The YWCA Muskoka Board of Directors has awarded the Maggie Ringling Award to Beth Ward in recognition of more than 25 years of service, for her vision, dedication and volunteering for the women and children of Muskoka.
Beth has contributed to the community in many ways including volunteering as a Director for the Muskoka Heritage Foundation, former co-chairperson for Muskoka Women’s Advocacy Group, on the Board of the Macauley Treehouse Day Nursery as well as in her professional roles as Director of Personnel and Administration for the District of Muskoka, Executive Director for Community Living Huntsville, Manager of National Health Promotion for Health Nexus, Senior Planner Long Term Care for Muskoka Parry Sound and most recently as Executive Director for the YWCA Muskoka. Beth continually asks the difficult questions and joins in the search of helping find solutions for the women and children of Muskoka.
“Maggie Ringling was a wonderful woman who I was privileged to call my friend. She took a sincere interest in the women, girls and their families, of Muskoka. Everyone who spoke with Maggie knew that they had been heard…that their voice mattered. Maggie’s legacy to Muskoka is enormous including safe child care, women’s shelters and the establishment of YWCA Muskoka.She was an inspiration to many and to be presented with this award established in her name is a huge honour.,” says Ward.
The Maggie Ringling Award is awarded annually by the YWCA Muskoka Board of Director’s to an individual, woman or man, or organization for breaking down barriers and advancing opportunities for greater social and/or economic equity for women and girls, and in recognition of the cumulative impact of their many years of contribution to the well-being of our Muskoka communities.
Submitted feature photo shows YWCA Muskoka Executive Director Hannah Lin, Beth Ward and YWCA Muskoka Outgoing Board of Directors Chair Pamela Steel