Women honoured with PRISM Awards

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Published on March 09, 2014

Gayle Fahlman receives the Community Leadership and Enhancement PRISM Award at the Business Women of Moose Jaw’s Spring Sparkle and Shine Salute to Southern Saskatchewan PRISM Awards in the Macoun Lounge at SIAST Palliser Campus on March 8, 2014.

Published on March 09, 2014

Darlene Geib receives the Leadership and Management PRISM Award at the Business Women of Moose Jaw’s Spring Sparkle and Shine Salute to Southern Saskatchewan PRISM Awards in the Macoun Lounge at SIAST Palliser Campus on March 8, 2014.

Published on March 09, 2014

Joni Brisbin receives the Science, Technology and Environment PRISM Award at the Business Women of Moose Jaw’s Spring Sparkle and Shine Salute to Southern Saskatchewan PRISM Awards in the Macoun Lounge at SIAST Palliser Campus on March 8, 2014.

Published on March 09, 2014

Kelly Poitras receives the Sport, Culture and Recreation PRISM Award at the Business Women of Moose Jaw’s Spring Sparkle and Shine Salute to Southern Saskatchewan PRISM Awards in the Macoun Lounge at SIAST Palliser Campus on March 8, 2014.

Published on March 09, 2014

Jessica Froehlich receives the Young Woman of Promise PRISM Award at the Business Women of Moose Jaw’s Spring Sparkle and Shine Salute to Southern Saskatchewan PRISM Awards in the Macoun Lounge at SIAST Palliser Campus on March 8, 2014.

Deb Thorn was surprised to find out she won the Lifetime Achievement PRISM Award on Saturday.

“You look at the accomplishments of the women who are with you and it’s amazing. I mean everybody brings a whole lot of value to the table and a whole lot of value to the community,” she said. “So it’s right that it’s recognized by the community and it’s just a wonderful evening of women supporting women.”

Thorn, who is currently the economic development officer with the City of Moose Jaw, is the former CEO of the South Central Enterprise Region. She was the founding president and general manager of Temple Gardens Mineral Spa for more than 10 years.

“It’s a very humbling experience, but it makes me reflect on the fact that it’s really about a journey, not a lifetime achievement,” said Thorn. “It’s about the journey you’ve been on and just how many people have been on the journey with me.”

She added her experience with the Temple Gardens Mineral Spa stands out as one of her accomplishments as it was “really a mark on the community.” She is confident it will keep growing in the years to come.

“Temple Gardens Mineral Spa was a great initiative that involved the entire community and it was just a wonderful journey, but that’s just one piece of it,” said Thorn. “Now it’s about growing the entire community and making it a wonderful place for the next decade and the decade after.”

The Business Women of Moose Jaw’s event on Saturday brought women together and raised money for the Moose Jaw Transition House.

“I think what’s really cool is the fact that you can bring women together and you can bring women together from big cities and small communities and that they have one mission and that is to support women,” said Thorn. “That’s really what it’s all about — women networking with other women and (Saturday), that was probably the most profound moment for me.”

The full list of nominees and winners, indicated in bold, are:

• Community Leadership and Enhancement: Gayle Fahlman, Darlene Guy, Amy Johnson, Carla O’Reilly and Danielle Sicinski

• Leadership and Management: Amy Duzan, Darlene Geib and Jasmine Jackman

• Science, Technology and Environment: Joni Brisbin

• Sport, Culture and Recreation: Raina Morrison and Kelly Poitras

• Lifetime Achievement: Sandi Kitts, Loretta Mayall and Deb Thorn

• Young Woman of Promise: Kaitlin Corbin, Jessica Froehlich and Shailynn Taylor

To read about the event, go here.

Follow Lisa Goudy on Twitter @lisagoudy.

Organizations: Temple Gardens Mineral Spa, South Central Enterprise Region, Business Women Moose Jaw Transition House

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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