Nominations open for “Woman of the Year” Award


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Do you know of a deserving woman? Of course we all do!

Nominations are now open for the “2019 Woman of the Year Award” which is awarded to an outstanding individual who is a resident of Deep River, Laurentian Hills, and Head, Clara and Maria.

The award will be presented to the deserving individual at the annual International Woman’s Day event at the Deep River Legion on Monday, March 9.

Nominations must be submitted to <> by midnight on Saturday, March 7.

Selections are based on the nominee’s achievements and contributions throughout 2019. Past volunteer information may be included, but the nomination should focus on the current award year.

Last year the award was presented posthumously to Bernice Blimke.

Please feel free to nominate as many outstanding women that you feel deserve recognition.


The “Woman of the Year Award” is available to all female residents of Deep River, Laurentian Hills, and Head, Clara and Maria, and must be nominated by a resident of said municipalities.

An independent panel of judges will determine the finalists and the winner of the award. Selections are based on the nominee’s achievements and contributions throughout 2019.

Nominees must not have personally benefited from their activities, nor should the contributions be considered part of their normal employment or job responsibilities.

All nominations must be accompanied by a nomination statement. A nomination statement may address any of the following information:

1. Explain why the nominee is an exceptional leader and should receive the “Woman of the Year Award.”

2. Include information that provides insights into the nominee’s unique accomplishments. Give examples with correlating time frames (years or months) that demonstrate the nominee’s extraordinary success.

Successes could include any of the following:

  • Commitment to and advocacy for improving the lives of women and/or girls
  • Nominee has made a difference in terms of leader/mentorship in the community
  • Outstanding contributions of the nominee that have helped other women become involved in community, government or civic leadership
  • Breaking new ground or conquering old barriers
  • Demonstrating vision, creativity and initiative
  • Being a leader and role model
  • Participating actively as a volunteer.

Activities may be related to arts and culture, business, commerce, education, humanities, medical and recreation.

Photo: Abby Blimke accepts the first “Woman of the Year Award” last March from co-ordinator Christina Giardini-Rochon on behalf of her late great-grandmother, Bernice Blimke.