Nominations for the Women of Distinction Awards are now open. The awards recognize women who have made an exemplary contribution to the community and to their own field of interest.
Women are eligible for nomination in seven categories: Arts, Cultural and Heritage; Business, Entrepreneurship and Leadership; Education; Science, Technology and Research; Sport and Recreation; Lifetime Achievement; and Young Women’s Leadership.
“It’s a variety of things, right?” YWCA Women of Distinction committee chair Ashley McLean said. “It’s people who have really made outstanding contributions in whatever field of interest they’re in. For example, we have an education category, so this might be a teacher at a high school (or) an elementary school, but it could be at a post-secondary program or some kind of professional training or community program — someone who just has really impacted the lives of others, who’s given a lot, who’s gone above and beyond their expectations.”
A nominations subcommittee primarily made up of YWCA board members is responsible for selecting the award winners.
“They have their own criteria that they form,” McLean said. “Then they’ll meet once all the (nominations) are in after the deadline, and they’ll select the winners from that.”
It’s a really great opportunity to recognize women who’ve made a contribution in the community. - Ashley McLean
2012 will mark the 20th year that the YWCA has held the awards. It is also their first following a brief hiatus that started in 2008. The YWCA brought back the awards partly to celebrate the organization’s centennial anniversary.
The deadline for nominations is Oct. 18, and the awards ceremony itself will be held on Thursday, Nov. 22. Information and nomination forms are available at www.ywcaprincealbert.com, or people can contact McLean directly at 763-0736.
“It’s a really great opportunity to recognize women who’ve made a contribution in the community,” she said. “So I really encourage everybody who can to nominate somebody, and it doesn’t have to be someone necessarily in your field of work. It can be anyone that you know that’s made a difference in the community.”
Tickets for the awards ceremony are now on sale. Early bird tickets are available at the YWCA until Nov. 13 for $55, after which tickets will cost $65 each.