Diane Shannon honoured as city woman of the year

Diane Shannon has been honoured by Xi Alpha Xi, a chapter of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, as City Woman of the Year during a special presentation on June 12.

“We choose people for this award who are very active in the community,” said Florence Anderson, Vice President of the group, and one of its co-founders. The local chapter has been in existence since 1988.

“We recognize that people put in a lot of extra time that they don’t get paid for. This is our way of celebrating women from outside our organization, like Diane, who make a difference in our community.”

Acknowledged for her leadership of the United Way, her work on homelessness, and the many other ways that she has been an agent of positive change in Wood Buffalo, Diane was humbled by the recognition.

“Knowing how much Barb Jewers (former Xi Alpha Xi member and President of the United Way board who died last year) valued the strength and fellowship of these amazing women, made the honour especially humbling,” said Diane Shannon, Executive Director, United Way of Fort McMurray.

Diane is in esteemed company as a recipient of the City Woman of the Year award. Past winners include Alice Haxton, Marian Van Wieren, and Lorraine Demers, among many others who helped shape and support our community.

Beta Sigma Phi Sorority is a women’s organization that is open to anyone 18 years of age and older. Meeting twice a month between September and June, they focus on three pillars: life, learning and friendship.

“Apart from the social aspect, we also have a wonderful educational component, where members present talks on a variety of subjects,” said Anderson.

“We also organize an annual Christmas auction that annually raises several thousand dollars for charity. Last year we were able to make a $4,000 donation to the Wood Buffalo Food Bank.”

Currently a group of about 16 active members, Xi Alpha Xi is open to all women 18 years and older. To find out more, women can contact Florence Anderson at 780-743-5190 (h) or 780-792-997 (c).

Author: The United Way of Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo

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