Women’s Week at Brandon University

Recipients of BU's Outstanding Women award. (Credit: Krista Murray/The Quill)

Wednesday, March 8th, marked International Women’s Day. This day is dedicated to celebrating the achievements of women around the world. The past, present, and future. Whether these achievements are political, economic, cultural, or social they are something to celebrate. Each year Brandon University celebrates and acknowledges the success of its female students with women’s week.

This year Brandon University celebrated the accomplishments of 24 outstanding female students, who were nominated by BU faculty and staff. A reception honouring these students was hosted by the Status of Women Review Committee on Thursday, March 9th, 2017.

Recipients, friends, family, and faculty crowded together in the Gathering Space of the Library to celebrate these exceptional students. The reception was well attended with standing room only. Guests were welcomed by music courtesy of students from Brandon University’s School of Music.

The event was hosted by Alysha Farrell of the Faculty of Education, and member of the Status of Women Review Committee. In her introduction Farrell commented that recipients were those students who “lead lives that embody international women’s day.” Each of the nominees were called upon by Farrell and presented with their envelopes by Brandon University President Dr. Fearon. As honourees received their magic envelopes Farrell read some of the wonderful comments provided by the nominators. 22 of the 24 nominees were present.

Farrell concluded with a quote from Virginia Woolf “Let us never cease from thinking—What is this ‘civilization’ in which we find ourselves? What are these ceremonies and why should we take part in them? What are these professions and why should we make money out of them?” Wise words, from a wise woman.

Afterwards many group photos, refreshments, and dainties were served. At this time, I had a chance to chat with former Quill Assistant Editor-in-Chief, Holly Reimer (nee Kalyniuk) about her thoughts on being nominated as one of Brandon University’s Outstanding Women of 2017. “I think it’s really humbling. I have been really inspired by friends, family, and other outstanding women in my life” said Reimer. When asked if this award has given her super powers, Reimer had this to say “Yes, at least three. The first superpower is revealed only to other nominees, while the other two are not released until we come to know ourselves. So, in the next ten years or so.” This was confirmed by one of BU’s 2016 outstanding women, and BUSU Vice President Internal, Jill Creasor. “When you get the envelope it outlines the confidentiality of the superpowers that you gain. So, I am legally bound not to tell you any more than that.”

For profiles on each of the 2017 recipients, as well as profiles of past recipient’s, head to www.brandonu.ca/womens-week/.

Remember ladies, whether you were nominated as one of Brandon University’s Outstanding Women of 2017 or not, you have accomplished great things. Don’t compare yourself to others, your only competition is yourself. Stay strong, stay beautiful, and know that your accomplishments, big or small, matter.

Republished from The Quill print edition, Volume 107, Issue 25, March 14th, 2017.