The Silver Hope Dance Academy performed at the first annual Women of Distinction Awards night. (File photo)

Women’s awards to be handed out this weekend in Hope

Event will include desserts, performances and a keynote speaker

For the second year running, Hope’s women will be celebrated at a special event.

The Second Annual Women of Distinction Awards is set for March 8, and will coincide with the 2020 International Women’s Day celebration.

The awards are decided upon after the Hope and Area Transition Society collects nominations from the community. This year, 31 women have been nominated for the awards, and HATS recieved 53 nomination submissions.

Anna Gladue, program coordinator for the Jean Scott Transition Society says that is up just slightly over last year’s 49 submissions, for 30 different women.

She is looking forward to the event, taking place at the Hope Recreation Centre’s Conference Room on March 8, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Catherine Wiebe will be the keynote speaker, and the Silver-Hope Dance Academy will once again be there to perform for the audience.

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

There will be coffee and tea and desserts and it’s a free event. There will be donation buckets for those that would like to make a financial contribution to women’s programming in our community.

The awards are in honour of Jean Scott of Chilliwack. 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. Last year, awards went to Diane Ferguson, Stephanie Hooker, Catherine Friemark, Pauline Svensrud and Jill Last.


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