Roger's Women of the Year
Roger's Women of the Year
Roger's Women of the Year
Roger's Women of the Year
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Roger's Women of the Year

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Roger's Women of the Year Virtual Event
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 7:30 - 9:00 pm


Pink Sapphire Cocktail (makes 2)

This floral, tannic and refreshing libation is a delight with every sip. Its beautiful colour from hibiscus and rose infused grapefruit juice is mirrored by Bombay's botanical flavours and complimented by the slight spice of Fever Tree ginger beer. Finished with a couple dashes of playful and bright cherry bitters.

Cheers to creativity!

**If you are purchasing a general admission ticket without a meal, please select the 7:30pm time slot when checking out.

The K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year recognizes and pays tribute to outstanding women* in the community in the following categories: Arts & Culture; Community Service; Entrepreneur; Health & Wellness; Lifetime Achievement; Professional; Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math (STEAM); and Young Adult.
This year, join us in the celebration of these impressive women with a virtual award ceremony and entertainment on May 4 at 7:30pm. Event tickets are $30, with a portion of the ticket sales going to the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region. 

*Women of the Year are inclusive of all women, non-binary, transgender, two-spirited, women of all classes, races, sexualities, ableness, and identities. KWO Women of the Year is for ALL women.

Keynote Speaker - Samra Zafar
Samra Zafar is an award-winning internationally renowned speaker, best selling author and educator for equity, mental health, and human rights. She has been recognized among the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada, Top 25 Most Inspirational Women in Canada, and To 25 Canadian Immigrants.
Her book, A Good Wife: Escaping The Life I Never Chose, based on her journey of escaping an abusive child marriage to pursue her education, shed light on gender-based oppression, is a national best seller, was one of CBC's Best Books of 2019, and is being adapted to a premium TV series.
Her work has impacted millions and has been extensively featured in national and global media. Samra's speaking portfolio includes three successful TED Talks, and many leading corporations, universities, and non-profits around the world.

Want a little extra? The VIP tickets include a delicious meal from Proof Kitchen and Lounge. 
Meals will be available for pick up at Proof Kitchen & Lounge on May 4th prior to the event.
If you would like a meal but are unable to pick it up, Cart 2 Curb would be happy to deliver it to you.
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Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken Saltimbocca
Sage goat cheese stuffing / confit cherry tomato + gin cucumber salad / pickled quail egg / shallot honey vinaigrette 
Mini Eaton Mess
Roasted lemon curd / vanilla sponge / raspberries / whipped cream
Vegan Cold Rolls (GF)
Spicy marinated smoked tofu / soy vermicelli noodle stuffing / pickled wild mushroom + long bean salad / lime sriracha gastrique
Vegan chocolate Peanut Decadence (GF)
rich chocolate ganache / salted caramel + peanut / wild berry compote 
Here are the nominees in each of the 8 categories:
Arts & Culture (sponsored by Home Hardware) recognizes women for enriching the culture of our community through the creation or promotion of the arts on a volunteer or professional basis.
Jayme Armstrong (Kitchener)                   April Bulmer (Cambridge)
Jennifer Farquhar (Kitchener)                   Marcia Horvat (Waterloo)
Lisa O'Connell (Waterloo)                          Donna Dubie (Kitchener)
Ruppan Grewal (Kitchener)                       Mona Mousa (Waterloo)
Brenda Reid (Kitchener)
Community Service (sponsored by Rogers TV) recognizes women for generously volunteering time to programs and services that make our community a better place.
Lynda Abshoff (Cambridge)             Andrea Davidson (Kitchener)
Siobhan Bonisteel (Cambridge)       Selam Debs (Waterloo)
Nadine Green (Cambridge)              Tessa Jennison (Bayfield)
Corey Kimpson (Cambridg               Julie Sawatzky (Kitchener)
Shelley Uvanile-Hesch (Baden)       Corinne Williams (Kitchener)
Sharon Gilroy-Dreher (Kitchener)    Joy Huggins (Waterloo)
Bobbie Kennedy (Kitchener)             Sylvia Kolednik (Kitchener)
April Tu (Elmira)                                 Tammy Webster (Kitchener)

Entrepreneur (sponsored by Piller's Fine Foods) recognizes women for initiating and/or administering an enterprise or business.
Bolatito Alawode (Kitchener)
Irene Divaris (Waterloo)
Gosia Jurgiel (Waterloo)
Jessica Malcolm (Kitchener)
Ainsley Poirier-Craig (Kitchener)
Jill Zappitelli (Waterloo)
Shelby Behling (Kitchener)
Sandra Gibson (Waterloo)
Leah Mackie (Waterloo)
Stephanie Melo (Cambridge)
Tracy Valko (Kitchener)

Health & Wellness (sponsored by 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.
Dajana Beckman (Kitchener)
Dr. Nicole Didyk (Waterloo)
Dr. Linda Lee (Kitchener)
Michelle Wein (Drumbo)
Dr. Veronique Boscart (Bright)
Kate Elliott (Waterloo)
Diana Strickland (Kitchener)
Lifetime Achievement (Sponsored by Schlegel Villages) recognizes women for being role models, mentors and/or advocates for positive and social change throughout their lifetime.
Lynda Abshoff (Cambridge)
April Bulmer (Cambridge)
Marcia Horvat (Waterloo)
Patricia Polischuk (Kitchener)
Sherry Shannon-Vanstone (Campbellville)
Shelley Uvanile-Hesch (Baden)
Corinne Williams (Kitchener)
Dr. Veronique Boscart (Bright)
Donna Dubie (Kitchener)
Dr. Lina Lee (Kitchener)
Laura Potje (Drumbo)
Lisa Toner (Breslau)
Tracy Valko (Kitchener)
Professional (sponsored by CHYM 96.7, Country 106.7 & 570 News) recognizes women for dedicating themselves to the pursuit of excellence in their chosen careers.
Irindeep Badial (Cambridge)
Kimberley Fowler (Cambridge)
Colleen James (Kitchener)
Patricia Polischuk (Kitchener)
Sandi Young (Cambridge)
Judy Bradford (Cambridge)
Jen Gordon (Kitchener)
Kathryn Kitchen (Baden)
Lisa Toner (Breslau)
Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math (sponsored by Enbridge) recognizes women for outstanding advancement to the field of STEAM. 
Tereza Dan (Waterloo)
Angelique Mohring (Kitchener)
Avonwy (Avvey) Peters (Kitchener)
Karishma Punwani (Kitchener)
Komal Singh (Kitchener)
Christine Logel (Kitchener)
Olga Pawluczyk (Waterloo)
Laura Potje (Drumbo)
Sherry Shannon-Vanstone (Campbellville)
Leah Zhang-Kennedy (Stratford)
Young Adult (14 to 25) (sponsored by the Kitchener Fire Department) recognizes young women for leading by example and being a role model to their peers.
Fatima Awan (Cambridge)
Nikolina Lesic (Kitchener)
Kirsten Mosey (Waterloo)
Emma Spence (Cambridge)
Samantha Heard (Waterloo)
Jasmine Marinelli (Kitchener)
Mariko Shimoda (Kitchener)
Rupakeerthana Vemulapalli (Mississauga)