Women's day savoured over lunch

By Geoff Lee

March 22, 2016 2:27 PM

Angela Rooks-Trotzuk, executive director of the Lloydminster Interval Home Society, welcomed women to an International Women's luncheon at the Legacy Centre March 17. Roxanne Holtby was presented with this year's Woman of Vision award.

The Lloydminster Interval Home Society held their International Women’s Day luncheon on March 17 at the Legacy Centre.

The worldwide day for celebrating women’s causes was March 8, but the staff and volunteers at Interval Home were busy with other events to keep with the calendar.

“At the Interval Home we had our children’s ball on the 12th so we were a little busy doing that,” explained Angela Rooks-Trotzuk, executive director of the women’s shelter.

“We pushed it to this week, but nevertheless it’s still very important.”
She said the lunch was a day to celebrate the women in our community; their achievements, contributions and success in overcoming challenges.

“This year’s theme is resiliency with the focus on women that have overcome the challenges of having a disability and recognizing their contribution to the community.”

A committee selected local resident Roxanne Holtby as this year’s recipient of the Woman of Vision award as someone who best exemplifies the spirit of the theme.

Holtby was presented with a plaque and a bouquet of flowers.

Rooks-Trotzuk said it’s important to recognize the achievement of all women in our communities during International Women’s Day.

“Despite where we are in 2016, women in all walks of life still experience challenges culturally and economically in our community, our provinces and in our world,” she said.

“I think it’s important to take time to think about that as a group of people and recognize our contributions to community.”

The women’s day luncheon was also supported by the Lloydminster Kinettes, Laureate Sigma, and the Lloydminster and District Co-op.

There were also door prizes provided by Sheepskin Loft and the Interval Store.

The support didn’t go unnoticed by Rooks-Trotzuk given the economic downturn.

“Historically, being a non-profit, we do rely on community support greatly for the operation and programs of the Lloydminster Interval Home,” she said.

“We all have to adjust our sails even in the non profits and we do that.”
Rooks-Trotzuk said that meant they didn’t seek as many door prizes as they would normally, knowing people are tapped.

“There are lots of worthy causes in Lloydminster and lot of non-profits in the community and groups that also need support.”

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