Nominations are now open for next year’s 38th Annual YWCA Regina Women of Distinction Awards.
These awards aim to recognize women who make major contributions to the community in areas such as arts, business, mentorship and more. 2019 Organizing Committee Chair Susan Dugas says these awards aren’t just for women in Regina, but also across the province’s southern region. “There’s a lot of rural women who don’t feel like they can’t compete with the city maybe for this kind of recognition, but in this program they do. We also recognize young women under 20 [years-old] who are the women who will be leading us in the future.”
Dugas says the nomination process has changed a little this year because there are no actual categories. She says in the past there were people who were nominated and did not quite fit the category. “You might think that’s where they excel but when it gets to the selections committee, the selections committee thinks if they were only in this other category it would work a lot better. What we’ve decided to do is sort that out by letting you nominate the people and then we will attach the categories.”
There are a few qualities the YWCA thinks people being nominated should have. Dugas says “they have a lot of initiative, they have a lot of desire to make an improvement in their community, they’re organized, willing to forge ahead regardless of what kinds of things try to hold them back, innovative and just valuable women to our community. ”
Nominations can be submitted online. The early bird deadline is January 25th. Dugas says if you get your nomination in by then, you name will be entered in a draw to win two tickets to the awards gala worth $250. The formal deadline for nominations is March 1st.
This year 6 women will be given awards at the fundraising gala on May 2nd.