2018 Women’s Influencer Awards

Women of the Tri-Cities shone as four of our exceptional leaders were named winners at the second annual ​Women Influencers Awards​ which was held at the Hard Rock Casino in Coquitlam on Nov. 16.. Tina D’Amelio, Karen Roosen, Bernadette Butler, and Tabitha McLoughlin were all honoured for the work they do in our community.

Tina D’Amelio, a counselor in School District 43, was named “Exceptional Educator”. Tina is recognized for giving so much to kids and families in addition to the work she does in schools. Perhaps best known for her “Coats for Kids ” program that helped clothe and provide home essentials for hundreds of families in the Lower Mainland for 12 years, she is also renowned for organizing and implementing the fundraiser for the 48 families who lost their homes in the North Road Fire.

“Sustainability Champion” was awarded to Tabitha McLoughlin, Executive Director of the Coquitlam Farmers Market Society (CFMS), who has spent the last 12 years with the organization, passionately promoting the importance of supporting the local food system and building a local economy.

The “Online Dynamo” award was presented to Bernadette Butler, CEO and Co-founder of StoryTap, a video solution for businesses who want 5-star rated video reviews from their customers. Bernadette is also the founder of a free learning platform for women and finances. Karen Roosen, COO and Co-founder at Innovior Construction, was named “Extraordinary Leader” for the work she does both in her business and in the community to support and cultivate other women leaders. Karen is also President of the Coquitlam Tennis Club and is a recipient of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Volunteer Distinction of Honour.

Thirty-two judges in phases one and two of the selection process rated nominees in nine award categories on their generosity of spirit, their level of engagement or activities including what they have done in the community, the quantity and quality of their work, and the impact of their initiatives.

“We are so proud to honour these exceptional women for the amazing work they do in our community with their love and dedication to different initiatives,” said Sandra Horton, a Co-founder of the Women’s Collaborative Hub Society. “Empowering women with confidence through awards like these inspires them to go on and empower others. It’s a positive cycle.” The Women’s Collaborative Hub Society, founded by Horton along with Trish Mandewo and Dana Harvey, initiated the awards in 2017 in direct response to informal research they conducted through the organization’s “World Cafe” events which revealed that confidence is one of the biggest barriers between women and success in any area of life.

The awards are hosted by the Women’s Collaborative Hub Society to recognize and celebrate women from all walks of life who make a positive difference to those around them in the communities of the Tri-Cities, Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge. Generous community sponsorship makes the evening possible. Women’s Collaborative Hub Society founders and directors would like to thank the Tri-City News, Title Sponsor Noura Homes, and so many other sponsors for their support.

Other winners included Brenda Garcia (Community Steward), Cheryl Zandbergen (Inspirational Wonder Woman), Vicki Kipps (Beyond the Call of Duty), Dr. Ursula Luitingh (Outstanding Caregiver), and Melissa Quinn (Emerging Influencer).

Category Finalists

EMERGING INFLUENCERS

Caitey Gilchrist
Melissa Quinn
Michaela Evans

SUSTAINABILITY CHAMPION

Jeanette Jackson
Laura Lefurgey-Smith
Tabitha McLoughlin

INSPIRATIONAL WONDER WOMAN

Charlene Shular
Cheryl Zandbergen
Shirley Weir

COMMUNITY STEWARD

Brenda Garcia
Laurel Shannon Lawson
Lisa Shepherd

ONLINE DYNAMO

Bernadette Butler
Gemma Wilson
Tazeem Jamal

EXCEPTIONAL EDUCATOR

Mandi Sellers
Penny Shepherd-Hill
Tina D’Amelio

BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY

Devyn Giordano
Gill McCulloch
Vicki Kipps

EXTRAORDINARY LEADER

Caroline Mundell
Karen Roosen
Michelle Tremblay

OUTSTANDING CAREGIVER

Janet Rosenfield
Susan Whittemore
Dr. Ursula Luitingh

Category Winners

EMERGING INFLUENCERS
Melissa Quinn

SUSTAINABILITY CHAMPION
Tabitha McLoughlin

INSPIRATIONAL WONDER WOMAN
Cheryl Zandbergen

COMMUNITY STEWARD
Brenda Garcia

ONLINE DYNAMO
Bernadette Butler

EXCEPTIONAL EDUCATOR
Tina D’Amelio

BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY
Vicki Kipps

EXTRAORDINARY LEADER
Karen Roosen

OUTSTANDING CAREGIVER
Dr. Ursula Luitingh

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