Business & Professional Women Greater Sudbury established the Bernardine Yackman Award in 1985. The award, which is bestowed annually, honours a woman in the City of Greater Sudbury, who has made a significant contribution to the community in elected or appointed office, in a religious or political organization, in a volunteer service, and/or by acting as a role model in her place of employment.
Bernardine Yackman Award 2015 Recipient - Darlene Palmer
This award is named after the late Rachel Proulx, a tireless community builder. For more than 25 years, through leadership at local, provincial and national levels, Rachel was an inspirational role model, educator, mentor, advocate and supporter of women in all levels of society.
Her passion for improving the world for students, abused women, the physically challenged and particularly, for the elevation of professional and business women, was evident in all she undertook. Her energy, discipline and work ethic in supporting these communities of interest was legendary. She stood up for the causes she believed in and never took the easy road when faced with opposition to her public appeals for equality, fairness and representation for women.
The recipient of the Rachel Proulx Award is presented with a certificate of recognition and a glass sculpture during the Awards Gala. A $200 donation is also made in the winner’s name to the charity of their choice.
President's Award 2015 Recipient - Narasim Katary
The recipient has been in business for at least three years to a maximum of five years.Her venture provides a product, service or marketing strategy that is innovative and supported by a solid plan for growth.
Start Up Award 2015 Recipient - Lisa Lounsbury, New Day Wellness
The recipient is 35 years of age or younger, is in business or is operating a business. The business may have provided revenue to assist with expenses related to her studies. Her business provides a product or service. She must have been in business at least two years.
Young Entrepreneur Award 2015 Recipient - Vicki Durette and Amanda Wrigley, Vic's Variety
The recipient of this new award is a woman intrapreneur (one who acts like an entrepreneur but does not own her own business) who focuses on or influences innovation, creativity, or transforming an idea into a profitable venture while working within a large company or organization. She is a decision-maker who contributes to achieving the goals of the organization, including impacting the bottom line through her unique contributions. Her dynamic nature adds to the success and growth of an organization.
Intrapreneur Award 2015 Recipient - Sue Lekun, Celerity Staffing Inc.
This award is designed to honour the business woman who has accepted the challenge of developing and expanding a successful business. She has shown her ability to develop her business plan and marketing strategy and apply it to customer service and job creation.
Business Leadership Award 2015 Recipient - Cheryl Zeglen, What to Wear
Many businesses thrive, but only a few are truly innovative. The recipient’s company has a unique product, service or business management strategy that gives her company a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Supported by a talented management team and adequate financing, this company is positioned for growth.
Innovation Award 2015 Recipient - Alicia Woods, Covergalls Workwear Inc.
Award given at the discretion of the President - could be awarded for such accomplishments as Leadership or Volunteering.
President's Award 2015 Recipient - Kathy Wells McNeil, Total Nursing Care Inc.
The recipient has owned her business for 20 years or more and is still actively involved in the operations of her business. Her personal success has been a catalyst and inspiration for both her contemporaries and younger women. This award is a salute to entrepreneurial women pioneers.
Lifetime Achievement Award 2015 Recipient - Shelia Bracken, Fashion Fair Ladies Wear
The Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award is in recognition of the success and achievement of an outstanding Sudbury woman entrepreneur. The winner of this award is chosen by the judges from among the winners of the Business Leadership, Innovation and Lifetime Achievement categories.
Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2015 Recipient - Alicia Woods, Covergalls Workwear Inc.
President's Award - Iona Reed Pukara
Business Leadership Award - Diane Doucet Salo
Bernardine Yackman Award - Patricia Mills
Innovation Award - Marissa Schroeder
Lifetime Achievement Award - Lynn Mazzuca
Woman of the Year Award - Diane Doucet Salo
Start Up Award - Nathalie Bertrand
Intrapreneur Award - Chloe Gordon
Young Entrepreneur Award - Ashley Burton - Arts North
President's Award - Bela Ravi
Business Leadership Award - Brigette Michel-Finlay - A&J Home Hardware
Quality Plus Award - Carole Charbonneau - Flower Towne
Innovation Award - Carole Roy - Old Rock Roastery
Bernardine Yackman Award - Deborah Sullivan
Lifetime Achievement Award - June Cote
Woman of the Year Award - June Cote - Lingerie Shop
Start Up Award - Kelly Ranta - Heels and Handbags
Partnership Award - Leslie Moutsatsos - Pat & Mario's
* Julie DeSimone represented by her daughter Megan in photo.
Trailblazer Leadership Award - Rona Ramsey
President's Choice Award - Elizabeth (Betty) Freelandt
Bernardine Yackman Award - The Honorable Diane Marleau
Innovation Award - Monique Forsyth
Women Entrepreneur of the Year Award - Monique Forsyth
Lifetime Achievement Award - Brenda Castonguay
Leadership in Philanthropy Award - Jill Pressot
Business Leadership Award - Josée Gagnon
Exceptional Woman Award - Jessica Guénard-Valiquette
Quality Plus Award - Lisa Kurkimaki
Start-up Award - Dr. Angela Titon, DC