Juliette Cunningham is the 2016 Woman of the Year.

Juliette Cunningham is the 2016 Woman of the Year.

Cunningham named Woman of the Year

Vernon Women in Business held a gala event Thursday at the Prestige Hotel.

A community advocate has been recognized for her contributions.

Juliette Cunningham was named Woman of the Year by Vernon Women in Business Thursday at the Prestige Hotel.

“She has served on too many committees and advisories to count because of her passion for the rights of women, children and vulnerable populations,” said Lynne Reside, who nominated Cunningham.

Cunningham is  a long-time Vernon city councillor and Regional District of North Okanagan director.

“She does it all with energy, grace and charm,” said Reside.

“She has made Vernon a better place to live and constantly advocates for better support for all citizens, even when it is a sometimes unpopular issue.”

The other nominees were Sareena Nickoli, Jennifer Thompson, Niki Knight, Sandra Patterson, Janice Foster, Karla Ziegler, Sherry Lukey, Becky Martselos, Benita Elliott and Caroline Radics.

“Vernon Women in Business takes great pride in ensuring each nominee receives the praise and accolades they deserve,” said Shannon MacNeill, event chairperson.

Look for more details in Sunday’s Morning Star.