eight female leaders in the community while raising money for the YMCA Strong Kids Program, which helps families enroll their children in community activities.
The 2017 honourees include:
- Mary Intven-Wallace – Arts, Culture, Education & Training
- Michelle Quintyn – Business & Professions
- Kathy Parker – Community & Volunteerism
- Laurie Lashbrook – Entrepreneurs
- Dr. Marina Salvadori – Health, Science & Technology
- Vickie Croley – Sport, Fitness & Recreation
- Andrea Barker – Young Women of Excellence
- Lynne Cram – Outstanding Achievement
As the first female head coach of the Western track team, Vickie Croley is being recognized as a role model for other women who look to find success in a male-dominated career.
She shares her advice for young girls looking to do the same.
“There is definitely a career path that you can take. Just know that anything you do is going to have some ups and downs and just stick with it. Have confidence in what you’re doing and go out and pursue doing the best job you can possibly do.”
Croley says it’s an honour to be among previous recipients, such as Fran Eberhard and Jane Peckham, who she looked up to as role models when following her career path.
The gala takes place May 17th at the London Convention Centre. The previous event raised over $180,000 for the YMCA Strong Kids Program.