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WomenActive-NS – HALIFAX WomenActive-NS releases the official list of finalists for the provincial WomenActive Trendsetter Awards. Winners will be announced at the Awards Brunch on April 2nd. The WomenActive Trendsetter Awards is a celebration and fundraising event for WomenActive-NS whose mission it is to advocate, educate, collaborate, and promote meaningful active living experiences and leadership opportunities to enrich the lives of all women and girls in Nova Scotia.
The awards identify and recognize initiatives, facilities, media, individuals, and groups across the province who are making a difference for women and girls. WomenActive Trendsetters are recognized as those who change culture, attitudes, programs, and systems to enrich the lives of all women and girls as participants and leaders in sport, recreation, and physical activity. They break down barriers, challenge the status quo, try new experiences, dare others to dream, blaze new trails, and showcase the talent that exists across Nova Scotia in order to ensure fair and equitable access and opportunities for women and girls.
The finalists include:
Program (Practices) Trendsetter Award
Patates Actives (Active Potatoes) – École secondaire de Clare
Becoming an Outdoors Woman NS (BOW)
Sole Sisters Womens’ Races, Li’l Sister Race, & Girls Gone Gazelle Run Clubs – Stacy Chesnutt
YWCA Halifax – Girls Activate
Program (People)Trendsetter Award
Anchor City Rollers
InHae Park & YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth Centre for Immigrant Programs
Take it Outside Girls!
Media Trendsetter Award
Chad Lucas – Sport Quarterly
Gail MacDougall – The Casket
Monty Mosher – Freelance Sport Journalist
Leadership Trendsetter Award
Hanan Dehrab
Colleen Jones
Cindy Tye
Finalists for Trailblazer Trendsetter Award
Peggy Gallant
June Lumsden
Debby Smith
“Through these awards we are able to identify the tremendous programs and people that advance participation and leadership opportunities for women and girls in the province”, says Cindy Russell, Director of WomenActive-NS. “The selection process was very difficult as the calibre of nominees was exceptional.” The selection committee was comprised of 7 individuals plus Russell and was diverse and represented sport, recreation and women’s organizations. “The committee had a very difficult task and recognized that all nominees should be celebrated in some way”, explained Russell. “Decisions had to be
made and we are excited that we have this exceptional group of finalists for this first annual
The awards celebration includes brunch and a keynote address by Victor Montagliani, President of the Canadian Soccer Association and Chair of the National Organizing Committee for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015. Victor will share the success story of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and how this impacted the way he thinks about sport. The Women’s World Cup surpassed all expectations and supported over $497 million dollars in economic activity for Canada. This was significant in changing the perception of women in sport.
For more information, to support the awards, or to purchase tickets visit
For more information, please contact:
Cindy Russell – Director, WomenActive-NS
Office: 902-407-3888
WomenActive-NS is funded by the Province of Nova Scotia, with in-kind support from Sport Nova Scotia and Recreation Nova Scotia