June Striegler named Woman with Heart

Long-time Cariboo Chilcotin educator June Striegler is this year’s recipient of the Women with Heart Award.

Long-time Cariboo Chilcotin educator June Striegler is this year’s recipient of the Women with Heart Award bestowed by the Women’s Contact Society.

The award will be presented this Saturday evening at the International Women’s Day film, discussion and dessert night taking place at Thompson Rivers University campus in Williams Lake.

Striegler will be presented with the award at the beginning of the evening which starts at 5:30 p.m.

Married to a rancher, Striegler was both a teacher and a principal during her long career in education.

Now in her mid-90s Striegler is still hard at work promoting literacy and learning through her work with Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy and the Partner Assisted Learning Program.

Both men and women are invited to participate in Friday’s event.

The documentary film Miss Representation will be shown followed by a panel discussion on the topic of women in leadership.

Miss Representation is a documentary film that exposes how mainstream media contributes to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence in America, says events co-ordinator Ashlee Turatus.

“We will be exploring how women and girls are portrayed in media and how difficult it is for them to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself,” Turatus says.

The trailer of the film is available at https://vimeo.com/42433365

Turatus says Nancy Gale, executive director of the Cariboo Chilcotin Child Development Centre will be the moderator on the panel which will include Katherine Gizikoff of Taseko Mines; Anne Smith, CEO, Axis Family Resources; Tamara Garreau, from the Cariboo Friendship Society’s Children Who Witness Abuse program; and Rebecca Corbett, a representative from the city’s junior council.

The International Women’s Day event is free and takes place Saturday, March 8 in the TRU cafeteria in Williams Lake starting at 5:30 p.m.

Seating is limited so attendance is on a first come first serve basis. Desserts and fruit trays will be provided by the Dream Boat Cafe.

“We would like to invite the public, students, staff, and faculty of TRU and the high schools to join us at the screening of this fantastic, eye opening film,” Turatus says.

For more information contact Ashlee Turatus at 250-392-4118 or email her at events@womenscontact.org.