NPF presents the Woman of Distinction Award

Commodore Sean Cantelon presents the Woman of Distinction Award to Ms. Diane Brine
Commodore Sean Cantelon presents the Woman of Distinction Award to Ms. Diane Brine. Photo: CFMWS

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By the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS) Staff –  The Guard

Diane Brine, Manager of Health Promotion at CFB Winnipeg, received the 2018 Woman of Distinction Award as part of International Women’s Day celebrations held on March 9, 2018 at the CFMWS Headquarters in Ottawa.

The award is presented to an employee of the Staff of the Non-Public Funds, Canadian Forces, regardless of position, who shows passion for her work, demonstrates excellence at work and in the community, exhibits integrity and ethical behavior, and is a role model to others.

Ms. Brine joined CFMWS in 1996 as part of the 17 Wing Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC), and later moved on to Personnel Support Programs (PSP). Her passion, energy, enthusiasm and creativity are evident to all who work with her in planning and implementing programs and events in the community.

Her dedication goes well beyond her job description, into local events such as the Canada 150 playlist, Commuter Challenge, the Jack Frost Challenge, Canada Day festivities, FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015, and organizations such as Canadian Blood Services. She has also been involved with Skate Canada, and with Ste. Marguerite Bourgeoys Chapel at 17 Wing, where she sits as president of the Catholic Women’s League (CWL).

Also on hand to mark International Women’s Day was keynote speaker, Clare Beckton, the Executive Director of the Centre of Women in Politics and Public Leadership at Carleton University.

Ms. Beckton gave an inspirational talk about the importance of finding one’s purpose in life by playing to personal and professional strengths to achieve goals and build networking opportunities. She emphasized the high value she places on not giving up on one’s dream, regardless of one’s age, by continuing to be open to new opportunities.

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