Ethel Tibbits Awards to honour Mary Gazetas

Mary Gazetas, hailed as a tireless champion of local heritage and for founding the Richmond Fruit Tree Sharing Project, will be honoured with a posthumous Pioneer Award at next week's Ethel Tibbits Women of Distinction Awards.

More than three quarters of tickets to the March 14 luncheon, at the Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport from 11:15 a.m. to 2 p.m., have been sold.

The 21st annual celebration of the accomplishments of local women, is also a fundraiser for Chimo Community Services' Nova House, a shelter for women and their children escaping domestic violence.

The 2014 nominees are:

• Community (Volunteer): Qi Chen, Leanne Chew, Susan Hutcheon, Amanda Bostik, Christine Campbell, Shyrose Nurmohamed, Mary Scott, Corisande Percival-Smith, Christen Haines;

• Community (Professional): Ahlay Chin, Brenda Plant, Margie Hardy, Rosalie Walls and Carol Young;

• Arts: Elena Steele and Marina Szijarto

• Youth: Janice Callangan, Muriel Faifman and Emma Partridge;

• Sports: Margaret Hobson, Michelle Weisbom, Anne Gillrie-Carre and Alisa Carey;

• Business: Yasmin Ali/Kathryn Lucarino and Shelley Smith.

The Ethels are named after the pioneering editor of The Richmond Review, Ethel Tibbits, who was a firebrand in the community who made a name for herself in the editorials she penned, including her fearless criticism of the internment of those of Japanese heritage during the Second World War.

Tickets to the Ethels—$50 each, or a table of 10 for $475—are available by calling 604-247-3700.

The Ethels has raised more than $280,000 for local women's charities since 1994.


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