Woman Of The Year
The focus/theme of the award this year is on the “unsung heroines” - those who, during these unprecedented times, you feel are deserving for the work they have done and continue to do. We look forward to your active participation in recognizing those whose lives uplift others in our community."-Dolly Dastoor Ph.d 2021 WOTY Chair.
The celebration of the Woman of the Year was started in 1986 by Sophie Economides (MCW life-member) and the late Kay Aksich, in response to the paucity of recognition of women for their achievements and contribution to society.
The Montreal Council of Women publicly recognizes and honours, at the annual Woman of the Year luncheon, an exceptional woman who has made a significant contribution to society. The honoured candidate, by her daily actions, her strength of character and/or her professional path, enriches the community and contributes to the advancement and betterment of all women. She is also an exceptional woman who serves as a role model and inspires others to excel.
Inspiring Women Honoured Since 1986
Here is the list of inspiring and dedicated women who have been honoured by the MCW for their service and contributions to others.
WOMAN OF THE YEAR 2021
It is with pride that the Montreal Council of Women announces Miranda Potts, one of our own, as the 2021 Woman of the Year. The Event will be held at 12 Noon on Thursday, May 20, 2021, immediately following the AGM. Registrations are open.
Raised by a single mother, activist, and social worker,Miranda grew up on picket lines and has been involved with community work and social activism most of her life. Born and raised in the NDG community of Montreal, she continues to advocate for marginalized people while promoting inclusion and diversity through her work. After serving as a resource worker for new, mainly immigrant mothers at Fondation de la Visite, Miranda returned to school in 2012 to train in Special Care Counselling at Vanier College.
Prior to the pandemic, in 2016, Miranda was hired by Prevention CDN-NDG as their first outreach worker for the 55 plus community in the area. Her mandate was to focus on and work to reduce isolation and elder abuse in the community. This she accomplished through home visits, one-on-one interventions, accompaniment, and advocacy.
Her own experience and identity as a young Black woman and as a single mother contributed to her understanding of others. Caring for those isolated by government directives as well as poverty and illness, Miranda tirelessly served and continues to serve the marginalized, lonely, and infirm, reaching out and visiting them personally, especially those confined in hospitals. This work extended to advocating for many seniors, who beyond the weight of the pandemic were now facing evictions from their landlords. Her support to the dispossessed and vulnerable elderly drew the attention of the Montreal Police Department, and during the summer of 2020 she worked with the SPVM Patrol cars as they toured the community assessing the health and safety of seniors.
In 2017 she co-founded with Tracie Swim the West-end Intergenerational Network (WIN), which aims to create a more inclusive community by bridging the gap between youth and seniors serving as their coordinator.
Miranda’s enthusiastic and dynamic leadership in her community has been recognized by many, as evidenced by her appointment to various boards and committees of diverse organizations.