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2019 YMCA Women of Excellence recipients announced

Eight women are being honoured for their contribution to the community, part of the annual YMCA Women of Excellence awards.

Eight women, including CBC network host Heather Hiscox, are being honoured for their contributions

The names of the 2019 YMCA Women of Excellence recipients in London were announced on Tues. Feb 5. (Supplied)

They are philanthropists, doctors, lawyers and community champions. Add a CBC television host too. 

Eight  women will honoured for their contributions at the annual YMCA Women of Excellence awards in London. 

The recipients were announced today:

  • Deb Harvey, Arts, Culture, Education and Training
  • Kathy Longo, Community and Volunteerism
  • Dr. Bertha Garcia, Health, Science and Technology
  • Heather Hiscox, Business and Professions
  • Shantal Feltham, Entrepreneurs
  • Christine Stapleton, Sports, Fitness and Recreation
  • Janet Stewart, Outstanding Achievement Award
  • Serena Tejpar, Young Woman of Excellence

Recipients come from a range of fields

Deb Harvey is the executive director of the Grand Theatre. She's helped the Grand evolve into a hub for London's cultural scene. She is an active member of Downtown London and Tourism London. 

Kathy Longo is a founding member of La Ribambelle, a French-first language day care. She's involved with St. Joseph's Health Care, the Kidney Foundation and Youth Opportunities Unlimited.

Heather Hiscox at the Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto on Mar. 6, 2018. Hiscox won the award for best news anchor. (David Donnelly/CBC)

Dr. Bertha Garcia is a physician in the department of pathology and laboratory medicine at Western University's Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. She is an internationally-respected researcher into organ transplantation. 

Heather Hiscox is the anchor of CBC Morning Live on CBC Television and CBC News Network. Hiscox was born in Owen Sound. She is a graduate of Western University and worked as a journalist in London early in her career. 

Shantal Feltham is the founder, president and CEO of Stiris Research and Stiris Research USA Inc. It conducts clinical trials for the biotechnology and biopharmaceutical industries. She's won many awards for her leadership and entrepreneurial skills. 

Christine Stapleton is the director of sports and recreation at Western University. She's helped set the table for national and provincial championships and forging strong links with the City of London.

Serena Tejpar suffered severe injuries in a car crash in 2015. She graduated with honours from Western University three years later.

Janet Stewart led the expansion of Lerners LLP, a law firm in both London and Toronto. She is a founder of Big Sisters of London and a well-known philanthropist. 

Serena Tejpar barely survived a car crash but returned to university and graduated with honours. She is committed to improving the Canadian health care system and is completing her Masters of Science in Global Health.

The women will be honoured at a gala event at the London Convention Centre on May 15. 

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