Northwest Women's Hall of Fame seeks award nominations

The YWCA Northwest Women’s Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for its annual awards honoring local women until Friday, Feb. 1.

This year is the 15th anniversary of the organization’s Hall of Fame awards, which since 1999 has honored 53 women who have made outstanding contributions in a wide range of endeavors including education and health, the arts, environmental protection, human rights and social services for persons from infants to seniors, according to a press release.

Nominees must live or have lived (if deceased) in Whatcom County, made a lasting community contribution, been a model for women and girls and faced challenges or obstacles to their achievements.

Members of the Northwest Hall Steering Committee, the YWCA board or YWCA staff are not eligible to nominate or accept nominations.

Details and nomination forms are available at www.ywcabellingham.org, or by calling the YWCA at 360-734-4820, Ext.100. The website also contains a list of all previous honorees.

Past honorees have included banking executive Peggy Zoro, Western Washington University President Karen Morse, Bellingham Technical College President Patricia McKeown, Mount Baker foothills civic leader Carole MacDonald, Ferndale businesswoman and community mentor Bertha Reta, and arts supporter Phyllis Self.

Since 2002, the Northwest Hall has also recognized 11 women from early Whatcom County history with the Legacy Award for achievements that continue to inspire women today. Honorees have included Lynden pioneer Phoebe Judson (1871), nuns who founded St. Joseph Hospital (1890), the Women of the Aftermath Club (1895) and Washington’s first woman legislator Francis Axtell (1912).

Inductees will be honored at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 24, at a dinner in Northwood Hall during Women’s History Month.

The NorthwestWomen’s Hall of Fame is an independent project under the umbrella of the YWCA which has served Whatcom County women and families for 105 years. The YWCA provides transitional housing and services for homeless women, the Back to Work Boutique for low-income women and other programs that advance the national mission: “eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.”

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