WOW!  What a night!

WOW 2014 was a night filled with inspiration, laughter and friendship.  Over 380 women, men and children enjoyed an evening of networking and a fabulous silent auction, a powerful and moving keynote speech from Julia Rosien, and of course honouring our 8 award recipients.  More from the evening, including pictures, to follow soon.

Congratulations to all of our nominees and our 8 award recipients!  And, thank you to Waterloo Region for supporting so many amazing and inspiring WOW women.

Winners of the 2014 WOW Awards:

Entrepreneur – Irene Divaris - Guest of Honour DeeDee Weiland

Health, Science & Technology – Angelique Mohring - Guest of Honour Lance Mohring

Education – Dr. Shohini Ghose - Guest of Honour Dr. Angèle Hamel

Creative Arts – Autumn Fernandes - Guest of Honour Donna Beecraft

Community Engagement & Volunteerism – Debb Ritchie - Guest of Honour Rosemary Smith

Professional Service – Diane Wolfenden - Guest of Honour Mary D’Alton

Youth – Sherry Wong - Guest of Honour Andrea Wong

WOW Factor – Jane Black - Guest of Honour Kelly Sue Labus


Women of Waterloo Region is an Annual Recognition Event that celebrates women doing extraordinary things, often making a difference in the lives of others. While there are other organizations within Waterloo Region that recognize women for their outstanding achievements, WOW is unique. In addition to recognizing individual women for their inspiration and contributions, WOW recipients in turn pay it forward, by recognizing an individual who has been a leader in her life, someone who has inspired and mentored her in her career or along her journey.