March 8, 2022

A Foundation of Strength and Tenacity

Picture the year 1888 — it’s hard, I know, but it was a very important time in history. A group of women — at a time when women lacked even the right to vote — banded together to help those who couldn’t help themselves. They cared deeply about children, animals and their fellow women — those without a voice — and formed the Women’s Humane Society of Ottawa.

Today, the Women’s Humane Society of Ottawa is known as the Ottawa Humane Society, and I’m so very thankful that these women had the strength and tenacity to take a stand for women, children and animals.  

I’m so very proud to add to and be a part of this group’s 130-year legacy. Sometimes I try to picture our founders — visionaries, heroes, who stood up for what they truly believed mattered.

Their efforts have rippled through time. I adopted my dog, Willow, from the OHS and I can say with absolute certainty that my life is more fulfilling with her at my side. My story is just one of millions throughout the history of the OHS that those women made possible.

So I thank our founders. They were truly ahead of their time. They fought for what they believed in and defied the odds. They were there for those who couldn’t speak for themselves. They founded this incredible organization that is here today for every animal in need.

The truth is, women have always been powerful. Even when the deck is stacked impossibly against us, we triumph for those we care for and for what we believe in. I wish all women the strength and tenacity of our founders. I certainly aspire to their greatness. But if you can’t find it in yourself to be tenacious, simply turn to another woman who will go to the ends of the earth to help you.

Happy International Women’s Day!

Lori Marcantonio
Director: Development

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