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Behind the scenes: Local Life Amazing Airdrie Women

Wow – it’s 2017 and we are celebrating our seventh year of these awards. I can’t believe how this program keeps producing the most exceptional stories about women in our community. When Veronica Funk started her 52-week Heroes series on women, I was hoping we could collaborate with her on our event, and to my delight the next 12 pages feature not only our Amazing Women, but each holding a Veronica Funk painting of a woman in history/current events they admire or with whom they relate. I should commission Veronica to do paintings of our 31 women, as they, in turn, are as inspiring as their more famous counterparts.

Britton Ledingham wrote our special focus on Courage recipient Lovepreet Deo and his comments sum up my thoughts exactly: “Lovepreet’s story is one of triumph and will continue to be. She is a bold character who has chosen not to let her disability define her. Seeing how she encourages those around her to strive through hardships is inspiring. She is a joy to talk to and it’s a privilege to call her a friend.”

Lori Kuffner, a documentary filmmaker, interviewed and wrote our feature for the 30 nominees.

Veronica says of her paintings: “These women are my heroes. Not only was it creatively fulfilling to paint the women who have inspired me most, but also to include their words which have influenced me and, in turn, my daughters. To learn why certain pieces were selected by nominees and to have them featured in airdrielife has definitely brought this project full circle for me.”

“These women are my heroes. Not only was it creatively fulfilling to paint the women who have inspired me most, but also to include their words which have influenced me and, in turn, my daughters. To learn why certain pieces were selected by nominees and to have them featured in airdrielife has definitely brought this project full circle for me.”

Special thanks to Sarika Mehta, makeup artist, for glamming everyone up a notch during the photos; The Store Upstairs for a wonderful wardrobe in white; and Kristy Reimer for her camera that makes everyone shine.

To all the nominees past, present and future – keep inspiring us.

Sherry Shaw-Froggatt

To see all the nominees and vote click here.

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