Thunder Bay ON – The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is proud to announce that Cora McGuire-Cyrette, Executive Director, has received the Women’s Executive Network WXN Mercedes-Benz Emerging Leaders Award. The prestigious award celebrates the professional achievements of women aged 30 to 45 who have a proven passion for learning and innovation within their organizations.
McGuire-Cyrette is dedicated to reclaiming Indigenous women’s leadership. As Executive Director of the oldest and largest Indigenous women’s organization in Canada, McGuire-Cyrette’s visionary leadership has resulted in the substantial growth of services that ONWA offers throughout the province. Her critical insights into Indigenous women’s issues, social, political, and economic contexts in Canada continues to ensure that ONWA provides programs and supports that are responsive to the needs of Indigenous women, while also positioning the organization for continued growth.
McGuire-Cyrette represents ONWA at many tables both provincially and federally. Her strong, continued advocacy has helped to address the safety needs of Indigenous women through such initiatives as the Indigenous Women's Advisory Council. As co-Chair of this Council, McGuire-Cyrette focuses on amplifying the voices of Indigenous women, resulting in policy that is responsive to their needs. McGuire-Cyrette’s ability to advocate at all levels of government, and across party lines, has raised awareness of ONWA in Ontario and across the country.
ONWA’s board, membership and staff congratulate Cora on this most deserving award. She is an example of strong Indigenous women’s leadership. We all look forward to watching her career continue to unfold as she advocates for Indigenous women.
The Ontario Native Women’s Association
The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is a non-profit organization that empowers and supports all Indigenous women and their families in the province of Ontario through research, advocacy, policy development and programs that focus on local, regional, and provincial activities, since 1971. Ending violence against Indigenous women and their families and ensuring equal access to justice, education, health services, environmental stewardship, and economic development, sit at the cornerstone of the organization. ONWA insists on social and cultural wellbeing for all Indigenous women and their families, so that all women, regardless of tribal heritage may live their best life.
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Andre Morriseau, Communications Manager
Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA)