Hundreds turned out to honor Victor’s Women of Excellence this year. The annual banquet, hosted by Victor Chamber of Commerce, toasted 15 multi-generational women who display passion, vision and commitment in service to their community.
Three of the 15 women ultimately received the Jikohnsaseh, Lantern, and Student of Promise awards for most successfully demonstrating the qualities of Jikohnsaseh, a founder of the Iroquois Confederacy and integral leader in what has now become Ganondagan State Historic Site.
Ginny Ryan, 13WHAM ABC news anchor and supporter of Honor Flight, Ronald McDonald House Charities and multiple area non-profits, received the Jikohnsaseh Award for Professional Achievement.
The Jikohnsaseh Award honors a woman who lives or works in Victor and has reached an impressive level of professional achievement while serving as a professional role model, leader and mentor.
Ryan’s role model in life was an easy pick.
“My mom has always been such a huge mentor for me,” said Ryan. “No one worked harder than my mom. My dad died when I was seven, and she was a stay-at-home mom raising three kids. She had to get a job as a part time bank teller, and didn’t even know how to drive so she had to learn.”
Ryan saw her mom move up through the ranks before eventually retiring as assistant vice president at Chase Lincoln First Bank.