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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Rosemary Hale to Receive 2017 International Women’s Day Award

The Women In Niagara (WIN) council in concert with the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Rosemary Hale, an accomplished author and passionate advocate for the arts in Niagara – is this year’s recipient of the International Women’s Day Award.

The award will be bestowed to Hale during the 16th Annual International Women’s Day Luncheon, to be held on Friday, March 3, 2017 at Club Roma in St. Catharines.

“The combination of Rosemary’s commitment to expanding artistic culture in Niagara, and her caring and supportive nature of those in this industry make her a well-deserved recipient of this award, as we celebrate International Women’s Day,” says Ruth Unrau, Past Chair of WIN.

After moving to St. Catharines 16 years ago, Rosemary Hale’s passion for the arts made her a perfect fit at Brock University, where she became Dean of the Faculty of Humanities. Notably, she was Brock’s first ever female Dean, and was instrumental in relocating the school’s Arts faculty to downtown St. Catharines, where the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts was established. Now retired, Hale remains dedicated to arts advocacy, but has also developed a new passion as a volunteer at Hospice Niagara, where she assists with their bereavement programs.

“Rosemary Hale is known as an affectionate force of nature, and this is evident in all that she has accomplished for our community in such a short span of time,” continues Unrau. “She championed the creation of an incredible facility for students interested in pursuing the arts, which in turn has helped redefine the downtown core as a prime destination for artistic performances. We look forward to celebrating her impressive achievements on March 3.”

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 Teresa Cascioli, former CEO of Lakeport Brewing and author of M is for Money, as the distinguished guest speaker for the event.

The luncheon, jointly sponsored by Performance Acura and PenFinancial Credit Union, will be held on Friday, March 3, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Club Roma on 125 Vansickle Rd. in St. Catharines. 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 1,600 members representing 50,000 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 further information, contact:
Mishka Balsom
President & CEO
Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce
905-684-2361 ext. 227 or

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