MPP Goldie Ghamari (left) wanted to have an event that celebrates International Women’s Day in her riding, so she teamed up with Osgoode Ward councillor George Darouze to host a High Tea for the public. Glover photo

METCALFE – For International Women’s Day, MPP Goldie Ghamari teamed up with Osgoode Ward councillor George Darouze to host the first ever High Tea for the public to help celebrate the important date.

“I was initially invited to attend a breakfast in downtown Ottawa and when my staff forwarded the invitation to me, my response was, ‘Why aren’t we doing our own event in the riding,’” said Ghamari. “So, I did a little bit of research and realized that there wasn’t much going on. So, I spoke with my staff and we decided we’re going to celebrate women here in Carleton. It’s all about celebrating local women who work hard everyday.”

Ghamari was very pleased with the event’s attendance, almost doubling what was anticipated. With the high reception, she plans to turn this into an annual event.

“The response has been amazing, everyone is just so appreciative. There’s never been anything like this in the community,” she said. “I’m happy to use the opportunity to give back to the community, as the event is free and open to the public. It’s a great way to sit and speak with the people I’m serving for.”

Darouze added, “I think this is great and Goldie is doing a great job. We should be celebrating the national day because we have lots of successful women in our community. I’m very happy with what we’re doing here.”