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Nominees sought for Gert Beadle award

“I believe that a woman’s relationship with women is more important than any other relationship today, for through it we find ourselves, find our power, find our heart and have the courage to risk again and again for a more human world.”  —  GERT BEADLE, 1989

Kelowna’s Gert Beadle was a trail blazer at a time when most communities readily ostracized women who defied social proprieties, a champion of equality and justice for women. Beadle’s dedication to improving women’s lives earned her the Order of Canada and the Persons Award and is timelessly preserved in four published works of poetry, the proceeds of which she funneled back into the community.

Empowering women is this inspirational woman’s legacy; one which the Central Okanagan Women’s Resource & Education Foundation continues to keep alive with the prestigious Gert Beadle award, an endowment that honours a local woman — or group of women — who share Beadle’s tireless dedication and commitment to working with her sisters to promote equality for all women.

Do you know someone who fits the bill? A woman, or group of women, who embodies the standards of a woman who championed the first women’s shelter in the country, who was honoured by her country and dubbed Canada’s “most liberated grandmother” by a CBC radio commentator?

Award committee organizers  are currently seeking nominations for the annual Gert Beadle Award. Candidates can be an individual woman 18 years or older or a women’s group or organization. Nomination packages are available via email (cowref@gmail.com) and must be submitted by Feb. 25, 2013.

The award will celebrate a local woman or women who a panel of judges feels best reflect Beadle’s motivating energy and inspiration. The winner will be announced at the International Women’s Day celebration, March 8, 2013. For more details,  and to request a nomination package, please contact us via email at cowref@gmail.com or log on to our Facebook page: Central Okanagan Women’s Resource & Education Foundation.

Since this award was established several years ago, the list of extraordinary women to be recognized for their commitment to women’s equality & social justice include:  Eileen Robinson, Elizabeth Woods, Elna Von Dach, Ruth Mellor, Diane Wilkinson, NOW Canada, and former Mayor Sharon Shepherd.  Every woman recognized by the Gert Beadle Award represents all the women dedicated to making our world a better place.

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