Outstanding Women of the Boundary celebrated on International Women’s Day

The Boundary Women’s Coalition hosted the Outstanding Women of the Boundary Awards event at Christina Lake on the evening of March 8.

The Outstanding Women of the Boundary award winners at the Christina Lake Community Hall on Friday.

The Outstanding Women of the Boundary award winners at the Christina Lake Community Hall on Friday.

Historically, the Boundary Women’s Coalition has celebrated International Women’s Day in Grand Forks.

In 2012, at the suggestion of women living in the West Boundary, International Women’s Day was celebrated at the Midway Community Hall. This year, the event was held at the Christina Lake Community Hall with more than 60 people in attendance.

Once again, the Grand Forks Credit Union made a significant donation to this event, as did Brenda Lacroix.

The Boundary Women’s Coalition greatly appreciates this financial support.

Each year on March 8, the Boundary Women’s Coalition hosts the Outstanding Women of the Boundary Awards event, which provides an opportunity for members of the community to honour Boundary-area women who have made a significant contribution in the areas of Healthy Role Model, Outstanding Woman in Business, Community Leader, Inspiring Senior, Inspiring Friend and Inspiring Youth. In 2014, a new category  – Woman of Distinction – will be added.

The women honoured are recognized for their everyday efforts that contribute to a healthy quality of life for their friends, family and associates in the Boundary. These women are the spark for the rest of us to be the best that we can be.

This year, 13 women were celebrated:

Healthy Role Model: Susan Harrison and Agatha Tecza

Outstanding Woman in Business: Lisa Smith, Agatha Tecza

Community Leader: Leah Carnahan, Michele Caskey, Jean Daniels, Judy Foster, Lisa Smith, Agatha Tecza and Willy Triveri

Inspiring Senior: Olga Strukoff, Ollie Walker

Inspiring Friend: Lori Lum, Colleen Salikin, Lisa Smith, Agatha Tecza, Alisun Webster

These women’s stories are a testament to the significance of relationships in making things happen, in enriching lives and in strengthening our communities.

– Submitted by Lori Lum, Boundary Women’s Coalition