On International Women's Day, Tanisha Grandois was chosen as the winner of this year's Bread and Roses award in Kenora. After the ceremony, she talked about her role with victims services.

"I feel honoured and humbled to receive such a profound award," she said, noting the previous recipients.

"Through the work that we do there, we do get to make a large impact on the lives of those that we assist. These are individuals that have been impacted by domestic violence, sexual violence," she said.

The Bread and roses ceremony recognizes women, who have made significant contributions to the community. Grandbois said it was an opportunity for her to give back.

"Essentially, when people are having the worst day of their life, this is when we get called in," she noted.

Grandbois acknowledged her own struggles, when she was younger, which have helped shape her current career.

"Having two stronger women in my life, my mom and my sister backing me, I think about those dark times, when you really needed someone to turn to, and so I've chosen my second chance at life to help those that are in need," she said.

2018 Jennifer Beilner

2017 Cathy Lindsay

2016 Shelley McCool

2015 Bernice Albany

2014 Gidget Hooper

2013 Judy Da Silva

2012 Erika Olson



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