Nominations open for Gert Beadle award

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The Gert Beadle Award recognizes the value of invisible work done at the community level to enhance women’s equality.

The nominee can be a woman or a group demonstrating commitment to women’s equality and social justice.

To quality, the woman nominee must be a Kelowna resident and 18 years of age or older. The group must either originate in Kelowna or be a local chapter of a national or international group.

Criteria for this award are broad because the process of change towards women’s equality is slow and requires perseverance, determination, commitment and, above all,solidarity and teamwork.

A completed nomination package contains a narrative of no more than 500 words explaining how the nominee has contributed to the struggle for women’s equality.

Submissions can be mailed or hand delivered to the Kelowna Women’s Resource Centre at 1492 St. Paul St., Kelowna, B.C. V1Y 2E6. Or they can be emailed to

The deadline for nominations, clearly marked Gert Beadle Award, is Feb. 25.

The winner will be chosen by the Gert Beadle Nominations Committee. The award will be presented on International Women’s Day, March 8. 

Gert Beadle was in her 60s when she joined the struggle for women’s equality. She received the Person’s Award in recognition of improving the status of women, as well as the Order of Canada in 1986. 

Gert helped establish the Women’s Crisis Homes Incorporated, which grew to include a women’s centre, rape crisis line, women’s health collective, a women’s credit union and a feminist newspaper.

Gert published three poetry books and donated proceeds to various women’s centres, including the Kelowna Women’s Resource Centre.

We want you to nominate a woman or group for this award. Should you have any questions, please phone the Kelowna Women’s Resource Centre at 250-762-2355.

Immigrant Services

KCR Immigrant Services—West Kelowna is hosting an Open House on Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Every Tuesday morning, KCR Immigrant Services are available in West Kelowna. For assistance with offer settlement services, labour market support, host friendship program, buddy program, or translation services, phone 250-763-8008 or 250-681-0751 for appointments.

KCR Immigrant Services is located at the West Kelowna Visitor Centre, 2372 Dobbin Rd. (at Highway 97).

Dawn Wilkinson is the coordinator for the Community Information and Volunteer Centre.

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