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Each year the Woman of the Year Gala event recognizes outstanding women within our community and we need your help to honor these amazing women.

Time to buy your tickets!

Early bird rate of $40 until April 30th. $50 May 1- 7

Event to be held on May 8th, 2014

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

at the Prestige Hotel

4411 – 32nd Street, Vernon, BC V1T3N7


Tickets available from:

2014 Woman of the Year Criteria

Woman of the Year Criteria:

  • She consistently demonstrates vision, initiative, creativity and guidance in a leadership role within her business/professional and/or volunteer field.
  • She is innovative, a problem-solver and overcomes challenges.
  • She enriches and improves quality of life for others through her ongoing commitment to the business community, workplace and/or family, she strives to support, improve and enhance our community
  • She has demonstrated consistent excellence and a positive impact in her professional and/or volunteer field.
  • She has made Greater Vernon a better place to live.
  • Optional: Recognize an ‘extraordinary accomplishment’ by the Nominee.

2014 Woman of the Year Nomination Package

Nomination Package Requirements & Checklist:

  • Print and complete the Nomination Form (and have the nominee sign)
  • Provide a Statement of Nomination. Describe why the woman you are nominating merits recognition as Woman of the Year. Relate the relevant points of her background, education, training, activity, organizational involvement, recognition, awards, achievements, family, work or community contributions. Please refer to the Selection Criteria.
  • Provide a Nominee Bio.
  • Provide a Nominee Resume.
  • Provide at least three Letters of Support (from friends, family, co-workers, etc.)
  • Provide 5 sets of bound photocopies of nomination packages for judging.
  • Nominees must be living in the Regional District of North Okanagan (electoral areas B, C, D, E, F, Armstrong, Coldstream, Enderby, Lumby, Spallumcheen, or Vernon) for at least one year.

Completed nomination package to be received by 5 p.m. March 28, 2014

Colleen Barker, Event Chairperson, c/o Fraser Financial Group LLP
3108 – 33 Street, Vernon, BC V1T 9S7
250 545 5258 phone 250 550 6214 cell or email

2014 Woman of the Year Sponsor Options

WOY Jewelry Sponsorship Photo Help support our amazing women in Vernon and choose the Sponsor Level that best suits you! Pictured here are Colleen Barker *WOY Chair) & Barrita Durward (Sweet Smiles Society)

2014 WOY Sponsorship Levels

Pearl Sponsor

  • “Sweet Smiles Society” is sponsoring the freshwater pearl set – valued at over $1,200 to be presented to this year’s WOY recipient

Platinum Sponsors

G-S-P-M Sponsors

Ruth Hoyte proclaimed 2013 Woman of the Year!

2013 Woman of the Year, Ruth HoyteRuth Hoyte was proclaimed “2013 Woman of the Year” before 165 guests attending a Gala celebration Thursday evening, May 9th, at Vernon’s Prestige Hotel.

Nominated by Lorna Robb – Cheek to Cheek Dance Studio

Ruth Hoyte is a “Wonder Woman” whose seemingly boundless energy and dynamic devotion to family and community is applauded locally, regionally and provincially. A successful Oriental dance instructor and founder of “Desert Moon Dancers”, Ruth was recognized in 2013 by the Okanagan Arts Council. Her exceptional contributions were celebrated in both 2000 and 2004 as a Woman of the Year Nominee.

Ruth has volunteered her leadership skills as president for Vernon Women in Business, Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Vernon Association, Vernon Dance Society, and North Okanagan Employment Enhancement Society. She has served as a director on Centreville Neighborhood Committee for Gateway Shelter, Queen Silver Star Excellence Program, Vernon Winter Carnival Society, and the Vernon Art Gallery Board. She is a strong advocate for economic development in the Vernon city core, serving on numerous municipal committees. Provincially, she serves on the Insurance Brokers Association of B.C.

Ruth is a “bigger than life matriarch, business colleague, community advocate and patron of the arts. Her smile lights up a room, her passion swirls around us like one of her colourful belly dancing scarves,” says nominator Lorna Robb.

Mary Williamson proclaimed 2012 Woman of the Year!

2012 Woman of the Year, Mary WilliamsonMary Williamson was proclaimed 2012 Woman of the Year in VWIB’s Silver Anniversary celebration on Thursday, May 17, at Best Western Vernon Lodge. Mary was nominated by her colleagues at We Care Home Health Services.

Mary has been a Registered Nurse for over 51 years and states “You go into nursing for the love of the work, not the pay cheque”. Mary was raised on the family farm, became a 4-H member, and sold her favorite cow to raise her tuition for nursing school.

At the age of 72, Mary is still taking on new challenges and loves to share her knowledge and experience with others. In 1987 Mary opened the first private care facility called “Mary’s Manor”. Mary was always an advocate of private supportive living and founded the Okanagan Private Supportive Living Association and continues to serve on its board. Mary operated her business for 10 years before moving on to work with We Care Home Health Services.

She is known for serving seniors in our community through her “wellness clinics” and her expertise as a Foot Care Nurse. Mary was awarded the “Excellence of Service” plaque by the College of Registered Nurses of BC in 2010. In addition to her nursing duties, Mary has been involved with the Vernon Winter Carnival and BC Winter Games, as well as spending many years in Guiding and on a parent’s group for Scouting. Mary has been nominated by her “We Care” team.“Mary and I have been working together for many years, both as RN’s and I can attest that she is one of the kindest and most knowledgeable people I know. It is a pleasure to call her my friend,” says Fran Hart.

Pam Glinsbockel adds “Whenever I ask her to help me with an appointment she always says yes (even though sometimes I know she would like to say ‘no’.”

Cindy Lou Jensen has been working with Mary as a foot care nurse. “She is so kind with the seniors that it is heartwarming. You know that can always trust Mary to help you with anything you need.”