YWCA Kitsap County will host the Women of Achievement Luncheon on Tuesday October 24th. We are eager to return to our tradition of honoring extraordinary women in the following categories: Public Service, Arts, Culture and Design, Education, Public Service YWCA Mission Award for Eliminating Racism and Empowering Women, and the Linda K. Joyce Award.
Since the first event in 1989, the YWCA has honored over 400 extraordinary women, each of whom has made tremendous contributions to our community and beyond.
2023 Women of Achievement Catagories
Arts, Culture & Design
She facilitates or promotes visual, literary, media, architectural and/or performing arts
and has made a significant difference in the Kitsap County arts community. She may be a
curator, arts administrator, artist or other member of the arts community.
She inspires a passion for life-long learning in those around her and has made a significant
contribution through practice, research or administration in a learning environment. She
motivates others to gain knowledge, set goals or seek opportunities. She may be an
academic, educator, administrator or other champion of learning.
Her tireless efforts create cooperative relationships and partnerships that foster solutions
to better Kitsap County. She listens to her community’s needs, takes intentional action,
and her peers respect her. Acting on behalf of her community or organization, she is a
compassionate advocate for important issues, topics or programs. Hired, elected or
summoned into her role, she is a voice and champion for change. She may be a former
political leader or other public service leader.
YWCA Mission Award for Eliminating Racism and Empowering Women
She is a champion of the intersect of racial and gender justice. She leads or aids efforts to
eliminate racism and empower women of color in Kitsap County. Her work exemplifies a
commitment to a shared vision of peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all people. This
commitment may be evidenced through her individual work, or her partnerships with
community agencies and other organizations.
This award is for someone who demonstrates the characteristics and passion for
community service, elimination of domestic violence, mentoring, leadership, a champion
of change and charitable giving. Please be specific in your explanation of why you are
nominating this person (500-1000 words)County. Her work exemplifies a commitment to a
shared vision of peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all people. This commitment may
be evidenced through her individual work, or her partnerships with community agencies
and other organizations.
Betty Pasco, Arts/Culture &Design Award
Dr. Alecia Nye, Education Award
Jamie Jensen , Public Service Award
Alexis Foster, YWCA Mission Award
Dr. Lillian Lockett- Robertson, Linda K. Joyce Award
The Annual Women of Achievement Event has honored over 400 women in Kitsap County since its first event in 1989 – which recognized the very first woman to be honored – Amy Burnett. Amy is a local artist who created the piece, “Time Circle of a Woman” and sold limited edition prints in 1988 that raised over $20,000 for YWCA Kitsap County – establishing the branding for Women of Achievement for the past 30 years.
“Time Circle of a Woman” will always represent the origins of this event and remind us where this started – which is fitting given the name of the painting. Thank you Amy for all that you have done and that you continue to do for the YWCA.