Becky Twamley was named this year’s recipient of the Women Making Waves Award by the Brainerd Lakes Area Women's Fund.

The award recognizes a woman who has “significantly impacted the lives of women and children locally through their work, philanthropy or volunteerism,” according to officials.

Twamley has worked locally to increase awareness around reproductive health access and education in the Brainerd lakes area for more than 30 years.

She served on the Health Curriculum Review Board for the Brainerd Public Schools District and is a member, or has served, the following organizations:

  • Central Lakes College Nursing Program and Student Life.

  • The SHOP — Brainerd-Baxter Youth Center.

  • Mid-Minnesota Women’s Center.

  • Lutheran Social Services.

  • PORT Group Homes.

  • Habitat for Humanity.

  • Northland Arboretum.

  • Planned Parenthood.

As the executive director of WeARE, which she helped found in 2017, Twamley continues her work through her “steadfast, dedicated, unwavering voice moving both education and services forward,” according to a news release.

WeARE is a clinic that provides reproduction education and health care services for youths and young adults in the Brainerd lakes area.

The Brainerd Lakes Area Women's Fund will host its April 14 annual dinner, fundraiser and celebration of the award recipient at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa.

Tickets and table sponsorship opportunities are available online at communitygiving/events.org or by contacting Karen Munsterteiger at 218-822-5166 or Terri Foster at 218-824-5633.

The Brainerd Lakes Area Women’s Fund has given the award since 2012 as a way to honor those working to build a better community and inspire the next generation of engaged community members.

The Brainerd Lakes Area Women’s Fund was established in 2009 in part by the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation to enhance the lives of women and girls in the Brainerd lakes area. The fund supports innovative solutions to the challenges facing women and girls.