Metro Vancouver’s bedroom celebrates five 2021 Iris Award recipients
The Metro Vancouver Chamber of Commerce recently hosted the 2021 Iris Awards, closing their virtual symposium on Women Meaning All-Day Business. The Chamber presented five Iris Awards recognizing the residents of southwest Washington for their outstanding achievement, contribution and dedication to this community. This live streamed event featured each recipient on the screen who gave heartfelt messages while members of the audience showed their enthusiasm and congratulatory messages in the virtual chat at the venue.
In the order of announcement, the winners of the Prix Iris 2021 are presented below with an extract of their nomination:
- Bonnie Brasure, owner of Bleu Door bakery: Known for serving some of the region’s finest baked delicacies, always accompanied by a warm and compassionate side, Bonnie is a constant supporter of her neighbors and her community which she is proud to call home.
- Esther Liu, President of LSW Architects: Recently appointed President of LSW Architects, Esther is a dedicated artist and community member. Esther’s impact is found in the inspiring creations present throughout the community, as well as in the professional relationships she has with those with whom she works every day.
- Jennifer Rhoads, President of the Community Foundation of Southwest Washington: Jennifer is a highly respected leader not only with donors, but also with nonprofits and businesses in the community. She is both inspiring and passionate, while at the same time being humbled by the diverse needs of our community. The needs of others make her a focused leader who is “vision driven” who instills “community first” lessons in an organized team of predominantly female professionals.
- Dee Sanders, formerly of Share in Vancouver: For nearly two decades, Dee has been a compassionate and staunch advocate for access to affordable housing while building relationships – and friendships – with many in social services and government agencies. His work has truly improved lives by opening the doors of homes to thousands of families and individuals right here in Clark County.
- Mavis Nickels, Former Battle Ground School Board Member: A name familiar for generations in the Battle Ground School District, Mavis has led with passion and compassion while serving on behalf of the children of this community for much of his adult life. She did this by promoting academic excellence regardless of skill level, enhancing educational opportunities for all, and supporting other families and community members across the region with her volunteering and teaching.
During the event, host and House Board Chair Tamara Fuller delivered her thanks to each nominee before inviting event award sponsors to announce each winner. Sponsors for the 2021 Iris Awards include Clark College, KeyBank, Legacy Health, Columbia Bank and the Vancouver Clinic, with symposium sponsors such as Salsbury & Co., WellHaven Pet Health, HAPO Community Credit Union, Columbia Credit Union, KeyBank, The Columbian, iQ Credit Union and ilani.
Learn more about the Women Who Mean Business Symposium and the 2021 Iris Awards on the Chamber’s website at VancouverUSA.com/WomenInLeadership.