Nominations accepted for Women of Today Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for this year’s Quota International of Estevan Women of Today Awards.

The nomination period for the awards was launched on Monday evening at Creighton Lodge, during the 100th anniversary celebrations for Quota International. The deadline to submit a nomination is March 24.

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The awards will be handed out during a luncheon on April 17 at the Wylie-Mitchell building.

“We’re excited that we’re going to do it for the community,” said Valerie Hall from the local Quota chapter.

Awards will be handed out in four different categories: the Southern Plains Co-op Outstanding Contribution to the Community Award, the Ida Petterson Memorial Award for Outstanding Entrepreneur, the Shirley Orsted Memorial Award for Outstanding Young Woman of Today, and the TS&M Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Workplace.

Hall pointed out Quota has reduced the amount of information that needs to be sent in as part of a nomination package, from 10 pages to five, but the club believes it will still generate ample information on the nominees.

“We’ll be looking for their references in what they’re giving to the community, and how it’s affecting them, and how their efforts have not only helped them in their work, but through the community,” said Hall. “It’s characterizing yourself … and someone characterizing you. Their skills and capabilities fall into all of that.”

They want to see a balance in the nominees, with people who have been successful in their own personal lives in addition to their business, community, workplace and school.

Traditionally the awards are held on Administrative Professionals’ Day, which will be on April 24 this year, but this year’s luncheon will happen a week earlier than that because spring break for the local schools is April 22-26 this year.

“We want to accommodate the community to make sure that it benefits our amazing women that are being honoured, but it also helps the women and children in our community who are in need,” said Hall.

A guest speaker and entertainment for the luncheon will be announced at a later date.

Proceeds from the Women of Today awards will be directed to several projects in the community, included an FM sound system in a local school, the Salvation Army’s food bank in Estevan and food programs in local schools. The event has benefitted numerous other programs in the community in the past.

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