WOI Committees Selection Committee
Meet our dedicated Women of Inspiration™ Committee Members. Our Selection Committee and Nominee Ambassadors are volunteer business leaders, advisors and past Women of Inspiration™ Award winners who want to move the needle to celebrate women who are inspiring others through their actions and leadership! These extraordinary individuals are passionate about empowering women to have a voice, raise their profiles and pave the path for others to follow!
Nominate a woman for a 2020 Women of Inspiration™ Award. Nominations open to recognizing women in 25 diverse categories across Canada including SupportHER™, men who champion for women.
Donna Dahl, B.Ed., M.Ed.
2020 Selection Committee, Chair | 2016 Women of Inspiration Award - Lifetime Achievement | Empowerment Coach, Author, Speaker
Donna Dahl, Empowerment Coach and Author, was awarded Woman of Inspiration for Lifetime Achievement in 2016. She currently serves as the Woman of Inspiration Awards Selection Committee Co-Chair and is honoured to do so. She is considered a thought leader and a coach’s coach by her clients. While most of her work is behind the scenes coaching writers to become authors and leaders to inspire others to lead, her passion drives her voice to make a difference through speaking engagements and writing. Donna’s next book is in the works. In her mind, her lifetime work is still in progress. Donna reports, “When I accepted the award, that was my invitation to accept the challenge to continue my work but with more conviction than ever before.” In her book, Lessons I Learned from the Tortoise, she wrote, “Challengers inspire us to take giant steps long before we might ever become giants.” Recognition from one’s peers matters.
Founder and CEO, Wealth & Wellness Global | 2019 Women of Inspiration | UWN National Ambassador
"I believe in inspiring and encouraging women to achieve more in life; more wealth, more peace of mind and more well-being. I am excited to be a National Ambassador in order to promote women and of course men who support women to achieve what is required in order to raise the bar in the nation. When I was invited to become a National Ambassador, I was filled with excitement and serenity at the same time. The mandate of ‘Women of Inspiration’ is to elevate women and the men who support women. This is very close to my heart as I believe in Women’s Empowerment. As life is comprised of masculine and feminine, I believe it is important to honour the natural forces and give a voice to the feminine that is the creator of life.
Armineh is a multi-faceted and brilliant entrepreneur whose aim is to bring increased awareness to the world by encouraging and inspiring everyone to be aligned with their Divine self in order to live their desired life.
Co-Founder, Safe Haven Foundation | 2019 Women of Inspiration | UWN National Ambassador
A less than ideal childhood ultimately prepared Karen Sherbut for the role of her life as a role model, mentor, and humanitarian. In this capacity she provides what she so desperately had once needed; ultimately improving the lives of many young women, their families, and loved ones. Karen’s dream of providing for homeless girls came to fruition in 1996, when Karen and her husband founded Safe Haven Foundation of Canada. In a volunteer capacity at the helm of the Foundation, Karen’s steadfast commitment continues to shape a better and brighter future for all of us.
With 40 years of senior management and leadership experience, Karen has been extensively involved in the development and implementation of business plans at both grassroots and national levels. An engaging and innovative leader, Karen’s focus on results-oriented programs, financial accountability, public relations, and award-winning campaigns have provided an enviable advantage to the Foundation. Karen’s passion remains visible and reflective through the time she dedicates not only to the Foundation but to the many boards and advisory roles she has undertaken over the years.
In addition, for the past 22 years, Karen has been employed as the Vice President of Marketing at Britgary Properties. In recent years, Karen’s expertise has expanded to include operations and strategic planning of some of the Britgary’s newest endeavors.
Founder, Oh Naturals Snacks | 2019 Women of Inspiration | UWN National Ambassador
Rhonda is the founder of Oh! Naturals Flavoured Snacks Inc. Being recognized as a Women of Inspiration means the world to me. I look up to a woman who is inspirational and to be chosen as one of those women is a dream come true. Making a difference in people’s lives from both a business and customer perspective is what drives me forward. Growing up I was a very sick child fighting for every breath I lived in and out of oxygen tents as asthmatic. I struggled to try to fit in as a girl growing up knowing I was a bit different. I always tried to fit in with other children with activities but, had my limits being asthmatic. Giving up was not part of my life so I joined different teams just to fit in. The turning point of my life was when someone very special to me passed away suddenly. I try to inspire others how we should all live the life we want and not waste time. Anything is possible if you put your mind to it with the right support system. That is where my story begins.
Elizabeth Blake Thomas
Film Director, Founder Mother and Daughter Entertainment | UWN National Ambassador
The entirety of celebrating women and empowering them is what draws me in. As a single mum who has worked her way up through her own hard work, I resonate with so many of the other inspirational women that you have highlighted. I would be honored to tell my story and hopefully inspire other creatives and women in general.
Director ELIZABETH BLAKE-THOMAS is a British award-winning filmmaker and philanthropist based in Los Angeles, having recently completed her 8th feature film. Her latest feature Evie Rose, starring Oscar-nominated actress Terry Moore, follows the heartwarming story of an unusual friendship during the final day of a 100-year-old woman’s life. Elizabeth is the founder and resident director of entertainment company Mother & Daughter Entertainment, whose motto is “Making Content That Matters”, putting focus on each project starting a conversation amongst viewers.
An Official Ambassador of Awareness Ties for Human Trafficking, Elizabeth hopes to raise more awareness to the horrific nature of human trafficking and help put a stop to it. Her award-winning short film UNSEEN, which addresses the role technology plays in the facilitation of child trafficking, was awarded "Best Short Film" by Film Threat's Award This! and is currently available on all platforms. Being a female director, Elizabeth strives to make projects with at least a 50/50 female cast and crew. A regular on panels at Sundance, Cannes and Toronto International Film Festival, Elizabeth mentors wherever possible, ensuring she sends the elevator back down to all other female directors and filmmakers.
Deb Milimaka Miles
Chief Administrative Officer/ Chief people Officer, Harvest One | 2019 Women of Inspiration SupportHER
A Senior Executive, Corporate Professional with over 30 years of high-performance corporate management and consulting experience in 16 countries around the world. Deb’s career has focused on driving transformation in business cultures through leadership.
Over her career, Deb has worked in the Financial, CPG and Technology verticals for both public and private, national and international companies, such as SMART Technologies, Aguila Convergence Worldwide, Foxconn, Loblaws, The Odella Group, Future Shop, Hudson’s Bay, National Trust, Scotiabank and BMO and most recently Harvest One.
Deb brings a wealth of experience in managing complex corporations through periods of global transformation, acquisition, and adapting in rapidly changing environments. In her background, Deb was with Loblaw, Canada’s largest retailer, where she led the national change team for one of the largest-ever SAP implementations. She’s consistently been recognized as a top performer with innovative and effective approaches to strategic planning, leadership, and organizational effectiveness. She’s known for building dynamic cross-functional partnerships within the Business and HR, to be agents of change.