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Women's Resource Centre Announces 2017 award winners

Annual awards recognize women's wisdom, resiliency and compassion
March 9, 2017
Clockwise from left: Eliana El Khoury, Chrystal Campbell, and Charlene Butler. Photos courtesy of Women's Resource Centre

Clockwise from left: Eliana El Khoury, Chrystal Campbell, and Charlene Butler. Photos courtesy of Women's Resource Centre

The Women's Resource Centre (WRC) has announced the recipients of its Awards of Excellence for 2017. The annual awards showcase and celebrate the outstanding success of University of Calgary community members. Each year, an alumna and two female students are recognized for their wisdom, resiliency, and compassion in the face of adversity. Award recipients exemplify outstanding leadership in their personal and professional lives, and strive to make their communities a better place for all. 

WRC Distinguished Alumna Award 2017

Charlene Butler holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science (Actuarial Science), from the University of Calgary (’96), a Chemical Technology diploma from SAIT (’83) and later pursued an MBA from the University of Alberta (‘09). Upon completing her education, she founded Butler Business Solutions, a consulting company focused on assisting primarily non-profit organizations. Inspired by her family, Butler was able to push through barriers and become a proud example for her daughters and other young women. She remains a committed community volunteer and mentor to international and female MBA students.

WRC Distinguished Graduate Student Award 

Eliana El Khoury, a PhD candidate in Learning Sciences, moved to Canada from Lebanon in 2013. El Khoury has had her own share of obstacles to overcome. It is her determination, tenacity and her level of commitment that has brought her this far, and she looks forward to the opportunities that lay ahead of her. Through her work at the University of Calgary — and internationally — El Khoury is a role model for the women around her. She is currently developing online learning opportunities for Syrian refugee women who are not able to go to classes for various reasons.

In Lebanon, El Khoury co-founded a non-governmental organization which strives to provide educational opportunities for girls and women so they can access post-secondary education and the job market. Her work in Canada echoes this as she continues to use her multilingual abilities to volunteer with newcomers and help them settle into Canadian society.

WRC Distinguished Undergraduate Award

Chrystal Campbell is in her final year of a Bachelor of Social Work degree at the University of Calgary. As a proud First Nations woman, she is dedicated to finding creative ways to apply her academic and life experience in her community of Duncan’s First Nation. For the past five years, Campbell has managed to successfully meet her educational goals while working full-time as a social development/income support worker.

Campbell has overcome barriers such as personal loss and intergenerational trauma, which have given her experience and the foresight to better understand and be compassionate to the needs of others. She has been instrumental in implementing initiatives that encourage healing and growth, as well as promote healthy relationships and community wellness.

Awards ceremony scheduled for March 11

The invitation-only WRC Awards presentation ceremony will be held on Saturday, March 11 at the University of Calgary. The ceremony will include inspiring stories about the award recipients and an exciting address from Dean of Graduate Studies, Lisa Young, PhD. The WRC Awards ceremony will be held in conjunction with the fifth annual Women’s Leadership Conference. The event is supported by the Graduate Students’ Association Quality Money Grants.