Posted: 9th March 2023
Hannah Dunbar, Head Girl, and Katie Mitchell, Deputy Head Girl were delighted to be invited to Antrim and Newtonabbey Borough Council’s first annual event to celebrate International Women’s Day at the Theatre at the Mill. The Council pride themselves on being an advocate for equality for women and today launched this event to celebrate women from all walks of life who contribute to the Borough. On arrival, the girls and Mrs Gault, Head of Post 16, were treated to a delightful breakfast of fresh fruit and pastries provided by Mann’s Kitchen, while being serenaded by the very talented Ms Siobhan Flanagan on the harp. It was fantastic to see so many inspirational women from all walks of life, from the PSNI and armed forces, through the NHS and other schools. Alderman Stephen Ross warmly welcomed all attendees, and we heard from Mrs Julia Shirley, the Deputy Lieutenant for County Antrim who remarked on the late Queen Elizabeth, who saw so many advances in innovation and technology for gender equality (the theme of this year’s IWD) throughout her reign. Deputy Mayor of Antrim and Newtonabbey Council, Councillor Leah Smyth spoke candidly about her journey in politics and the most important role she plays as a devoted mother to her two daughters, and reminded all in attendance that they can do anything they put their minds to. Finally, Madam Mayoress Councillor Paula Bradley spoke of her journey in politics and echoed Councillor Smyth’s remarks about determination and desire to achieve, and reminded the young girls to use their voice and to be heard. Mrs Gault and the girls would like to thank the Council for the invitation to join them at this first celebration, and Parkhall Integrated College look forward to attending in the future.
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