Do you know a woman who has made a strong impact in the community in 2020? Dancing Damsels Inc. invites nominations for the “Toronto International Women’s Day (IWD) Women Achiever Awards 2021” to recognize women who have been able to break barriers in their field of work during this last year of Covid-19.
According to Managing Director of Dancing Damsels, Mary Ashok, COVID-19 continues to affect families worldwide and the economic impacts have a greater effect on gender. There is higher rate of unemployment, domestic abuse and disproportionate burden carried by women during this time. International Women’s Day is a great forum not only to speak about the impacts of COVID-19 but also to celebrate the tremendous efforts by women to overcome these burdens. As a result Dancing Damsels Inc has decided to move ahead as usual with the IWD celebrations and the Women Achiever awards, this year via a digital platform.
Nominations are open in several categories including the Performing Arts. In addition, there will be a Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize contributions over the whole of a career and a Rising Star Award to recognize an emerging leader or talent.
Past awardees include
- Dr. Roberta Bondar (first neurologist in space),
- Hon. Hazel McCallion (past Mayor of Mississauga),
- Kathleen Wynne (Past Premier of Ontario),
- Hon. Dr. Asha Seth (past Senator),
- Esmeralda Enrique (performing artist),
- Ann Buller (past President of Centennial College), and
- Kehkashan Basu (Environmental activist and youth leader) among others.
Nominees should be Citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada with a minimum of 5 years of service in the concerned field.
The award reception will take place virtually on March 7, 2021 from 7pm to 9pm through the
organizations’ Facebook page @internationalwomensdaycanada. The event will feature an awards
ceremony and keynote speech on the theme “Women in Leadership – Achieving Equal Future in this
About Dancing Damsels Inc
Dancing Damsels is a Toronto based federally incorporated not for profit organization that promotes multiculturalism, women empowerment, seniors’ care and community development through the performing arts. They also organize the Toronto International Dance Festival (TIDF) annually providing a professional platform for community based and professional dancers to promote multicultural arts.
Toronto International Women’s Day – DD Women Achievers 2021 Awards
Date: Sunday March 07, 2021. 7pm – 9pm
LIVE Stream: https://www.facebook.com/InternationalWomensDayCanada