Kelowna’s Gert Beadle was a trail blazer at a time when most communities readily ostracized women who defied social proprieties by championing equality and justice for their sisters.
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.
Helping women is this inspirational woman’s legacy; one which the Kelowna Women’s Resource Centre continues to keep alive with the prestigious Gert Beadle Award, an endowment that honours a local woman—or group of women—ho share Beadle’s tireless dedication and commitment to helping her sisters.
The women’s resource centre wants to hear from the public, specifically for seeking nominations for the annual award.
Candidates can be a solo woman 18 years or older or a women’s group or organization, nomination packages are available at KWRC, 1492 St. Paul St. and must be submitted by Feb. 25.
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 KWRC’s International Women’s Day celebration, March 8. For more details, call 250-762-2355 or check out the website www.kwrc.net.