“Our motto this year is women nurturing, so we look at people who are giving to the public — preferably it’s a youth or young adult, and Rhonda fit in every category,” Prince Albert Council of Women president Marie Mathers said.
Meakin has been selected for her accomplishments and volunteering efforts. Among her community involvement, she has organized Special Olympic events and helped organize the Law Enforcement Torch Run.
She is a volunteer coach in bowling, golf and curling, participates in the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle campaign, has co-ordinated Police Ventures, mentors with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Prince Albert and is a member of the Compassionate Community Response Team.
“She’s been involved with Carlton School. She’s been involved with the DARE program. She’s been involved with a lot of stuff,” Mathers added.
Inductees are chosen on an annual basis after a selection committee with Prince Albert Council of Women has sifted through a number of applications.
Selections are usually made around International Women’s Day, which is slated for March 8 this year. Mathers notified Meakin of her selection on Monday.
“She was really surprised,” Mathers said with a laugh. “She said, ‘But me?’ And I said, ‘Yes. But you.’ She’s got a personality that is not seen in too many (people) of her age.”
Meakin, who just recently gave birth, could not be reached for comment. She will be honoured at an induction ceremony, taking place at the Prince Albert Travelodge on March 2 at 2 p.m.
“I’m looking forward to the afternoon, because we’ll have her father talking about her,” Mathers said. “If there is one thing about Rhonda, it’s that there are very few people who do not know her.”