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West Island Community Shares to honour 10 business women who give back

Click to play video: 'West Island Community Shares celebrates influential business women- Day 1'
West Island Community Shares celebrates influential business women- Day 1
West Island Community Shares is recognizing 10 West Island business women who are committed to supporting a vibrant and healthy community. Global’s Dan Spector meets the first two women being honoured, Teresa Broccolini and Lolita Guerrera – Jan 13, 2020

West Island Community Shares is recognizing 10 West Island business women who are committed to supporting their local community.

The non-profit organization supports dozens of groups that offer vital services to West Islanders in need.

“There is a misconception that the [area] is really affluent and that they don’t have any problems,” said Sophie McCann, executive director of West Island Community Shares. “Obviously this is far from the truth.”

McCann told Global News that 63,000 residents in the West Island asked for help in 2019.

READ MORE: West Island Community Shares gets massive donation commitment as campaign launches

This year the non-profit’s Red and White yearly fundraising event will celebrate ten philanthropist business women.

McCann said she noticed many women were very actively supporting their network and realized they don’t get the acknowledgement she feels they deserve.

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“They never want to take any credit, but they do amazing work,” McCann said. She added that the women don’t only support Community Shares, but numerous charities across the city.

McCann told Global News she decided that this year they would put the spotlight on ten business women.

READ MORE: West Island Community Shares raises record-breaking $1.3 million

All proceeds from the event will be donated to the various charities and organizations the non-profit works with. It will take place on Monday, Jan. 27.

Global News is speaking to several of the women throughout the week. Watch below.

Click to play video: 'West Island Community Shares celebrates influential business women- Day 1'
West Island Community Shares celebrates influential business women- Day 1

Teresa Broccolini, director of property management at Broccolini and Lolita Guerrera, vice-president of commercial markets at Royal Bank of Canada joined Global’s Dan Spector. Watch above.

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Click to play video: 'West Island Community Shares celebrates influential business women- Day 2'
West Island Community Shares celebrates influential business women- Day 2

Roberta Lacey, head of marketing at Avon Canada and Sophie McCann, executive director of West Island Community Shares joined Global’s Andrea Howick. Watch above.

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West Island Community Shares celebrates influential business women- Day 3

Brigitte Garceau, lawyer at Robinson Sheppard Shapiro and Karine Thibert, senior manager of commercial banking at National Bank joined Global’s Andrea Howick. Watch above.

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Click to play video: 'West Island Community Shares celebrates influential business women- Day 4'
West Island Community Shares celebrates influential business women- Day 4

Rhonda O’Ghallagher, vice president of corporate affairs at Pfizer Canada and Anna Mormina and Angela Martignetti, co-owners of Mfleurs joined Global’s Andrea Howick. Watch above.

Click to play video: 'West Island Community Shares celebrates influential business women – Day 5'
West Island Community Shares celebrates influential business women – Day 5

Eva Chalkiadakis, development manager of small business at Scotiabank and Frederica Jones, regional vice-president at BMO joined Global’s Andrea Howick. Watch above.

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READ MORE: West Island Community Shares hands out $1.3 million in donations

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