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This year's International Women's Day #EmbraceEquity campaign will be an opportunity to celebrate local women who have made a difference in the community when it comes to progressing gender equity.


Slightly different from equality, gender equity is the process of allocating resources, programs, and decision making fairly to all genders without any discrimination on the basis of gender, and addressing any imbalances in the benefits available to people of different genders.


In the spirit of celebrating International Women's Day, we're asking YOU to nominate someone you think deserves to win this year's Inspirational Woman Award based on this year's global theme. We want to recognize a female leader in our community who has made a difference when it comes to progressing gender equity.


The nomination period will run from February 1-13th. Nominations will be narrowed down to a Top 3 and the winner of the award will be a result of a poll voted on by the public. Voting will take place from Feb 21-March 3. The winner will be announced at our High Tea for Equity Fashion Show Fundraiser event on Sunday, March 5 and will receive a $500 cash prize and trophy.


In addition to the awards program, the event will feature a fashion show by Expressions Fashion Boutique, High Tea food and beverages, keynote speaker and local female vendors. Not to mention the chance to win door prizes! By attending this event, you will be showing support for local female vendors and business owners, Girls Inc charity, and the amazing individual receiving the Inspirational Woman Award.

Nominee requirements

  • Must be, or identify as, a woman

  • Be a Canadian Citizen and resident of Kingston and the surrounding area

We are looking for stories of women who:

  • Have gone above and beyond to encourage gender equity. This could be as an advocate/activist in the community, in the workplace/ as a business, etc.

  • May have faced and overcome adversity and are pushing for a better future for women and/or other marginalized communities

We are looking for women who demonstrate the following traits:​​

  • Empowerment

  • Passion

  • Resilience

  • Forward-Thinking

  • Drive

Nominate an Inspiring Woman

 We are relying entirely on your nomination description to determine how well the nominee meets the above criteria and why they deserve the award. Please include as much detail and evidence as you can about the individual you are nominating. If selected, the nomination description you submit will be edited into a biography-style description and published for people to read and vote on to determine a winner.


The best nominations are those that tell a story and capture the characteristics of an extraordinary woman. Start with a clear and specific statement that outlines why your nominee is worthy of the 2023 Inspirational Woman Award. Strengthen your nomination by painting a picture of the person. Tell us how they demonstrate the points and traits listed above. Use real-world examples that show why your nominee is an inspiring role model. We want to know the stories of their life and the impact they have made. Here are some questions to ask yourself as you write your nomination.

  • Tell us about your nominee - why do you believe they should receive the Award?

  • What have they done to advance gender equity?

  • Why are you motivated to nominate this person?

  • What has the nominee accomplished that goes above and beyond?

  • What activities or actions has the nominee undertaken that stand out?

  • What difference have they made on people’s lives?

  • How have they contributed to their community and / or gone above and beyond in the work they do?

  • What motivates them to make a difference?

  • What personal challenges have they overcome?

  • Why do they inspire others?

  • How does this person make you feel?

Process of Selection

  • The Selection Panel will consist of representatives from the Italo-Canadian Club of Kingston's executive board, Event Staff and a representative from Girls Inc. Limestone. 

  • With permission, the Top 3 Nominees will have their stories published on the Italo-Canadian Club's International Women's Day campaign website and Facebook page for public voting to take place from February 21 to March 3rd. 

  • The Award will be announced and presented at the International Women's Day: 'Break the Glass' event on Sunday, March 5th. 

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