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Women of Distinction Awards® category descriptions:

Lifetime Achievement Award

Recognizes a woman who has been an exemplary leader over the course of her lifetime, in one or more fields, and who has served as a role model for our community.

Are you nominating a woman for the Lifetime Achievement Award? Remember, all nominees for the Lifetime Achievement Award are also nominated for a secondary award category. For example, a woman would be nominated in both Lifetime Achievement and Arts, Culture, and Heritage. If she is not selected for the Lifetime Achievement Award, she will be considered in the secondary award category. A recipient will only receive one award per year. A short list is not announced for the Lifetime Achievement Award. Only the final Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is announced.

Arts, Culture and Heritage Award

Recognizes the achievement and leadership of women whose contributions in arts, culture and heritage inspires and benefits our community

Athletics Award

Recognizes the achievement and leadership of women whose contributions in sport, fitness or recreational programs inspires and benefits our community.

Community Building Award

Recognizes influential community builders whose professional or volunteer leadership and contributions help create a community where everyone can thrive.

Education Award

Recognizes exceptional educators in schools, institutions or community programs who are role models in their profession and community involvement, leading and inspiring positive change.

Entrepreneurship Award

Recognizes successful entrepreneurs whose leadership and business ventures have influenced social good and positive change for our community.

Health and Wellness Award

Recognizes exceptional work in health and wellness, improving the physical, emotional, social, or spiritual health, and providing leadership for positive change in our community.

Leadership and Professions Award

Recognizes leaders in the professional and business sector whose innovation has influenced positive change, and who are role models in their careers and community involvement.

Leadership in the Trades Award

Recognizes leaders in the skilled trades, industry, or service sector whose achievements have broken down barriers and inspired positive change, and who are role models in their careers and community involvement.

Research and Technology

Recognizes women for excellence, innovation and leadership in research and technology, whose work has influenced positive change, and who are role models in their careers and community involvement.

29 and Under Award for Young Women

Recognizes emerging leaders age 29 and under who are inspirational role models in their careers, achievements or community building roles.