In 2013, the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, Office of Social Enterprise, called her ‘one of the most notable Social Entrepreneurs in the world . . . for helping thousands of women in Northern Ontario start and grow their own businesses.’ This describes Rosalind Lockyer’s mission since founding PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise, in 1995. Years at university earned a Psychology Degree and certified teaching credentials; however, it was 20 years as an entrepreneur, teacher, and community developer that left Rosalind blatantly aware of systemic women’s issues, and provided the passion, experience, and endless determination to work for positive change locally, provincially and nationally. For these efforts, Northern Ontario Business, recognized Rosalind as one of the ‘Notable 5 Northern Leaders 2011’ for founding and growing ‘one of the most successful peer lending organizations in North America, and awarded her the prestigious ‘Influential Women of Northern Ontario – Public Sector Award’ recognizing her leadership in building PARO into the today’s dynamic organization.
Supporting her vision, Rosalind is the founding President of the national Women’s Economic Council. She is an active partner in the Ontario Not for Profit Network’s new Rural Social Enterprise Constellation, and Co-Chair for Social Finance for the Ontario Social Economy Roundtable. She serves on the national People-Centered Economy steering committee, on the Canadian CED Network Finance Committee, and completed several terms as Policy Council Chair and on the Board of Directors. All Rosalind’s efforts are part of her vision and passion towards women achieving economic security.