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BPW Ontario Leadership BPW Canada Leadership Years Of  Service Life Members

BPW Ontario Leadership/Woman of the Year 

This award recognizes members for their outstanding achievements, with a focus on leadership, during a biennium. A BPW Ontario member is nominated by at least one fellow member. The Leadership Award format began in 2008 and prior the Woman of the Year format was awarded from 2002 - 2006. From 1996 to 2000, the award was named the Outstanding Woman of the Year and members were nominated by their district.

Leadership 2020

Joint Winners

  • Valerie Clarke, North Toronto
  • Sheila Crook, Bowmanville
  • Heather Ellis, Trenton & District
  • Kelly Franklin, London
  • Joanne Hodgson, Barrie
  • Zainab Williams, Brampton

Leadership 2018

  • Mary Beth Bezzina, London
  • Sharon Doran, Barrie
  • Pat Dowling, Brampton

Leadership 2016

  • Winnifred Barnett, London
  • Kimberly Rowntree, Barrie

Leadership 2014

  • Recipient:  Laura Noble, London
    • Nominees: 
      • Lin Gibson, Greater Sudbury
      • Barb Hicks, Bowmanville
      • Karen Moffatt, London
      • Corinna Traill, Bowmanville
      • Christina Wetmore, Barrie

Distinguished Service Award 2014*

  • Doris Hall, London

Leadership 2012

  • Barbara Wetmore, Barrie
  • Norma Yau, London

Leadership 2010

  • Sandra Franke, Barrie
  • Kathryn Munn, London
  • Linda Rice, North Toronto

Leadership 2008

  • Katherine Allen, Toronto East
  • Kim Beatty, Durham
  • Vi Andersen, Barrie

Woman of the Year 2006

  • Teresa Habs, Barrie

Woman of the Year 2004

  • Recipient: Joyce Marshall, Durham
    • Nominee:
      • Rachel Proulx, Greater Sudbury

Woman of the Year 2002 

  • Recipient: Sheila Crook, London
    • Nominees: 
      • Valerie Darling, Trenton & District
      • Val McMahon, Greater Sudbury

* One-time award

Outstanding Woman of the Year (1996 - 2000)

Nominees were selected, by district, for the Outstanding Woman of the Year Award. The recipient of the Outstanding Women of the Award represented BPW Ontario at the upcoming BPW Canada National Convention. 

Outstanding Woman of the Year 2000

  • Recipient: Ann Kenney, District 2 - Bracebridge
    • Nominees:
      • Vickie Hughes, District 1 - London
      • Val Dunn, District 4 - Toronto East
      • Valerie Darling, District 5 - Trenton & District
      • Marlene Moore, District 6

Outstanding Woman of the Year 1998

  • Recipient:  Sharon Selkirk, District 6 - Sault Ste Marie
    • Nominees:  
      • Ann Kenney, District 2 - Bracebridge
      • Carrie McCollum, District 3 - Cambridge
      • Mary Andrews, District 4 - Brampton
      • Mavis Carlton, District 4 - Bowmanville
      • Ruth McMullen, District 5 - Belleville

Outstanding Woman of the Year 1996

  • Recipient:  Carol Sharpe, District 4 - Durham
    • Nominees:  
      • Elisabeth Clare, District 3 - Cambridge
      • Ruth McMullen, District 5 - Belleville
      • Leena Jenson, District 6 - Greater Sudbury

BPW Canada National Leadership Awards

BPW Canada Leadership Award is presented at the BPW Canada Biennium Convention.

BPW Ontario Recipients:

The 2020 Leadership was presented at BPW Canada's 47th Biennial Convention. This was a virtual event. Kelly Franklin of BPW London received the award. Click here to view the presentation of the award.

The 2012 Leadership Award was presented at BPW Canada's 43rd Biennial Convention in London, Ontario. Dr. Carole Orchard of BPW London received the award.

The 2010 Leadership Award was presented at BPW Canada's 42nd Biennial Convention in Barrie, Ontario. Laura Noble of BPW London received the award. Leadership Committee Member, Henrike von Platen of BPW Germany, presented the award to Laura.

The 2008 Leadership Awards were presented at BPW Canada's 41st Biennial Convention in Winnipeg in July 2008. Sheila Crook of BPW London, Ontario, Linda Prafke of BPW Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and Rachel Proulx of BPW Greater Sudbury, Ontario received the distinctive award for their outstanding leadership. Also nominated were Sharon Hale of BPW Greater Moncton and Dianne Matyas of BPW Kitchener-Waterloo. The awards were presented by the President of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women Chonchanok (Nok) Viravan of Thailand.

All BPW Canada Leadership Award Recipients

Life Members

Years of Service

BPW Ontario recognizes members for their years of service at each Annual Conference. Recognition is for 10 and 15 years of service. Twenty years and up is recognized at the BPW Canada Biennium Convention. 

