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2014 Ethel Tibbits Award nominations now being accepted

Irene Frith was the winner of last year’s Ethel Tibbits Pioneer Award. - Paul Duchart file photo
Irene Frith was the winner of last year’s Ethel Tibbits Pioneer Award.
— image credit: Paul Duchart file photo

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 tinyurl.com/2014Ethel.

The nomination deadline is Friday, Jan. 17.

The Ethels celebrates the accomplishments of local women, and is named in honour of the pioneering editor 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 the Second World War.

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 sets 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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