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Sarnia Community Foundation recognizes five Women of Excellence

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Journal Staff

The Sarnia Community Foundation is recognizing five local women for their dedication to improving life in Sarnia-Lambton.

Deborah Austin, Margaret Dragan, Judy Krall, Alison Mahon and Noleen Tyczynski have been named Women of Excellence for 2018.

“These are women who do not ask for recognition, who work on common goals, who help other people achieve their dreams and who share their gifts willingly,” said executive director Jane Anema.

Board chair Bruce Scott said the five “embody a vision of a vibrant community” through their commitment to projects and causes.

They are:

Deborah Austin

DEBORAH AUSTIN: The Ontario Court of Justice judge has worked on the bench 22 years dealing primarily with criminal and family law cases. Her advocacy on behalf of the Gladue court has had a positive impact on the Indigenous community. She is a passionate fighter for social justice and serves as project director for Rayjon Share Care.


Margaret Dragan

MARGARET DRAGAN: As Vice President of Finance and Administration for Lambton College, she impacts the school on many levels and is one of the most vocal supporters of Lambton Lions teams. She serves on the Board of Directors for Bluewater Health and is an active volunteer with the Inn of the Good Shepherd. Dragan has served on boards at the United Way, Huron House Boys Home and the YMCA.


Judy Krall

JUDY KRALL: An advocate for agriculture and the family farm, Krall serves her community as an Enniskillen Township councillor while working the Krall family farm. She chairs Lambton Kent Agriculture in the Classroom, the Sarnia Lambton Physician Recruitment Taskforce, and is a mentor and chaperone for fall farm ambassadors.


Alison Mahon

ALISON MAHON: A professional health planner and one of Sarnia’s most passionate boosters, Mahon is an active Rotarian, been involved with the Community Roundtable, and chaired the history section of the Sarnia 100 Celebration committee. Mahon plays oboe with the International Symphony Orchestra and has chaired the Alcohol Free New Year’s Eve celebration. She also works with the Awesome Foundation and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk.

Noleen Tyczynski

NOLEEN TYCZYNSKI: As executive director of The Workplace Group, Tyczynski has impacted the lives of residents seeking employment through the creation of the bridging loan program and services for able bodied and special needs clients. She is also a big volunteer supporter in the hockey world and is an advocate for heart health and self-care.



WHAT: Women of Excellence Awards

WHEN: June 6, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., with awards presented at 5:45 p.m.

WHERE: Sarnia Riding Club, 980 Riding Club Lane.

OTHER: Tickets, $50, with $25 tax receipt, available at the SCF office or by calling 519-332-2588. Proceeds support the Women’s Interval Home and Blue Eyes, Big Heart SCF scholarship fund.



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