2022 YWCA Niagara Awards Nominations Open | Community

The nomination period for the 2022 YWCA Niagara Awards is now open.

Nominees for a Niagara Award will be women who have consistently demonstrated, through employment, self-employment, volunteer service or lifestyle, an outstanding commitment to the mission of the YWCA – the empowerment of women, the elimination of racism and the promotion of peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all — in one of these nine categories:

Art. Women who have excelled at all levels of the arts, such as painters, sculptors, photographers, musicians, singers and conductors, arts educators, art historians, museum staff and galleries, actresses, etc.

Education. Women who have excelled at any level of education, including religious or community, in any position, including superintendent, principal, teacher, teacher’s aide, college dean, assistant dean, professor, assistant professor , instructor, teaching assistant, professional staff, etc.

Emerging leader. Women who have begun to show initiative to develop themselves and others in their professional or voluntary life.

Entrepreneur. Women who have excelled as owners of their own businesses, businesses or organizations.

First line. Women who have excelled as support staff, such as receptionists, salespeople, clerks, secretaries, accountants, administrative assistants, cashiers, bank tellers, customer service representatives.

Health and social services. Women who have excelled as health care providers, case managers, nurses, doctors, social workers, etc.

Management. Women who have excelled as senior executives and/or leaders of corporations, businesses, non-profit organizations, directors, supervisors, managers, etc.

Military / first responder. Women who have gone above and beyond the call of duty as members of the military or first responders, showing their dedication, diligence, and concern for both their service and the people they serve.

Agent of social change. Women who have excelled in helping an organization or their community advance positive social change.

Winners will be notified by the YWCA Selection Committee and recognized at a dinner and awards ceremony on September 27 in Niagara Falls. Each winner’s photograph and biography will appear in local news articles and in the event’s printed program.

Lifetime Achievement Award and Friend of the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier Award recipients will also be honored at the dinner.

The Niagara Awards nomination package can be downloaded from https://ywcaniagarafrontier.org/niagara-awards/. Applications must be postmarked no later than July 11.

The Niagara Awards program was established in 1997 as a bi-annual event to recognize the achievements of women in Niagara County. In 2004, the event was recreated as an annual fundraising dinner recognizing women from all parts of Niagara and Erie counties and consisting of nine individual award categories. In 2013 the Friend of the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier award was added, and in 2019 the Lifetime Achievement award was added. Proceeds from the dinner help fund the YWCA’s domestic violence and rape crisis programs.

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