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K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year Recognizes Outstanding Achievements in Waterloo Region


(Waterloo Region, ON – September 29, 2016) – K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year takes time out to recognize and pay tribute to outstanding women in the community.

This year, the awards ceremony will take place Thursday, October 6th at 7:00 pm at Bingemans Ballroom, Kitchener, with special guest speaker Brenda Halloran, CEO of Brenda Halloran Inc., Chair of the Board for Startup Canada and the President of the Trillium Innovation Venture Group.

The event will be emceed by Susan Cook-Scheerer, Co-host of daytime on Rogers TV and Sandra, afternoon host on CHYM 96.7.

Here is a list of the women from across the Region who have been nominated in each of the ten categories:

Arts & Culture (sponsored by Piller’s Fine Food) recognizes women for enriching the culture of our community through creation or promotion of the arts on a volunteer or professional basis.

Ellen Berwick (New Hamburg)
Laura McBride (Kitchener)
Erin Bow (Kitchener)
Sue Nally (Kitchener)
Jude Doble (Waterloo)
Rachael Rector (New Hamburg)
Julia Drake (Kitchener)
Rebecca Short (Waterloo)

Community Service (sponsored by Rogers TV) recognizes women for generously volunteering time to programs and services that make our community a better place.

Sarah Baxter (Baden)
Jameela Faisal (Cambridge)
Michelle Beaupre (Kitchener)
Angie Hallman (New Hamburg)
Lisa Colombo (Elmira)
Margie Misurka (Cambridge)
Georgia Cunningham (Conestogo)
Ev Widarski (Cambridge)
Carol-Anne Drewery (Cambridge)

Entrepreneur (sponsored by RE/MAX Solid Gold Realty Ltd. Ken Cameron) recognizes women for initiating and/or administering an enterprise or business.

Anna Aceto-Guerin (Cambridge)
Karen Redman (Kitchener)
Jennifer Freitas (Waterloo)
Lina Shamoun (Kitchener)
Marina Garabetian (Kitchener)
Kristin Werner (Waterloo)
Jennifer Knapp (Cambridge)

Group Achievement (sponsored by TD Bank Group) recognizes achievements by a group of women that impact and/or improve our community or our society.

Best Friends of Big Brothers Big Sisters Waterloo Region
Mallorie Brodie & Lauren Lake
Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority
Two Blonde Chicks Inc

Health & Wellness (sponsored by The Greater KW Chamber of Commerce) recognizes women for promoting and helping others achieve and promote mental, physical or spiritual well-being in her career or community involvement.

Laura Callum (Kitchener)
Tara Hebblethwaite (Waterloo)
Tina Grevenstein (Kitchener)
Betty Pries (Waterloo)

Lifetime Achievement (sponsored by Michael Harris, MPP Kitchener-Conestogo) recognizes women for being role models, mentors and/or advocates for positive and social change throughout their lifetime.

Sonia Adlys (Kitchener)
Jacqui McFarlane (Waterloo)
Ann Bilodeau (Kitchener)
Roz Vincent-Haven (Kitchener)
Jackie Herrgott (Kitchener)

Professional (sponsored by CHYM 96.7/570 News/Country 106.7 FM) recognizes women for dedicating themselves to the pursuit of excellence in their chosen careers.

Jean Andrey (Waterloo)
Stacey Hemstock (Waterloo)
Abigail Bimman (Kitchener)
Jane Klugman (Kitchener)
Lyndsey Butcher (Kitchener)
Jessica Quackenbush (Baden)
Cynthia Davis (Waterloo)
Carol Simpson (Ayr)
Lisa Devall-Martin (Kitchener)

Sports & Recreation (sponsored by Depth Training) recognizes women for actively participating, coaching or volunteering in sports or recreation.

Danielle Buttinger (Waterloo)
Christine Snider (New Hamburg)
Tara Savoie (Kitchener)
Kaitlyn Weaver (Waterloo)

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (sponsored by Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science/Office of Research) recognizes women for outstanding advancement to the field of STEM.

Dr. Hind Al-Abadleh (Waterloo)
Tobi Day-Hamilton (Kitchener)
Dr. Shohini Ghose (Waterloo)
Dr. Pearl Sullivan (Waterloo)

Young Adult (14 to 25) (sponsored by the Kitchener Fire Department) recognizes young women for leading by example and being a role model to her peers.

Nooran Abumazen (Waterloo)
Karen Hakim (Kitchener)
Celine Funk (New Hamburg)
Jill Zitars (Waterloo)

Look for the feature presentation of the 2016 K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year Awards ONLY on Rogers. The awards gala will be televised on Sunday, October 9 at 7pm on Rogers TV, Cable 20. Details at www.rogerstv.com

Residents of the Region were encouraged to nominate their choice for K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year and are invited to enjoy this evening with these distinguished women. Tickets are limited and are available at the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Official Retail Store, 519-570-4267 x227 or online at www.oktoberfest.ca.

The K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year awards are proudly supported by Rogers, TD Bank Group, Sobeys, M& T Printing, Snap’d KW and Morell Kelly Accident, Injury and Disability Law.

About Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is a not-for-profit Bavarian festival founded in 1969 by a group of volunteers committed to contributing to the social and economic vitality of Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada twin cities with German heritage. Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival celebrates German heritage, food, music and festivities and is supported by more than 50 not-for-profit organizations. The festival is operated by eight year-round full-time staff, over 480 volunteers and 1,300 community and service club volunteers that stage the nine-day festival each October promoting a unique German cultural experience. As well as the economic boost the festival gives the local economy during the international festival, over $1.5 million is raised each year by the not-for-profit organizations associated with Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, one of the top three most recognized event brands in Canada.

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For additional information:

Dave MacNeil
Executive Director,
K-W Oktoberfest Inc.
519-570-4267 ext. 222


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