Twelve local women were celebrated this week for how they make their lives — not their living. On Monday, June 6, members of the community gathered at the Victoria Conference Centre for the 2016 Unlimited Awards.
Monday night’s event, hosted by a women’s community building organization yoUnlimited, welcomed over 200 guests to enjoy the awards as well as dance, vocal, and comedy performances from local female artists. The crowd also enjoyed art displays before and after the ceremony.
“Since the birth of the Unlimited Woman Awards three years ago, I am always in awe of the number of people who are eager recognize the women in their life for all the roles they play and contributions they make,” says awards creator and yoUnlimited founder Carolyne Taylor. “The energy in the room on awards night serves as a reminder of the importance of celebration and acknowledgement; of saying ‘I see you’, ‘I acknowledge you’, and ‘I appreciate you.’”
Winners of the 2016 Unlimited Awards:
Unlimited Woman of Adventure: Amy Cooper (Westshore) sponsored by Page Rossiter
Unlimited Woman of Awesome Mom: Rebecca Kirstein (Oak Bay) sponsored by Double Tree Hilton
Unlimited Woman of Community: Debra Barrlett (Sidney) sponsored by WCG
Unlimited Woman of Creativity: Janet Walmsley (Vancouver) sponsored by Brand Brilliant
Unlimited Woman of Health & Wellness: Taryn Strong (James Bay) sponsored by Sapphire Day Spa
Unlimited Woman of Love & Friendship: Colleen Spier (Colwood) sponsored by Love School
Unlimited Woman of Mentorship & Leadership: Lucy Price (Saanich) sponsored by Royal Roads University
Unlimited Woman of New Beginnings: Dena Carroll (Saanich East) sponsored by Cedars at Cobble Hill
Unlimited Woman of Potential: Lily Cote and Ella Stanger (both Victoria) sponsored by Elate Cosmetics
Unlimited Woman of Style: Teresa Lindsay (Saanich) sponsored by Leka Design
Unlimited Woman of Wisdom: Flo-Elle Watsonn (Oak Bay) sponsored by Ally & Dennis
**Special Award** Unlimited Woman of Grace: Grace Thomas sponsored by yoUnlimited
Local artist and yoUnlimited leader Shauna Janz wrote and performed an original piece “Unlimited” at the Unlimited Woman Awards. Listen here: //younlimited.bandcamp.com/track/unlimited.