Clare Morris, an engineer whose leadership and commitment to her profession and community has inspired many other women to follow in her footsteps, has been presented with a Leading Women Building Communities award by Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark.
Morris, a Gananoque resident, was presented with the award during International Women’s Week by MPP Clark on behalf of Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues.
“Clare has made a remarkable difference in the lives of many women by encouraging them to pursue a career in engineering,” said Clark. “She personifies the type of strong role model that we should be celebrating in our community and I’m so pleased to present her with this award in recognition of her mentorship.”
Morris is a past recipient of the Order of Honour for her volunteer work with the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) and also volunteers more than 200 hours per year in the community with organizations that include the United Way and Canadian Cancer Society.
Within her profession, she has given countless hours of time to leadership roles within PEO, the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers and also mentors a Queen’s University fourth year engineering team.
“Clare has already left a legacy that includes inspiring a new generation of engineers and I hope this special recognition will be a spark to encourage more young women to consider the profession,” said Clark.
The Leading Women/Leading Girls Building Communities recognition program celebrates the contributions women and girls across Ontario are making to improve the lives of others through their careers, activism or volunteer work.
Nominations are made by individual MPPs between October and January.
“It’s a great program and one I’ve been very proud to support,” said Clark. “Recipients like Clare aren’t motivated by recognition and awards, but it’s important to acknowledge their efforts and encourage others to follow the example they set.”