Top women honoured for community contribution in Brampton and Caledon.
Four women who have made significant contributions to their community were honoured at the annual Zonta Women of Achievement ceremony on November 17th at the Pearson Convention Centre.
Dittie Voegele (community service), Angela Johnson (education, training and development), Dr. Nancy Hall (health, science and technology) and Palki Bhatt (Young Woman of Achievement) were declared this year’s Women of Achievement.
Sixteen women were nominated for the 2011 Women of Achievement Awards, sponsored by The Zonta Club of Brampton-Caledon. These women are recognized for making exemplary contributions to their communities. The independent judges select 3 winners, (only one award per category) plus an award for a Young Woman of Achievement
“The Women of Achievement Awards are a way to celebrate women who have made a difference,” says Event Chair, Shirley Hall of the Zonta Club. “The awards are a wonderful opportunity to honour women of the Brampton and Caledon communities who, by their own initiative, dedication, perseverance and pioneering spirit, are role models for other women.”
“We believe all our women are deserved because as a community we benefit from their generous contributions,” Hall said. We have now honoured a total of 51 amazing women in Brampton and Caledon.
Palki Bhatt – Young Women of Achievement
At the age of 18, Palki Bhatt is currently a first year student at the University of Western Ontario studying Biomedical Sciences. Palki is a member of numerous volunteer organizations, including the Alzheimer’s Society, the Trillium Hospital, and Free the Children.
She volunteered in retirement homes, youth shelters and food banks, taught classical Indian dance and regularly tutored at her school.
In her many travels, Palki has witnessed the struggles of people in developing countries. These firsthand experiences moved her to spread her awareness and actively fundraise to help alleviate some of their challenges. –> More …. 2011 WOA Final Media Release 2011
Angela Johnson – Education, Training & Development
Angela is an award winning, respected community volunteer in The City of Brampton. Born in Jamaica, Angela and her family came to Canada when she was 14. Her first visit to the Caribbean Pavilion at Carabram inspired Angela to become a volunteer, a start to what developed into a lifelong passion for help others and community service.
Angela’s role as President with United Achievers for the past 8 years has provided her the opportunity to support people of colour in our community, and to ensure a broad range of assistance is available to support women and the most vulnerable in the community, including non-profit housing, education bursaries, and a heightened awareness of violence against women. Angela spent 16 years with the Children’s Aid Society and developed a Board Governance model that ensures skilled, competent and diverse Directors are appointed. –> More …. 2011 WOA Final Media Release 2011
Dittie Voegele – Community Service
Dittie Voegele immigrated to Canada in 1966. Joining the Brampton Business and Professional Women’s organization in 1987, Dittie held many leadership positions – 1st and second vice president, assistant district director, district director, served for 2 years on the Provincial board and 3 years as the International fundraiser for 1999 International Congress in Vancouver – raised over $70,000.00. In 1999 she was awarded a life time membership for her involvement with BPW. In 1987 Dittie became a volunteer with Victim Services of Peel. You could find her at the courthouse assisting a battered woman or driving a family to a shelter or simply listening to someone who lost a loved one through suicide. That same year she became the sole volunteer for an open custody house in Brampton for teenage girls. She was able to instill confidence and skills for these troubled girls and was a positive role model. One of the greatest rewards was seeing them doing well and making positive role and make positive changes. –> More …. 2011 WOA Final Media Release 2011
Dr. Nancy Hall- Health, Science and Technology If there was one word to describe Nancy Hall, her colleagues would say “spectacular”! Nancy is the supervisor everyone would like to have. Not only is she knowledgeable but also approachable, supportive, inspiring and resourceful.
Under Nancy’s leadership, Bethell House has become a haven of comfort where residents receive best practice care and where staff and volunteers joyfully go about their daily tasks.
“Early in my career as community nurse I was affected by the experience of individuals at the end of their life. I saw final days and deaths that ranged from the inspiring to the devastating. Along with many colleagues, I became passionate about trying to influence hat experience so the individuals and families approached a more fulfilling experience. I know we are making a big difference and continue to explore and advocate for more. –> More …. 2011 WOA Final Media Release 2011