Jeff Heuchert, Stratford Gazette
The chief executive officer of the YMCA of Stratford-Perth has been honoured for her years of dedication to helping others.
Mimi Price was presented with a certificate of recognition from the province’s Leading Women Building Communities program at Tuesday’s council meeting.
“Mimi is an exceptional leader in our community,” said deputy mayor Frank Mark, who presented Price with the certificate in the mayor’s absence. “You commitment and dedication to the betterment of others is outstanding.”
The award program celebrates women in Ontario who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in working to improve the lives of others in their community.
Price’s resume speaks for itself.
As the head of the local YMCA, she oversees the organization’s annual Strong Kids Campaign, which has helped to introduce over 750 children to YMCA programs and services over the years.
She also helped to establish the YMCA’s new Home Alone Program, which gives kids the tools they need to be at home without their parents.
Price’s advocacy for healthy living has extended to other areas of the community as well, both through her work with Healthy Living Perth and with local schools, where she’s helped to facilitate First Aid and CPR training among Grade 6 students.
Price sits on the United Way of Perth-Huron‘s fundraising campaign cabinet and is a member of the local Communities in Bloom committee.
“As you can see from the impressive list of achievements, Mimi is a very deserving recipient of this award,” said Mark, who thanked Price on behalf of council and the city’s residents for her tireless efforts in making Stratford “a better place to live, work and grow.”
Criteria for the recognition program includes bringing people together to build a stronger community and to create positive social change, promoting women’s and girls’ health and well-being, and providing young women with mental guidance and coaching.
Addressing members of council after accepting her certificate, Price said she believes in the worth of every community, and that “each of us has something to give and something to share.”
By recognizing people who care fervently about the community Price added the city has proved what she already knew about Stratford – “it’s the most caring community I’ve ever lived in.”