A record group of 51 nominees was celebrated at the 2018 Women of Excellence Awards Wednesday night at the Sheraton.
Hosted by the Red Deer and District Community Foundation, more than 600 people came out in honour of outstanding women who have worked to better their community.
The highlight of the evening was when a surprised Lynne Mulder accepted the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award.
The 71-year-old former Red Deer City Councillor, known as the “Queen of Volunteering,” has served as president and vice president of Red Deer College and been involved with a long list of non-profit organizations, including the Canadian Mental Health Association, United Way, Urban Aboriginal Voices and Volunteer Central. She also currently volunteers with Vantage Community Services, the 2019 Canada Winter Games and the Red Deer Hospice.
“It’s a real honour to be among such terrific women — leaders in our community,” Mulder said. “I think it’s great [that] our community wants to recognize women who are leaders in their field. I think that says a lot about our city and the citizens that live here.”
“Lynne has been, and continues to be, a lifeline in our community,” said Christine Bugayong with the Red Deer and District Community Foundation. “We are honoured to be able to call her a neighbour and friend; she truly demonstrates significant breadth and depth in her community involvement.”
2018 Women of Excellence Award winners
Agriculture — Leona Staples
Arts and Culture — Louise Stuppard
Athletics, Recreation and Fitness — Brandi Heather
Business and the Professions —Barbara King
Community Building — Christine Moore
Education and Training — Wanda Christensen
Entrepreneurship — Denise Gagne
Environment — Bridget Allen
Health and Wellness — Maureen Gustafson
Human Services — Karen Simon
Young Woman of Excellence — Jaycee Bourke and Ireland Murray
Lifetime Achievement Award —Lynne Mulder
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