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Women of Influence Cold Lake2021-11-04T07:27:38-06:00

Who We Are

Our Committee is comprised of a group of local women who have come together to celebrate International Women’s Day and to honour the various ways that women enhance and invigorate the Cold Lake community.

We are seeking to acknowledge women who use their individual strengths and abilities to further themselves, their families, their organizations and our community. Our Committee includes women from various professions who fill many different roles within the community. We recognize the multitude of ways in which women contribute to make Cold Lake the successful, flourishing community it is.

Categories

An Award Will Be Presented To One Woman In Each Of The Following Categories:

ARTS & CULTURE

This award celebrates the achievements of a woman who has demonstrated artistic achievements or contributions to the cultural community. She has cultivated greater visibility and understanding of the value of the arts or worked to preserve and share her culture. She has encouraged excellence and built new leadership within her sphere and has inspired others to appreciate and share artistic and cultural endeavours.

BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL

This award celebrates the achievements of a woman who is successful within an established organization or her own business. She is a positive influence in her workplace and profession and has been identified as a trend setter by her peers. She has exhibited extraordinary leadership and growth to achieve her goals.

COMMUNITY & VOLUNTEERISM

This award celebrates the achievements of a woman whose efforts have contributed to the well-being of her community and fellow community members through her employment and/or volunteerism. She exemplifies the spirit of community service, demonstrates exemplary initiative, leadership, and creativity in her service to others. She serves as a role model for others in the community and inspires others to engage in the volunteer service. She improves the overall quality of life of individuals and the community as a whole.

HEALTH & WELLNESS

This award recognizes a woman who contributes to the mental and/or physical health of our community, either through employment or volunteerism. This is a woman who sets a positive example for wellness and encourages others to lead a healthy, balanced lifestyle. She is energetic, positive, and encouraging and inspires others to be the same.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

This award celebrates the achievements of a woman who has made significant contributions to the science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) sector. She has demonstrated innovation, curiosity, and creativity in making a positive contribution to her individual field. She also engages with and communicates her practice to a broader community. Her contributions to the scientific and technological communities improve and evolve our society and she inspires future generations of women in science.

YOUNGER WOMAN

This award celebrates the achievements of a young woman (aged 18 and under) who is an inspirational role model in her academic achievements or community building roles. She demonstrates a capacity to influence and act as a catalyst for change. She represents a new generation of leaders in advocating for and giving a voice to younger women and their concerns.

OLDER WOMAN (65+)

This award celebrates a woman who has actively sought to influence the community in a positive way by starting something different or new in her later years. The focus isn’t on past accomplishments or lifetime achievements, but on new accomplishments in which she is achieving excellence. She has demonstrated that a woman of any age can bring about change by actively seeking new ways to contribute to the good in society. Her life serves as an example of the benefits of active aging while helping to dispel the negative stereotypes of older age.

OVERALL WOMAN OF INFLUENCE

This award celebrates the achievements of a woman who has the tenacity, energy, and fortitude to seek success for themselves, their employees, and their communities. She has demonstrated outstanding leadership both with her company (organization) and her market, set the standards for originality, quality, and successful management. She is a mentor, visionary, a leader, a successful woman and in all elements a trailblazer in her field.

2022 Nominations are Open

The Cold Lake Women of Influence Committee is pleased to once again be seeking nominations to recognize the many women who contribute to our community. Our Committee is comprised of a group of local women who have come together to celebrate International Women’s Day and to honour the various ways that women enhance and invigorate the Cold Lake community.

We are seeking to acknowledge women who use their individual strengths and abilities to further themselves, their families, their organizations, and our community.

Our Committee includes women from various professions who fill many different roles within the community. We recognize the multitude of ways in which women contribute to make Cold Lake the successful, flourishing community it is.

The deadline for completed nomination packages to be received is 4:00 pm on January 18, 2022.

Each package must contain a completed nomination form and an explanation, with a minimum 100 words, why the Nominator believes that the Nominee is deserving of the award in the selected category. Judging will be based on the criteria of each category.

