If you know a strong woman of character, it may be time to submit her name for a “Woman of Excellence” award. The County of Maui’s Committee on the Status of Women is accepting nominations for its awards program, which this year celebrates “women of character, courage and commitment,” aligning with Women’s History Month.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of the women who have helped shape Maui County,” said Ann Arakawa, the wife of Mayor Alan Arakawa. “Please take a moment to thank an exceptional woman you know by nominating her for one of the award categories. These women are role models for all of us, and it’s important that we give them the recognition they deserve.”
Maui County women will be honored in five categories: Young Woman of Promise (14-21 years old); Woman of Excellence (21 years and up); Unsung Hero; Honorary Historical Award (Posthumous); and Career Achievement.
Nominees will be selected based on their demonstrated courage, vision and commitment to women; they also will be selected for their contributions to the betterment of life within the County of Maui. If you are interested in nominating someone, forms are available online at mauicounty.gov/CSW under “Additional Information.”
Deadline for nominations is 4pm on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. Nominees and winners will be recognized during a Women’s History Month “Women of Excellence” awards presentation on Thursday, Mar. 27, 2014, from 3-5pm; location of that event will be announced.
Last year, winners included Amber Kukuileiwilimomi Afelin, Young Woman of Promise; Vicki Soo Hoo, Woman of Excellence; Isla Young, Career Achievement; and Cecelia M. Romero, Unsung Hero. An award was also presented to Eileen Parkman, then nine years old, for being a “defender of the defenseless.”
For more information about this year’s award program, call 808-870-0053 or contact CWS member Carol Reimann via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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