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Local Woman wins YWCA Woman of Distinction Award

Heather Manns

By Heather Manns

YWCA Woman of Distinction Award
In March of 2013, Pam May of MacGregor, Manitoba was nominated for the YWCA Woman of Distinction Awards, for western Manitoba. Selection was based on 3 main criteria; individual achievements, community contributions, and providing a role model for other women and girls.
Pam has been physically active throughout her entire life and was a very successful and well recognized hockey player. While playing hockey she achieved many milestones and received many awards, she was named Canada West all Star at the university hockey level 3 of the 4 years she played and was also named Most Valuable Player 2 of the 4 years she played Manitoba Bison hockey, as the starting goalie. In recent years Pam has taken on a new challenge, competing in Outdoor Adventure Races and Triathlons. She has been quite successful, and has won or placed on almost every occasion.
Pam is a very generous community member, and freely offers her time and commitment to many local boards, projects, carnivals and special events. She is a member of the local community center board and served 2 years on the Nursery School board. Pam was selected by members of her community to be a medal bearer during the Rick Hansen relay in 2012.
Pam goes above and beyond her job description as a physical education teacher, she works hard to bring new and invigorating activities and games to the class in an effort to motivate and encourage our young female student population to become more active. She is an excellent role model and mentor for the young women in our school, encouraging them to take action and become more physically active.
Overall, Pam is an “others first” kind of person, she gives her time generously and without question. Pam works hard to provide a variety of unique activities that pique the interest and motivation of females young and old in our community. She is driven by something special that not everyone possesses within their character. Our community is a better place because of Pam’s commitment to be active and her encouragement of others to be active with her. Pam works full time as a PE teacher at MacGregor and Austin Elementary schools.
Pam was selected from a group of 15 nominated woman and was named one of the five, 2013 YWCA Woman of Distinction at their Gala night. We wish to offer our congratulations to Pam, as she works hard to ensure our communities are healthy and active. She instills in our youth a love for active living and deserves to be recognized for her great work. Congratulations Pam.

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