Popular Barbadian Hotel Divi Southwinds hosts Girlfriends Foundation Phenomenal Women Awards 2011

The recent Phenomenal Women Awards celebrates the rise of women in Barbadian society, and looked at the empowerment and education of our young females through the upliftment of those who have made significant strides, large and small, to not only advance themselves but to build a future for others to follow.

Featured Speaker at Divi Southwinds - Dr. Albert Sparman

The Sparman Clinic was the executive sponsor of the 2011 Awards, and featured speaker Dr. Sparman shared “When I, as a surgeon, dissect the human brain, I see no difference in the intellectual power across the sexes.” He further stated, “Now women are known to be less risk takers, less self destructive, and to a certain extent highly disciplined when compared to men. I therefore postulate that given correct guidance and equal opportunities we will have a better balanced society with a female sensitive cornerstone and foundation.”

Gaynelle Marshall collecting her award for Media/ Journalism from The President of The Barbados Coalition of Servic Industries (BCSI) Mr. Vincent Price

The evening saw 7 categories being recognized and The Woman of The Year. Awardee The Hon Mara Thompson M.P thanked the Girlfriends Foundation for her award, and though she was voted Woman of the Year for the admirable strength through her late husbands illness and he continued support for the people of St. John, she stated that in her view, she stepped in where needed and did what was necessary.

The Hon. Mara Thompson M.P. collecting her award for Woman of The Year from Dr. Albert Sparman

The award for Public Service went to The Hon Mia Mottley M.P and in her acceptance Ms. Mottley stated “ I thank you but it only means something if it inspires others to enter public service, we will be as strong as we can be, when as many people are ready to give of themselves beyond their job, beyond their commitment to family, beyond their commitment to religion. If we do that then we would have a better country and be a better people.”

The Hon Mia Mottley M.P. Q.C. collecting her awards for Public Service from Dr. Sparman

The gala presentation evening at The Divi Southwinds Hotel and was the culmination of weeks of excitement and anticipation.

The awards were judged in seven categories, and the winners were as follows:

  • Sports – Ms. Karen Meakins
  • Media/Journalism – Ms. Gaynelle Marshall
  • Entrepreneurship/Business – Mrs. Cecily Reid-Sealey
  • Empowerment – Dr. The Hon. Esther Byer-Suckoo M.P.
  • Philanthropy – Ms. Leah Marville
  • Entertainment – Ms. Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty
  • Public Service – The Hon Mia Mottley M.P. Q.C.
  • WOMAN OF THE YEAR – The Hon. Mara Thompson M.P.

The event was hosted by Ms. Mialisa Fenty and saw performances in drama by Leigh-Ann Worrell, Sheba Henry and Sabrina Ambrose. In her vote of Thanks CEO and Co-founder Kimtara Clarke also thanked The Barbados Coalition of Service Industries for their continued support to the Foundation and for their notable focus for the creative industries, which is coincidentally one of the Foundation’s as well. She noted that because of their partnership The Girlfriends Foundation sister company Girlfriends Expo, was recognized on a recent trade mission to London and Girlfriends Expo has generated interest and are in negotiations for the staging of Girlfriends Expo in London in the year 2012.

Honourees - The Hon. Mia Mottley M.P., Heather Gibson, The Hon. Mara Thompson M.P., Cecily Reid-Sealey, Gaynelle Marshall, Karen Meakins, Kimtara Amory-Clarke (CEO and Co-Founder of The Girlfriends Foundation)

For more information on how you can assist with the Girlfriends Foundation you can visit their website at www.GirlfriendsFoundation.org.

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