Awards Gala

On March 8th 2014, IIluminessence e-magazine held its first Annual Awards Gala. The ‘who’s who’ of Hamilton were all in attendance. The red carpet was the talk of the town.

The awards kicked off with Patrica wright reciting a poem “The heart of a woman”. The emcees were well chosen and Zakiya Toby, Martinus Geleynse, Sherry Mousavi and Roger Brown III added humor to the evening. Andrea Horwarth was the first to receive the Legacy of First award. Following her wonderful remarks was Hon. Jean Augustine’s representative to accept her Legacy of First award, Ms. Evelyn Myrie. Editor and founder of Illuminessence, Ms. May-Marie Duwai-Sowa offered a few remarks for the guests.

The highlight of the evening was the Young Fem-Leader of the Year award which went to Ms. Yulena Wan. Illuminessence hopes to see you at their upcoming events this summer and at the 2015 Gala.

Photos of many special moments at Illuminessence’s first Awards Gala on March 8, International Women’s Day.

Photos by: Navneet R.

Photos by: Jan Lukas

Photos by: Mike Cameron

Photos by: Zach Augustine

Photos by: Yulena Wan

And we’re throwing in a special — Illuminessence’s one-year anniversary brunch!

Photos by: Yulena Wan


On March 8, 2014, Illuminessence e-magazine will be celebrating its 1st annual awards gala themed “A night of celebration and inspiration”, in recognition of International Women’s Day. The gala celebration will take place at the new Homewood Suites by Hilton and will awe-inspiring, featuring dignitaries, celebrities and women of influence. A portion of the event proceeds will be donated to NGen Youth Centre and Juravinski Cancer Center

Special Guests

Hon. Jean Augustine
Hon. Andrea Horwath
Major Bob Bratina & Carol Bratina

Awards Emcees

Zakiya Toby — Founder, PurpleRedPR
Martinus Geleynse — Creative Director, MGi Media

Red Carpet Emcees

Sherry Mousavi — Writer, Illuminessence & Chair, Hamilton Media Guild
Roger Brown III — Manager, Commercial Real Estate Lending Scotiabank & 2013 Hamilton HIVE Treasurer

Live entertainment by

DJ Jan, Ms. Paige, Freedom Studios, Salsa Soul Productions