Nominations now open for women's hall of fame.

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The Prince Albert Council of Women has opened nominations for induction into the Prince Albert Women’s Hall of Fame.

Plaques featuring past inductees are on display at city hall.

The council says there are many female role models in Prince Albert who deserve to be recognized.

“There are many women who give much of themselves to worthy causes,” says council spokeswoman Rose Rothenburger.  “We want to acknowledge that.”

Rothenburger says the criteria for being nominated is simple.  Candidates do not have to be members of the council to be nominated.  It can be any woman who is involved in the community in a significant way.  However, the nominations are based around the United Nations theme for 2014, Inspire Change.

“The UN theme is very fitting for a lot of women in Prince Albert,” Rothenburger says.  “There are many things women in the city do to inspire change.  It’s a very appropriate metaphor.”

Nominations are also built around the Saskatchewan women’s theme “Ending Violence against Women and Girls”.

“There are lots of good organizations and volunteers working towards that goal,” she says.  “There are a lot of women here working to help other women out of poverty or bad situations.”

This is the 11th time the council will induct a candidate into the hall.

Last year’s inductee was local police officer Rhonda Meakin, who was honoured for her work with the Special Olympics, the Salvation Army and Big Brothers Big Sisters, among others.   In her induction speech she described her it as a proud moment in her life.

“I’m humbled, very emotional and totally blown away.”

The council usually receives around five nominations a year, but Rothenburger says they would like to see more.

“Please look around,” she says.  “There are many deserving women.  Nominate one.”

The Hall of Fame inductee will be honoured at or around International Women’s Day in March.  At the ceremony the mayor is traditionally presented with a plaque in honour of the inductee, which is hung at City Hall.

The nomination deadline is Feb. 14.

Organizations: United Nations, Special Olympics, Salvation Army Big Brothers Big Sisters

Geographic location: Saskatchewan

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