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Saultite bestowed ATHENA Award for community leadership

Karen Bird recognized with 2019 award on March 8
Karen Bird (left) received the 2019 ATHENA Award from the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce for her community leadership. Sherry Berlinghoff nominated her for the recognition. (Supplied photo)

The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce has recognized Karen Bird with the 2019 ATHENA Award.

Bird received the recognition during the chamber’s International Women’s Day celebration on March 8.

An investment advisor with RBC Dominion Securities, Bird was recognized for her personal and professional leadership and for her commitment to the communities of Sault Ste. Marie and Batchewana First Nation.

Janice Beatty, vice-president of corporate and student services at Sault College, described Bird as a role model for women in the community.

“She is a highly motived person with a deep sense of rallying community spirit, building on success and achievement,” Beatty said.

“She is an individual whose volunteer contribution outside of work and family is a testament to improving the quality of life for Sault Ste. Marie and for her Indigenous community."

The ATHENA Award is annually awarded to a person in the community who demonstrates professional excellence and community service, and who actively assists women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.

Since the program's inception in 1982, more than 7,000 exemplary leaders in more than 500 communities around the world have received the award.