Group looks to honour Vernon’s Woman of the Year

Vernon Women in Business seeks nominations for this year's Woman of the Year honours.

The Woman of the Year Award sponsored by Vernon Women in Business celebrates its silver anniversary this year.

VWIB invites nominations from the community to recognize local women’s achievements in business, culture, education, public service or as volunteers. The nominees do not have to be members of VWIB.

Nominees should consistently display and exercise leadership; demonstrate vision, initiative, creativity and courage; enrich and improve the quality of life of others, have an impact in their chosen field; display and maintain continued commitment to the community; promote and support opportunities for females; and have made Greater Vernon a better place in which to live.

The Woman of the Year recipient is selected by an independent sub-committee of five members from the community at large. All the nominees will be honoured and the award will be announced and presented at a gala evening celebration at the Best Western Vernon Lodge May 17.

“Our 25th annual Woman of the Year celebration is a very special community event which allows us to recognize a remarkable group of outstanding women,” said Colleen Barker, 2012 event chairperson.

The Best Western Vernon Lodge has invited all past recipients to be its guests for the celebration.

“We couldn’t succeed without the generosity of our business community and the media. VWIB spearheads the annual event with a sizable cash donation and in-kind sponsorship from members,” said 2012 sponsorship organizer Susan Curzon.

The 2012 Woman of the Year recipient will receive a custom-designed silver anniversary piece contributed by Gregory’s Fine Jewellery. Brenda Hala Photography provides professional portraits of each nominee. Platinum sponsors are Shelli Clipperton of Nor-val Event Rentals and Benita Frank of B. Frank Marketing. Other community sponsors are welcome.

The deadline for nominations for Vernon Woman of the Year is March 31 at 4 p.m. For nomination brochures see

For more information about Vernon Woman of the Year, to make a nomination, or to become a sponsor, or to buy tickets for the event, contact Barker at or 250-545-5258.