DWA Executive Director Nominated for Connect Woman Award

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Kathy Weiss, Heather McMillan (Centre) Kerry King at Queen’s Park Durham Day

Durham Region – The Durham Workforce Authority is proud to announce that our Executive Director, Heather McMillan has been named as one of four finalists in the connect Woman of the Year.

In celebration of International Women’s Day, the Whitby Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with Moxie Trades, announced the four finalists for the Connect Women Woman of the Year Award 2015.

“The Woman of the Year award, founded by Marissa McTasney of Moxie Trades, recognizes the outstanding business and community achievements of women in Durham Region,” reported Tracy Hanson, Whitby Chamber of Commerce CEO.  “We are really excited to announce the winner at the annual Connect Women event on March 4.”

The Woman of the Year Award recognizes the outstanding business and community achievements of women in Durham Region.  Several nominations for this achievement were received and the Award will be given to the winner at Connect Women, a showcase event, on March 4 at the Ajax Convention Centre.

“I am honoured to be nominated and to have the DWA work recognized in our Region, said Heather McMillan, “I was so surprised to receive the call notifying me of the nomination.”

The Durham Workforce Authority is funded by the Province of Ontario through the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to provide local labour market research.  Heather has worked with the DWA for seven years and became the Executive Director four years ago.  She has worked with the Board of Directors to develop a strategic plan to take the organization in a new direction – leading labour market research – namely the skill shed, the youth survey and an autoworkers survey.  She is regularly invited to speak to community organizations, governments and educators.  A strong believer in volunteerism, Heather is a member of the campaign cabinet for Feed the Need.

“The Connect Woman of the Year demonstrates leadership and vision; continually invests in the development and growth of herself and those around her; and consistently gives to her community,” said Tracy Hanson, CEO of the Whitby Chamber of Commerce.

The Connect Women Chamber event connects business women and community leaders from across Durham Region.  The event features keynote speaker, Rebecca Heaslip “You’re Smarter Than You Think” along with a panel of Durham Region entrepreneurs and business women, a dynamic trade show and multiple networking opportunities over lunch.
Sponsored by Moxie Trades Inc., the award was introduced last year at the chamber’s annual Connect Women event, which brings together business women and community leaders from across Durham Region.


For more information; contact the DWA at 905-438-8916 ext. 323



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