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2nd Annual WomenActive Trendsetter Awards Celebration

Saturday, April 1, 2017
Delta Halifax – 8th Floor
1990 Barrington Street, Halifax

Join us in celebrating these Trailblazers and our other 2017 Trendsetters on April 1st, 2017

In 2017 we are so pleased to announce three women who have lead the way with their unwavering commitment to engaging women and/or girls, generated respect amongst their peers and colleagues, and who continue to blaze the trail in creating optimal conditions for women and girls to engage in sport, recreation and/or physical activity in Nova Scotia. 

Join us in to help celebrate these women, and our other Trendsetters at this years Awards celebration on April 1st 2017. 

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The Trailblazer Award
This award is given annually to honour a woman who has influenced the activity level of women and/or girls and/or systemic changes to create optimal conditions for women and girls to be active. This award recognizes how much they have given of themselves to help others over several years.


Wendy Bedingfield began her career as a Physical Education teacher and coach. She completed her PhD in Biomechanics and Anatomy and joined the faculty at the University of Alberta. Ten years later, Wendy came to Acadia University as an administrator and remained at Acadia until her retirement. Throughout all those years, Wendy worked to establish a better deal for women in sport. She made considerable progress in university sport and in coach education. Wendy was a founding mother of the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport (CAAWS) and a leading force in the birth of WomenActiveNS. She has received the Progress Club ‘Woman of Excellence’ award and the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, is a member of the Acadia University Sport Hall of Fame and has been named to the CAAWS ‘Most Influential Women in Canadian Sport and Physical Activity’ list.  

June Lumsden, in her role as Director of Athletics & Recreation, has been at the helm of the wellness, physical activity and athletics movement at Mount Saint Vincent University for over 30 years. The Mount is committed to the advancement of women and June has modeled the philosophy through decades of determination and insistence that programs are inclusive for women, providing leadership opportunities and encouraging women to participate in sport, physical activity and wellness initiatives. Throughout her career, June has been an advocate of Women in Sport and gives a 100% every day ensuring that the varsity experience is successful and enriching for female athletes and coaches.  
​Debby Smith has worked in government, higher education, and the not for profit sector throughout her 40-year career. In each role, Debby has been a clear, consistent, powerful voice for gender equity within the sport, recreation, and physical activity sector. She understands the challenges that females face and has worked tirelessly to develop and implement strategies to reduce these barriers. Debby is extremely skilled in mobilizing and working with others in pursuit of gender equity outcomes. The scope of her related work includes research, education, policy development, and strategic planning/implementation. Debby Smith’s influence has been widespread, holistic, and sustainable with regards to fostering opportunities for females in Nova Scotia. 

Keep tuned in to find out more about our upcoming awards – and be sure to get your ticket/table! 

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NOTE: If your Organization, Business or Group purchases a full table (table of 10) by March 20, 2017, the Name of your group will be highlighted in our Event Program. Table purchases after March 20, 2017 will be noted in the presentation. 



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