The moment her name was called shock registered in her face and it was quickly obscured by friends and family as they engulfed in their hugs.
Sue Beaudry was named Woman of the Year by Vernon Women In Business Thursday at their gala at the Prestige Inn.
“I’m very grateful to have been part of an amazing group of women. The 12 women that were nominated this year were unbelievable, I listened to their stories I heard the wonderful things they are doing in our community and that’s what makes this community strong,” said Beaudry.
Beaudry, who was nominated by Gloria Morgan, is the director of development for Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation, and is very active in the community donating her time as a Kalamalka Caring Klown, member of the Vernon Restholm board, and a Silver Star Ski Partner.
“Sue Beaudry is one of the most energetic, organized, honest, and devoted women that I have ever known,” said Morgan.
Beaudry was one of eight finalists honoured at the event, each with an inspiring story. The other finalists were: Elise Allan, Emily Hladych, Kim Nasipayko, Mary Jo O’Keefe, Pamela Owen, Sareena Nickoli and Suzanne Robert.
“It was an incredibly tough task for the judges with all the nominations being of such high calibre. These are all phenomenal women,” said Carla Dahlen, chair of the award committee for Women In Business. “We are so proud to be honouring Sue Beaudry who is an icon for our community in her business and volunteerism.”
Beaudry has only been in Vernon a little more than a decade, but she’s spent nearly every day of that time working to make the community a better place.
As the director of development for the VJH Foundation, her leadership has been instrumental in many fundraising campaigns. She’s contributed greatly to the construction of the Polson Tower and the Cancer Centre expansion and renovation. A big believer in giving back to her community, Beaudry’s not only given her time, energy, and knowledge, but her creativity as well. These remarkable characteristics have played a large part in her ability to contribute to the community.
Beaudry also made a significant contribution to Vernon Women In Business as board member and past president. Through her membership and leadership, she has helped other women grow and succeed in their careers.
Along with being honoured with the title, the 2017 Woman of the Year recipient receives a pearl necklace set donated by Sweet Smiles Society and a two-day stay at the Sooke Prestige Hotel & Resorts, the highly coveted parking pass from the City of Vernon and an annual membership to Vernon Women in Business.