Women of Excellence nominee raffles hand-made entertainment centre

By Sheldon Spackman
April 14, 2018 - 4:33pm

One of this year’s Women of Excellence nominees is doing a little extra to promote this year’s show.

Bridget Allen, 15, is a grade nine student at Lindsay Thurber Composite High School in Red Deer and spent part of the day on Saturday selling raffle tickets to win a beautifully reclaimed wooden entertainment centre she built with her-own two hands.

A project Allen made during the Sawing for Schools initiative, described as an after-hours program for students interested in wood working, building using re-purposed trees and other environmental learning projects.

Allen says her love for wood working began in sixth grade and she’s now proud to be raffling off her hand-made entertainment centre for a good cause, the 2018 Women of Excellence Awards Gala.

“I’ve been nominated for Environment in the adult section,” says Allen. “I think my passion for wood working has influenced other people to do it as well, cause most of my friends have now joined.”

She says she was excited when first hearing of her nomination.

“When I told my mom, she started crying cause she was so happy,” recalls Allen. “It’s been awesome so far.”

Allen adds that she’s very much looking forward to the Women of Excellence Awards Gala June 6, siting the chance to meet many great leaders and community builders in Red Deer.

“Women can do anything if they put their minds to it,” concludes Allen. “If you put your mind to it, just keep going on it, never give up.”

For more on the 11th Annual Women of Excellence Awards, click here.

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