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We're delighted to present 

the 2021 Awardees!

 

Special thanks to all who took the time to nominate. We couldn't do this without you!

About the Awards Program

 

Special Note:  The 2022 Awards Nomination process is open. Here's the link:  2022 Award Nomination Form

The deadline for submissions is Friday, September 23.

The 2022  Award Ceremony will be held live in early November.

Our awards program recognizes, celebrates and validates the successes and challenges of working women, as well as students, advocates and workplace leaders. 

We honor our sisters and brothers who have made (and are on their way to making) a piece of history in non traditional trades careers.

 

About our mission of inclusivity...

Awardees/nominees include a mix of people from various trades, organizations and agencies. 
Awardees/nominees include apprentices, journey level and retired people.
Awardees/nominees include a mix of races, genders and sexual identities.

Award Category Descriptions

Tradeswoman of the Year

This is a currently working tradesperson with at least four years experience. 

She has achieved a skill level respected by her peers, supervisors and the community, shows passion for her work and mutual respect for co-workers. 

Tell us about her achievements and contributions.

 

Lifetime Achievement

This is a pioneer, a woman who broke ground in her chosen profession.

Tell us about her role as a mentor and/or advocate for other women

in skilled trades careers, as well as her workplace accomplishments.

 

Active Advocate

This person has worked to further women’s roles in the skilled trades.

This category is extremely broad. Among others, she/he may be an elected  official, a counselor, a supervisor or simply a supportive co-worker. 

Detail her/his efforts toward steering and inspiring women, as well as opening closed doors and implementing change in attitudes.

 

Union Activist

This is a tradeswoman currently active in her union and seen by her peers as an informed and dynamic member. What activities is she involved in? Elected status isn’t necessary, but please do include if applicable.

 

Instructor

This person has worked as an instructor for at least four years. 

She/he has played a positive role as a teacher, mentor and advocate for women’s success in skilled trades. 

Tell us about this person’s enriching effect on students and the community.

 

Workplace Leader

This person is a crew chief, foreman, supervisor or lead who demonstrates a continual commitment to supporting and sustaining women in the skilled trade workplace. What has this person done to show that commitment?

 

The Josie Dunn Apprentice Award

Josie Dunn was a WWII Rosie the Riveter who stayed on after the war and built a career at Boeing for over 40 years.  Because of her tenacity, she inspired many was was able to give her family and community a gentle step up.

This award honors a woman currently enrolled in, or journeyed out of a verifiable Training/Apprenticeship Program over the last 12 months. She is fully committed to a career as a tradeswoman, and shows competency, potential and enthusiasm for a long, successful skilled trades career.

 

The Peggy Cook Apprentice Award

Peggy Cook is a WWII Rosie the Riveter and was a journey level painter for most of her working life. She was awarded the Pioneer Tradeswoman Award in 2002. 

Peggy's Award honors a woman currently enrolled in, or journeyed out of a verifiable Training/Apprenticeship Program over the last 12 months. She is fully committed to a career as a tradeswoman, and shows competency, potential and enthusiasm for a long, successful skilled trades career. She strongly exhibits the “We can do it!” spirit of the Rosies.

 

Honorable Mentions

Union • Employer • OrganizationProject/Event • Community/Political Leader

This can be a Union, Employer, Organization, Project, Event,Community or Political Leader. Our goal is to honor groups/projects/individuals who support, advocate and sustain women in the workplace. How has this person or entity made innovations, broken barriers or improved the status of women in skilled trades?

Previous Awardees HERE

Congratulations to the

2021 Awardees

 Tradeswoman of the Year

Vivian DeZwager

Grounds Maintenance, Tacoma Power

LifeTime Achievement

Danielle Green

Concrete Foreman, Skanska - Microsoft Project

 

Instructor of the Year

Lisa Telford

Tulalip Pre-Apprenticeship Program

 

Active Advocate

Erin LeMieux

Electronics Mechanic, Special Emphasis Program Manager for Federal Woman's Program Keyport

 

Union Activist

Jennifer Foster

Lead Electrician, Tacoma Power

 

Workplace Leader

Mike Raymond

Apprenticeship Coordinator,  Cement Masons & Plasterers Training Centers of Washington

 

Josie Dunn Apprentice Award

Rebecca McNall

Cement Mason Apprentice, Cameron-Reilly Concrete

 

Peggy Cook Apprentice Award

Nicki Bradshaw

Cement Mason Apprentice, Salinas Construction, Inc.

 

Honorable Mention

Tacoma Power Training, Development

and Apprenticeship Group

Sheryl Brown, Supervisor

 

Awardees will be honored virtually for now, and in person at the Annual Dream Big Dinner in November of 2022, along with the awardees from 2020 and 2022. That will be quite the party--the stage will be filled with flowers and a whole lot of cool people!

2010 Awardees

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2017 Awardees

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Tips for Nominators

Please read the Category Descriptions carefully so your nominee will have the best chance of gaining notice.

The minimum requirements for the categories are important.  

 

Before nominating, PLEASE check to see if your candidate has won an award in the last 5 years. 

Here's the link to the complete list:  Previous Awardees

 

Multiple nominations for the same person aren't particularly helpful. ONE good nomination is. If you are able to check with others before you nominate, that would be GREAT!  Remember, Quality over Quantity.
Be concise. Long laundry lists are highly discouraged. Assume the judges know nothing about your nominee, trade or workplace. Use descriptive words. Superlatives like best, wonderful and huge are meaningless. Avoid them. Acronyms and trade specific terms are strongly discouraged. Focus on career related information ONLY.

Obviously, you respect and admire your nominee.Tell us why. Describe who they are. Share your passion. Convince us!

Please keep each description to 250 words or less. Nominations that exceed maximum word counts will be disqualified.

Finally, imagine yourself at the annual WWIT Award Selection Meeting. 

You are sitting with 5 other people and you have over 30 nominations to peruse. Now imagine your nominee is the LAST entry. 

What would make that nomination stand out? What's special about your nominee?  

How will you catch the attention of tired eyes, minds and hearts?

 

Don't hesitate to contact us with questions. HERE

 

Here's an example of a

Great Awards Nomination