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2014 Ethels nomination deadline fast approaching

The nomination deadline for the 21st annual Ethel Tibbits Women of Distinction Awards is now less than two weeks away, and locals are urged to help recognize those in the community who really make a difference.

The Ethels are scheduled for Friday, March 14 at the Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport, 8181 Cambie Rd.

The categories are Youth, Sports, Arts, Business, Community-Volunteer, and Community-Professional, and nominations can be made online by visiting

The nomination deadline is Friday, Jan. 17.

The Ethels celebrates the accomplishments of local women, and is named in honour of the pioneering publisher of The Richmond Review, Ethel Tibbits, an outspoken community activist who was fearlessly critical in her columns, notably her strong stance against the internment of those of Japanese heritage during World War II.

The awards luncheon serves as a fundraiser for Nova House, a Chimo-operated shelter for women and their children escaping domestic violence. More than $280,000 has been raised for local women's charities since 1994.

Nominators are encouraged to provide as much relevant information about the nominees as possible, including the qualities of the nominee that set them apart, and how the nominee has made a tangible difference in the community. Judges will be relying solely on the information supplied to determine a winner.

Nomination packages should include at least two reference letters—and a maximum of three—that detail the work the nominee has done.

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