Iris Awards

The Iris Awards - Honoring women of achievement in Southwest Washington


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2016 Iris Awards

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Clark College's Gaiser Student Center
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., ceremony will begin at 6 p.m.
Emcee: Renee Newman

Tickets are on sale now through the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce.
Tickets are $35 per person; a table sponsorship, which includes six tickets, can be purchased for $250. Seating is limited.

This year's event celebrates 31 years of honoring women in Southwest Washington

The Iris Awards are a continuation of a tradition of honoring women in Southwest Washington that began in 1985 with a photography exhibit at Clark College. Over the years, the annual event has developed into an official awards ceremony, with a nomination process open to all members of the local community. Learn more . . .

The 2016 Iris Award Recipients 

Katherine Garrett

Katherine GarrettKatherine Garrett has worked for Share in Vancouver, Wash. for the past 14 years.  In that time she has helped transform Share into one of the major voices for the homeless in Clark County. During the past nine years she led the Share House and Share Outreach programs. Recently she moved into a new leadership position as the Housing First Program Director at Lincoln Place, a permanent supportive housing program for high-resource-using, chronically homeless individuals.

Garrett has been a strong advocate for the homeless in Clark County and someone whom the community counts on to help bridge the divide between those who are homeless and the business community. As one example of this, she has worked on the Safety Committee of Vancouver’s Downtown Association to help resolve concerns. As the issue of homelessness has come to the forefront in recent months, Garrett has been at the forefront of helping city leaders and others understand and make good policy decisions in terms of the homeless population in Southwest Washington.


Anne McEnerny-Ogle

Anne McEnerny-OgleVancouver City Councilmember Anne McEnerny-Ogle came to the Vancouver City Council after a 30-year career as an educator. Anne received the Milken Foundation Educator Award and was chosen as Oregon Math Teacher of the Year. She serves on a diverse number of boards and is an active volunteer in a number of organizations in Southwest Washington.  Beyond her work on the city council, which includes the role of Mayor Pro Tem, she is the Chair of the C-Tran Board of Directors, is a member of the Regional Transportation Council Board of Directors, and the Vice-Chair of the Clark County Historical Museum. Anne is also the Chair for the Fort Vancouver District for the Boy Scouts of America.

There are very few volunteer organizations in Southwest Washington that have not benefitted from McEnerny-Ogle’s energy, enthusiasm, and leadership. Issues particularly important to women and underrepresented groups have also been at the core of McEnerny-Ogle’s work. She has worked with the League of Women Voters to help educate the community on important issues and elections, and the Community Military Appreciation Committee in support of our veterans and their families. A Leadership Clark County graduate and alumni award winner, she has worked tirelessly to make Southwest Washington a better place to live for all its residents.

New Legacy Award

This year’s ceremony features a new award, the Legacy Award, to honor the legacy of a past Iris Award or Women of Achievement winner whose continued leadership in our community has left an enduring inspiration for others. Since 1985, the Iris and Women of Achievement Awards have been bestowed on more than 200 women in Southwest Washington. The year’s Legacy Award winner has not yet been announced. 


Presented by:

The Iris Awards are supported by Clark College, the Clark College Foundation, Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce and theVancouver Business Journal, which publishes the “Women in Business” directory, the only Portland/Vancouver metro area directory of businesses that are owned, directed or managed by women. The Iris Award winners will be featured in the 2015 “Women in Business” directory.

Attending the event:

Clark College is located at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver.  Driving directions and parking maps are available at needing accommodation due to a disability in order to fully participate in this event should contact Clark College’s Disability Support Services Office at (360) 992-2314 or (360) 991-0901 (VP), or visit Penguin Union Building room 013, as soon as possible.

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