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Celebrating the women and girls who build Hamilton and Halton

Hamilton and Halton’s most prestigious event honouring women and girls

Meet the 2022 Award Nominees and Winners

Winners from the previous years

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Presented by:

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This award honours a woman who is committed to building healthy communities by elevating the value of physical, mental, or spiritual well-being. She demonstrates leadership in health care, athletics, recreation, and/or community programming, making a difference in her community by inspiring and empowering others to make positive changes in their lives.

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Hamilton Winner:

Dawn Bowdish

Dawn Bowdish - Health - Hamilton

Dawn Bowdish

Dawn Bowdish is committed to protecting older adults and helping them stay safe. A Professor at McMaster University, Canada Research Chair in Aging & Immunity, and Executive Director, Firestone Institute of Respiratory Health, she leads pivotal studies that are uncovering how the aging immune system and the microbiota interact to prevent infections and give older adults more years of healthy, independent living. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she has focused her studies on the impact of the pandemic on long-term care facilities, guiding future planning to protect this vulnerable population. An ambassador of science, she engages extensively in public outreach to disseminate reliable, evidence-based information to build and enhance health within our communities today and for future generations.

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Hamilton Nominees

Dawn Bowdish - Health - Hamilton

Dawn Bowdish

Dawn Bowdish is committed to protecting older adults and helping them stay safe. A Professor at McMaster University, Canada Research Chair in Aging & Immunity, and Executive Director, Firestone Institute of Respiratory Health, she leads pivotal studies that are uncovering how the aging immune system and the microbiota interact to prevent infections and give older adults more years of healthy, independent living. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she has focused her studies on the impact of the pandemic on long-term care facilities, guiding future planning to protect this vulnerable population. An ambassador of science, she engages extensively in public outreach to disseminate reliable, evidence-based information to build and enhance health within our communities today and for future generations.

Kerry Beal - Health - Hamilton

Dr. Kerry Beal

Dr. Kerry Beal is a family physician and emergency physician, who turned her personal and work life inside out in March 2020 to protect those experiencing homelessness from the COVID-19 pandemic. She has been deeply dedicated, fiercely focused, and utterly tireless in her effort to invent and deliver a very unique, reliable testing service to all who serve within and are served by the homeless social services sector. And then to advocate for and deliver vaccines to these people as accessibly as possible from the earliest moment they were available up to the present time. Kerry is also a mother, a wife, a creator of a novel piece of equipment for the tempering of chocolate, and an accomplished chocolatier. She teaches medical students and residents, and  is currently in her 3rd year as the Lead Physician for Shelter Health Network, which provides medical, mental health and addiction care to people experiencing homelessness in shelters, encampments and social service agencies in Hamilton.

Marcie McIlveen - Health - Hamilton

Marcie McIlveen

Marcie McIlveen is a Program Coordinator for the Hamilton Social Medicine Response Team (HAMSMaRT). She has played instrumental roles in the development of Keeping Six’s programming, weekly street outreach, peer training and the Support and Safe Supply (SASS) Clinic. She brings years of experience with substance use, homelessness, the mental health and the carceral systems to her work. Marcie is a fierce supporter and believer in the philosophy and practice of harm reduction, public policy development for and with those most affected by it and most importantly, simply walking alongside people on their journey, on their own terms. Marcie is trusting, caring, committed, daring, and honest in everything she does.

Sarah Adjekum - Health - Hamilton (Edited)

Sarah Adjekum

Sarah Adjekum is a social worker, community organizer, advocate, and learner. In the projects she has led through the Hamilton Community and McMaster Womanists, Transforming Stories Driving Change, New Generation Youth Centre, the Good Shepherd Centres, and other Hamilton initiatives, she recognizes that the people she works with are the experts in their own experiences. She listens, collaboratively plans, and uses her voice to amplify theirs. The advocacy pieces she has written on racism and exclusion of Indigenous and BIPOC people, municipal strategy, gentrification, and public health have appeared in the Hamilton Spectator and National Observer. Her work has been recognized through the Wilson Leadership Scholar Award and nominations for the Women Who Rock Awards.

Veronica Sola - Health - Hamilton

Veronica Sola

When Veronica joined the Board of Directors of the Fraternity Hispanic Association (AFH), she discovered a passion for helping Hispanic seniors. With great dedication, Veronica helped AFH to create a space for seniors’recreation. She successfully initiated  Café nights, offering a safe meeting place for adults and seniors. During the challenging times of COVID-19, Veronica was instrumental for AFH to deliver online programs inspiring seniors to learn how to communicate virtually and reduce their isolation. Veronica is originally from Argentina where she graduated from an Accounting Program. Veronica immigrated to Canada with her family in 2008. She studied English and obtained a Diploma in Accounting from McMaster University. Veronica currently works for a private medical corporation.

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