Peggy Sattler MPP, London West

Government of Ontario

2021 London West Leading Women Leading Girls

Anne Alton

Anne has volunteered widely in London for many years. She is a major contributor to the local Dream It Be It Conference which supports girls to overcome barriers and  achieve success. She also volunteers with the London Interfaith Refugee Sponsorship Alliance and London Ecumenical Refugee Committee to help women and children newcomers settle in, feel confident, and become engaged in life in Canada.

Letters of Support: Sylvia Wright, Joyce Mitchell, Marcela Nieto Arias & Jared Roberts

Marianne Griffith

Marianne launched the Green Economy London program in 2019, and is a local leader in sustainability, green building services and energy management. She is breaking down barriers for women in this important growing sector while changing the climate conversation, including through her demonstrated commitment to reconciliation and a just transition. Marianne’s work consistently inspires Londoners to become part of the green solution.

Letters of Support: Natalie Merchant & Skylar Franke.

Diane Lawrence

Diane Lawrence has been an active volunteer for more than 25 years with organizations including the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, Byron Legion, London and St. Thomas Air Shows, and Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association. She is an exemplary leader and mentor to girls and women, helping foster greater diversity and equity in the field. By sharing her passion, Diane encourages other women to reach for higher goals.

Letters of Support: Samuel F. Newman & Joanne Shields

Aamira Lokhandwala

Aamira is a dedicated volunteer with the Seniors Maintaining Active Roles Together program at the Victorian Order of Nurses. As a certified instructor, she leads fun, educational exercise and fall prevention classes for seniors and people living with disabilities. Her clients, who are mostly women, enjoy her warm personality, and she sets a strong example for other young women.

Letters of Support: Delia Wassing & Shawn Master

Michelle Massaro

Michelle is a dedicated teacher and role model who leads by example, encouraging women and girls from diverse communities to become involved in social, economic and community life. She is the co-founder of Just Cause Education Ontario, which supports STEAM education in Uganda and empowers students with access, opportunity & technology to seek experiences and leadership in robotics.

Letters of Support: Laura Briscoe & Sara Hansen

Lillian Mulder

Lillian is the founder and leader of the St. Vincent de Paul youth program in London, leading youth to serve marginalized people in our community through a wide range of projects and organizations. She is an exceptional role model and mentor for young women, and opens up many opportunities for valuable experience through volunteerism. Her energy and initiative inspire all those around her to action.

Letters of Support: Victoria Goldsack, Jenna Goldsack & Mary Wilson

Shetha Roomi

Shetha has been supporting newcomers in the London area since almost as soon as she moved to our community herself. She has served in a number of roles over the years, and in every one as well as in her volunteer work, has worked tirelessly to support women and girls to be empowered in their new communities. Shetha is recognized as a role model for those who wish to help build a stronger London.

Letters of Support: Lena Gahwi, Gina Cupello & Emma Pratt

Eccaia Sampson

Eccaia is a young trailblazer, champion martial artist, actor, entrepreneur, and influencer whose mission is to empower girls impacted by bullying, subjugation, oppression and violence to embrace their strengths and be who they were born to be. Her Pledge Pink Project and #PINKLOGIC apparel and accessories brand feature positive messages and raise funds for worthy causes.

Letters of Support: Tasha Mair, Sandy Dow & Lisa Slater

Ana Thomaz

Ana immigrated to Canada from Brazil several years ago as an international student. Through dedication and hard work, she was able to resume her work as a Process Engineer in her new home, and she is an excellent role model to women and girls interested in a technical career. Since then, she has supported other newcomer families to begin their lives in Canada and reach their own goals.

Letters of Support: Abe Ibrahim & Paulo Mauricio Arantes da Silva

Dodie Wright

Dodie is a successful entrepreneur and teacher. She is not only an excellent professional leader for her team and students, but she also encourages them to give back to their community. Through her business, Wright Hair and Co. she has supported many charitable efforts to empower women and girls, and has offered free services to clients at My Sister’s Place and to young women for prom night.

Letters of Support: Pat Mussieux, Sarah Watkin & Dawn Easton