Women’s Hall of Fame nominations open

Lynda Monahan, pictured, was the 2017 inductee into the Prince Albert Council of Women’s Hall of Fame. -- Herald file photo.

The Prince Albert Council of Women (PACW) is asking Prince Albert residents to recognize the great women in their lives.

The council has released its call for nominations for the 2018 induction into the Women’s Hall of Fame.

The hall of fame celebrates someone who has had an impact on the wider community, locally, provincially, nationally or internationally. Inductees contribute in more than one area and have a wide range of contributions, whether volunteer or through their workplace.

The nominee does not have to be involved with the Prince Albert Council of women, and you do not have to be female to be a nominator.

“There are many generous and compassionate women in Prince Albert who deserve acknowledgement. The Prince Albert Council of Women is honoured to recognize one deserving woman every year on International Woman’s Day,” said Patricia Leson, president of the PACW, in a press release.

“It’s a general call to people to look around, pay attention to women who are doing any kind of work that’s a benefit to the community, to children, to other women or to men,” said council of women treasurer Rose Rothenburger.

“If you look at the list of women who have won in the past it’s quite a diverse group of women in many different fields.”

That list of past winners includes Dr. Lalita Malhotra, Melba Jenkins, Sheryl Kimbley, Carole Sanderson and last year’s winner, Lynda Monahan.

“We’re just always blown away,” Rothenburger said.

“We get the nominations and it’s just amazing how much time and energy women give, and usually there’s no financial benefit to what they’re doing. They just do it. It’s amazing how hard working, dedicated and compassionate our P.A. women are.”

Rothenburger said it’s important to recognize the accomplishments of these women.

We don’t give each other a lot of credit, and we don’t give ourselves a lot of credit,” she said.

“We just go in and do whatever needs to be done, and then go onto the next thing. We never think to get that pat on the back. I think it’s really important we start to do that work.