Last year chairwoman Juliet Westoll and the committee introduced a lifetime achievement award sponsored by Cumbria Life magazine.
The crystal trophy was presented to Margaret Burrow, from Barrow, to recognise a lifetime of dedicated work in setting up and running the Barrow and District Disability Association despite her own considerable disabilities.
The search now starts again for this year's Cumbria Women of the Year and lifetime achievement awards.
The committee is asking members of the public, throughout the county, who recognise and value the achievements of a special person in their area whose work in the community may as yet have gone unrecognised but deserves to be rewarded.
Reasons for nomination are diverse and nominees span all walks of life.
The woman may be a devoted carer, or charity worker.
They may be recognised for their outstanding professional achievement, often going beyond the call of duty. They may be awarded for their personal sacrifice or their ability to overcome adversity and offer inspiration to others.
They could be acknowledged for their exceptional sporting success or making a positive difference to those around them.
Both awards, made by Cumbria Crystal, will be presented at a lunch in November, at the Wordsworth Hotel in Grasmere, owned by Reg Gifford, one of the patrons and sponsors of Cumbria Women of the Year.
Other patrons of the event are Fiona Armstrong, Susan Bagot and Edith Knapton.
Carlsberg Tetley, Grasmere Gingerbread, Cumbria Life magazine and Cumbria Crystal are continuing their sponsorship of the event.
The chosen charity for this year will be the Cumbria Community Foundation.
If you wish to make a nomination, forms are available from Cumbria Women of the Year, Warwick House, Papcastle, Cockermouth, CA1 3OJN, call 01900 823348 or see www.cumbriawomenoftheyear.co.uk
North-West Evening Mail, 15th July 2009