Launching the Belfast Telegraph Woman of the Year awards

Search begins: at the launch of the awards were Janet Barr (left) and Barbara Hill (right), of main sponsors Dixons, with Jane Hardy
Launching this year's Belfast Telegraph Woman of the Year Awards in association with Dixons of Coleraine are Directors of Dixons, Janet Barr, left and Barbara Hill, right and Jane Hardy, features journalist with the Belfast Telegraph, centre.

Launching the Belfast Telegraph Woman of the Year awards, Janet Barr and Barbara Hill, directors of the independent fashion business Dixons of Coleraine, said the Belfast Telegraph Woman of the Year awards recognise the courage and achievements of women in Northern Ireland.

“We look forward to celebrating a very special night with the winners on December 8. Our job is making women feel good about themselves, and giving them a positive style experience.

So we would encourage anyone who knows a woman they feel has excelled in their field to nominate them for one of these fantastic awards.” In all, there are nine BT Woman of the Year awards and sponsors of three of them tell us why they are backing them.

Belfast Telegraph Woman of the Year in the Voluntary Sector is sponsored by the Irish League of Credit Unions. Rosemary O’Doherty, board member of the Irish League of Credit Unions, says:

“The Irish League of Credit Unions is delighted to have this opportunity to highlight the voluntary work undertaken by thousands of women in communities across Northern Ireland. Through this award we hope not only to recognise the work of one individual but the efforts of many more who give their time freely to improve the lives of their neighbours. With 400,000 members in 103 Credit Unions across Northern Ireland we know first hand the difference the voluntary sector can make, in particular during the current economic challenges.”

Belfast Telegraph Woman of the Year in Health is sponsored by NeoStrata. Jennifer Quinn, clinical sales representative of NeoStrata, says:

“The NeoStrata skincare range, which has just arrived in the Northern Ireland marketplace, was designed by dermatologists in the USA in the 1970s and has gained cult status for its anti-ageing benefits and effective results on treating dermatological skin conditions.

Since its introduction, in my role as clinical sales representative with NeoStrata I have met and developed working relationships with a number of fascinating healthcare professionals and consultants in pharmacies across Northern Ireland. NeoStrata is extremely proud to support this year's Belfast Telegraph Woman of the Year in Health award which recognises the tireless work and dedication of individuals in the healthcare sector across Northern Ireland.”

Belfast Telegraph Woman of the Year in Business is sponsored by Translink. Catherine Mason, group chief executive of Translink, says:

“There are many exceptional women living and working in Northern Ireland and Translink is delighted to pay tribute to those who make such a positive impact on our society through their role in the business world. A growing number of women are bringing their business acumen and talent to bear and it is right they should be recognised.

At Translink we want the most talented people to be part of our business and are focused on nurturing and developing all our employees to give them the very best opportunities to excel in their career.

We appreciate the importance of a good work-life balance for both men and women and have many innovative approaches and practical solutions in place. Gender is a key element of Translink’s equality agenda. We are truly committed to getting more women to consider a career in passenger transport.”

Nominate your choice for Belfast Telegraph Woman of the year

Following the success of last year’s awards, we are asking you once again to nominate outstanding women you know in each of our nine categories.

We want to hear about women who have made a difference in your life or the lives of others. Nominations may be made by anyone who knows an individual they believe is worthy of an award.

For each category, the nominee should have been in her line of work for at least 12 months and have shown particular success, a demonstrable measure of achievement, how she inspired others around her and how she has demonstrated passion, drive and energy in what she does.

  • Each category winner will be presented with a beautiful Belleek Living trophy at a gala dinner at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, Shaws Bridge, Belfast, on Thursday, December 8.
  • You may enter nominations in any or all of the nine categories. The overall award for Belfast Telegraph Woman of the Year in association with Dixons, Coleraine, will be chosen by the judges from the winners of the nine categories. Each of the nominations must be supported by a citation which should not be more than 200 words.
  • Citations should also include your name address and daytime telephone number and should arrive not later than 12 noon on Monday, November 21. Send them to: BT Woman of the Year, Belfast Telegraph, 124 Royal Avenue, Belfast, BT1 1EB or by email to: womanoftheyear@belfasttelegraph.co.uk.

Business Woman of the Year sponsored by Translink

She can be any woman in the business field who has shown determination, drive and has made a real difference in her working environment.

Woman of the Year in the Fashion Industry sponsored by Menarys

Sassy, vibrant and ‘in touch’ with real women’s needs, the Woman of the Year in the Fashion Industry has to have a real sense of style and an eye for that X factor.

Mum of the Year sponsored by Irwin’s Bakery

Mum of the Year is a woman who is an outstanding mother, leader and role model.

Woman of the Year in the Arts sponsored by Belleek Living

This can be any woman in the performing arts, music, the written word or visual medium, whether it’s behind the scenes or in public a woman who has truly maximised her talents.

Woman of the Year in Education sponsored by Queen’s University

Whether this is a teacher, classroom assistant, dinner lady or caretaker, we are looking for someone working in education who has gone that extra mile for children, teenagers or students and their education.

Woman of the Year in Healthcare sponsored by NeoStrata

She can be any woman working in any area of the health sector as a nurse, doctor, medical technician or any of the many roles across this sector.

Woman of the Year in the Voluntary Sector sponsored by the Irish League of Credit Unions

Working in the Voluntary sector, this woman could be a carer, a fundraiser, or simply someone who sacrifices their time for others.

Inspirational Woman of the Year

The Inspirational Woman of the Year will be someone who has inspired others with that extra special achievement: whether it be overcoming illness or difficulties or devoting their time to a worthy charity. Whether it’s behind the scenes or in the public eye, this person should be an inspiration in terms of her attitude, work and life.

Sportswoman of the Year

This award sets out to recognise a keen sportswoman who has either achieved much herself or has successfully inspired others in sport.

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