Dufferin County, ON, November 22, 2018:  Yesterday, The Dufferin Women in Business, a committee of the Dufferin Board of Trade, gathered to celebrate the winners of the 2018 Sparkle Awards at the Monora Park Pavilion in Mono. A total of four awards were presented to the deserving recipients.

The Dufferin Women in Business are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Sparkle Awards:

Volunteer of the Year…………………..Karen Ross-Smith

Networker of the Year………………….Victoria Johansen

Mentor of the Year.……………………..Diana Morris

2018 Woman of Influence……………..Brenda Seltzer

The Sparkle Award nominations opened in early October and the recipients were selected through a balloted voting process that took place at the Gala. Nominees provided a short bio and photo speaking to their accomplishments. The biographies were posted online in preparation of the vote at the Gala and available at the event on printed booklets.

The evening provided an opportunity to celebrate high achieving and influential women in Dufferin County, and allowed for attendees to network and build connections. The Sparkle Awards mark the Dufferin Women in Business’ premier networking event of the year; over 110 guests attended the Gala.

“It is truly an honour for our committee to present these distinguished awards to outstanding women in our business community,” Liz Skorski, Chair of the Dufferin Women in Business Committee, said. “Each nominee should be very proud of their accomplishments, and I extend my sincere congratulations to all our award winners.”

The Gala began with a networking cocktail reception with music provided by local musicians, Sara Rose and Ryan Avery. A locally inspired four course dinner prepared by Lavender Blue was served with the awards ceremony immediately following. Attendees were addressed by the Honourable Sylvia Jones, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, to open the awards ceremony.


About Dufferin Women in Business

Dufferin Women in Business is a committee of the Dufferin Board of Trade and offers opportunities on a monthly basis for women to “Build, Connect & Grow”.  We understand the importance of networking and more importantly “connecting”.  Learn more at dwib.ca

About the Sparkle Awards

The Sparkle Awards are presented annually and are so named because “sparkle”, like a diamond, symbolizes the change in self-realization and a deeper understanding of mental and emotional maturity. It is a symbolic meaning of prosperity, strength, harmony, purity and peace. These awards encourage everyone to be the diamond in their rough and be the best they can be.