Nominate an inspiring woman

·2 min read

Is there an inspiring woman in your life? One who serves as a mentor, a leader in the community or an advocate for others?

Women’s House Serving Bruce and Grey is offering the opportunity for residents to shine a light on these inspirational women, by nominating them for a Women of Distinction award. Nominations are available in two categories: the Woman of Distinction and the Young Woman of Distinction.

The award presentation has traditionally been held in conjunction with Women’s House International Woman’s Day celebrations. Because of COVID restrictions, this year the event will be held virtually on Mar. 8. Organizers are working with local restaurants and businesses to provide an exciting experience, including a silent auction.

“Over the years, there have been some phenomenal women nominated,” said executive director Lisa Owen. “It’s a beautifully heart-warming experience to receive those nominations and to celebrate those women for how they have touched the world. Please, if you know a woman of distinction, take the time to nominate her. There’s ample time still to gather the information and put together a strong application.”

At the 2020 event, Ruth Montgomery was presented with the Woman of Distinction award and Morgan Ritchie Lauren was awarded the Young Woman of Distinction award.

Nominators are asked to fill out the nomination form available at http://whsbg.on.ca/international-womens-day-celebration-march-8-2021/and write and submit a 200-word narrative explaining why their nominee should be considered for the award. The organizers are using the following criteria to assist them in choosing the two winners.

Nominees should provide inspiration and motivation to others and consistently display leadership qualities. She should be recognized as a positive role model through example, mentoring and education. She should promote and support equality, improved opportunities and choices in the community and demonstrate vision, innovation or creativity and the courage to take risks.

The nominee should advocate for positive changes in society through the impact of her activities, particularly for women and girls.

The nominee must be a resident of Bruce or Grey County. The Young Woman of Distinction nominees should be young women who are still in school and are under the age of majority.

Nominations are open until Feb. 15 at 4 p.m. Winners will be contacted in advance of the event to ensure they are able to attend the presentation on Mar. 8.

Submission should be sent to Michelle Lamont at Box 760, Kincardine, ON N2Z 2Z4, by email at mlamont@whsbg.on.ca (preferred method) or by fax to 519-396-7800. Questions can be directed to Michelle at 519-396-9814 ext.225 or mlamont@whsbg.on.ca.

Women’s House says that updates will be regularly posted on its social media pages and website.

Tammy Lindsay Schneider, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Kincardine Independent