Search on for Derry's woman of the year

Tue, 10/01/2012 - 16:01 -- Editor

Derry City Council is calling for nominations for this year’s Women of the Year Awards, which are scheduled to take place in the City Hotel on March 9th.

Organised by Council’s Women’s Development section, the event aims to celebrate women in the Derry City Council area by acknowledging the contribution they have made within communities throughout the city over the past year.

 Joanna Boyd, Council’s Women Officer says she was delighted at the success of last year’s event and explains the ethos of the Awards:

“The awards are aimed at acknowledging the pivotal role women play in shaping our society.  With eleven categories every effort has been made to ensure that all possible opportunities for recognition have been identified. 

“I hope that members of the public take the opportunity to use these awards to recognise someone they feel has made an invaluable contribution to the city.  The Council feels its important to recognise women who make such a wonderful contribution to our local community.  Its an opportunity to say thank you and well done to the many women whose dedication and hard work continue unrecognised. I would encourage the public to assist us by getting their nominations into us as soon as possible so we can begin the difficult task of short listing candidates.”

Launching the event at the council offices, Mayor Maurice Devenney said:

“It has been my great privilege as Mayor to visit and witness some of the amazing initiatives and services managed and delivered by women who are making a real difference in our communities. I have seen everything from individual acts of courage and selflessness to collective efforts which can transform lives. I very much hope that, like last year, people will become involved with the Awards and use them as a means to support, recognise and celebrate the women of our city.”

 This year’s awards ceremony features awards in the following categories: 

1   Contribution to Women’s Community Development

2   Contribution to Community Relations

3   Contribution to Health

4   Contribution to Sport or Dance

5   Contribution to dealing with Abuse against Women

6   Contribution to Arts

7   Contribution to Formal/Informal Education

8   Contribution to the Older People

9   Contribution to Youth

10  Contribution to Childcare

11  Contribution to Caring

12  Young Women’s Award  (must be aged 18 to 25 years old)

13  Women living with a disability.

Overall Winner

14     Women of the Year 2012

An individual may only enter one category as regards to categories 1 to 13 inclusive but may also be involved in a nomination for Overall Winner.

Nomination forms are currently available by contacting the Women’s Officer at Derry City Council - Tel: 028 71375151 or are downloadable from 

The closing date for entries is noon, Friday 10th February 2012 and all entries must be sent to the Women’s Officer, Derry City Council, Development Department, 98 Strand Road, Derry, BT48 7NN.  Nominations should be inside sealed envelopes labelled "Women of the Year Award 2012".

Tickets for the event are priced at £15, which includes dinner and entertainment, and are available by contacting Joanna Boyd at Derry City Council Tel 028 71365151.