The Senate will honor a distinguished woman at a May 9 ceremony at the state Capitol in Albany

CANANDAIGUA — A New York “Woman of Distinction” could come from the Finger Lakes region. State Sen. Pam Helming, R-Canandaigua, is urging residents in her district to nominate friends, coworkers and neighborhoods for a special recognition by the state Senate as a New York “Woman of Distinction.”

Candidates should be “leaders whose outstanding work on behalf of their communities makes them deserving” of this honor, Helming stated in a release about the award.

Previous winners in the annual event have included leading women from the world of business, academies and civic life, agriculture and farming; and those who have performed heroic or selfless acts, made significant discoveries or provided examples of personal excellence against difficult odds.

The Women of Distinction program was created as part of the Senate’s celebration of Women’s History Month. In addition to recognizing present-day women, each March, the Senate hosts a display that honors other distinguished women from New York’s past.

Helming stated the Senate “will honor a distinguished woman from our area and throughout the state at a May 9 ceremony at the state Capitol in Albany. Each honoree’s photo and biography will become part of a special exhibit proclaiming the contributions of these exemplary New York women.

“Our community is fortunate to have so many remarkable women whose lives, work and accomplishments have contributed to making our neighborhoods better, making our families stronger and serving as examples to others,” Helming stated. “The New York State Senate’s Women of Distinction program provides a special opportunity to honor women from throughout the state for their achievements, and to thank them for the pride they bring to our communities.”

The Women of Distinction exhibit will be on display in Albany from March 13 through March 31 at the Legislative Office Building. Helming is also offering an online Women of Distinction exhibit through her website at