This story was published in the April 2018 edition of Vistas News.
Local Alta Vista community resident Raylene Lang-Dion is the recipient of a Leading Women/Leading Girls Building Communities award. Ottawa South MPP John Fraser presented the award at a small ceremony at his constituent office on Saturday, March 10, to Lang-Dion and four others. The award “acknowledges and celebrates women and girls who demonstrate exceptional leadership in working to improve the lives of others in their communities.”
Lang-Dion, a long-time volunteer and community advocate, Co-founded Equal Voice’s National Capital chapter to promote women in politics. As the national past chair, she also founded a groundbreaking initiative called Experiences to connect young women between 12 and 22 with female political mentors who served as inspirational role models. More than 10,000 young women participated in the program. In her nomination of Lang-Dion for the award, Equal Voice executive director Nancy Peckford said: “As an advocate, Raylene truly walks the talk and is incredibly generous with her time and talents. … Equal Voice would not be the same without her.”
Ottawa Youth Services Bureau (YSB) Foundation board of directors chair Scott Lawrence, who also nominated Lang-Dion for the award, said: “With her own personal experience, compassion, professionalism, communications expertise, deep roots in her Alta Vista and larger Ottawa community; combined with her vast organizational and leadership skills, she made an immediate and profound improvement.”
Originally from Newfoundland and Labrador, Lang-Dion has lived in the Alta Vista neighbourhood of Ottawa for more than 20 years. She currently serves on the YSB board and with a small team, spearheads the organization’s Moms for Mental Health Program. “She embodies in all aspects of her life a dedication to providing exceptional leadership in our community – as a volunteer – for the betterment of others,” Lawrence said.