Women of Excellence Award nominees announced

By Sheldon Spackman
March 15, 2018 - 5:31pm Updated: March 16, 2018 - 3:13pm

A record-breaking 51 outstanding women from across central Alberta have been nominated for the 2018 Women of Excellence Awards.

That according to the Red Deer and District Community Foundation which points out the event is a celebration of innovation, leadership, achievement and the talent demonstrated by the nominees.

Officials say the nominees serve as role models for all women and girls and come from diverse backgrounds, sectors and age groups. However, they are all similar in their exceptional contributions that have helped to make central Alberta a better place to live, work and play.

Nominees are being recognized in 11 different categories this year. Here are the award nominees, their category and category sponsors:

Agriculture: Scotia Bank – Leona Staples

Arts & Culture: Air Canada – Leslie Greentree, Nicole Leal, Louise Stuppard, Emily Thomson

Athletics, Recreation and Fitness: The Consider It Done Team, Century 21 Advantage – Brandi Heather, Teri Hunter, Janessa Marshall

Business and the Professions: Johnston Ming Manning LLP – Lesley McMahon, Barbara King

Community Building: Atco Gas – Donna Abma, Ardis Bramall, Debbie Coleman, Christa Duquette, Breanna Fitzpatrick, Nicole Lorrain, Christine Moore, Lynne Mulder, Susan Neufeld, Lucinda Watkins, Kyrstin Woods

Education and Training: Red Deer College – Alicia Cafferata-Arnett, Wanda Christensen, Genevieve Wiart, Anna Morgan-Wold

Entrepreneurship: MNP LLP – Sabrina Baker, Chelsea Bootsman, Denise Gagne, Lisa Spencer-Cook, Lane Tomalty

Environment: TD Bank – Bridget Allen

Health and Wellness: Warren Sinclair LLP – Jas Badesha, Dr. Jody Carrington, Kim Green, Maureen Gustafson, Audra MacIntyre, Dr. Dianna Martens, Shannon McQuaig, Lisa Nicholson

Human Services: Holiday Inn and Suites – Gasoline Alley – Robin Chiles, Tara Hellewell, Leanne Holloway, Norma Klassen, Maria Myers, Tymmarah Sceculski, Karen Simon, Renee White

Young Woman of Excellence: Stantec Consulting – Jaycee Bourke, Jordanna Cota, Fiona Duley, Ireland Murray

A Lifetime Achievement Award will also be presented to an exemplary woman who for many years of her life has been a role model for the community. The award is sponsored by Royal Bank of Canada.

The 11th Annual Women of Excellence Awards Gala will be held Wednesday, June 6 at the Sheraton Hotel in Red Deer. Award recipients will be announced that evening, with tickets now available at www.ticketsalberta.com.

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