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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Pamela Minns Named as Recipient of 2016 International Women’s Day Award

The Women In Niagara (WIN) council in concert with the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce has announced Pamela Minns, a leader in the preservation of historical sites in Thorold– as this year’s recipient of the International Women’s Day Award.

The award will be bestowed to Minns, a native of Niagara, during the 15th Annual International Women’s Day Luncheon, to be held on Friday, March 4, 2016 at the Americana Conference Centre and Resort in Niagara Falls.

“Examples of Minns dedication and leadership shine throughout her volunteer career with Heritage Thorold, coupled with her roots here in the Niagara region, make her story of achievement one that is an ideal fit for our International Women’s Day celebration,” says Ruth Unrau, Chair of WIN.

Pamela Minns is a resident of Thorold, Ontario and takes great pride in her community. For over 25 years she has been a leading activist in the preservation of historical sites in the Niagara Region. As a long time volunteer member with Heritage Thorold, Minns has worked tirelessly to assist in the designation and preservation of multiple buildings such as, the former Thorold Post Office and the historic former L.G. Lorriman School of Thorold, along with many years of enhancing the streetscapes on Thorold’s Front Street.

“We have been privileged to work with Pam for the past 15 years. She has been a tireless advocate for heritage preservation and adaptive reuse in both the city of Thorold and the region of Niagara at large. It is in my opinion that the city of Thorold is enjoying it’s downtown redevelopment success in part because of the effort of Pam”, said Phil Ritchie, President of Keefer Developments in a letter nominating her for the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism in Ontario.

“Pamela Minns has shown the passion and dedication needed to be successful in making community change,” continues Unrau. “She has always understood the value and beauty in Thorold and Greater Niagara’s historical heritage. We look forward to celebrating her impressive achievements across the region, on March 4.”

WIN’s International Women’s Day event attracted over 400 attendees from across Niagara last year. The event is a chance to recognize local women who exemplify all the best qualities of leadership and whose sense of strength and ingenuity serve as an inspiration to others.

In January, the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce announced Erica Ehm, creator of Canada’s largest independent online magazine, as the distinguished guest speaker for the event.

The luncheon, jointly sponsored by PenFinancial Credit Union and Meridian Credit Union, will be held on Friday, March 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Americana Conference Centre and Resort on 8444 Lundy’s Lane in Niagara Falls. Tickets are $60 plus tax for members. For details and registration please visit:

Women In Niagara represents more than 18 000 women in business across Niagara. A Council of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce, its mission is to foster the growth and success of women in business in Niagara.

The Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce is the champion for the Niagara business community. With over 1,500 members representing more than 45,000 employees, it is the largest business organization in Niagara and the third largest Chamber in Ontario. The Chamber Accreditation Council of Canada has recognized the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce with its highest level of distinction.

For more information and interviews please contact:
Mishka Balsom
CEO, Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce
905-684-2361 ext. 227 or