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International Women’s Day in Charlottetown

 

I had the privilege/pleasure of having Sean Casey, Liberal MP from my Charlottetown riding sit with me at the IWD Coffee House, Sunday and as he said on his Facebook Post, “We go back 30 years.” Chatting with him and remembering X and MSB and my job, as he put it, “to keep the males from going beyond the main entrance” made me very nostalgic. His wife Kathleen lived at the Mount so I knew her well and often encountered him in the Marguerite Lounge and on campus. Our memories were all good and I was touched that he asked someone to take our picture so he could send it to his X friends who knew me. The event also provided me with the opportunity to connect with friends from the women’s community whom I rarely see. Another event involved the viewing of a documentary called The Gulabi Gang which traces the journey of a women’s vigilante group in India to “fight gender violence and wrest justice for women.” All in all, it was a celebration that I will remember. 

Celebrating 3 wonderful women

On Sunday, March 15th,  fifteen CND’s from Connecticut, New York and Jeannette Bolduc from Guatemala joined our Sisters at Andrus for the “Celebration of Women.” Three of our CND Sisters, Dorothy Siemsen, Eileen Kelly and Carolyn Kinnamon were among those honored. A slide presentation of the honorees and testimony to their many gifts inspired all present. After the presentation, a lovely reception provided time for congratulating and visiting with our honorees.

Sister Dorothy Siemsen

 

Sister Eileen Kelly

 

Sister Carolyn Kinnamon

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