The Women's Business Council of the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce is honored to announce the recipient of its 2013 Heart of Women Award is Wilda Hayes, former President and CEO of Ann's Place, The Home of I Can. Wilda retired in July after serving tirelessly for the last sixteen years making the bestowal of this much deserved recognition very timely. "We received many outstanding nominations this year and our committee was tasked with making a difficult decision; however, in light of her years of dedication, extraordinary accomplishments and, the fact that she did all of this without ever accepting a salary, our compass kept directing us to Wilda," said JoAnn Cueva, Coordinator of the Women's Business Council and a member of the nominating committee. "Wilda set an extraordinary example for others to follow by personally contributing significant time and resources to make this facility [Ann's Place] a reality," said David Nurnberger, Chairman of Ann's Place. "She provides guidance and leadership to all and has been successful in getting the most out of people while at the same time making them feel good about their support for such an important cause." Nominator Susan Blumenthal, Owner of CT Pennysaver, agrees, "Over the past sixteen years, there are thousands of people in our community who have been touched by cancer and whose lives were made bettter by Wilda's dedication to Ann's Place." Wilda will be presented with the award at a formal dinner reception on October 17th at the Ethan Allen Hotel in Danbury. The WBC will also present special Honorary Heart of Women recognition to Pat Llodra, First Selectman of Newtown, and Janet Robinson (former) Superintendent, Newtown Public Schools. For more information contact JoAnn Cueva at 203-743-5565.