The Women of Victoria should be proud today. Monday, June 6 heralded a crowning achievement for some of this city’s women who gave their all to their community and themselves. Listening to the accomplishments by the winners were both inspiring and impacting. A first time attendee of the event stated that she has lived here for many years and had no idea such dynamite women resided in this city.
She’s right. The women honoured, both winners and nominees alike were incredible and have much to celebrate.
As each category was presented it was truly inspiring to listen to why these women were chosen. A common thread ran through each of their stories. A strong community mindedness founded their businesses and values. Whether it was The Woman of Community all the way through to The Woman of Adventure and all those in between, their journeys all captured a strong sense of belonging which ensured they left no one behind.
The Unlimited Woman Awards, brainchild of Carolyne Taylor of YoUnlimited, came into being simply because she wanted to create a platform to recognize the women of Victoria in several categories.
I want to live in a world where the words “I feel invisible” are never uttered again. I want to live in a world where a women are recognized for the great contribution they make, every day. Some of us come from families or have had relationships where we felt like we were ‘not enough’. I want women to know that they are more than enough! ~ Carolyne Taylor
These women can never be invisible again after last night.
The well attended event hosted over 200 people who came out to support, cheer and be entertained. The Victoria Convention Centre was the perfect backdrop for the ceremony. Two poignant moments will always be remembered. As part of the entertainment lineup, a reading was performed by blogger, Linda Hunter of Living With Grace. She paid tribute to her mother. She brought tears and laughter as well as a great sense of gratitude not just for our mothers but for those who act like moms throughout our lives. She raised awareness and appreciation for those of us who are moms and the impact we create to those around us. If you wish to read her words, click here for more details.
The second highlight was the award given for The Woman of Potential. It went to two young ladies, two very young ladies. Lily Cote and Ella Stanger for the creation of 100 Girls Who Care. Like 100 Women Who Care, as young ladies, they too have gathered highly engaged community-minded girls who are all about the spirit of giving. These two are ones to watch and we can all take our cues from what they’ve accomplished so far. Well done!
The accolades can go on for a long time. The women of Victoria have a special energy that elicits power and grace. Victoria is not a huge metropolis but it boasts tenacity, courage, boldness, audacity and leadership amongst its female movers and shakers whether they were honoured on stage or not.
Not everyone can win. Not everyone has to. But everyone can be a winner in their everyday lives and that’s what this evening truly signifies, the ability to stand and win no matter where you are or what you do in life.
Kudos to all in attendance last night, to all the nominees and to all of last night’s winners. The Women of Victoria have much to be proud of!