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WRC Awards

The WRC Awards of Excellence Celebrating Women’s Wisdom, Resilience and Compassion are presented by the University of Calgary’s Women’s Resource Centre to an outstanding female alumna and student who have;

  • Achieved professional and/or academic excellence (Wisdom);
  • Overcome barriers and trailblaze for women (Resilience);
  • Made an outstanding contribution to the community and shown a demonstrated commitment to advancing women’s issues (Compassion).

Nominations for 2017 WRC Awards are now closed

The 2017 WRC Awards presentation ceremony will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the University of Calgary.  

For more information about the WRC Awards, please contact the Women's Resource Centre at 403-220-8551 or

WRC Awards Recipients

WRC Distinguished Alumna Award Recipient 2016
Milena Radakovic has a Bachelor of Commerce (’95) from the University of Calgary and an Master of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. Milena is the president and owner of Nexus Exhibits Ltd. In 2012, Milena helped start the Calgary Chapter of the Women in Leadership Foundation (WIL), a national, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing women in leadership roles. Milena’s commitment and passion for this cause is constantly in focus as she helps lead WIL to deliver innovative programming to thousands of women across Canada.
WRC Distinguished Graduate Student Award Recipient 2016
Cari Gulbrandsen, a PhD candidate in Social Work, discovered her love of social work practice and research in 2009 when she took a participatory action research course in the Faculty of Social Work. Cari’s dissertation research focuses on older women’s resilience. Cari served as the Vice-President Academic of the Graduate Students’ Association from 2014 to 2015. She also serves as a Board member for the Women’s Centre of Calgary and fulfills varied community volunteer roles.
WRC Distinguished Undergraduate Student Award Recipient 2016
Emily Leedham is in her final year of a Women's Studies degree with a minor English at the University of Calgary. Emily’s compassion for victims of violence has led her to take a leadership role in educating others about the importance of this issue. She co-founded the Consent Awareness and Sexual Education Club (CASE) in 2013, served on the Ad-hoc Subcommittee for the Prevention of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence, and had a key role in the development of UCalgary’s three-year sexual assault prevention program: Creating a Culture of Consent, in partnership with the Women’s Resource Centre.

The Sheila O'Brien Award

Sheila O'Brien embodies a unique example of leadership that has allowed her to transcend the traditional barriers faced by women. Along with her leadership roles in the private sector, Ms. O'Brien has continued to be active in community and government affairs. The Sheila O'Brien Award for Excellence in Leadership is awarded annually to the volunteer who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and brought a sense of kindness to the Women's Resource Centre.  The recipient is determined based on nominations by fellow WRC volunteers.

The Sheila O'Brien Award for Excellence in Leadership Recipient

The Sheila O'Brien Award for Excellence in Leadership 2016
Samantha Withnell is a fifth year Psychology major, with a minor in Women’s Studies. She has experience working in the Eating Behaviors Lab, where she is currently involved in research looking at the overlap between #Thinspiration and #Fitspiration content on social media, as well as their potentially harmful messages.