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A woman from the Okanagan has been named one of the 2023 Women of the Year by BC Business.
Amanda Shatzko was selected as the winner in the Change Maker category due to her impact and ability to drive positive change in the province.
“I often try to ask the question, ‘okay, so the decision for this policy was made 20 years ago, it might have been the right decision then, but is it still applicable now?’” she explains.
Shatzko serves as the vice chair and director of the Regional District of North Okanagan, president of Impact Toolbox, a board trustee for the Okanagan Regional Library, BC Municipal Finance Authority and the North Okanagan Columbia Shuswap Regional Hospital District, as well as a senator, graduate teaching assistant and PhD student at UBC Okanagan.
“It comes down to my curiosity and what it looks like to take something from one industry and blend it into another,” Shatzko adds. “Sometimes, really successful innovations can come out of that.”
For this year's fourth annual BC Business awards, a jury of four women leaders selected nine winners and runner-ups who are redefining what it means to lead the province.
“We know that they’re affecting change in their industries and organizations on a scale that’s both wide and deep,” says Nathan Caddell and Rushmila Rahman of BC Business magazine.
“They come from disparate fields, like construction, venture capital, science, technology and government, and they are making our province proud with their contributions.”
Information about the 2023 Women of the Year can be found here.