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Women Of The Year Awards 2017

Congratulations to all the 2017 Winners! In first picture above, see:
Front: Arlene Jillard, Gabrielle Hershey, Sherry Kresky, Jayne Trachsel.
Back: Patti Brine, Krista Denstedt, Christine Francis, Christy Bertrand.

We congratulate all our winners for 2017! Read the story in the Beacon Herald by Galen Simmons
Thank you to all the sponsors, supporters and volunteers. Thank you to Irene Miller for the photography.

This annual event recognizes Perth County women who have improved the lives of other women and girls through outstanding contributions in eight different categories: Community Service; Business, Professions and Trade; Arts, Culture and Heritage; Active Living and Wellness; Sports & Recreation; Agriculture, Environment, Science and Technology; Education and the Woman of Courage Award.

WHEN: Friday, October 27, 2017, 7 to 10pm

WHERE: Best Western Plus The Arden Park Hotel: 552 Ontario St, Stratford, ON N5A 3J3

TICKETS: Tickets can be purchased on line below or in person at CIBC Stratford or at Optimism Place - 
270 Freeland Drive, Stratford ON N4Z 1G8. Please present ticket at the door to enter the event.

Thank you to all that purchased tickets EVENT IS SOLD OUT.

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DETAILS: Guests will enjoy appetizers and dessert buffet. Signature drink featured (Cash Bar).
Live and silent auctions, grand prizes and games.

Special Guest Speaker: Maureen McTeer, change agent, bestselling author, women’s health advocate.

Read the local Stratford Beacon Hearld feature by Terry Bridge.

Maureen McTeer Guest Speaker


Award for agriculture, science and technology: Christine Francis
Award for arts, culture and heritage: Arlene Jillard
Award for business, professions and trade: Jayne Trachsel
Award for community service: Christy Bertrand
Women in courage award: Gabrielle Hershey
Women in education award: Patricia Brine
First responders’ award: Const. Krista Denstedt
Julia Wilkinson sports and active living and wellness award: Sherry Kresky 

Nomination Form 2017

Awareness and Resource Coordinator
Call: 519-271-5310 ext 31 or


Past Events:

2016 Gallery

2015 Gallery

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