Joelle Kim and Sydney Luck of the Silver Hope Dance Academy performed an acrobatic duo at the 2019 Women of Distinction Award ceremony. The awards are now into their second year and nominations are being accepted. (Black Press file photo)

Time to nominate the exceptional women of Hope

Women of Distinction Awards to be presented on International Women’s Day

Hope will once again pay tribute to this community’s most inspiring and accomplished women.

The Second Annual Women of Distinction Awards is set for March 9, and will coincide with the 2020 International Women’s Day celebration.

But first, they are looking for nominations. Everyone is invited to nominate an exceptional women they know, who lives or works in Hope.

Last year, 49 nominations were submitted to the organizers, Hope and Area Transition Society (HATS). That created a list of 30 nominees. Awards were given to Diane Ferguson, Stephanie Hooker, Catherine Friemark, Pauline Svensrud and Jill Last.

The awards are in honour of Jean Scott of Chilliwack.

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

Born in 1912, Jean Scott spent her life working on the behalf of women’s rights, and was awarded the Governor General’s Persons Case Medal in 1990 for her contributions to the equality of women in Canada. The award had been created in 1979 to commemorate the 1929 ruling that granted five women from Alberta the right to be recognized as persons, thus making them eligible for Senate appointment.

The HATS transition house is also named after Scott.

There are several ways to nominate a women for the award. You can do so online, at, or by using the QR code on Page 7 of this paper. Nomination forms and collection boxes are also available at The Hope Standard, Blue Moose Coffee House, the Hope Recreation Centre and the HATS office.

Nominations accepted until Feb. 28. The awards are held at Hope Recreation Centre Conference Room from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Desserts will be served and donations accepted upon entry to support women’s events in Hope.


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