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K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year Recognizes Outstanding Achievements in Waterloo Region


(Waterloo Region, ON – September 25, 2017) – K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year takes time out to recognize and pay tribute to outstanding women in the community.

This year, the awards ceremony will take place Thursday, October 5th at 7:00 pm at Lot 42 Global Flex Campus, Kitchener, with special guest speaker Leslie Gordon Christie, certified personal trainer, life coach and mom. Leslie is a familiar face to the people of Southwestern Ontario as CTV’s Health & Lifestyle Specialist and otherwise known as “The Buff Mom”.

The event will be emceed by Brady, Adele and Tara , morning show hosts from CHYM 96.7.

Here is a list of the women from across the Region who have been nominated in each of the ten categories:

Arts & Culture (sponsored by Piller’s Fine Food) recognizes women for enriching the culture of our community through creation or promotion of the arts on a volunteer or professional basis.

Rhonda Kran (Kitchener)
Nancy Regehr (Waterloo)
Meg Leslie (Kitchener) Hailey Rich (Waterloo)

Community Service (sponsored by Rogers TV) recognizes women for generously volunteering time to programs and services that make our community a better place.

Sharon Gilroy-Dreher (Kitchener)
Janet Hoffman (Waterloo)
Faith Morphy (New Hamburg)
Jennifer Pataki (Cambridge)
Tracy Shonk-Lacey (Waterloo)
Carmen Sutherland (Waterloo)

Entrepreneur (sponsored by RE/MAX Solid Gold Realty Ltd. Ken Cameron) recognizes women for initiating and/or administering an enterprise or business.

Anna Aceto-Guerin (Cambridge)
Christina Boon (New Hamburg)
Lindsay Coulter (Waterloo)
Dianne deJong (Waterloo)
Ingrid Hartman (Waterloo)
Laura Howey Mader (Kitchener)
Jennifer Knapp (Cambridge)
Sarah Martin-Mills (Cambridge)

Group Achievement (sponsored by TD Canada Trust) recognizes achievements by a group of women that impact and/or improve our community or our society.

SHORE Centre
Life With A Baby
Coalition of Muslim Women of KW

Health & Wellness (sponsored by The Greater KW Chamber of Commerce) recognizes women for promoting and helping others achieve and promote mental, physical or spiritual well-being in her career or community involvement.

Kathryn Bender (New Dundee)
Mary Mueller (Kitchener)
Lana Vanderlee (Kitchener)

Lifetime Achievement recognizes women for being role models, mentors and/or advocates for positive and social change throughout their lifetime.

Maria deBoer (Kitchener)
Rhonda Kran (Kitchener)
Tracy Shonk-Lacey (Waterloo)
Kathryn Bender (New Dundee)
Mary Mueller (Kitchener)
Linda Fabi (Cambridge)

Professional (sponsored by Rogers Radio Group CHYM 96.7/570 News/Country 106.7 FM) recognizes women for dedicating themselves to the pursuit of excellence in their chosen careers.

Glynis Burkhalter (Kitchener)
Linda Fabi (Cambridge)
Bev Gay (Waterloo)
Kathy Hogarth (Waterloo)
Carrie Mulrooney (Kitchener)
Diana Parry (Kitchener)

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (sponsored by S.G Cunningham) recognizes women for outstanding advancement to the field of STEM.

Julia Biedermann (Kitchener)
Ai-Leng Foong (Kitchener)
Jenna Quinn (Waterloo)

Sports & Recreation recognizes women for actively participating, coaching or volunteering in sports or recreation.

Rhonda-Marie Avery (Kitchener)
Sevanne Ghazarian (Cambridge)
Carla Munch-Miranda (Cambridge)
Carling Zeeman (Cambridge)

Young Adult (14 to 25) (sponsored by the Kitchener Fire Department) recognizes young women for leading by example and being a role model to her peers.

Mikaila Emrich (Cambridge)
Maggie Sutherland (Waterloo)
Cecilia Weber (Baden)

Look for the feature presentation of the 2017 K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year Awards ONLY on Rogers. The awards gala will be televised on Sunday, October 8 at 7pm on Rogers TV, Cable 20. Details at www.rogerstv.com

Residents of the Region were encouraged to nominate their choice for K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year and are invited to enjoy this evening with these distinguished women. Tickets are limited and are available at the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Official Retail Store, 519-570-4267 x227 or online at www.oktoberfest.ca.

The K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year awards are proudly supported by Rogers, TD Bank Group, Sobeys, Little Mushroom Catering, Strongbow Apple Cider, Snapd KW and Morell Kelly Accident, Injury and Disability Law.

About Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is a not-for-profit Bavarian festival founded in 1969 by a group of volunteers committed to contributing to the social and economic vitality of Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada twin cities with German heritage. Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival celebrates German heritage, food, music and festivities and is supported by more than 50 not-for-profit organizations. The festival is operated by eight year-round full-time staff, over 480 volunteers and 1,300 community and service club volunteers that stage the nine-day festival each October promoting a unique German cultural experience. As well as the economic boost the festival gives the local economy during the international festival, over $1.5 million is raised each year by the not-for-profit organizations associated with Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, one of the top three most recognized event brands in Canada.

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For additional information:

Alfred Lowrick
Interim Executive Director,
K-W Oktoberfest Inc.
519-570-4267 ext. 222


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