In your nomination, please highlight the nominee’s accomplishments relevant to the criteria of the category. Nominations can be completed online at www.womenofinfluencecoldlake.org, dropped off in person to the Committee in care of the Lakeland Centre for FASD at 4823 – 50 Street, Cold Lake, AB or emailed to nominations@womenofinfluencecoldlake.org. Following the close of nominations, a selection panel of five judges will chose one Women of Influence in each category. The Overall Woman of Influence will be selected by the judging panel from all the nominations received. For further information about the awards event, please visit our website at www.womenofinfluencecoldlake.org.

We thank you for your interest, look forward to receiving your nomination packages and hope to see you at the reception!

CLICK HERE to download the nomination package or use the form below to nominate a deserving woman today!

Please note: You can submit nominations for as many Women as you’d like

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Events & Tickets

2022 Keynote Speaker

Carmen Kissel-Verrier 

Author Butcher Shop Girl

Carmen Kissel – Verrier is a bestselling Canadian author, freelance journalist, technical writer and graduate of Mount Royal University.  Her memoir, The Butcher Shop Girl recently won “International Book of The Year” in the Performance Arts category at the American Book Fest in Los Angeles, California (July 2021).

Carmen is a farm girl at heart and born into a family of agricultural entrepreneurs. With over 15 years of experience in the tough as nails oil & gas sector and together with her partners, she co-founded two prime service companies that support Canada’s top energy producers — both remain operational to this day, in the Lakeland communities.

These days, Carmen is also a mother of two spirited kids and is the principal owner of a boutique branding agency that assists all newcomers to the business arena. She still writes everyday and levels inspiration from powerful female advocates for liberty like Ayn Rand. She enjoys a good ribeye steak, peculiar people and remains fascinated by the diversity of the human spirit.

​2020 EVENT SPONSORS

 HUGE Thank You to all our Sponsors, we wouldn’t be able to put on the event without your support!

Award Sponsors:

  • Professional and Business Award- Lakeland Credit Union
  • Volunteer and Community Award- Community Futures Lakeland
  • Arts and Culture Award- MD of Bonnyville
  • Health and Wellness Award- The Scotiabank Women’s Initiative ​
  • Older Women Award- Respect Newspaper
  • Science and Technology Award- Imperial Oil
  • Overall Women of Influence- Ageless Living
Event Sponsors:
  • City of Cold Lake
  • Cold Lake Florist
  • Family Community Support Services
  • Images Studios
  • Coldwell Bankers
  • Joly’s Fine Cuisine
  • Vista Radio
  • Jester’s
  • Lakeland Inn​
  • Lakeland Centre for FASD
  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • The Brick
  • Euroshine Building Maintenance
  • Wine Knows
  • Stingray Radio
  • ​Wine Knows
  • Cold Lake High School

A HUGE Thank You to all our Sponsors, we wouldn’t be able to put on the event without your support!

Award Sponsors:

  • Professional and Business Award- Lakeland Credit Union
  • Volunteer and Community Award- MD of Bonnyville
  • Arts and Culture Award- Todd/Drake LLP
  • Health and Wellness Award- Providence Dental Hygiene
  • Younger Women Award- 2nd Floor Women’s Recovery Centre
  • Older Women Award- Respect Newspaper
  • Science and Technology Award- Imperial Oil
  • Overall Women of Influence- Ageless Living

Event Sponsors:

  • CM Cleaning
  • City of Cold Lake
  • Cold Lake Florist
  • Family Community Support Services
  • Images Studios
  • The “I Do” Shop
  • Joly’s Fine Cuisine
  • Lakeland Inn​
  • LCFASD
  • RBC Royal Bank
  • The Brick
  • Bonnie Hankey
  • Wine Knows
  • Valeyo
  • ​Elevate Coffee

A HUGE Thank You to all our Sponsors, we wouldn’t be able to put on the event without your support!

Award Sponsors:

  • Professional and Business Award- Lakeland Credit Union
  • Volunteer and Community Award- MD of Bonnyville
  • Arts and Culture Award- Todd/Drake LLP
  • Health and Wellness Award- Value Drug Mart
  • Younger Women Award- RBC Royal Bank
  • Older Women Award- Chevroke Developments
  • Science and Technology Award- Jacknife Oilfield Services
  • Overall Women of Influence- CGA Medical Imaging

Event Sponsors:

  • Ageless living wellness Centre
  • Chevroke Developments
  • City of Cold Lake
  • Cold Lake Florist
  • Family Community Support Services
  • Images Studios
  • The “I Do” Shop
  • Joly’s Fine Cuisine
  • Lakeland Inn​
  • LCFASD
  • LG Fraser Consultant
  • Nourish the Soul Wellness Centre
  • Shoppers Drug Mart Cold Lake
  • Wine Knows
  • Wisdom & Opportunities for Women

A HUGE Thank You to all our Sponsors, we wouldn’t be able to put on the event without your support!

