This is now the 37th year of honouring amazing women right here in Waterloo Region. They were honoured in eight categories last night from Entrepreneur, Professional to Sports and Recreation.

You leave that Oktoberfest Rogers event energized with the likes of Kelly Meissner picking up her Community Service award, devoting her time to her young daughter diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome, but also finding the energy and passion to create a special play place for children with disabilities.

Natalie Stevanus lit up the stage with her smile- she’s the proud Sports and Rec winner. She’s a regular with the Elmira Figure Skating club and swims with the K-W Special Olympics program.

And we were all wowed by speaker Carol Dubeau – a silver medallist at the Canadian Tranplant games. She reminds us to sign up to become an organ donor. Loving her new lungs after a 14-month wait. Carol told me last night that sitting with her four grandchildren (she calls them her “grandkidlits”) at Monday’s parade was the reason for it all…and her paying it forward for someone else to live.

She says a person dies every three days because an organ is not available.