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  • March 08, 2016

MPP Han Dong Honours Two Exceptional Women in Trinity-Spadina

Recipients Announced for Ontario's Leading Women, Leading Girls, Building Communities Award




Ontario is celebrating International Women’s Week by recognizing two women in Trinity-Spadina for their leadership in improving the lives of others in our community.

In its 11th year, Ontario’s Leading Women, Leading Girls, Building Communities Awards have recognized more than 745 exceptional women and girls across the province who have demonstrated leadership and improved the lives of others through their work, activism or volunteer activities.


This year’s recipients from Trinity-Spadina are:


  • Miranda Kamal. Through her role as the Executive Director and Programs Manager of the Mentoring Junior Kids Organization, Miranda Kamal has empowered countless girls by engaging them in sport. By teaching them boxing skills in a safe environment, she has helped to promote positive body image and confidence in these girls. Volunteering over 400 hours in 2015, Miranda is both an exemplary community leader and a role model to those she has mentored.


  • Akio Maroon. Akio is a leader in promoting human rights, equality, poverty reduction, and HIV/AIDS education and support to the most marginalized members of our society. As the Chair of the Board of Directors of Maggie’s – Toronto Sex Workers’ Action Project and Executive Director of Grind Toronto, they have worked tirelessly to serve the community. In 2015, Akio volunteered well over 700 hours as a community organizer and advocate. 


 Celebrating the achievements of women and girls is part of the government's four-part plan to build Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.




“These extraordinary women have demonstrated leadership in fostering positive changes within our communities. I thank them for continuing to be an inspiration to us all.”

— Han Dong, MPP (Trinity-Spadina)


“International Women’s Week invites us to recognize and celebrate the important contributions women and girls make to their communities. The women and girls honoured this year are role models, mentors and shining examples of the real impact one person can make in creating a stronger and fairer Ontario for all.”


— Tracy MacCharles, Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues




  • 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 745 women and girls across Ontario have been recognized for their community leadership contributions.







MPP Han Dong

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Toronto ON M5T2R9


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