Women in the southeast were celebrated at the Southeast Saskatchewan Women of Distinction Awards, which named the winners in five different categories.
The event is intended to carry on the work of the Women of Today Awards in Estevan, which had been awarded in the community for 21 years, the last time in 2019.
The winners included:
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY AWARD PRESENTED BY STEAM EST. INDUSTRIES
- Cathy Welta
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THE WORKPLACE PRESENTED BY TS&M SUPPLY
- Kathryn Gilliss
INNOVATIVE LEADERSHIP AWARD PRESENTED BY SASKTEL
- Dr. Rebecca Holman
EQUITY & INCLUSION AWARD PRESENTED BY SASKATCHEWAN BLUE CROSS
- Ramona Knebush
YOUNG VISIONARY AWARD PRESENTED BY IMPACT CREATIVE SK
- Kylie Phillipchuk
Becky Cassidy, the chair for the event, says the lunch was well attended.
"We just had the Southeast Saskatchewan Women of Distinction awards here at the Exhibition Hall. We had 250 people in attendance, 24 nominees, and handed out awards in five categories. There were absolutely amazing events and everybody that was nominated really truly deserved them."
Besides the awards, they also had a motivational speaker who gave some tips to the audience.
"We had Corliss Rassyle speak, she is a motivational speaker and a life coach. She's absolutely amazing and her message of being your best self was very inspiring and I think people really enjoyed it."
Cassidy says that she sees a long future for this event, as there'll be plenty to celebrate for women in the southeast in the future.
"Absolutely, this will be an annual event that we will celebrate every single year. All the women of Southeast Saskatchewan deserve to be celebrated and lifted, and it just it was a really great event. I think people had a great time and we just want to continue the tradition of celebrating women."
The event took a lot of work, with Cassidy thanking the sponsors and volunteers who helped make it possible.
"I just want to thank all of our committee members, all of the volunteers, this type of event happens with a lot of work on the back end and people really put a lot of effort into it. So we just want to thank all of our volunteers and our sponsors for such a well-thought-out, well-planned event."