FUND RAISING – Mining women edge out Team RBC in breast cancer walk, maybe

A team of nine women representing the WOMEN IN MINING NETWORK appears to have reached first place in the Weekend to...
Women in Mining network team at the start of the Weekend to End Breast Cancer walk in Toronto, September 8, 2007. From left: Cathy Fletcher, Teresa Barrett, Kate Armstrong, Saley Lawton, Jane Werniuk, Monica Ospina, Nean Allman, Margaret Werniuk and MaryAnn Mihychuk. Photo by Margaret Werniuk.
A team of nine women representing the WOMEN IN MINING NETWORK appears to have reached first place in the Weekend to End Breast Cancer event in Toronto on September 8-9. The $17.3-million proceeds of this year's two-day, 60-km walk will be used for breast cancer research and care through the Toronto-based PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL FOUNDATION.

The WIM team has collected $200,000 in more than 380 donations. As well, team member Jane Werniuk (CMJ editor) placed second among the 5,521 walkers with over $100,000 in donations.

The nine members of the WIM team are MaryAnn Mihychuk, Saley Lawton and Teresa Barrett (all three on the staff of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada), communications consultants Nean Allman and Kate Armstrong, Monica Ospina of the Council of Great Lakes Governors, financial advisor Cathy Fletcher of Investors Group in Pickering, and Jane Werniuk with her daughter, grade 12 student Margaret Werniuk.

Donations came mainly from companies involved in the Canadian mining industry - most Canadian majors and several intermediates, as well as consultants, financial firms, brokerage houses, law firms, exploration companies, associations and media. The largest sponsors were TECK COMINCO, AGNICO-EAGLE MINES, CVRD INCO, HUDBAY MINERALS, BARRICK GOLD, GOLDER ASSOCIATES/GOLDER PASTE TECHNOLOGY, the PROSPECTORS & DEVELOPERS ASSOCIATION OF CANADA, WESTWIND PARTNERS, BREAKWATER RESOURCES, DE BEERS CANADA MINING, SCOTT WILSON RPA and XSTRATA NICKEL.

The WIM team was one of 1,125, but its main rival for top spot was the 84-member Team RBC, which has also collected at least $180,000. The final amounts will only be known on September 17, when the final donations have been processed. You can check out the team standings at


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