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International Women's Day nomination call

The 2024 International Women's Day theme is "Inspire Inclusion"
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This past week St. Albert Interfaith Connections announced a call for nominations leading to the 2024 International Women’s Day. This year’s IWD campaign theme is "Inspire Inclusion" and will mark the 27th annual event honouring women. 

“Each year we ask our community to nominate an outstanding woman or female youth who has impacted the life of the community. After reviewing the nominations, five women are selected to receive an International Women’s Day award in a joyous celebration,” wrote Mitra Taef, a member of St. Albert Interfaith Connections (SAIC), in a media release. 

“By celebrating the achievements of women, we inspire women, and we see others included and valued. And when all women feel they belong, we improve our communities and form a better world,” said Karen Gall, also a SAIC member. 

Feminists, journalists and activists tend to grab the biggest headlines. However, Gall noted there are many areas of life that everyday women can contribute forging strong families and communities. 

Several nomination categories to think about are business, education, literacy, mentorship, motherhood, peace, youth, volunteerism, sports, politics, community service, medicine and science, Indigenous initiatives, and arts and culture. Other categories not listed will also be considered.

In enriching the community, past recipients have displayed similar qualities: generous spirits, strength of character, creativity, enthusiasm, perseverance, love and selfless determination. 

“All give of self to the community in various ways, whether it’s the arts, newcomers, the food bank or other groups. No matter how busy they are in their private lives, they took time to help the community. They went above and beyond to make sure the community was looked after.”

The 2023 recipients included Mary O'Neill, Celina Loyer, Helen Agbonison, Judy Evans and Muna Abdulhussain. 

“I can’t explain how inspired I was to hear last year’s winners speak and hear about their achievements. They are women who gave of themselves in so many different ways.” 

Gall too was a 2020 IWD recipient for her attention to human rights, multicultural and interfaith initiatives.  

“It was a bit shaky with the COVID lockdown looming that March. To be recognized here in St. Albert, it made me feel so proud to be recognized in my own community. I’ve lived here since 1997.” 

Nominees must live in St. Albert, Sturgeon County or a community within Sturgeon County. The nominees' activities may be current or have taken place in the past, and their contribution needs to make a positive impact. 

“A nomination will bring to light the work of an individual. Sometimes a woman or youth who gives so much deserves recognition, and everybody needs a champion. We appreciate what you do. If you feel someone is deserving, take time and nominate them now.” 

Nomination deadline is Thursday, February 8 at 9 a.m. International Women’s Day will be celebrated Friday, March 8 at St. Albert Community Hall. 

Request a nomination form by emailing [email protected] or checking the Saint Albert Interfaith Connections Facebook page. For more information contact May at 780-459-4060.  

Anna Borowiecki

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