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Jillian Armit named Chilliwack SI Woman of the Year

This year's winner of the Soroptimist International Woman of the Year award is best known for her steadfast advocacy helping those affected by Alzheimer's.

Jillian Armit is the 2014 Chilliwack SI Woman of the Year.

Armit is the longtime education coordinator with Chilliwack Alzheimer's Society. For years, she has worked tirelessly helping those affected by Alzheimer's disease through the most difficult times of their lives. Whether it's someone recently diagnosed, or a longtime sufferer of the disease, as well as caregivers, Armit is there.

As well as her personal support, Armit has also coordinated workshops to raise awareness for dementia-related conditions.

She is the "go-to" person for Alzheimer's information.

"We were very impressed with the inspired work of Jillian Armit and congratulate her for being selected as the 2014 Woman of the Year," said Anita Rogers, president of Soroptimist International of Chilliwack.

"Our judges have selected a very worthy winner."

In addition to Woman of the Year, SI also selected Morgan Bahnmon, a student at G.W. Graham middle-secondary school, as the winner of the Violet Richardson Award, which recognizes a young woman, 14-17, who is engaged in volunteer action in the school and community.

As well, the Soroptimist Club selected two winners, names not disclosed, for the Women's Opportunity Award, assisting women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills, and employment prospects and create a better standard of living for themselves and their family. One award was worth $2,500 and the other $1,000.

An awards ceremony will be held April 23 inside the City of Chilliwack Council Chambers at 6 p.m.

Admission is free.

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