2013 Torchbearer Awards Recipients


Special Bulletin - March 6, 2013

2013 Torchbearer Awards

Indiana Commission for Women Honors Eleven as 2013 Torchbearers

The Indiana Commission for Women (ICW) presented the 2013 Torchbearer Awards to eleven recipients on March 6, 2013, at its annual Ceremony at the Indiana Government Conference Center Auditorium. This award honors women from around the state who have overcome obstacles and made Indiana a better place to live, work and raise a family.  “Indiana Torchbearers are those women who have been pioneers throughout their lives or who have stepped forward as leaders by breaking down barriers to women’s full participation,” said Betsy Corridan, Chair of the ICW Board of Commissioners. “These women have become true beacons of light and their stories of courage, perseverance and compassion create a lasting legacy of inspiration for us all.”

For this year’s Awards Ceremony, the Indiana Commission for Women received thirty-nine nominees, and the recipients are:

  • Mary Aurtrey, Indianapolis
  • Sr. Jeanne Hagelskamp, Indianapolis
  • Anne Hathaway, Indianapolis
  • Deborah Hearn Smith, Indianapolis
  • Mary Roberta Heiman, Evansville
  • Lyn Isbell, Michigan City
  • Nancy King, South Bend
  • Bobbie Magley, South Bend
  • Ginny O’Connor, Evansville
  • Shanel Poole, Indianapolis
  • Kathy Reehling, Thorntown

Shanel Poole of Indianapolis received the Young Woman of Promise Award, Nancy King of South Bend and Virginia O’Connor of Evansville received the Heart of Indiana Award and Sr. Jeanne Hagelskamp of Indianapolis received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her continuous work to ensure that young women and men have access to a quality education so that they have a better chance to succeed throughout their lives. 

About the Indiana Commission for Women

The Indiana Commission for Women is committed to the full participation of women in all aspects of society in order to live, work and raise a family. ICW works to move Indiana women forward by understanding the needs of Indiana women and their families and by working strategically both within government and in our communities to help bring about positive solutions. We act as the voice of women, communicating their needs and concerns as well as their successes and contributions, so that they can become better connected to their communities and to the tools, resources and opportunities needed to find their own voice.