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Greater Vancouver Chamber honors 3 businesswomen with Iris Award

By Sarah Wolf, Columbian staff writer
Published: March 11, 2023, 6:05am
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Two local bankers and a C-Tran executive were honored by the Greater Vancouver Chamber on Thursday. The women were given the chamber’s Iris Award, which is given to women who have made a significant contribution to the community.

The awardees were Lisa Dow, Monica Tellez-Fowler and Amy Reeves.

Dow, executive vice president and chief risk officer at Umpqua Bank, dedicates hundreds of hours volunteering in the community in board leadership roles, said the chamber.

“She is an excellent advocate in helping others achieve their goals whether that be in their professional career or as a volunteer in the community,” read a statement from the chamber.

Tellez-Fowler is the deputy chief executive officer at C-Tran. According to the chamber, Tellez-Fowler works to expand access to education, jobs and health care to those in the community in her work with city staff and community leaders.

“Having spent nearly her entire career within the public sector, she lives and breathes life into the communities where she has lived,” read the statement.

As vice president and Southwest Washington area manager at OnPoint Community Credit Union, Reeves makes integrity and pursuit of excellence the cornerstone of her leadership style, according to the chamber.

“Amy’s selflessness shines through in all aspects of her life, and she sets an admirable standard for others to follow,” said the chamber.

The Iris Award ceremony, which was emceed by Cyndi Holloway from Waste Connections, was held virtually this year.

“These women are role models, change-makers, leaders, and visionaries, who inspire us to forge ahead,” said the chamber’s president and chief executive John McDonagh. “They are a testament to the exceptional leadership, talent, strength, and dedication of the women in this region.”

The ceremony coincided with International Women’s Day and the chamber’s Women Who Mean Business Symposium. The symposium is expected to be in-person next year.

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