Local ladies were recognized on Thursday night (Mar.8).
 
This year's Fort Saskatchewan International Women’s Day Awards Gala saw nearly 50 nominees compete for seven awards.
 
"It was so fantastic, I couldn't have asked for a better night," said gala chair, Rebecca Trotter. "It was so special because when you stop, pause and you have a chance to reflect on the amazing people that we actually have in our community you're overwhelmed with pride."
 
Some of the guest speakers throughout the evening included MP for Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan Garnett Genuis, Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville MLA Jessica Littlewood, Lesley MacMillan, Bailey Dunbar and Heather Boonstra.
 
Fort Saskatchewan councillor Jibs Abitoye took home the award for Arts and Culture.
 
"I'm just really happy and excited because tonight was a great night," said Abitoye.
 
All nominees and awards winners are below. 
Arts and culture:
Jibs Abitoye, Meghan MacMillan, Cynthia Walker and Dianne Yanch
Winner: Jibs Abitoye
 
Exemplary youth:
Dana Guenette, Samantha Hunt, Cassidy Sinclair and Rayleen Sloman
Winner: Rayleen Sloman
 
Humanitarian:
Shirley Denbrader, Lori-Ann Huot and Janice Schoepp.
Winner: Lori-Ann Huot
 
Mentorship:
Janine Brisbois, Leanne Cameron, Angila Chase, Marilyn Henderson, Lisa Makin, Janet Nicholson, Yvonne Raiwet and Katherine Waller
Winner: Katherine Waller
 
Professional achievement:
Victoria ArmStrong, Tamara Bellamy, Anglia Chase, Lisa Crawford, Shirley Denbrader, Wendy Doyle, Marilyn Henderson, Ann Lavoy, Lindsay Morey, Alana Seymour, Colinne Stroud and Cynthia Walker
Winner: Tamara Bellamy
 
Volunteerism:
Leah Anderson, Sam Cooper, Wendy Doyle, Patty Gignac, Laura Harkin, Susan Kerr, Allison Smith, Terry Stacey, Cynthia Walker, Katherine Waller, Donna Wozney, Teri Ewanchuk, Angila Chase and Tricia Kumba
Winner: Laura Harkin
 
Women’s well-being:
Melissa Begg, Irene Bobocel, Lisa Crawford, Aylisa Eldridge, Lori-Ann Huot, DeeAnne Riendeau, Rachel Spirig, Stacy Westman and Stephaine Wigmore
Winner: Irene Bobocel
 

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