OTTAWA, June 21, 2011 /CNW/ - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, today congratulated the recipients of the inaugural Great Canadian Woman Awards. The awards recognize some of Toronto's highest-achieving women leaders in the private and public sectors.

"I am pleased to join you all in recognizing three great Canadian women, each of whom is highly deserving of the Great Canadian Woman Award," Minister Ambrose said in her address to the gathering. "These are women who have contributed to their communities in unique and meaningful ways, and who have inspired us with their accomplishments and their determination."

Through these awards, three outstanding women of diverse backgrounds were recognized for excellence in leadership in their communities. The recipients are:

  • Ms. Helen Ching-Kircher is president and CEO of Downtown Fine Cars Group, a successful businesswoman and a dedicated humanitarian. She lends her time to a range of worthwhile causes, with a focus on helping seniors and nurturing young Canadian classical musicians. In 1989, she came to Canada from Hong Kong.
  • Ms. Neena Kanwar is founder and CEO of KMH Cardiology and Diagnostic Centres. Trained in nuclear medicine, she has provided leadership that has made KMH North America's leading provider of nuclear cardiology services. She has also dedicated herself to improving health and social programs. In 1975, she came to Canada from India.
  • The Honourable Justice Andromache Karakatsanis has a distinguished career in law and public service, attaining the highest provincial position, as judge of the Court of Appeal for Ontario. Called to the bar in 1982, she has also worked in private practice. A volunteer on numerous boards and chair of the board of directors of the Toronto YMCA, she was raised in Canada in a traditional Greek home.

The awards ceremony was hosted by the League for Human Rights of B'nai Brith Canada and HSBC Bank Canada.

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Michelle Bakos
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