Victor Chamber of Commerce announced the recipients of its 2018 Women of Excellence awards during a dinner event at Ravenwood Golf Club.
The awards formally honored the passion, vision and commitment of exemplary women in Victor. Nominations were open to women who live, work, volunteer or attend school in Victor.
Ginny Ryan, of 13WHAM ABC TV, received the Jikohnsaseh Award for overall achievement. Mary Duprey, of Victor Garden Club, won the Lantern Award for volunteer achievement. Mia Baggett, of Victor Central School, was awarded the Youth of Promise Award.
In recognition and respect for its rich Native American roots as exemplified by Ganondagan, the Seneca historic site and partner for this event, the nominees were those who demonstrated the qualities of Jikohnsaseh. Known as the Mother of Nations, Jikohnsaseh played a major role in bringing together five nations into the Iroquois, or Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Jikohnsaseh was a woman of great vision and wisdom, and a devoted leader of her people. Leading by example, this arbitrator and diplomat was instrumental in bringing together the Five Nations into a confederacy founded on the message of peace and justice — one that predated the American Constitution by more than 700 years. Jikohnsaseh’s passion for peace among all her people equally laid out the critical role of women who were instrumental in building and maintaining the Iroquois Confederacy, even to this day.
The nominees this year in the Jikohnsaseh Award category were Ryan; Gayle DeRose, of L-Tron Corp.; Victoria Bach-Fink, of Evolution Financial Advisors; Elena Oyer, of Visit Rochester; and Petrea Rae, of Partnership for Ontario County.
In the Lantern Award category were Duprey; Jennifer Blum-Exton, of Mead Square Pharmacy; Marcie Hamilton, of St. Patrick’s Church and Victor Farmington Food Cupboard; and Jean Acquilano, of St. Patrick’s Church and Birthright of Victor.
In the Student of Promise Award category were Baggett, Abby Stark, Aubrey Ahern, Payton Elliott, Paige Phillips and Reagan Gensiejewski.
“Selecting only one honoree in each category was very difficult considering the level and depth of talent in the nominee pool,” said Mitch Donovan, executive director of Victor Chamber. “We hope that Ginny and Mary serve as an inspiration for Mia as she looks toward her future.”
The awards committee featured individuals representing various Victor constituencies. Each category winner received an award created by The Idea Works of New York Inc.