Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

Women of Distinction honoured

  • Print

Someday, the world will be safe for women.

That was the hope of Diane Redsky, co-winner the Circle of Inspiration category for the Women of Distinction Awards. She asked the 950 guests at the gala "to create a society where women are safe and free from violence."

Related Items

Redsky, Joy Smith and Dianna Bussey are three remarkable women united in their determination to end human trafficking.

Bussey is the chairwoman of the Human Trafficking Response Team in Winnipeg, Redsky, an aboriginal advocate and Smith is a Winnipeg MP whose private member’s bill brought in the first mandatory minimum penalities for trafficking in Canada’s Criminal Code.

This year’s annual YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction awards drew a record number of nominations and a ballroom full of supporters and family in evening dress.

Some 950 attended the gala dinner at the Winnipeg Convention Centre Wednesday night.

Every one of the 79 nominated women had a moment in the spotlight on stage as her accomplishments were announced and she was formally introduced at the gala. The MC was CTV Winnipeg news anchor Maralee Caruso. Entertainment was music from the city’s award-winning DJ Mama Cutsworth.

The annual presentation of these awards reflects the Y’s commitment to increase public recognition of these women who have earned our admiration and respect.

This year’s nominations represented nearly a 60 per cent increase over last year’s total.

Simply put, that means the awards are important to Manitoba, which is immensely gratifying for organizers.

"We have received a record number of nominations, we have 79 nominations and we have over 950 guests here so for me, the recognition from the community and the interest in the event makes this evening outstanding for me," said Betty Black, head of the awards committee.

The event wins support from corporate sponsors and proceeds go to support community programs.

The awards are a celebration of talent, achievement, imagination and innovation, honouring Manitoba women who have made a "unique and exemplary contribution to the development of others in our community," according to the organization.

The winner’s circle:

ARTS: Catharine Teichroew

CIRCLE OF INSPIRATION: Dianna Bussey, Diane Redsky and Joy Smith

CULTURE: Tina Chen

EDUCATION: Karen Botting

LEADERSHIP: Jeannette Montufar

PUBLIC AWARENESS: Anna-Celestrya Carr

SCIENCE: Maureen Heaman

VOLUNTARISM: Chau Pham

HEALTHY LIVING: Janice Lukes

YOUNG WOMAN OF DISTINCTION: Amanda Furst

Winners of awards of promise, which carry a $2,000 scholarship for graduating Grade 12 students, are:

GERRIE HAMMOND: Alana Robert

PRAIRIE AWARD: Kelby Loeppky.

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Spring fashion trends

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Marc Gallant/Winnipeg Free Press. Gardening Column- Assiniboine Park English Garden. July 19, 2002.
  • Goose sits in high grass near Marion Friday afternoon for cover -See Bryksa 30 Day goose challenge- Day 18 - May 25, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

What are you most looking forward to this Easter weekend?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google