The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill is very happy to launch its 2nd annual Women of Inspiration & Leadership Award, or WILA. The award will recognize a women who have contributed to the greater good of the Richmond Hill Community through her leadership, achievement, and example of distinction. She may have done so through her contribution to a corporation, government, not-for-profit, start up, or service to the community.

In addition to the prestige of receiving an award that recognizes the winner as a woman of inspiration and leadership, the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill will donate $1,000 to a charity of the winner's choice*.

Noeline Paul, past President of the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill said "I am thrilled to have or club launch an award that recognizes women and their many achievements. As a club, we knew it was important to acknowledge that women play a significant role in the betterment of society. We all know women who are leaders in so many different ways, some beyond traditional notions of leadership, and this award gives us the opportunity to showcase and appreciate women who lead and inspire us in our local community."

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The WILA will be presented to a woman who has contributed towards improving the well-being of Richmond Hill residents though the creation, development and/or implementation of a specific initiative or program.

Women do not need to be residents of Richmond Hill to be eligible for nomination for the WILA, however their contribution(s) must have a positive impact upon the Richmond Hill Community. While these contributions can also be to areas outside of Richmond Hill, successful nomination applications must demonstrate the women's positive impact to the greater good of the Richmond Hill Community.

Self-nominations will not be accepted. Rotarians and their immediate family members also cannot be nominated for the WILA.


Anyone can nominate a woman for the WILA. While it is possible to nominate more than one woman for the award, nominators are encouraged to focus on one candidate per nomination year.

In order to nominate a woman for the WILA, the nominator will need to complete the Nomination Form, which is available on the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill's dedicated WILA website Further instructions about the nomination process and what is required for nomination can be found there.

Nominations must include the name and contact details for two referees (in addition to the person submitting the nomination). These referees should be familiar with the nominee's contributions and accomplishments. The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill may contact the person submitting the nomination and/or the referees to obtain additional information in deciding the winner. 


The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill will recognize the winner of the WILA by presenting her with a special certificate and showcasing her accomplishments in promotional materials. These materials include publications that may be used for one of the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill's major events and postings on our website and social media. The winner must agree to have her biography and photograph publicized.

The Rotary club of Richmond Hill will also donate $1,000.00 to one of the winner's selected charities. The selected charities must provide services to the Richmond Hill Community. These charities do not need to be based out of Richmond Hill and may also provide services outside of the area. In addition, the selected charities must align with the mission of Rotary International. The mission of Rotary International is a follows:


We provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.


In order to help the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill decide on the charity to receive the $1,000 donation, the winner of the WILA will be asked to forward the names of three charities that meet the eligible criteria. The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill will then decide which of the three selected charities will receive the $1,000 donation.

The required forms and instructions can be found here.

Questions can be addressed to the WILA Nomination Committee at 

Rotary Club of Richmond Hill 

Media Release - November 21, 2020