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2010 K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year Award Recipients


K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year took time out last night to recognize and pay tribute to some outstanding women in the community.

\"Our involvement is a true privilege. The Rogers Group of Companies is thrilled to champion the great women of this incredible Region,” said Mike Collins, General Manager of the Rogers Kitchener Radio Group.

At an awards ceremony at St. George Banquet Hall, the following women were recognized for their outstanding contributions to this community:

Arts & Culture (sponsored by 96.7 CHYM FM/570 News/KIX 106.7 FM) recognizes women for enriching the culture of our community through creation or promotion of the arts on a volunteer or professional basis.

Isabel Cisterna
Isabel is the creator and driving force behind Neruda Productions, a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to building bridges in our community with music, dance, drama and the visual arts from around the world. In addition to running Neruda Productions, as its Artistic Director, Isabel is also an accomplished actress, board member of the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund, board member of Community Arts Ontario; as well as, recipient of many awards for her leadership.

Community Service (sponsored by M&T Printing Group) recognizes women for generously volunteering time to programs and services that make our community a better place.

Linda Hendry
Linda has served as a volunteer trustee on the KidsAbility School Authority for eighteen years, she then served as a community member on the KidsAbility Parent Council, moving to the School Authority as a trustee (where she is serving to this day). Linda is also a volunteer with the KW Maycourt Club, an organization that supports women who are disadvantaged socially, economically, emotionally, or physically. She received special commendation for her commitment to the Monday Night Ladies Group in March of 2010, presented by the ladies as “The Maycourt Leader of the Year.”

Entrepreneur (sponsored by Wilfrid Laurier School of Business & Economics) recognizes women for initiating and/or administering an enterprise or business.

Shevaun Voisin
Shevaun is publisher and owner of Motivated Magazine (a magazine about business and the passion and purpose behind it); this has lead to her speaking at the Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) conference. She continues to attract high profile cover stories and contributors to her magazine, such as: Will Smith, President Bill Clinton, Silken Laumann and others. Her magazine is published four times a year, and is located at Chapters/Indigo, Barnes & Noble, and throughout airports in North America. She is on the Board of Leadership Waterloo Region, volunteers her time with Extend-A-Family, and mentors young entrepreneurs in Waterloo Region.

Health & Wellness (sponsored by Fitness 360˚ for Women) recognizes women for promoting and helping others achieve and promote mental, physical or spiritual well-being in her career or community involvement.

Meaghan Johnson
Meaghan is the founder and director of Queen Street Yoga. She teaches a program called Bridges to Health, an innovative program for women recovering from alcohol and drug addictions. She ran a yoga program at the women’s prison in Kitchener. Her business offers a “pay what you can” class weekly to those who cannot afford full rates (with no minimum donation required). She also teaches yoga throughout various high schools in the Region, in an attempt to introduce young people to a coping mechanism for stress. Queen Street Yoga donates gift certificates to any charity needing them for fundraising events.

Lifetime Achievement (sponsored by Karen and Warren Redman) recognizes women for being active in their community by sharing their heart, their time and their life experience.

Elsie Cressman
Elsie is well known in the K-W Community for her work as a midwife, although she started her career as a nurse in this area. During the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s Elsie was instrumental in most of the home births in this area; a reunion for Elsie’s babies was held in the late 1990’s as a tribute to her. Elsie started delivering babies in home when it was still illegal to do so in Canada, although she had formal Midwifery training from England. Elsie is credited with being instrumental in the legalization of Midwifery in Ontario. Today there are a number of Universities that offer a degree in Midwifery.

Professional (sponsored by Rogers) recognizes women for dedicating themselves to the pursuit of excellence in her chosen career.

Dr. Jennifer Schnarr
Dr. Schnarr obtained her medical degree through McMaster University. At the age of thirty-two she moved back to Kitchener-Waterloo to start her own medical practice. Recipient of the Regional Medical Association Scholarship for her study entitled “Comparing E-leaning Modules to Traditional Training Techniques in Undergraduate Obstetrics and Gynecology Training.” She is a staff physician in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Grand River Hospital. She gives lectures across Canada to medical students preparing for exams. She loves to dance, teach, instruct group fitness, save lives, and bring new lives into the world.

Sports & Recreation (sponsored by Rogers TV) recognizes women for actively participating, coaching or volunteering in sports or recreation.

Rachel Conway
Rachel has led by example at Forest Heights. She displays outstanding sportsmanship and dedication to every sport she participates in. Rachel has been the female cross country running MVP for the years 2006/07, 2007/08, and 2008/09. Her commitment to the Forest Heights Athletic Council allowed her to use her leadership skills to promote her love of sport to the entire school community. Her ability to balance academics, leadership, school sport and community sport is awe inspiring.

Young Adult (14 to 25) (sponsored by Rogers Cable) recognizes young women for leading by example and being a role model to her peers.

Rachel Loewen
Rachel raised money for Grand River Hospital to provide gift bags for pediatric in-patients, special gifts to special children/teens who are being treated for cancer and small gifts for their parents and families. She fundraised to provide craft materials such as models, colouring posters, beading materials and mobiles to Child Life staff. She raised over $8,000 for her Random Acts of Kindness day; and those who donated to her received a thank you note and gerbera daisy. She volunteers with Nutrition for Learning. She can often be found picking up garbage or riding on public transit, to show she is doing her part for the environment.

Residents of the Region were encouraged to nominate their choice for Women of the Year and were invited to enjoy this evening with these distinguished women. Rogers TV will televise the awards ceremony, please visit www.rogers.com for a schedule.


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