Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake) announced that nominations for his 2023 Women of Distinction Awards are underway. The Women of Distinction Awards are held annually and honor local women who have had significant positive impacts on their community and those around them. Awards will be given for various categories, such as health care, business, volunteer work, and education. The deadline for nominations is March 31, and the awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 27 at 6 p.m. at Clinton Community College’s Stafford Center Theatre.
“March is Women’s History Month, and one of the best ways we can celebrate it is by honoring inspirational and influential women here in our own backyard,” Jones said. “The North Country is home to a great deal of brave, hardworking women who make their communities a better place for those who live there, and I’m happy to have this opportunity to show them the recognition they deserve.”
Residents who wish to nominate a woman for the awards can fill out a nomination form online at nyassembly.gov/jones. Nominees must live in the 115th Assembly District, which includes all of Clinton and Franklin counties and a portion of Essex County.
Last year’s Women of Distinction award winners were: Melissa Gooley for the Healthcare category; Jean McGibbon Goddard for the Perseverance category; Chief Beverly Cook for the Community and Civic Affairs category; Shantell Manor for the Education category; Chelsea Scheefer for the Community Advocate category; Robin Caudell for the Military Service category; Dana Fast for the Volunteerism category; and Rebecca Boire-West for the North Country Neighbor category.
Photo at top: State Assemblyman Billy Jones talks with North Country Community College faculty member Sarah Shoemaker in the college’s Malone campus science lab on Wed., Oct. 12, 2022. Jones toured the campus after announcing $250,000 in funding to upgrade the science lab. Photo provided by Chris Knight of NCCC.
How do we suggest nominees to Billy Jones as I know so many women worthy of recognition.
Cali Brooks of the Adirondack Federation
Donna Beal of MercyCare
Melissa Eisinger – best volunteer ever in a lot of different organizations
I have others but I should give other people a chance to nominate their favorite women of distinction.
I found this link on line: https://nyassembly.gov/mem/Billy-Jones/story/105108
This appears to be the nomination form: https://nyassembly.gov/mem/Billy-Jones/story/105108