2016 Woman of Distinction Award


The Niagara Falls Country Club was the setting for an evening full of laughter, tears and prayer and (as always) great discussion on issues the effect women here at home and all over the world.


I wish I could remember what we were talking about – I only remember being really impressed that Niagara Falls History teacher Andrea Fortin-Nossavage and Ebone Rose Bradberry with the Niagara Falls Community Schools Initiative Program had shown up not even for dinner but simply to accept copies of Leaving Dorian to bring back to their libraries.


Much respect, ladies, for what you do; the children of the NIagara Falls School District are lucky to have you looking out for them!


Though I’m only 5’7″, I always feel tall next to President Gretchen Leffler!


Program Chair Bonnie Crogan-Mazur read from the award: “The Zonta Club of Niagara Falls, NY, member of Zonta International, Empowering Women Through Advocacy, Woman of Distinction Award in recognition of the 105th International Women’s Day is presented to Linda Dynel on March 9, 2016.”


Thanking my husband, Ray. “Nothing great happens in a vacuum. (His) infinite amount of patience, understanding and his continued belief in my work makes me believe that anything is possible.” (Photo courtesy of The Niagara Gazette)


Niagara Falls Administrator Donna Owens after presenting me with the Proclamation from Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster. After chatting over dinner and listening to her presentation, I can tell you that the people of the City of Niagara Falls are blessed to have her working on their behalf.


For me, this was the most powerful few moments of the evening; when the women of Zonta prayed a blessing over us. I joked on the way home that when Bonnie (an Associate Pastor at her church) prays, God stops what he’s doing and says, “Hold on, I’ve gotta take this; it’s Bonnie.” (Photo courtesy of The Niagara Gazette)


Well, now, this picture probably isn’t necessary, but it’s important to me – the wonderful lady I call my “Zonta Mom”, Janice Lewis, and my husband Ray. (Photo courtesy of The Niagara Gazette)





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