International Women Awards winners

By Rob Vogt
Six worthy individuals are the winners of the Claresholm 2024 International Women Awards.
The award were presented on Friday, March 8, by Mary Holgate who spoke on behalf of the committee who chose the recipients.
“The community stands behind you,” she said. “And cares about you all.”
More than 40 nominations were submitted, and the winners are:
• Tina Rittinger, volunteer at the Claresholm Food Rescue.
This award goes to a woman who is sincerely dedicated to donating her time to individuals or organization(s) to make a difference.
• Cecilie Fleming, mentor to the agricultural leaders of tomorrow.
This award goes to a woman who shares her talents, skills, and advice to help others reach their goals in their life journey and/or career goals.
• Pastor Donna Alm of Peace Lutheran Church, women in male-dominated occupations
This award goes to a woman working in a career that is typically a male-dominated trade or occupation.
• Naomi Bullock, domestic engineer – A stay-at-home mother or homemaker who is enthusiastically involved in an enrichment of activities for not only her family but possibly for others (elderly parents, seniors, other parents, children and or her community).
• Ruth Wallace, owner of Flowers on 49th, woman entrepreneur.
This award goes to an extraordinary, influential business woman who is successful, incorporates respected values, and/or has made an impact in the community.
• Shelly Hughes, lemonade award.
This award goes to a woman who values her life journeys as learning experiences that have contributed to her being a person who perseveres, seeks the positive side of life challenges, and exudes an abundance of inspiration.

Claresholm 2024 International Women Awards were presented to six worthy individuals on Friday, March 8. Standing from left are Naomi Bullock, winner of the domestic engineer award; and Ruth Wallace, winner of the woman entrepreneur award; while seated from left are Shelly Hughes, winner of the lemonade award; Cecilie Fleming, winner of the mentor award; and Tina Rittinger, winner of the volunteer award. Photo by Rob Vogt
Pastor Donna Alm was unable to attend on March 8, so she received her award on Sunday, March 10, at Peace Lutheran Church. From left are Alm, and award committee members Mary Holgate and Marilyn Curry.