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Encouraging Women to become more involved

The new chairwoman of the Niagara Parks Commission said women should become more involved in public affairs despite obstacles that are unique to them.

Social media, for example, can be hard on women who aspire to become leaders in the community,” said Sandy Bellows, who assumed leadership of the NPC two months ago.

Unfair criticism and intimidation from social media trolls make it more difficult to become fully engaged, she said.

She spoke to a gathering of the Fort Erie Progressive Conservative Association of Women over dinner at the Pomegranate restaurant at Greater Fort Erie Secondary School April 10.

“It’s a strong group of women of various ages,” said president Denise Laprairie and they are encouraged to go out and serve the community.

The association offers scholarships for high school students in Fort Erie who go to Greater Fort Erie Secondary School, Lakeshore Catholic High School and Niagara Christian Collegiate.