Congratulations to Helen Iutzi who will receive the Ontario Senior Achievement Award on Nov. 17. She first became involved with Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis (WIC) in our Rural Women’s Support Program during her career years in education. Helen has continued for twenty years to offer her time, creativity and energy in all areas of WIC including answering the crisis line, community relations, participating on the Board of Directors and group co-facilitation. In 1991, Helen was instrumental in the movement to create a program for women living rurally, a program that is now celebrating its 20th anniversary. She has made a huge difference, not only within our organization, but also in the lives of the women and children who have benefited from her kindness, support and wisdom. She has courageously confronted the issue of violence against women and children through private support and public representation. Additionally, she is especially proficient at linking these issues in a supportive manner to the lives of senior women, a talent she has put to use in the rural support group “Happy Hopefuls”. Our agency could not run without its dedicated volunteers, but particularly without the long term commitment of people such as Helen. Nominating Helen for the Ontario Senior Achievement Award was a pleasure and small way for us to show our gratitude to her. Thank you Helen!