BPW Ontario recognized the following members at the 2020 BPW Ontario Provincial Conference 

10 Years of Service
Charlene Borg     Brampton
Nelia De Sousa     Brampton
Wendy Humphreys     Brampton
Indira Persaud     Brampton
15 Years of Service
Sue Brydon   Barrie
Lianne Armstrong   London

BPW Ontario members recognized at past BPW Ontario Conferences

Joined Prior to 1970
Dormer Ellis   1959     North Toronto
Ruth Jesshope   1959     Sault Ste Marie
Ruth McMullen   1960     Belleville
Anne Hodson   1966     St. Catharines
Leny Crum-Ewing   1968     North Toronto
Sharon Selkirk   1968     Sault Ste Marie


Joined 1970 - 1979
Judy Hagerman   1971     Bowmanville
Kris McDonald   1971     Bowmanville
Ethel Clarke   1972     North Toronto
Valerie Clarke   1972     North Toronto
Valerie Dunn   1976     North Toronto
Phyllis Hemingway   1977     Cambridge
Emily Noble   1977     Sault Ste Marie
Patricia (Pat) Wepf   1979     Brampton


Joined 1980 - 1989
Dora Cook   1980     Sault Ste Marie
Sharon Nicholls   1981     North Toronto
Suzanne Roy   1981     Brampton
Margaret Deane   1984     St. Catharines
Sandra Franke   1985     Barrie
Mary Balfour   1986     Cambridge
Nancy Barnes   1986     Bowmanville
Joan Ann Evelyn   1987     Durham
Teresa Habs   1987     Barrie
Doris Hall    1987     London
Joyce Marshall   1987     Durham
Dottie Voegele   1987     Brampton
Barb Coutu   1988     Sault Ste Marie
Barbara Hicks   1988     Bowmanville
Eva Main   1988     London
Sandra Katvala   1989     North Toronto
Carol Wrightman   1989     Barrie


Joined 1990 - 1999
Monique Forsyth   1990     Greater Sudbury
Sheila Crook   1991     Bowmanville
Karin Gorgerat   1991     Trenton & District
Margaret Millington   1991     Belleville
Toula Sakellaris   1991     Greater Sudbury
Roberta Bondar   1992     Sault Ste Marie
Dorothy Krynicki   1992     St. Catharines
Patricia (Pat) Prez   1992     Brampton
Gerry Spence   1992     Trenton & District
Linda Davis   1993     London
Carol Kollar   1993     Brampton
Cathy Nadjiwon   1993     Greater Sudbury
Sylvia Hodgson   1994     Barrie
Carole Holder   1994     North Toronto
Pat Keays   1994     Bowmanville
Patricia (Pat) Tiveron   1994     Brampton
Brenda Carpenter   1993     London
Tracy Marshall   1995     Brampton
Heather Ellis   1996     Trenton & District
Sandy Pearce   1996     London
Kim Beatty   1998     Durham
Nancy Broerse   1998     Niagara Falls
Kathryn Munn   1999     London
Anne Salter-Dorland   1999     Greater Sudbury


Joined 2000 - 2008
Linda (Lin) Buxton   2001     Cambridge
Linda Ford   2001     Brampton
Norma Yau   2001     London
Karen Armstrong   2002     Brampton
Gloria Ann Curwin   2002     Greater Sudbury
Pat Dowling   2002     Brampton
Sheryl Hennebry   2002     Barrie
Barbara (Barb) Hore   2002     Brampton
Lucy Oliveira   2002     Brampton
Ellen Todoroff   2002     North Toronto
Marlene George   2003     Brampton
Linda Rice   2003     North Toronto
Sheila Walker   2003     Brampton
Mary McBrearty   2004     London
Marlene McKinnon   2004     Sault Ste Marie
Sue Brydon   2005     Barrie
Carrie Andrews   2006     Bowmanville
Laura Noble   2006     London
Elaine Mortensen   2007     Kitchener-Waterloo
Janet Waitman   2007     Ottawa 
Stephanie D'Avollo   2008     St. Catharines
Chantal Fraser   2008     Trenton & District
Winnifred Barnett   2009     London
Joanne Cox   2009     Bowmanville
Harriett Margaret Gray   2009     Sault Ste. Marie
Tara Hurley   2009     Greater Sudbury
Lisa Reaume   2009     Kitchener-Waterloo


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BPW Ontario Life Members

Life membership in the Canadian Federation (BPW Canada) is conferred on a member by her club, in recognition of her contribution to all levels of the organization.

Sandra Franke     Barrie
Dittie Voegele     Brampton
Patricia (Pat) Wepf     Brampton
Mary Balfour     Cambridge
Phyllis Hemingway     Cambridge
Leny Crum-Ewing     North Toronto
Roberta Bondar     Sault Ste Marie
Dora Cook     Sault Ste Marie
Ruth Jesshope     Sault Ste Marie
Sharon Selkirk     Sault Ste Marie

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