Who is your Woman of the Year 2012?

We are launching the sixth Belfast Telegraph Woman of the Year awards, that recognise the outstanding talents of the women of Northern Ireland.

Our main sponsor this year is Asda which has 15 stores in the province, an Asda Living in Belfast and is opening a new Asda in Portadown on November 19.

Charlotte Elliot, NI regional people manager for Asda, said: “In Northern Ireland, two out of three Asda colleagues are female so as a major employer of women, we’re delighted to support the Belfast Telegraph’s Woman of the Year Awards for the first time this year.

“With such a high proportion of female colleagues represented within Asda UK from boardroom to shop floor, we’re very much aware of the vital contribution women make to our business.

“We are delighted to help turn the spotlight on the many hard-working, brave and inspiring Northern Irish women who will be nominated for these awards.”

Tell us about an inspirational woman in your life who has made a difference to the lives of others.

Tell us in no more than 200 words how over the last year she has shown passion, drive and energy in what she does.

You may nominate for any of the nine categories listed by:

EMAIL: womanoftheyear@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

POST: Woman of the Year, Belfast Telegraph, 122-124 Royal Avenue, Belfast BT1 1DN.

DEADLINE: Receipt of entries is 12 noon on Friday 16th November 2012.

Your entry should include the category you would like to enter and both your own and your nominee's names, addresses and DAYTIME telephone numbers.

Winners will be announced at an award ceremony and gala dinner on Wednesday 5th December at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, Shaw’s Bridge, Belfast.

Categories

Woman of the Year in Health sponsored by Linwoods

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.

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 Voluntary Sector sponsored by 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.

Woman of the Year in Education

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 Fashion sponsored by The Outlet

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 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.

Inspirational Woman of the Year sponsored by Hastings

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 sponsored by Lyprinol

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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