Posted by Peter Szoke on Apr 22, 2021
The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill is extremely pleased to announce that the Sandgate Women’s Shelter of York Region will be the beneficiary of the $1000 prize for the 2021 Richmond Hill Women of Inspiration and Leadership Award (WILA).
Sajida Habib, the winner of the 2021 WILA, requested that the $1000 WILA prize be directed to Sandgate.  Sajida said, “A strong, confident and an encouraged woman will raise strong confident children that are encouraged to live their best lives. I felt very grateful that Richmond Hill Rotary Club chose Sandgate Women’s shelter to be the recipient of the financial WILA award. That is helping the cause of making women who feel unsafe in their surroundings feel safe and supported to rebuild their lives and the lives of their children.”
Sajida Habib will receive her award at the virtual WILA Award Ceremony this Monday, April 26.  Sandgate will receive their cheque at the same ceremony.
The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill launched the Women of Inspiration and Leadership Award to recognize a woman who, through her leadership, achievement, and example of the highest distinction, has inspired the residents of Richmond Hill.  She may have done so through her contribution to a corporation, government, not-for-profit, start-up, or service to the community. You can find more information about the Women of Inspiration and Leadership Award on the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill’s dedicated Women’s Initiatives website at
To see the 2021 WILA Winner announcement, see
For more information on Sandgate please visit