PRESS RELEASEFor Immediate ReleaseMarch 29, 20182018 “Women of Excellence” Recipients AnnouncedWAILUKU, Maui, Hawai‘i – Maui County’s Committee on the Status of Women (CSW) celebrated Women’s History Month by presenting the annual “Women of Excellence” awards Tuesday, March 27, in the Mayor’s Conference Room. The recognition celebrates women from all cultural backgrounds and in all levels of public service and government, who have impacted our county’s past, present and future through their public service and/or government leadership.Recipients of the 2018 Women of Excellence awards were the following:· Elle Cochran· Sherri Dodson· Tina Garzero (posthumous) · Joy Medeiros · Mary Lee Sagawinit · Deidre TegardenWomen’s history month is a national celebration of women, a time where the richness of women leaders and their accomplishments are honored. In accordance with the national women’s movement, this year’s award theme was “Nevertheless She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.” This formal recognition of women was started in 1980 by then-President Jimmy Carter as a weeklong celebration. In 1987, the U.S. Congress expanded it to the month of March.“The Committee on the Status of Women looks forward to this annual awards ceremony, as it gives us an opportunity to honor all the nominated women for their excellence and all the work they’ve done,” said Sheila Rae Kelley, CSW chair. “We feel it is important to recognize those who have spent so much time and energy for the betterment of Maui County. Their contributions have had a major impact in our community, and they set an example of public service we can all follow.”For information on the Maui County Committee on the Status of Women, visit www.mauicounty.gov/csw.