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In brief: YWCA announces Women of Achievement honorees for 2020

YWCA announces

women of achievementThe YWCA Spokane has announced this year’s recipients of the organization’s annual Women of Achievement awards as well as a virtual option replacement for the usual luncheon to recognize the winners.

The awards are given in different categories every year to women who have made significant contributions to the community. Recipients must “embody YWCA Spokane’s mission of eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.”

This year’s honorees winnersare: artist and Bartlett co-founder Karli Ingersoll, Arts and Culture award; Avista Utilities Vice President of Community and Economic Vitality Latisha Hill, Business and Industry award; Spokane Public Schools Community Partnership Manager Nicole Jenkins-Rosenkranz, Carl Maxey Racial and Social Justice award; Spokane County Juvenile Court Administrator Bonnie Bush, Community Enhancement award; North Wall Schools founder Jan Swanson, Education award; Spokane Tribe of Indians Director of Real Estate Development Maria Cullooyah, Government and Public Service award; Washington State University School of Nursing Clinical Assistant Professor Debbie Brinker, Science, Technology and Environment award; and current Miss Spokane Gabby Dansereau, Young Women of Achievement award.

This year the YWCA will hold a virtual Women of Achievement Spotlight event on Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. instead of the traditional luncheon. There will be take-home meals, featuring food and champagne from Masselow’s Steakhouse and other Northern Quest Resort and Casino restaurants available for purchase.

Proceeds from the event will be used to support the programs the YWCA offers to domestic violence victims and their children, including emergency shelters, legal services and child care.

Information about registering for the virtual event and ordering meals will be on the web ite beginning on Aug. 31.

Valley Fire trailer wrap delivers


The Spokane Valley Fire Department fire prevention trailer has a new wrap thanks to a donation from CW Wraps. The wrap highlights the importance of having smoke alarms in the home and making sure the alarms have not expired and have fresh batteries.

The trailer is typically used in elementary school fire safety classes every October and makes appearances at community festivals, school fairs and various safety classes.

The sides of the trailer have safety messages that say “Hear the beep where you sleep” and “Don’t wait, check the date,” which references the expiration date printed on smoke alarms.

“Wrapping the trailer will provide us with a mobile fire safety awareness sign,” said Fire Marshal Greg Rogers. “It is an additional way for us to share the important messages about smoke alarms.”

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