CCEDNet Member, Rosalind Lockyer, Named International Woman of the Decade for Community Leadership

May 2, 2018

Rosalind LockyerThunder Bay’s, Rosalind Lockyer was honoured this past Saturday at the Women Economic Forum for her work to empower women. Roz is among the leaders involved in CCEDNet from its early days. She is a past CCEDNet Board member, past Chair of CCEDNet’s Policy Council and current member of our Finance Committee.

Local leader and founding executive director of Paro Centre for Women’s Enterprise and co-founder of the national Women’s Economic Council, Rosalind Lockyer, will be named an International Woman of the Decade for Community Leadership at the Women Economic Forum 2018 in New Delhi, India. The Women of the Decade in Community Leadership is the highest attainable award presented by the Women Economic Forum.

The esteemed global awards were introduced to acknowledge and reward the exceptional work and strong results of female trailblazers around the world. Lockyer will travel to India at the end of April to receive the award and share her incredible success story in front of more than 2,000 women and men from 150 countries.

“The news of this award had been the most humbling experience of my career,” said Lockyer. “It has been my lifelong passion to empower women to start, grow or build new opportunities for themselves, their families and their communities. With the right networking, mentoring, collaboration and support close to home, I have had the privilege to witness thousands of women realize their dreams and have incredible positive impacts across Canada.

“It is my honour to be part of their journeys and experience their remarkable growth and contributions.”

Lockyer will speak alongside some of the most notable women in the world during the Women’s Economic Forum. The guest of honour is the legendary Nobel Peace Laureate 2015, Mrs. Ouided Bouchamaoui.

“This award is not just for me but for every woman who embodies the spirit of courage, confidence and enterprise to create positive change in her world,” said Lockyer. “Women who, in the face of adversity, challenge and insecurity, have the will to push forward and build prosperity. These women are the heart of our global socio-economic future and together we can achieve more than ever before.”

Originally Published on April 25, 2018 by Submitted by Amanda Bay, Firedog Communications via The Chronicle-Journal