CORNWALL, Ontario – For the fifth consecutive year, the International Women's Show attracted a large crowd to the Cornwall Civic Complex on Sunday, March 3rd.
From 10 am to 4 pm, attendees were able to browse locally-produced goods and services, experience interactive art and listen to guest speakers, Mayor Bernadette Clement and Sue Stewart. A total of 55 suppliers showed their talents.
"The Womens Day Show is a day where women are strengthened and honored. Today it's all about the girls, "said Julia Lucio, co-organizer of the event. "It's important to realize that women are a big part of this community and that women in small businesses are a big part of the economy."
May-Liis Renaud, co-organizer of the event, said the show attracted 1,800 people last year. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Maison Baldwin House and SASS (Sexual Assault Support Services) for women by SDG & A.
"They are two big organizations that often serve women in Cornwall," Lucio said.
Lucio and Renaud were delighted to welcome Mayor Bernadette Clement, who wanted to talk about her political experiences and how to become the first female Mayor of Cornwall and the first black female mayor of Ontario. Sue Stewart was ready to talk about what it's like to be successful as a business woman in our little town and gain a great social resource.
Mayor Clement began her speech and interview with Stewart by explaining how she moved to Cornwall 27 years ago when she was originally hired at the SDG Legal Clinic. As a recent graduate of the University of Ottawa, mayor Clement had planned to stay for a few years, but decided to stay.
"I fell in love with Cornwall … really, really," said Mayor Clement.
In 2006 Mayor Clement decided to get involved in politics. She had an interest in taxes and found that there were no female city councilors and that the city was after the closure of Domtar in a transitional period.
"It felt like it was time to get involved in other ways in Cornwall," said Mayor Clement. "I wanted to become part of what it becomes … it felt like I was getting involved on a political level."
"In 2006, she coined the phrase" It's time "and has really delivered over and over again," said Stewart.