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Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan


Calgary: CW4WAfghan members were honoured with the YMCA Calgary Peace Award in the International category for their long-standing contribution to supporting peace and human rights for Afghan women and their families in November 2002.

Carolyn Reicher, co-founding member and past President, was the recipient of the Global Television Woman of Vision Award for her work with human rights and Afghan women. She is also the recipient of the 2006 Literacy Alberta Award of Excellence in the Practitioner category for her work in adult literacy.

Janice Eisenhauer, co-founding member and Executive Director, is the recent inductee for the Alberta Order of Excellence Oct 2015; recipient of the City of Calgary Signature Award (2013); the WUSC Lewis Perinbam Award for Volunteerism in International Development (2013); a Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for community service; and the Alberta Centennial Medal (2005) in recognition of her outstanding service to the people and province of Alberta. She has also been awarded with the Soroptimist International Calgarys MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR WOMEN AWARD 2007 for her part in the work of CW4WAfghan and her dedicated efforts to improve the lives of women and girls in Afghanistan. Janice was also recognized in March 2001 as one of the National PostLOreal Canada Women of Influence. In March 2007, Janice was again honoured as one of thirteen recipients of the annual Rotary Calgary INTEGRITY Award.

June, 2014: Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi  presenting Janice with the City of Calgary Signature Award.

On October 14, 2015 Janice received the Alberta Order of Excellence during the investitute ceremony at Government House in Edmonton. The AOE is the highest honour the Province can bestow on a citizen. AOE members represent outstanding citizens who have made a difference and served Albertans with excellence and distinction. See

Congratulations to the 2015 AOE members shown here with 
The Honourable Lois Mitchell and AOE chair, Angus Watt.

Oakville: Canadians in Support of Afghan Women (CSAW), is the CW4WAfghan Chapter in Oakville. CSAW was presented with the International Award at the Town of Oakville Community Spirit Awards celebration in 2010.

Linda Middaugh, Co-Founding member of CSAW was awarded the Humanitarian Award from the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario and the Queen's Jubilee Medal. She was featured in 2006 on ETFO's Women's History Month poster produced in collaboration with the Women's Future Fund.

Barb Wood, also from CSAW, was awarded the Mark DeWolfeSocial Action Award from the Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga in 2014.

Bev LeFrancois, CSAW co-founding member and founder of Women of Halton Action Movement and Canadians (WHAM), received the prestigious Governor General's Award in Commemoration of the Person Case for her vision and leadership.

Vancouver:  Lauryn Oates, co-founding member, past board-member and current Programs Director, is the recipient of the Rotary's Paul Harris Fellow Award which is the highest honour a club can bestow on a person, either inside or outside the club. The award therefore acknowledges "service above self" which the individual has offered to their community, their nation or indeed to the world. Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary and this award program was created to fund many Rotary Foundation programs." 

Lauryn is also recipient of the Spring 2013 Royal Roads Alumni Leadership Award, and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Province of British Columbia for community service. She has received numerous other awards and distinctions, including the 2000 Chatelaine Women of the Year, the March 8th 2001 National Post/LOreal Canada Women of Influence and a YTV Achievement Awards finalist for Public Service.

May 2015: Lauryn Oates receiving the Paul Harris Fellowship Award from North Vancouver's Rotary Clubs of the West Coast

Kingston:  C4WA's chair and CW4WAfghan President, Madeliene Tarasick was awarded Kingston's YMCA Peace Award. This award recognizes local residents who “demonstrate a commitment to building peace within their community or communities elsewhere in the world,” by presenting one of them with a special peace medallion. The word "peace" is an acronym to illustrate the criteria for the award: Participation: getting involved and encouraging others to get involved in community-building activities; Empathy: listening and understanding diverse perspectives to create a sense of belonging for all; Advocacy: making the case for positive change in the community; Community: building and strengthening community connections and capacity; and Empowerment: inspiring others to foster peace and helping them gain the skills and tools to succeed.

CW4WAfghan President, Madeliene Tarasick 
receiving the YMCA Peace Award November 2015.

Atlantic: Susan Hartley, CW4WAfghan Board Member, Wins Rotary Peace Fellowship Award

Says Sue, "I am thrilled, excited, and grateful to have been selected to receive a Rotary Peace Fellowship from Rotary International. Thank you to District 7820 and the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty for supporting my application and my efforts. I will be heading to Bangkok in January to study Peacebuilding and Conflict Studies for three months at the Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University."

Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan
PO Box 86016, Marda Loop, Calgary, Alberta
Canada T2T 6B7

t: 1 (403) 244-5625

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