A sparkling night for PRISM Awards in Moose Jaw

Lisa Goudy
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Business Women of Moose Jaw’s first annual awards a hit

International Women’s Day was the perfect day to launch the first annual PRISM Awards.

Organizers couldn’t be happier with how the night turned out on Saturday in the Macoun Lounge at SIAST Palliser Campus.

“People are just really having a great time and it’s nice to see people dressed up for a change,” said Crystal Froese, chair of the awards nomination committee with the Business Women of Moose Jaw. “I think that women’s awards has been a long time coming for this area.”

PRISM stands for perseverance, role model, influential, successful and mentor. Six awards were given out — Community Leadership and Enhancement, Leadership and Management, Science, Technology and Environment, Sport, Culture and Recreation, Lifetime Achievement and Young Woman of Promise.

There were 260 tickets sold to the Business Women of Moose Jaw’s Spring Sparkle and Shine Salute to Southern Saskatchewan PRISM Awards. That is “double than what we sold last year,” said Froese.

“We’re pretty excited about the turnout,” she said. “I think we have to remember that we’re fairly privileged here in Canada. Although there are issues with equality as far as wages and things like that, there’s a larger percentage of women in the world that don’t have the same freedoms that we have.

“The overall International Women’s Day is to focus on equality for all women across the world.”

The Business Women of Moose Jaw provide support and networking for women to learn new ways of doing things and get past challenges.

“As much as we like to say that we’re equal to men, which we are, but we just have way more going on,” said Froese. “I think (Saturday night was) a really good example of the power of what happens when women get together and raise money to something that’s also empowering other women to do what’s right for themselves.”

All proceeds from the event, which also included a live auction, a silent auction, food and entertainment by Stadacona Soul, went to the Moose Jaw Transition House, which works to end violence against women.

“(It’s) unfortunately a needed, essential service to have in the community. So it’s another way to connect people with a need that sometimes goes unnoticed as well,” said Froese.

Karen Closs, director of the Moose Jaw Transition House, said community support and the donations have great value.

“It always astounds me how much support we get from the community,” she said. “I think people recognize the need for our service and they recognize the good work that our organization does.”

She was one of the people who came up with the idea to hold the first annual awards.

“There used to be women’s achievement awards in Moose Jaw, but we haven’t had them for quite a few years. So I had hoped that there would be a way to make it happen again,” said Closs. “The Business Women of Moose Jaw felt it was a good fit for them because they’re about empowering women and supporting each other.”

To read about the award winners, go here.

Follow Lisa Goudy on Twitter @lisagoudy.

Organizations: Business Women, Moose Jaw Transition House

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada

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