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Honorees Will be Recognized at Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, March 25

Every year, March is designated Women’s History Month to honor women’s contributions in American society. This year’s theme is “Valiant Women of the Vote.” The theme honors “the brave women who fought to win suffrage rights for women, and for the women who continue to fight for the voting rights of others.” 

Baltimore County and the Women’s Commission will recognize three outstanding women during its 38th Annual “Woman of the Year” Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, March 25, at 6 p.m. at the Historic Courthouse in Towson. 

The 2020 valiant women of Baltimore County are:

  • Alejandra Ivanovich as the “Woman of the Year,” a dedicated community leader and an advocate for the Latino community and for victims of domestic violence.

  • Dr. Marlene Mahipat as the “Woman Making a Difference Awardee,” a tireless community servant, Dr. Mahipat established two nonprofit foundations assisting children, families in need, and care for animals.

  • Madelin McLean as the “Young Woman of the Year,” a senior at Catonsville High School and a leader inside and outside of the classroom organizing community outreach projects.

Chesnie Caster, a senior at Franklin High School, received Honorable Mention.

These awards are given to County female residents who have enhanced the lives of citizens and made significant contributions in the community, workplace, or school to further the interests of women and children. 

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski will lead the recognition of awardees, together with County Council members, State Senators and Delegates, and County department heads.

More Information

Learn more about Baltimore County's Annual Woman and Young Woman of the Year Awards on the Commission for Women website


Kamenetz to Honor Three Outstanding Women at March Ceremony

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and the Baltimore County Commission for Women will recognize three outstanding women at a ceremony on Thursday, March 1. The annual Woman of the Year awards are given to female Baltimore County residents who have enhanced the lives of others and made significant contributions to their community, workplace, or school to further the interests of women and children.

The Baltimore County Commission for Women 2018 award winners are:

  • Laura Clary, BSN, RN as the “Woman of the Year,” GBMC nurse, clinical manager of GBMC’s Safe Program, advocate for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence and recipient of the 2017 America’s Most Amazing Nurse from Prevention Magazine. She lives in Essex.
  • Assistant Baltimore County Fire Chief Jennifer Aubert-Utz as the “Woman Making a Difference,” a leader in a male-dominated profession and the highest-ranking woman with the Baltimore County Fire Department. She resides in Parkville.
  • Gabriella McLean as the “2018 Young Woman of the Year,” senior at Catonsville High School championing homelessness among children and young adults.

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will lead the recognition ceremony, together with members of the County Council and Baltimore County Statehouse delegation. The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, March 1 at 6 p.m. in the County Council Chambers, on the second floor of the Historic Courthouse in Towson.

“For more than four decades, the Commission for Women has served our communities through outreach and educational initiatives to advocate for true gender equity for women and girls in our County and I commend them for their efforts and congratulate this year’s honorees,” said Kamenetz.  

The Baltimore County Commission for Women was formed on January 3, 1977 by an act of the Baltimore County Council to address the needs of women through education, outreach and advocacy. The Commission works to identify and advocate for programs, legislation and services to meet the needs of Baltimore County’s women and children.

For additional information about these awards and the Commission for Women, people may contact Nancy Surosky at 410-887-2450 or nsurosky@baltimorecountymd.gov.


 
 
Revised October 16, 2020               
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