We would like to congratulate the Women of the Year Nominees for 2024!
We wish you all the best!

Let's meet our 2024 Nelle Carter Woman of The Year Nominees (in no particular order) and celebrate their incredible achievements.

Linda Rodenburg is a role model who supports and encourages women of all ages to be the best they can be. As an English professor, she won a Contribution Teaching Award (student-nominated and supported). Within her organization, she also won the inaugural Spirit of Lakehead Award in 2007, as well as the Lakehead Alumni Honour Award in 2013.
As Interim Principal of the Orillia Campus of Lakehead University, she has continued to build relationships with key community partners, including Rama Mnjikaning First Nation, the City of Orillia, County of Simcoe, and Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital. Working collaboratively with the University's executive team, Dr. Rodenburg represents Lakehead University in Simcoe County and supports the University's international and economic development initiatives, including acting as Coordinator and Facilitator of the Executive Leadership Program, in partnership with Georgian College.

Annie McCourt, a friend and neighbour, says, “Linda is wholeheartedly committed to making Orillia a better place. She is a tireless supporter of our community, both in her work at the University and in her personal life. She has a great gift for bringing people together and fostering relationships that make all of us stronger."

Kim Fedderson, Principal Emeritus of Lakehead Orillia, says “Linda Rodenburg's love for Orillia and unflagging commitment to the community is evident in everything she does to make our great little city an even better place to live. She exemplifies everything we would hope to see in the next generation of community leaders. Not only is her heart in the right place, she has, in the 18 years she has lived here, demonstrated her commitment as an ever-present volunteer, educator, activist, and visionary. I stress the latter because she has an inclusive vision for our city that builds on its storied past and points to a bright future that is  attention both within the city and beyond."