HATS’ Women of Distinction Awards gearing up to be big hit with Hope

A first-time event, Awards relied on community for nominations and netted 49 applications

It hasn’t even happened yet, but the first annual Women of Distinction Awards already seems to be a hit with the community: the Hope and Area Transition Society (HATS) received 49 nominations, which netted 30 local women being nominated by their peers.

The turn out was exciting, says event organizer, Anna Gladue. “The community really came together.”

The Women of Distinction Awards take place on Monday, Mar. 11, at the Hope Rec Centre, from 7 til 9 p.m. During that time, five local women will be honoured with awards that recognize their contribution to the community, however, all women nominated will be acknowledged during the evening.

RELATED: Hope and Area Transition Society announces the first annual Women of Distinction awards

But because Hope is such a close-knit community, and so many women were nominated, Gladue says she got a bit creative with the nomination applications, which were given to the local Beta Sigma Phi Sorority chapter for final selection.

“I masked the nominations so the members of the sorority couldn’t see their names,” she explained in an email to The Standard.

“They made their decision based solely on what the nominator had to say about that woman. Additionally, if there were multiple nominations for the same woman and the sorority could tell it was the same person, then (they may have) felt she really is a woman of distinction.”

An opportunity for the entire community to come together to celebrate the contribution of women locally, the Awards will also be “fun and entertaining” with performances by the HSS Mustang Music jazz band, and the Silver-Hope Dance Academy.

For more information about the Hope and Area Transition Society, or the Women of Distinction Awards, please visit their website at HopeTransition.org.


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