Nominees sought for Woman of the Year

  • Feb. 27, 2011 7:00 p.m.

Whether it’s in the home, volunteering or at work, the North Okanagan is ready to put the spotlight on local women.

The 24th annual Woman of the Year celebration once again extends a community invitation to say “thank you” and recognize the best of women’s achievements across industry, culture and public service.

Individuals will be publicly recognized at the gala evening celebration May 19 at Best Western Vernon Lodge. 

The call for nominations extends until March 25 and nomination brochures which outline the process are readily available.

“Our 24th annual Woman of the Year celebration is a very special community event which allows us to recognize a remarkable group of outstanding women,” said 2011 chairperson Susan Curzon. 

“Our 2011 committee has an energetic team of VWIB (Vernon Women in Business) volunteers who are already having fun together, and planning to make this year’s event terrific for everyone involved.

“We are exploring ideas to extend the celebration into the month preceding the May 19 gala with some new activities for our nominees. Their participation is entirely at their personal discretion and availability – but we’re planning to have a good time!”  

Gregory’s Fine Jewellery “brings the bling” once again by honouring the 2011 Woman of the Year recipient with an Italian designed 18-karat ladies diamond ring, valued at $1,500.

Vernon Women in Business spearheads the 24th annual event with volunteer participation from the membership, as well as a sizeable cash contribution.

“We couldn’t succeed without the generosity of our business community and the media,” said Curzon. 

The Woman of the Year recipient is selected by an independent sub-committee of five members from the community at large based upon the following criteria: 

1. She consistently displays and exercises leadership.

2. She demonstrates vision, initiative, creativity and courage.

3. She enriches and improves quality of life for others.

4. She has an impact in her chosen field.

5. She displays and sustains a continued commitment to her community.

6. She promotes and supports opportunities for females.

7. She has made Greater Vernon a better place to live.

Nomination brochures detailing the process to submit a Woman of the Year nominee are available at the following sponsor locations: B Frank Marketing, Brenda Hala Photography, Gregory’s Fine Jewellery, Kal Tire, Kiss FM, Nor-Val Event Rentals, Partylite Independent Consultant Theresa Staber, Rhino Curbing, Scotiabank, Shaw TV, Sun FM,  Resort TV, The Morning Star, Triboda Printing.  

Questions can be directed to

Downloadable nomination forms are available at 

Since its inception in 1988, the Woman of the Year Award gala has grown immensely. The annual celebration now generates interest from not only Vernon but also neighbouring communities of Armstrong, Enderby, Lumby and surrounding rural areas. The 2010 event attracted more than 300 guests who gathered to celebrate 10 nominees.

This year also marks VWIB’s 30th anniversary.


Vernon Morning Star