Nominations are now open for the 2022 City of Grande Prairie Women of Influence awards.
The awards for Young Woman of Influence, Trailblazing Women of Influence, and Distinguished Women of Influence will be handed out to women who have made a strong impact by promoting equality and have provided opportunities for women in the community.
Community Social Development Manager with the City of Grande Prairie Angela Sutherland says it’s very empowering to be able to be a part of this type of event, where people can come together, regardless of their background, to honour women in the community
“It’s a very personal thing to my heart, as a woman of colour myself, I’m really appreciative to hear all the stories of all the amazing women in our region that do so much in the community from various backgrounds, experiences, and industries,” she adds.
Sutherland says the awards were created to commemorate International Women’s Day in Grande Prairie while celebrating women’s achievements and promoting equal opportunity for all. She says at a local level, there remains an ongoing movement towards breaking barriers and biases, and women in our community are continually doing that.
“It’s a great opportunity to continue to have those conversations, using something like this as a platform, to really raise awareness, celebrate stories, talk about biases, and really honour the commemorate the day,” she says.
“Bigger than just the day, it’s a chance to come together as a global community to really raise awareness as to why it’s so important to recognize the achievements of women.”
You can find a link to the nomination forms here, with the deadline for nominees set for February 15th. The awards gala will take place virtually on March 8th.