Long-time member, Judy Heffernan, former General Manger at the Peterborough CFDC, was a WBN advocate and a huge supporter of her friends and the community at large. Judy’s bubbly personality was always a welcoming beacon at the monthly membership meetings where she would greet arrivals, from her chair in the bar, with a toast from her cherished glass of red wine. Judy sincerely wanted to know how you were doing and would invite you to sit and share some female-bonding time prior to dinner.
Judy was a business leader, friend, confidant and mentor, to name only a few qualities. Judy’s fast and unexpected passing from a brain tumour in July, 2013 left shock waves through the Peterborough community.
In response, two awards to honour her work and volunteerism have been created. The Examiner created the Judy Heffernan Award to recognize a woman from the community who exemplifies the virtues she embodied. Additionally, the Peterborough YWCA has created the Judy Heffernan Girls Space Fund to honour her long-time service to women, young and not-so-young, get back on their feet and on their successful way in the world. Judy’s heart of gold and will of steel have created a wonderful legacy for generations of women to come.