Award Sponsors:

  • Professional and Business Award – Lakeland Credit Union
  • Volunteer and Community Award – Lakeland United Way
  • Arts and Culture Award – Todd/Drake Law Offices
  • Health and Wellness Award – CGA Medical Imaging
  • Overall Woman of Influence Award – Superior Concrete Pumping Ltd.

Event Sponsors:

  • Chevroke Developments LTD.
  • ​City of Cold Lake
  • Cold Lake Florist
  • Crew Haus Barbers & Stylists
  • DMSCC
  • FCSS
  • ​Images Studios
  • Ross & Sylvestre
  • The “I Do” Shop​
  • The Lakeland Inn
  • LCFASD
  • ​LG Fraser Consulting
  • Nourish The Soul Wellness Centre
  • Wine Knows
  • Wisdom & Opportunities for Women

A Huge Thank You to all our Sponsors, we wouldn’t be able to put on the event without your support!

Award Sponsors:

  • Keynote Speaker – Cenovus
  • Professional and Business Award – Lakeland Credit Union
  • Volunteer and Community Award – Lakeland United Way
  • Arts and Culture Award – Todd/Drake Law Offices
  • Health and Wellness Award – Nourish the Soul Wellness
  • Overall Woman of Influence Award – ATB

Event Sponsors:

  • Ageless Living
  • Chevroke Developments LTD.
  • Cold Lake Florist
  • DMSCC
  • Everything Organized
  • FCSS
  • The “I Do” Shop​
  • LCFASD
  • ​LG Fraser Consulting
  • Waterfront Harbour Bed & Breakfast
  • Wine Knows

A Huge Thank You to all our Sponsors, we wouldn’t be able to put on the event without your support!

Award Sponsors:

  • Keynote Speaker – Cenovus
  • Professional and Business Award – Lakeland Credit Union
  • Volunteer and Community Award – Lakeland United Way
  • Arts and Culture Award – Todd/Drake Law Offices
  • Health and Wellness Award – Cold Lake Medical Clinic Skin Wellness
  • Overall Woman of Influence Award – ATB

Cash event sponsors:

  • Functionally Fit
  • Cold Lake Dental
  • City of Cold Lake/FCSS

In Kind Sponsors:

  • LCFASD
  • DMSCC
  • 4 Wing
  • Everything Organized
  • Chevrok
  • Images Studio
  • LG Fraser Consulting
  • Cold Lake Florist
  • Inner Balance Therapeutics

Award Sponsors:

  • Community and Volunteer Award- Lakeland Credit Union
  • Business and Professional Award- Lakeland Credit Union
  • Overall Women of Influence Award- ATB
  • Arts and Culture Award-LG Fraser Consulting
  • Health and Wellness Award- LCFASD/DMSCC

Event Sponsors:

  • Cenovus
  • Everything Organized
  • 4 Wing MFRC
  • Cold Lake Florist
  • City of Cold Lake
  • Wealth Management

Award Recipients

2020 Award Winners

  • OVERALL WOMAN OF INFLUENCE – Val Hanson
  • ARTS & CULTURE – Linda Minoose
  • BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL – Viola McNeil
  • COMMUNITY & VOLUNTEER – Melanie Smith
  • HEALTH & WELLNESS – Elaine Wall
  • SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY- Chelsea Clarke
  • OLDER WOMEN- Mary Anne Penner

2019 AWARD RECIPIENTS

  • OVERALL WOMAN OF INFLUENCE – Brooke Cory
  • ARTS & CULTURE – Teresa Petit
  • BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL – Chantel Axani- Rawlake
  • COMMUNITY & VOLUNTEER – Linn Penner
  • HEALTH & WELLNESS – Cheryl Hunter
  • SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY- Lee VonGrad
  • OLDER WOMEN- Kaye Lewis
  • YOUNGER WOMEN- Maria Thiel

