Nominations for the biennial Women of Excellence awards will soon be open, so the co-conveners of the event want the community to start thinking of people who deserve recognition.
The May Court Club of Chatham is bringing the ceremony back for a third time in May 2020 after previously hosting the event in 2016 and 2018.
The categories include arts and culture; business and professions; community and volunteerism; education and training; health, science and technology; and young woman of excellence.
“We look for people that have done outstanding work in our community, or across Canada or internationally,” said Penny McGregor, one of the co-conveners. “A couple of them (from 2018) don’t live in Chatham and that’s not a prerequisite.”
McGregor said nominees could either currently live in Chatham-Kent, or have grown up in Chatham-Kent and moved away for their career.
“Our goal, I think, is to make people aware of the calibre of women who grow up here and what they go on to become,” said fellow co-convener Shirley Loyer. “You can come from a small town and make your mark on the country or your community.”
Loyer said they want people to be aware of the event now because they may see people deserving of these awards during the holidays.
The dinner for the awards on May 29 at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre also acts as a fundraiser for the local May Court Club to help provide its nutritional snack and school breakfast programs.
The winners are selected based on nominations from the public, not from May Court members.
“Last time, we had about 35 people that were nominated and then of course the committee chose the six honourees, but we were really thrilled that there were that many people that were thought of to be nominated,” said McGregor.
The date nominations open is not currently available, but Loyer said to stay tuned to www.maycourtchatham.ca for a notice.