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AVCC is pleased to present Women of Excellence, an event that recognizes women in the Annapolis Valley who pursue excellence in their respective fields and in the community. In their pursuit of excellence, they are improving the lives of others through their leadership, volunteerism, entrepreneurial spirit, and mentorship.


 Award Descriptions

Business Woman of the Year

This award is open to women who are entrepreneurs or work in tenured positions who have not only achieved personally in their organization but have raised the bar in business within, and/or outside, their organization. The winning nominee will have demonstrated their positive attitude and commitment to developing, mentoring and promoting others, either men or women, in their roles in business. She will have demonstrated leadership skills, adaptability and will have had notable impact on the business in which she works. She may have influenced culture and championed change to support gender diversity and gender equality.

Mentor of the Year

This award is open to any woman at any level of their organization. The winner will be someone who has inspired, enabled or supported another, either man or woman, inside or outside of their business/organization in a significant way.  Their influence will have had a notable impact on those whom they have supported personally, professionally or in their business. The judges will be looking for evidence of where, what, when and how they have implemented this mentorship.

Community Leader for Betterment

This award recognizes an exceptional woman involved in a registered charity, not-for-profit, community group, or who is acting on her own, who is dedicated to social change and improving the Annapolis Valley community. Nominees have garnered extraordinary support from the community by being champions for philanthropy and volunteerism. The judges will be looking for evidence of where, what, when and how they have shown their leadership for community betterment.

Pioneer Award

This award is for the entrepreneur who is a true trendsetter. She has recognized a new market, product, service, technological advancement or opportunity and led the way. She has demonstrated outstanding leadership within her company and her market and she has set standards for originality, quality and successful management.

Home-based Business Excellence

This award recognizes a woman operating a home-based business including but not limited to independently run franchise businesses, home based services, and home-based merchandise production and sales.  She consistently shows excellence and quality in service, merchandising, and product. The recipient of this award may have developed a broad network of clients, may have shared the success with other members of the community and have had a positive economic impact on the Annapolis Valley.


Past Awards