Haringey's unsung women honoured to mark International Women's Day
Inspirational volunteers who make the borough a better place despite challenges in their own life have been honoured at a ceremony to mark International Women’s Day.
The ceremony at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London in Tottenham High Road on Saturday 9 March, celebrated the contribution of women who give up their time to help others, often unnoticed.
The 26 award winners - who were all presented with certificates from the Deputy Mayor of Haringey, Councillor Sheila Peacock - all represented the theme of the event, 'Against All Odds', and were nominated by members of their communities.
Maggie Magic was nominated by members of Haringey Advisory Group on Alcohol for her work helping recovering addicts since January last year after fighting her own battle with alcohol.
Another unsung woman, Ann Jones, who was nominated by eight people, has spent years volunteering at Hornsey Parish Church, transporting disabled people to hospital appointments, and helping mothers and babies at The Beacon Lodge in Fortis Green.
And Jeanette Sitton was hailed by residents of the Ferry Lane estate in Tottenham Hale for her environmental work, including setting up a food growing project in the area and giving wildlife talks in local schools.
"I sincerely love sharing my findings with others. I want them to feel the passion and pride that I have for the estate and local surroundings. It’s amazing to live here and I want others to feel the buzz as I do."
Hundreds of other women packed out the college before the ceremony for more than 30 stalls and workshops, including drama, dance and yoga classes.
Cllr Peacock said:
"We are blessed to have so many women working for our community who never ask for praise or recognition."It’s important that we recognise their achievements and commitment to making Haringey a better place for all of us, and say thank you.
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