Richmond Hill Honours 21 Exceptional Women


Ontario is marking International Women’s Week by celebrating exceptional women who are making a difference in their communities. On March 11, MPP Reza Moridi awarded 21 recipients for the 2018 Leading Women, Leading Girls, Building Communities Awards at the Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church.

The Leading Women, Leading Girls, Building Communities Awards recognizes Ontarians who are working hard to improve the lives of others through volunteerism. The awards are issued by the Honourable Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister of Women’s Issues.

The 2018 recipients are:

1. Christy Xie – Leading Girl

2. Anna Caporiccio

3. Doris Chan

4. Eti Rahimi

5. Jaclyn (Jie) Zhang

6. Joanna Liokossis

7. Maureen Capotosto

8. Michelle Franz

9. Rehanna Sumar

10. Myra D’Souza:

11. Ruby Hon

12. Jia (Ann) Long

13. Sally David

14. Susan Lao

15. Jing Sun

16. Yasmine Roushani

17. Norma Trivino

18. Xiao Xia Wang

19. Wafa Elhallak

“These exceptional women have given their time and energy to helping others and improving their communities. It is important to recognize their strength, leadership and the positive example they set for others.”— Richmond Hill, MPP, Richmond Hill

“International Women’s Week is a celebration of the achievements of women and a time to renew calls for equality. The women and girls recognized through this award are not only helping their communities, they also serve as an inspiration to all of us. Thank you for your outstanding work and accomplishments.” — Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister of the Status of Women


March 8 has been recognized as International Women’s Day around the world since 1977. The annual celebration highlights women’s economic, political and social achievements.

The Leading Women/Leading Girls Building Communities Recognition Program honours girls under the age of 18 and women 18 years and older.

Since its launch in 2006, more than 1000 women and girls across Ontario have been recognized for their community leadership contributions.