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Celebrating International Women's Day: Recognizing the Strong Female Owners in Downtown Sudbury

Updated: Mar 11

As we celebrate International Women's Day, let's take a moment to reflect on the remarkable presence of strong, independent female owners within the vibrant downtown community. From thriving businesses to innovative ventures, these women have historically and currently,  shaped the landscape of the downtown core and inspired all.

Pat Ptaszynski, the owner of the Rosery Florist in downtown Sudbury. Image: Kate Rutherford of CBC

It is truly a privilege to witness the diverse talents and unwavering determination of the female entrepreneurs who call Downtown Sudbury their home. Their resilience, creativity, and leadership serve as beacons of empowerment, enriching our community and driving positive change. 

From boutique shops to cozy cafes, from bustling galleries to welcoming restaurants, the contributions of these female owners are woven into the fabric of the downtown streets. Their entrepreneurial spirit not only fuels economic growth but also fosters a sense of inclusivity and belonging for all who walk the city blocks.

Meghan Bonhomme (left) with owner Stefania Mylona (right). Image: Jazzy Bonhomme

As they celebrate the achievements of the women who have already made their mark, they also look ahead with hope and anticipation for the future. They aspire to see more women stepping into leadership roles, launching their ventures, and contributing their unique perspectives to the dynamic community.

The community remains committed to fostering an environment where all entrepreneurs, regardless of gender, can thrive and succeed. They recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion in driving innovation and building a stronger, more resilient downtown core.

Ania Derecka is the owner of Studio 35 Fashions in Sudbury. (Sarah MacMillan/CBC)

On this International Women's Day, let's celebrate the strength, resilience, and achievements of the women who enrich the community. Together, let's continue to champion gender equality and empower women to pursue their dreams and aspirations.

As we honour the past and embrace the future, may the spirit of International Women's Day inspire us all to create a more equitable and inclusive world for generations to come. 

Happy International Women's Day! #InspireInclusion

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