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.