The K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year recognizes and pays tribute to outstanding women in the community in the following categories: Arts & Culture; Community Service; Health & Wellness; Entrepreneur; Lifetime Achievement; Professional; Sports & Recreation; and Young Adult.
Be sure to attend this year's gala event!
Residents of the Region are encouraged to nominate their choice for Women of the Year and enjoy this evening with these distinguished women. Nominees can be someone who is involved in the community, an inspiration to others, a motivational person, someone who embraces change or demonstrates initiative, someone who recognizes and confirms success in others, or someone who touches people's lives in a more quiet and compassionate way. More information about the 2014 Keynote speaker will be made available in the new year.
*NEW in 2013* Group Achievement
For achievements by a group of women that impact and/or improve our community or our society.
Arts & Culture (sponsored by 96.7 CHYM FM/570 News/KIX 106.7 FM) For enriching the culture of our community through creation or promotion of the arts on a volunteer or professional basis.
Community Service (sponsored by Rogers TV) For generously volunteering her time to programs and services that make our community a better place.
Entrepreneur (sponsored by Wilfrid Laurier University - School of Business & Economics) For initiating and/or administering an enterprise or business.
Health & Wellness (sponsored by The Boardwalk) For promoting and helping others achieve and promote mental, physical or spiritual wellbeing in her career or community involvement.
Lifetime Achievement (sponsored by McIntyre Team - Remax Solid Gold Realty) For over 35 years, has been a role model, mentor and/or advocate for positive social change.
Professional (sponsored by Rogers Wireless) For dedicating herself to the pursuit of excellence in her chosen career.
Sports & Recreation (sponsored by Rogers TV) For actively participating, coaching or volunteering in sports or recreation.
Young Adult (14 to 25) (sponsored by Kitchener Fire Department) For leading by example and being a role model to her peers.
1. Nomination Guidelines, please read these before filling out the Nomination Form.
2. Check that your nominee has not been a recipient in the past: Recipients 2003-2012.
3. Nomination Form! Please read guidelines before filling out nomination. Deadline is August 30, 2013.
Tips For Getting Started
· Contact the nominee and confirm she is willing to have her nomination submitted.
· Ask the nominee for several individuals who would be willing to provide letters of support. If the nominee feels comfortable, ask if she would provide you with the names of these individuals to contact or if she would like to make the connection.
· Email is always an easy way to connect with people but perhaps an email first from the nominee introducing you will validate your intentions.
· Ensure the letters of support include information which is requested in the online nomination form. Recommend the individuals providing letters of support review the online nomination form and areas which need to be highlighted for the nominees submission.
· Once letter of support have been received - complete the online form and forward the letters to the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest office located at 17 Benton Street, Kitchener, ON N2G 3G9, Attn: Women of the Year.
2013 Award Recipients:
Christine Vlajk (Arts & Culture) As the violist with the Penderecki String Quartet and Artist-in-Residence at Wilfrid Laurier University, Christine performs and promotes music in our community and represents Canada around the world. Considered one of Canada’s pre-eminent string teachers, she attracts outstanding students to WLU and is a role model and mentor to young musicians. Despite long hours as a professional musician, she is a warm and caring friend who gives back to her community as a volunteer and active supporter of the arts.
Nancy Tilt (Community Service) Nancy has been an active member of the community during her 36-year career as a Special Education teacher. She is best known as being the former Director of the Special Education Choir, which included 110 singers from across Waterloo Region. Nancy has also volunteered her time at Doon Presbyterian Church in Kitchener for over 36 years, serving as the Director of Music, a leader in the Ladies Aid Group, and as a member of the Board of Managers.
Jamie Burton (Entrepreneur) Mother of four and co-owner and Vice-President of Dolphin Digital Technologies Inc., Jamie’s strategy is to focus on a successful business model, while evoking social change. Utilizing a Virtual Office Model, DDT provides professional IT consulting and support to profit and non-profit clients, while enabling barrier-free employment for people with disabilities. An entrepreneur who is a community builder and tireless volunteer, Jamie inspires others by helping them realize their full potential.
May Court Club of Kitchener-Waterloo (Group Acievement) Since 1968, the May Court Club of Kitchener-Waterloo has been committed to improving lives in our community through financial, educational and emotional support. Donating over $2 million, and hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours, they are committed to women and children in Waterloo Region. This diverse group of community-minded women are actively improving lives and selflessly giving their time and talent back to those who are in need.
Tracey Collins (Health & Wellness) In 2005, after seeing a gap in healthcare for the chronically underserved, homeless population, Tracey left her hospital job to join The Working Centre’s Psychiatric Outreach Project. Here she pioneered a nursing role in non-traditional care delivery settings; such as, community kitchens, the streets, shelters, courts, parks, and drop-in centres. This innovative service has helped influence and shape policies that promote wellness, thus creating a healthier, safer community with greater social justice.
Sandra Henderson (Lifetime Achievement) As Past-President of the Waterloo Region chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Sandra made a significant difference in the fight against impaired driving. In memory of her daughter Nancy, she assisted victims and their families deal with the consequences of alcohol-related traffic accidents. In addition, Sandra improved the lives of many in our community by speaking at numerous schools, clubs and public events regarding the devastation of lives when one chooses to drink and drive impaired.
Sara Casselman (Professional) Sara is a Manager at the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region. Her passion lies in challenging systems that perpetuate inequalities and violence, and she has worked in the anti-violence against women sector for more than a decade. In 2011, Sara was honoured by Ontario’s Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues as a Leading Women, Building Communities Award recipient. In 2012, she was featured by The Record as 40 under 40, for being one of our community’s most dynamic young citizens.
Mikaela Gerber (Sports & Recreation) Mikaela was a member of the Canadian National Gymnastics team, training at Cambridge Kips and Oakville Gymnastics clubs. Currently, she attends UCLA on a full gymnastics scholarship. At the 2011 Canada Winter Games, Mikaela tied the record for most medals won (5). She also represented Canada at the World Championships in Tokyo and the Pan Am Games in Mexico, where she earned two silver medals. Mikaela has always been a role model for younger athletes, helping and encouraging their gymnastics.
Stephanie Prysnuk (Young Adult) Stephanie is an accomplished and confident young woman who is engaged in community activities at various levels. She leads by example in her volunteering and takes initiative to continue learning. She values and nurtures those who surround her – always reaching out, inquiring about others and showing that she cares. Steph is a role model and mentor for other young people with disabilities.