On Mar. 27, Maui County’s Committee on the Status of Women presented Sheri-Ann Daniels, Alberta de Jetley and Agnes Groff with “Women of Excellence” awards. The celebration–which coincided with Women’s History Month—also honored the late Elizabeth Rosemary Betty Baker Breen Janes-Brown (known to longtime Maui News readers as Liz Janes and then Liz Janes-Brown) with a “Honorary Historical Award.”
Daniels won the “Woman of Excellence Award,” which is presented to a woman 21 years and older for being an exemplary role model while championing a diverse number of causes in exhibiting impeccable character, courage and commitment.
The 2014 “Career Achievement Award” went to de Jetley for being a woman whose outstanding character, courage and commitment has made her an inspirational leader in achieving greatness in her career.
Groff’s “Unsung Hero Award,” was designed to honor a woman who is often the behind-the-scenes dynamic-force going above-and-beyond in distinguished service and compassion in her commitment to character and courage.
Paul Janes-Brown accepted his late wife’s award, which commemorates an extraordinary woman who has left a legacy of bravery and indelible memories in her outstanding character, courage and commitment.
Women’s History Month is a national celebration that honors the richness of women leaders and their accomplishments. In accordance with the national women’s movement, this year’s award theme, “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment,” honored the extraordinary and often unrecognized determination and tenacity of women. This formal recognition of women was started in 1980 by President Jimmy Carter as a week-long celebration. In 1987, the U.S. Congress expanded it to the month of March.
In addition to Maui’s awardees, 12 women were recognized nationally in March including Anna Julia Haywood Cooper, an African American educator and author born into enslavement and considered one of the leading intellectuals of her time; Tammy Duckworth, a member of Congress and an Iraq War Veteran who became the first disabled woman to serve in the U.S. Congress; and Jaida Im, an advocate for women survivors of human trafficking.
For information on the Maui County Committee on the Status of Women, visit mauicounty.gov/csw.
Photo courtesy of County of Maui/Ryan Piros