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K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year Award winners

The 40th annual K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year Awards were handed out on Thursday night.

Nine local women were honoured for their work in our community.

The keynote speaker was former Miss Oktoberfest Natalie MacNeil, CEO of She Takes On The World.

Here are the award winners:

  • Arts and Culture Award (sponsored by 570 News, CHYM 96.7 and Country 106.7) goes to
    Alysha Brilla, the artist and songwriter wrote and her produced her album  “In My Head”
  • Community Service Award, Shirley Laskier Levene. Shirley has devoted the last seven years to raising awareness and funds for local and national charities in memory of her son, Leejay.  The popular calendars featuring his artwork are benefiting Meals On Wheels for 2015
  • Entrepreneur Award, Stephanie Rozek. She owns AvacadoDog Marketing and is the founder of Hackademy, which promotes tech literacy to youth
  • Group Achievement Award, Waterloo Region Special Education Choir
  • Health and Wellness, Robin Bender. She is president and co-founder of Mega Health at Work Inc. She’s been putting the focus on mental health and wellness in the workplace. Robin is also a victim crisis responder
  • Lifetime Achievement, Astrid Braun. This lifelong volunteer has given thousands of hours to dozens of groups over the years.  She’s a big supporter of the Christkindl Market in Kitchener
  • Professional Award, Michele McBride-Roach of the Kitchener Market
  • Sports and Recreation, Victoria Moors. The Cambridge gymnast was the youngest Canadian on our 2012 Olympic team
  • Young Adult Award, Sherry Bo-yee Wong. The York University student has a black belt and is a regional badminton champ