2019 NOMINEES

  • Alexis Corbin
  • ​Alisha Zadko
  • Amanda Mahe
  • Andrea Salzl
  • Andie Walker
  • Anna Deligianis
  • Blaise (Cheryl) Hunter
  • Brenda Brouwer
  • Brittany Tucker
  • Brooke Cory
  • Caitlyn Blake
  • Candice Sutterfield
  • Cari Cain
  • Cassandra Newton
  • Cathy Harvey
  • Chantel Axani-Rawlake
  • Chera Clements
  • Danika Desaulniers
  • Dawn Weber
  • Debbie Marcellus
  • Edith Claybert
  • Elaine Wall
  • Evelyn McCowan
  • Gail Hiar
  • Heather Henson
  • Jena Colbourne
  • Jhoana Patularu
  • Katherine Hodges
  • Kaye Lewis
  • Kelly Eagles
  • Kimberley Coosemans
  • ​Lee VonGrad
  • Leslie Mendez
  • Lillian Balaz
  • Linn Penner
  • Lisa Long
  • Lori Hamel
  • Maria Thiel
  • Mary-Anne Penner
  • Megan Hawley
  • Michelle Coulter
  • Michelle Quiban
  • Nada Chehayeb
  • Natalie Cooze
  • Nicole Grolux
  • Pateresa Winter
  • Susie O’Connor
  • Teresa Petit
  • TJ Unger
  • Tracey Belscher
  • Tyla Tong
  • Valerie Grau
  • Victoria Sparklingeyes
  • ​Viola McNeil

2018 AWARD RECIPIENTS

  • OVERALL WOMAN OF INFLUENCE – Jennifer Dusyk- Johnson
  • ARTS & CULTURE – Linda Hayward
  • BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL – Nadine Friesen
  • COMMUNITY & VOLUNTEER – Cathy Gauthier
  • HEALTH & WELLNESS – TJ Unger
  • SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY- Marsha Hayward
  • OLDER WOMEN- Linda Grant
  • YOUNGER WOMEN- Sarah Haldt

2018 NOMINEES

  • Jena Colbourne
  • Ghislaine Depot
  • Danika Desaulniers
  • Abigail Dinn
  • Jennifer Dusyk-Johnson
  • Genine Franklin
  • Nadine Friesen
  • Eliza Flores
  • Darlene Gates
  • Cathy Gauthier
  • Linda Grant
  • Linda Hayward
  • Marsha Hayward
  • Sarah Hildt​
  • Rachelle Hogg
  • Linda Howe
  • Monika Iverson
  • Theresa Legault
  • Rhoda Lemay
  • Elizabeth MacPhee
  • Debbie Marcellus
  • Jeri McCue
  • Lynn McFarlane
  • Lynda Minoose
  • Kendra Moore
  • Cassandra Newton
  • Teresa Petit
  • Mecell Pilon
  • Angela Plaquin
  • Jaimie Plouffe
  • Erica Reddecliff
  • Andrea Reid
  • Meghan Rennie
  • Anita Roy
  • Oreen Skiba
  • Alisha St.George
  • Annette Swiderski
  • Brittany Tucker
  • Hazel Tyson
  • Hannah Underdown
  • TJ Unger

2017 AWARD RECIPIENTS

  • OVERALL WOMAN OF INFLUENCE – PATTY COWDEN
  • ​ARTS & CULTURE – MEGAN BAILEY
  • BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL – KATHRYN HOTTE
  • COMMUNITY & VOLUNTEER – GWEN LEPINE-MORISSETTE
  • HEALTH & WELLNESS – CHRISTINA KEAN

2017 NOMINEES

  • Alexis Corbin
  • Angela Plaquin
  • Barb Carroll
  • Cari Cain
  • Cassandra Butt-Newton
  • Christina Kean
  • Debbie Cardinal
  • Elizabeth Morris
  • Evelyn McCowan
  • Gwen Lepine-Morissette
  • Heidi Massery
  • Iona Bailey
  • Jolyane Dumont
  • Johanne Thibeault
  • Judy Brooks
  • Kathryn Hotte
  • Kim Schmidtz
  • Lara Ripkens
  • Leanne Draper
  • Leslie Price
  • Lisa Swan
  • Linda Folkard
  • Lindsay Toth
  • Marie Michelle Siu
  • Mecell Pilon
  • Megan Bailey
  • Melodie Baskerville
  • Natalie Hoy
  • Patty Cowden
  • Teresa Petit
  • Yvette Shostak

