Who will be our queen of Scots?

WHO will be your Scotswoman Of The Year 2012 and take the crown for the title's 50th anniversary celebration?

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Nominations are coming in thick and fast – so if you know someone who deserves to take the title, make sure you do not miss out on the chance to tell us all about her.

The Evening Times wants to hear about the women in your community who make life better for others.

It could be your next door neighbour or someone in your family. It could be an unsung heroine from your local charity, a business leader, or even a famous face you feel deserves recognition for the work they do.

Our Scotswoman Of The Year could be anyone and she has some impressive shoes to fill.

Previous title holders include Maureen McKenna, from Scotstoun, who battled back from alcoholism and depression to set up the Open Door Trust for Glasgow's homeless people, drug addicts and alcoholics, and Eileen McKiernan, who founded the Meningitis Association of Scotland after her teenage son died of the disease.

There are many more women like Maureen and Eileen out there, and we want to hear about them.

We profile four who could be contenders for this year's title.

Superhero costumes may have been a little thin on the ground at the Women's 10K this year, but Glasgow had its very own wonderwoman in the shape of Andrea.

Running just four months after giving birth to twin boys, Hamish and Jacob, an emotional Andrea, of Newlands, Glasgow, explained why she had a very special reason for taking part.

"My little girl, Rebecca, died of TB meningitis when she was just two and I always said I would run a 10K for her," she explained.

Andrea, her friends and family set up Rebecca Rocks, a music charity run by the Children's Hospice Association Scotland, which provides funding for children to attend gigs and concerts with carers.

"Rebecca loved music and loved to dance, so this is the perfect way to remember her," said Andrea.

The charity has raised tens of thousands of pounds and so far children have been to see Shaun The Sheep, High School Musical, The Wanted, American Idiot: The Musical, Mickey's Magic Music Show, The Singing Kettle and even the Mobos.

THE well-known artist has been living and working in Glasgow since 1983 and is famous for her depictions of the city's people and places. Her painting, Windows In The West has become her trademark and in 1994 it was bought by the city for its newly opened Gallery Of Modern Art, where it remained for 10 years. In 2006 it found a new home in Kelvingrove Art Gallery And Museum.

She is a much respected figure in her community and her paintings are seen by many as nostalgic, welcoming reminders of how great a city Glasgow is.

THE school champion, Olympic torch bearer and Scottish Youth Parliament member is more than just your ordinary teenager.

The 17-year-old, from Cardonald, Glasgow, helped her secondary school, St Paul's, become the first in Scotland to gain a certificate in Participative Democracy. She has also campaigned to ban trans fats and impose speed limits.

Born in Dublin, the teenager, who has been in foster care for seven years, regularly speaks up for young people.

"I love politics. I always want to have my say and I like speaking out for young people." she says.

As the founder of Salt And Light, Anne has been dedicated to helping prostitutes in Glasgow get off the streets and drug free – all on a shoestring – for more than 11 years.

She and a team of volunteers took a specially equipped bus on the streets in the middle of the night to make sure working girls had hot food, tea and clean clothes and a shoulder to cry on.

Having a safe place for a few hours proves an immeasurable help to these women, many of whom have had unimaginable childhoods tainted by sexual and physical abuse, as well as addiction.

Now Anne runs her charity from a small office in the South Side, relying on donations of money, food and clothes to continue her work – work that has proven to be successful given the dozens of women who now have lives again thanks to Anne and her team.

HOW TO NOMINATE

We want to hear about the woman who has most inspired you in 2012.

It could be someone famous, or your next-door neighbour.

It might be someone who tirelessly campaigns for a cause close to her heart, or someone who has overcome tragedy in her own life to help others.

Perhaps you have been impressed by a woman who has made an incredible contribution to society in Scotland.

Our previous winners vary in age and background, but they are all hard-working, selfless, inspirational individuals who put others first.

The 2012 Scotswoman Of The Year will be crowned at a spectacular dinner in Glasgow City Chambers on Thursday, February 7.

To nominate, email lyndsay.wilson@heraldandtimes.co.uk, visit our website, www.eveningtimesevents.com/scotswoman, or call in to the Scotswoman @ 50 exhibition in the St Enoch Centre (beside Mamas and Papas).

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