8th Annual Sparkle Award Nominees

Volunteer of the Year Nominees
Melanie Horton
Carly Ferris
Elizabeth Taylor
Networker of the Year Nominees
Cari Mistry
Charlotte Graham
Ida Tetlock
Mentor of the Year Nominees
Mellisa Vinden Melissa Vinden
Janet Lyn Morrison
2019 Woman of Influence Nominees
Heather Holmes
Angela Jenkins
Sarah Aston
Stacey Tarrant
Laura Campbell
Julie Thurgood
Lucy  Gallagher
Stephany St. Louis
Danielle Jenkins
Carly Butterworth
Signe Ball
Terry Doel
Vanessa Kreuzer

Congratulations to the 2019 Sparkle Award Winners

Networker of the Year : Charlotte Graham

Volunteer of the Year: Carly Ferris

Mentor of Year: Melissa Vinden

2019 Women of Influence: Lucy Gallagher 

Change in voting.- You asked for it, we changed it!

The DWIB committee has received feedback from previous years that indicated a change in the voting process was warranted. To provide a more inclusive voting experience, the nominees will submit the answers to 3 or 4 questions online for blind judging. The submissions will be numbered and the names redacted and then passed along to the voting committee of 3 without any identification.

The voting committee will choose the winner in each of the 4 award categories. The winning numbered submission will then be identified revealling the winners name.

Nominations were held Sept 27/19 to Oct 20/19.


Award Criteria

2019 Woman of Influence – sponsored by Tony’s Garage
A woman in the Dufferin business community who has used her skills and influence to promote local business, especially those run by women and remains committed to high standards and ethics in her business practice.

Volunteer of the Year – sponsored by Meridian Credit Union
A woman in the Dufferin business community who participates on a volunteer basis to local charities, non-profits and events for the betterment of others and the community.

Mentor of the Year – sponsored by Budget Blinds
A woman in the Dufferin business community who has used her skills and experience to lend a hand to entrepreneurs, new business and growing businesses to increase their likelihood of success.

Networker of the Year – sponsored by Town of Orangeville
A woman in the Dufferin business community who participates in local networking groups and events and understands that building relationships with others is the key to success.

The History

The Sparkle Awards were conceived eight years ago by the DWIB committee. The intent is to provide a way to recognize women in business who are high achievers without judgement.  As women we work hard to juggle home and work life, child and parental responsibilities, hobbies and education. Isn’t it nice to be recognized?

The Awards

Women can be nominated in one of four categories.  All nominees will be asked to provide a short submission and photo that speaks to their accomplishments in the award category.

If a nominee is recognized in multiple categories, we will ask which nomination she wishes to accept.


What does the word “Sparkle” signify?

The Sparkle (diamond) symbolizes the change in self-realization, a deeper understanding of mental & emotional maturity.  It’s a symbolic meaning of prosperity, strength, harmony, purity and peace.  We encourage everyone to be the diamond in their rough and be the best they can be.