2016 AWARD RECIPIENTS

  • OVERALL WOMAN OF INFLUENCE – PATRICIA COULTER
  • ARTS & CULTURE:MEREDITH KEIZER
  • BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL: KELLI WIPINSKI
  • COMMUNITY & VOLUNTEER: JANELLE SLOYCHUK
  • HEALTH & WELLNESS: SHERYL McCORMICK

2016 NOMINEES

  • Agnes Gendron
  • Barbara Carroll
  • Brittany Fuller
  • Corinne Beresford-Leeco
  • Dayana Porter
  • Debbie Tercier
  • Elaine Brisebois
  • Grace Schienbein
  • Grace Willie
  • Heather Ayers
  • Janelle Sloychuk
  • Jody Lehr Turco
  • Kathryn Hotte
  • Kelli Wispinski
  • ​Kelly Eagles
  • Leanne Draper
  • Liz MacPhee
  • Marilyne Thir
  • Martha Robertson
  • Meredith Keizer
  • Nadine Friesen
  • Oreen Skiba
  • Pat Coulter
  • Pennylynn Heffner
  • Rachel Ripkens
  • Sherri Bohme
  • Sheryl McCormick
  • Tasha Elliott
  • Yvette Shostak

2015 AWARD RECIPIENTS

  • OVERALL WOMAN OF INFLUENCE- NATALIE WISPINSKI
  • ARTS & CULTURE- AGNES GENDRON
  • BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL- JULIE CHORNEY
  • COMMUNITY & VOLUNTEERISM- LYDIA (GRACE) WILLIE
  • HEALTH & WELLNESS- YOLANDA PRINSLOO

2014 AWARD RECIPIENTS

  • OVERALL WOMAN OF INFLUENCE- LYLA ALLEN
  • VOLUNTEER & COMMUNITY – MARY ANN BUSHORE
  • HEALTH & WELLNESS- CLAUDIA MELTO
  • BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL- JUDGE KATHLEEN WILLIAMS
  • ARTS & CULTURE- LINDE DUNN

2013 AWARD RECIPIENTS

  • OVERALL WOMAN OF INFLUENCE- HELEN WHEELER
  • VOLUNTEER – EVA URLACHER
  • COMMUNITY- UTA SQUIRE
  • BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL- TANYA MCLEOD
  • ARTS & CULTURE- SVALA DUNN

Request for Submission

The Cold Lake Women of Influence committee is seeking submissions from local artists.

Each year we host an awards event in conjunction with International Women’s Day in March. This year’s event will be hosted on Friday, March 4, 2022.

We have decided to have an original piece of art created as the Award that is handed out at the event. Last award’s recipients received a crystal tree crafted by Blue Sun Healing. We are seeking a local artist to create 4-6 awards, plus a gift for the Keynote Speaker.

In this, our 10th year, the Cold Lake Women of Influence Committee will recognize the many vibrant women who contribute to our community. Specifically, we are seeking to recognize women who use their individual strengths and abilities to further themselves, their families, their organizations and our community. We recognize the multitude of ways in which women contribute to make Cold Lake the successful, flourishing community it is.

The Award must incorporate the Cold Lake Women of Influence logo in some way so the logo is prominent and easily visible. Also the year, 2022, must be noted as well. In case the words do not fit with the art work, an artist could potentially consider using the simpler design.

An Honorarium will be paid to the selected artist for the production of 4-6 Awards and 1 Keynote Presenter gift.

If you are interested in making a submission please contact Candice Sutterfield at csutterfield@lcfasd.com   with your information and ideas. We are requesting ideas to be submitted by Friday, January 3rd

Sincerely,
Cold Lake Women of Influence
Organizing Committee

2020 AWARDS
ARTIST- Blue Sky Healing

2018 AWARDS
ARTIST- CATHY AUST

2017 AWARDS
ARTIST- LAURI ANSELL

2016 AWARDS
ARTIST- MARINA BLAKE

2015 AWARDS
ARTIST- PATRICIA COULTER

2014 AWARDS
ARTIST- SARAH DIONNE

2013 AWARDS
ARTIST- BRENDA EBER

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