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YWCA Spokane wants to honor women who make Spokane a better place for all citizens


YWCA Spokane is seeking nominations for its 2018 Women of Achievement Awards.

For 36 years the YWCA Spokane has celebrated successful women in the community for their achievements along with their commitment to giving back, according to a press release. The event will be marked with an annual luncheon, to  be held this year at the Davenport Grand Hotel, 333 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. on Oct. 4.

This year’s luncheon will feature a keynote address from author and filmmaker Gloria Norris that will focus on domestic violence and its impact on families, particularly children. In the 10 years between 2006 and 2015, 563 people died in Washington State as a result of intimate partner violence.

Norris will speak about her childhood, which was shaped by violence, love, and ultimately, triumph. She details her life in her memoir, the Oprah Book Club selection, Kookooland.”

The award was established with the goal of increasing community awareness and appreciation for the diverse contributions of women leaders in Spokane. YWCA Spokane has honored more than 200 women in the region at this luncheon over the years.

“Spokane is home to amazing women who are a force of positive change in our community,” Regina Malveaux, chief executive officer of YWCA Spokane said in a press release. “We are honored to provide this opportunity to recognize these women and share their examples of furthering the YWCA mission of empowering women and eliminating racism.”

Nomination Requirements

Winners of a YWCA Women of Achievement Award must embody the mission of the YWCA by giving generously of themselves to make Spokane a better place for all citizens to live. They must also demonstrate leadership through their professional work or service to the community.

The YWCA encourages nominations for YWCA Women of Achievement awards in the following areas:

  • Arts & Culture
  • Business & Industry
  • Carl Maxey Racial & Social Justice
  • Community Enhancement
  • Education
  • Science, Technology & Environment
  • Young Woman 

Nomination forms may be found at ywcaspokane.org and may be completed and submitted via email towoa@ywcaspokane.org or by mail to 930 N. Monroe St., Spokane, WA 99201, Attention: Women of Achievement Awards. The deadline for submissions is June 22, 2017.

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Tracy Simmons, who teaches journalism at Gonzaga University, is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 13 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash.

She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and for the Religion News Service.

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