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2013 K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year Award winners

Sandra Henderson - Lifetime Achievement Award (on left). Rogers Kitchener Radio Group Winner (570News) for Arts & Culture, Christine Vlajk.

The K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year Awards were handed out Thursday night at Bingemans in Kitchener.

“We are proud of our partnership with the K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year. It recognizes the amazing work and many contributions of the women of our community”, said Mike Collins, General Manager of the Rogers Kitchener Radio Group.

Rogers TV, Cable 20 will broadcast the awards on Sunday, October 13 at 7 PM, Monday, October 14 at 7 PM, Tuesday, October 15 at 7 PM and Saturday, October 19 at 7 PM.

Here are the 2013 award winners:

-Arts & Culture (sponsored by CHYM 96.7/570 News/Country 106.7) recognizes women for enriching the culture of our community through creation or promotion of the arts on a volunteer or professional basis.
The award goes to Christine Vlajk of Waterloo
She is a violist  and Artist-in-Residence at Wilfrid Laurier University..promoting
promotes music in our community and represents Canada around the world.  Also honoured for brining music to palliative patients.

Nancy Tilt of Kitchener wins the Community Service award.
Nancy has been an active member of the community during her 36-year career as a Special Education teacher. She is best known as being the former Director of the Special Education Choir, which included 110 singers from across Waterloo Region. Nancy has also volunteered her time at Doon Presbyterian Church

Nancy Tilt - Winner of Community Service Award.
Nancy Tilt – Winner of Community Service Award.

Jamie Burton of Kitchener takes home the Entrepreneur  Award.
She’s the VP and co-owner of Dolphin Digital Technologies.  She urged the crowd to” Help others.. make an impact.. evoke change and let it be apart of your brand”.   Honoured for her work enabling a barrier-free employment. and a tireless volunteer

-Group Achievement award goes to May Court Club of Kitchener-Waterloo
for improving lives in our community through financial, educational and emotional support. Donating over $2 million, and hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours, they are committed to women and children in Waterloo Region.

-Health & Wellness award goes to Tracey Collins of Waterloo.  A street nurse for
with The Working Centre’s Psychiatric Outreach Project.

-Lifetime Achievement  goes to Sandra Henderson of Waterloo for her tireless work with MADD.  The award recognizes women for being active in their community by sharing their heart, their time and their life experience.
As Past-President of the Waterloo Region chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Sandra made a significant difference in the fight against impaired driving. In memory of her daughter Nancy, she assisted victims and their families deal with the consequences of alcohol-related traffic accidents.

-Professional Award goes Sara Casselman of Kitchener.   Sara is a Manager at the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region. Her passion lies in challenging systems that perpetuate inequalities and violence, and she has worked in the anti-violence against women sector for more than a decade.

Sara Casselman winner of Professional award.
Sara Casselman winner of Professional award.

-Sports & Recreation Award goes to Mikaela Gerber of Cambridge.
Mikaela was a member of the Canadian National Gymnastics team.
Currently, she attends UCLA on a full gymnastics scholarship.
In 2011 Canada Winter Games, Mikaela tied the record for most medals won (5). She also represented Canada at the World Championships in Tokyo and the Pan Am Games in Mexico, where she earned two silver medals.

-Young Adult award goes to Stephanie Prysnuk of Kitchener
she is  engaged in community activities, leads by example in her volunteering,  Steph is a role model and mentor for other young people with disabilities.  She received a standing ovation last night.