Past Winners

2018 Winners

2018 Winners

Bonnie Bowler
YWCA Woman of the Year

The YWCA Women of the Year Award is presented to a woman whose professional and/or volunteer work supports, embodies and complements the YWCA Helena’s mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Bonnie Bowler supports, embodies and complements the YWCA mission to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Before she retired, Bonnie was a long-time Latin teacher at Helena and capital High Schools. She was a brilliant teacher who inspired many students. She was also a strong advocate for women’s sports.

In retirement, Bonnie has been a dedicated volunteer at the Montana Historical Society for 14 years and averages 200 hours per year.

Bonnie also provided nine years of leadership as a YWCA Executive Board member, serving as Chair of the Building Committee through a major renovation. She could always be counted on to volunteer for board events and to do whatever was needed to make them a success, including cleaning up.

What sets her apart from other dedicated board members is her hands-on volunteer work. Bonnie’s commitment to ensuring the YWCA is a safe, clean and inviting place for women and their children is boundless.

Bonnie spent hours cleaning out the building in preparation for renovation, and countless more moving furniture and bedding back in after the renovation was complete. She pitches in to do whatever needs done, including vacuuming, taking out the trash, raking leaves, pulling weeds, shoveling snow, cleaning the kitchen, etc.

Perhaps most important, Bonnie’s regular presence at the YWCA allowed her to become acquainted  with the residents and she serves as a role model and mentor to the women.

Bonnie’s extraordinary volunteer work has significantly contributed to the success of the YWCA and its mission. Congratulations Bonnie on being named as YWCA’s Woman of the Year!

Jena Sabatini
Salute’s Woman of Achievement Award

Award Criteria:  The Woman of Achievement Award is presented to a woman whose involvement and commitment to the Helena community works to improve the lives of women and girls which leads to social and economic empowerment.

Jena’s nominator wrote in part… 

Jena Sabatini earned a Hospitality and Tourism Management degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She worked in hospitality sales across the US before buying her first hotel in Wisconsin. Fortunately for Helena, Jena’s next purchase was a Hotel here, where she and her husband eventually moved when they acquired a third property.   Her passion for the outdoors and community made the move a natural fit.  Since coming to Helena, Jena has selflessly contributed and volunteered in our community. 

She has taken on and headed up many community service activities with countless organizations.  In fact, in 2008 Jena co-founded the Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) with the goal of raising in excess of $300,000 annually to help grow Helena’s tourism economy. The TBID has grown to help revitalize Readers Alley and catapult Helena onto the national mountain biking scene. Most recently, Jena founded Fun Events which creates and promotes entertainment in Helena with the purpose of supporting charitable organizations. Fun Events currently has three annual events, Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament, Dueling Pianos and Bacon, Eggs and Kegs.  

Jena has the ability to give an event almost instant velocity.  For example, she started organizing the Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament three years ago and last year she successfully quadrupled the proceeds raised from the previous year and sold out the maximum number of participants allowed.  

She started Dueling Pianos six years ago with the event selling out each year and raising more money each year - the total raised to date is nearly $130,000.  

Jena has been awarded the 2007 Hospitality Hero for Helena Community and 2009 Helena Chamber of Commerce’s Volunteer of the Year.  

Because of these efforts, Jena has the respect and gratitude of her peers here in Helena. She not only goes above and beyond giving 110% in her devotion to support others, but Jena puts FUN in Fundraising. Helena is lucky to have her!  

2017 Winners

2017 Winners

Anna Kazmierowski, A2Z Staffing Solutions
YWCA Woman of the Year

The YWCA Women of the Year Award is presented to a woman whose professional and/or volunteer work supports, embodies and complements the YWCA Helena’s mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Anna exemplifies the this award. One nominator wrote, “Anna Kazmierowski is a champion for women.”  She is heavily involved in her community, and state, sponsoring various nonprofit organizations that work to improve the lives of women.  Anna is a member of the ASTRA Women-Owned Business Alliance, a certification organization for women owned businesses. She collaborates with corporations and government agencies to improve workplace diversity, and has held meetings at the cabinet level to discuss and define women-diversity goals for the State of Montana.  She has received numerous recognitions for her work as a business entrepreneur and volunteer. 

Anna immigrated to the United States from Poland in 1993. She got her start at a temporary staffing firm in Chicago, Ill., igniting her passion for the staffing industry. In 2001, she began working at a staffing firm in Helena, and began pursuing her dream of becoming an entrepreneur.  In 2008, Anna became a minority owner of A2Z Personnel Helena and purchased the business in 2016.

Kimmy Skiftun, Executive Director, Treacy Foundation
Salute’s Woman of Achievement Award

Award Criteria:  The Woman of Achievement Award is presented to a woman whose involvement and commitment to the Helena community works to improve the lives of women and girls which leads to social and economic empowerment.

Through the Treacy Foundation, Kimmy has positively impacted many, many lives here in Helena.  She personifies the spirit of giving and supporting one’s community, people and history.  She is an unsung hero of sorts and shies away from the spot light. 

“You don’t need to look far to see something that Kimmy has assisted with either personally or professionally,” writes one nominator.

Kimmy has been at the helm of the foundation since 2010.  In that time, she has supported such organizations as West Mont, Florence Crittenton, YWCA, Healty Mother’s Healthy Babies, intermountain Children’s Home, Exploration Works, Big Brother’s Big Sisters, and many more.  Her involvement and impact go beyond her work at the foundation.  Kimmy is seen at most charitable fundraisers, Chamber events, Community events, and working silently behind the scenes anonymously helping on many community endeavors. 

2016 Winners

Congratulations!

We are so very excited to announce the recipients of our 2016 Salute to Women Awards.

YWCA Woman of the Year is - Laura Erickson, Grants Coordinator with Lewis & Clark County.

Woman of Achievement is - Aimee Grmoljez, head of government affairs with Crowley Fleck.

Congratulations to these two very extraordinary and deserving women!  Please join us on March 17 for our Salute to Women luncheon to honor them. 

KTVH was there to capture the moment!  Watch the video


 

2015 Winners

Congratulations!

We are so very excited to announce the recipients of our 2015 Salute to Women Awards.

Paula VanderJagt, owner of Van's Thriftway, is the recipient of the Salute to Women Woman of Achievement.

Ann Waickman of Helena Food Share is the YWCA Woman of the Year.

The SI Helena Live Your Dream award winner is Tara Fisher.

The ABWA Scholarship winner is Katelyn Opp.

Congratulations to these two very extraordinary and deserving women!  Please join us on March 12 for our Salute to Women luncheon to honor them. 

KTVH was there to capture the moment!  Watch the video

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