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2019 BREAKING DOWN THE BARRICADES: Women in the Defence World.

ESPRIT DE CORPS' 2019 Breaking Down the Barricades: Women in Defence World awards ceremony saw a diversity of dignitaries and military professionals come together to recognize and celebrate the achievements of this year's 21 award recipients.

A palpable sense of pride was evident in the Sacred Space room at Beechwood National Memorial Centre as long-awaited spring breezes welcomed guests and honorees.

Beechwood representative Nicolas McCarthy and magazine publisher Scott Taylor kicked the night off and were followed by a video presentation of the history of women in the Canadian Armed Forces.

The awards from Esprit de Corps, based on nomination submissions and peer review, are now in their fifth year running. Taylor commented on this milestone in his opening remarks.

"As soon as we did it, word came back and said we can't not do it again because I know somebody who's my colleague, I know somebody who's my mentor who had to be nominated." The awards and their importance only grew from that point, with the numerous women nominated receiving their own recognition and certificates as of last year.

The women who took to the stage to receive their 2019 Women in Defence plaques, represent nearly all of the nation's provinces. From advocating for veterans, to innovating defence-related technology in the business world, and standing on guard for their country in all three service branches, the women featured at the event came from a diversity of backgrounds.

In a first for the awards, Maj Ann Lockhart and MWO Margaret Stawarz were nominated and awarded as a duo of women that have broken down barriers in the defence world. While receiving their awards, the two women along with the crowd laughed as they shuffled about and accommodated one another on the stage for a photo.

MGen (Ret'd) Lewis MacKenzie and LGen Charles Lamarre, Commander of Military Personnel Command, addressed and thanked the award recipients for their dedication to Canada both inside and out of their professional lives.

Following the lively performance of an original song titled "Honour and Pride" by Jean Miso, an award-recipient herself, event sponsor Commissionaires closed the awards ceremony.

Formal ceremonies completed, guests enjoyed food and drink generously donated by various high commissions and embassies. The reception dinner featured Serbian cevaps, German pretzels, South Korean bolgogi, Polish kielbasa, Turkish baklava, and fine Chinese whiskey.

The one thing that everyone attending had in common, however, was a shared pride in the women who had worked so hard and in their own unique ways, broken down barriers in the defence world.

Caption: ABOVE: Front row seated (from left to right): Eileen Sudul, Mary Cameron-Kelly, Mary McGregor, Lisa Nodwell, Erica Lidington

Middle row standing (from left to right): Jean Miso, Ann Lockhart, Deanna Brasseur, Ramona Burke, Sarah McMillan, Micheline Bertrand, Stephanie Smith

Back row standing (from left to right): Margaret Stawarz, Kimberly Van Vliet, Marie Bourinot, Diane Du Ruisseau, Sandra Perron

Not present: Virginia Tattersall, Sarah Dallaire, Jaime Speiser-Blanchet, Barbara Putnam

Caption: ABOVE RIGTH: Deputy Minister Jody Thomas, Vice Admiral Ron Lloyd and British High Commissioner Susan Le Jeune D'Allegeershecque

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Title Annotation:IN THE NEWS
Author:Peralta, Mateo
Publication:Esprit de Corps
Date:May 1, 2019
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