Fort St. John, Hudson’s Hope Mayors make B.C.’s most influential women list

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. — BC Business posted their second-annual top-35 most influential women in B.C. on Wednesday, and the publication has noted a handful of women with ties to the Peace Region have made the list.“As with last year’s feature, this is far from a definitive list; there are many more names that were considered or could be considered,” BC Business wrote. “Rather, it is a snapshot of 35 women who are making a difference in 2016—in very specific and meaningful ways.”Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman is one of those women, along with Hudson’s Hope Mayor Gwen Johansson, and Site C project manager, Diane McSherry. BC Hydro’s CEO Jessica MacDonald was also on the list.- Advertisement -Much of BC Business’s discourse about each woman was tied to Site C.BC Business wrote that Mayor Ackerman was named on the list because, ‘as the leader of a small northern community facing big changes imposed by natural resource projects, Ackerman has seen the negative impacts of the LNG boom, including stretched health services and depleted affordable housing, and she has steadfastly worked to make sure Fort St. John will benefit from Site C.”Mayor of Hudson's Hope, Gwen Johansson. (Photo by Hudson's Hope City Hall)Mayor of Hudson’s Hope, Gwen Johansson. (Photo by Hudson’s Hope City Hall)Advertisement B.C.’s Premier Christy Clark was named the most influential woman on the list. “As of the tiny community of Hudson’s Hope in northeastern B.C. — and a former BC Hydro board member — (Gwen) Johansson has been a powerful voice for sober second thought as the province pushes ahead with Site C,” the publication wrote about the Hudson’s Hope Mayor.“She has been a consistent voice for Hudson’s Hope, long advocating for the oversight of the BC Utilities Commission, which was excused from its usual role in scrutinizing public projects by the BC Liberal government in 2010.”Of BC Hydro’s influential women, BC Business noted of CEO Jessica MacDonald, her position is ‘that Site C is the right solution to provide clean, reliable and affordable electricity for future generations, and that almost a decade of research and consultation has been enough.’McSherry, the top manager of Site C, has ‘ushered in the trucks to carve out access roads, build foundations and set up temporary work camps,’ said BC Business.Advertisementlast_img read more

‘IT WAS A DREAM COME TRUE TO MEET MUHAMMAD ALI’ – SAYS DONEGAL MAN

first_imgTony Kelly from Greencastle with Muhammad Ali donegaldaily.comA CO Donegal man has described his meeting with Muhammad Ali as “a dream come true.”Tony Kelly, from Greencastle, now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where his wife is Megan is from. The couple met when Megan was working at an organic farm in Inishowen during a trip to Ireland.Twenty-four-year-old Tony knew Muhammad Ali lived in the city; but never dreamed he would meet him. Until last Friday that was, when Tony knocked on his hero’s door – and got to meet sporting and boxing legend.“I have always been a massive Muhammad Ali and never thought that I would ever get the chance to meet the legend,” plumber Tony told Donegal Daily.“But if the opportunity ever arose that I would take it. It was just my lucky day on Friday that I was across the road from his house.“When my work mates told me it was Ali’s house I was a bit suspicious but then I started to believe them. I said ‘feck it’ it, i’m gonna call down. “So at lunch time I walked to his door and knocked,Yolanda, his wife, answered the door and I explained to her that I was a huge fan of Ali’s and it would be a great honuor to be able to meet him.“She told me that Muhammad was unavailable at the moment and to call back in an hour’s time, and that he would be delighted to meet one of his Irish fans as he is proud of his Irish heritage.“An hour later I called back and was welcomed in to their home and Muhammad was sitting on his chair I introduced myself and said hello, he said hello back, and we posed for a few pictures.“They all said how lucky I was as they spend very little time in that house and it was just a case of right place right time.“Muhammad Ali has fans all over the world and he is such a people person that they didn’t mind me calling by, but it was just a ballsy move that paid off for me and I got to meet a true living legend.” Legend!‘IT WAS A DREAM COME TRUE TO MEET MUHAMMAD ALI’ – SAYS DONEGAL MAN was last modified: January 20th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GreencastleMuhammad AliTONY KELLYlast_img read more