Theresa “Corky” Larsen Jonasson, left, and Doreen Bergum both received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 Women of Excellence Awards at the Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre in Red Deer Wednesday evening. Photo by SEAN MCINTOSH/Advocate staff

Women of Excellence nominations close next week

The deadline for the 2020 Women of Excellence Gala is only a week away and the Red Deer & District Community Foundation is reminding central Alberta to take this opportunity to acknowledge an outstanding woman in their life.

“As the nominations roll in every year we are absolutely blown away by the dedication, heart and professionalism of the women who are recognized,” Erin Peden, executive director of the Red Deer & District Community Foundation said. “What women in central Alberta have (and continue) to accomplish is inspirational, which is why this program is essential. They deserve to be recognized for their efforts.”

The gala, which is in its 13th year, not only brings awareness to the barriers women continue to face in professional and educational settings, but fosters an environment for women to stand with, and celebrate one another.

“We have always maintained that the honour is in the nomination itself,” Peden said of the program. “This is an opportunity to shed light on the champions among us who work to create a society every one of us wants to call home.”

Women can be nominated in 12 different categories including Agriculture, Arts & Culture, Athletics, Recreation and Fitness, Business and the Professions, Community Building, Construction, Education and Training, Entrepreneurship, Environment, Health & Wellness, Human Services and Young Women of Excellence.

Deadline is January 31 and nomination forms can be found online at www.RDDCF.ca. The Foundation urges anyone with questions about the process to call the office at 403.341.6911.



mamta.lulla@reddeeradvocate.com

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