Earlier this year, residents of Poole and Bournemouth were asked to nominate outstanding women, past and present, who they felt were inspirational and dozens of nominations poured in. The nominees come from a range of backgrounds including the voluntary sector, competitive sport, faith and charity groups as well as women who have excelled in their chosen professions. Many have worked with young people and the disadvantaged, giving hours of their personal time to help others.
Councillor Elaine Atkinson, Leader of the Council, Borough of Poole, herself a nominee, said: "I have been overwhelmed by the response we have received from the public and truly amazed to read about some of the stories behind the nominations. These women are all a credit to society and deserve the recognition that this event will bring."
Some of the nominations acknowledge the achievements of women from the past, including sisters, Georgina and Mary Talbot, the founders of Talbot Village in the mid-19th century Students at Bournemouth and Poole College prepared an exhibition featuring women who had been nominated and each nominee will received a certificate presented by Deputy Mayor of Poole, Councillor Les Burden.
The event and exhibition took place from 7.00pm to 8.30pm at Bournemouth & Poole College, North Road, Poole. See our Facebook page: International Women's Day 2011 Poole & Bournemouth for photos of the evening and some of the inspirational stories.
By Helen Young (Borough of Poole - Strategy Directorate)
Posted: Wednesday 23 November 2011
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