Women of Excellence Awards now accepting nominations

Names will be accepted in 11 categories until April 10

Honour the women who are making a positive difference in your Central Alberta community by making a nomination for the Women of Excellence Awards.

Nominations will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 10, on the Red Deer and District Community Foundation’s website, www.rddcs.ca.

Women’s efforts are recognized in 11 awards categories: Agriculture and the Environment; Arts and Culture; Athletics, Recreation and Fitness; Business and the Professions; Education and Training; Entrepreneurship; Health and Wellness; Human Services; Community Building; and Young Women of Excellence (under age 25).

There’s also the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. It was presented in 2016 to Elizabeth Plumtree, of the Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society, and Nellie Watson, who helped compile the history book Along the Burnt Trail and has worked with non-profits, including the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The 10th-annual awards ceremony will be held Wednesday, June 7, at a 5:30 p.m. dinner gala at the Sheraton in Red Deer.

Jillian Spiess, fund development manager with the Red Deer and District Community Foundation who’s co-organizing the event, said some special activities will be planned to mark the award’s 10th anniversary.

The Women of Excellence Awards were instigated in 2008 by former Red Deer Advocate publisher, Fred Gorman, who wanted to mark women’s contributions in the community. More than 207 outstanding women have been celebrated since then for their skills, talents, time, and drive to make Central Alberta a better place to live, work, and play.

For more information about the awards, please visit www.rddcs.ca. For tickets, please call 403-391-6911.

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