The Okaloosa County Women 's Commission will honor inductees in 2019 at a public event at 6 pm. August 26 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island.

FORT WALTON BEACH – This year, five women from Okaloosa County were recognized for their contributions to the region by being inducted into the Women's Hall of Fame.

The Okaloosa County Women 's Commission will honor inductees in 2019 at a public event at 6 pm. August 26 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island.

"Award-winning women are people who give freely and altruistically by dedicating their time to community activities in Okaloosa County that inspire others and serve as a model," said a press release from the University of Okaloosa. 39; OSSTC. "Their lives and work have made a significant contribution to improving the lives of all Okaloosa County women and men."

The five women to be inducted are Barbara Britt, Jill Lewis-Daggs, Nellie Fleming, Kathi Heapy and Caroline Maney.

Emily Hedrick, spokesperson for the Emerald Coast section of the American Business Women's Association, who nominated Britt, said the Hall of Fame was an important representation for women.

"I think it's a great honor, especially at Fort Walton Beach," said Hedrick, "because I feel like in the region and all over the country we hear a lot about what the Men did and the difference they made.Women made differences too, but they were not always allowed to write the story.

"The room shows the importance of the work that women have always done."

Barbara Britt, member of the education

Britt has taught in the Okaloosa County School District for more than 35 years and has continued to educate the business world after retiring from the school system. Britt sits on the Board of Directors of the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Jill Lewis-Daggs, Carolyn Spencer, Humanitarian Inductee

Lewis-Draggs, a single mother of three, came to Okaloosa County in 1999 and volunteered at Okaloosa Head Start, where she became Chair of the Parent Council in 2001. Lewis-Draggs is Chair of the Community Council and Representative of Okaloosa District for Region 1. Women's Club and Chair of the Okaloosa County Black Democratic Caucus.

Nellie Fleming, pioneering inductee

Born in Niceville and a graduate of Crestview High School, Fleming is a resident of the city. After studying music at Huntingdon College, Fleming was hired as the first music and choral teacher at Baker High School. Fleming has had many firsts in the community, including being the first woman appointed to the Board of Directors of Okaloosa County Hospital.

Kathi Heapy, inductee contemporary

Heapy and her husband, Gary, own two commercial property management companies, more than 20 small businesses and medical practices. Heapy co-founded the Emerald Coast Fitness Foundation, a non-profit organization that operates two public water centers in Fort Walton Beach and Destin.

Caroline Maney, Community Service Member

Maney led the early days of the Emerald Coast Science Center as president of the Junior League of the Emerald Coast. Maney is married to Brig retired. General Patt Maney, wounded in Afghanistan. Maney served vital family preparation programs and was appointed to the VA Advisory Committee on Iraq and Afghanistan in 2007.