Raise a glass to JoyCelebrate the spirit of impactful women

Niagara College

Women enrolled in Niagara College’s Artisanal Distilling program are eligible to apply for a $5,000 bursary from Appleton Estate. The bursary will provide financial support to women pursuing careers in distilling, helping them to achieve success and make a positive impact in the industry.
To learn more about Niagara College’s Artisan Distilling program visit https://www.niagaracollege.ca/winebeerspirits/program/artisan-distilling/.

Canadian Women’s Foundation

Appleton Estate will donate $2,500 to the Canadian Women’s Foundation which is a national leader in the movement for gender equality in Canada. Through funding, research, advocacy, and knowledge sharing, they work to achieve systemic change. They support women and gender-diverse people to move out of violence, out of poverty, and into confidence and leadership.
To learn more, visit canadianwomen.org

North Point Douglas
Women’s Centre – NPDWC:

An additional donation of $2,500 will also be made to North Point Douglas Women’s Centre in Manitoba. The funds will be used to support women’s empowerment and gender equality with Appleton Estate’s mission of creating positive change in the community. Their work focuses on meeting women where they are at and walking alongside them through the successes and challenges in their lives. To learn more, visit www.npdwc.org

Our Master Blender, Joy Spence

Joy is the first woman to hold the position of Master Blender in the spirits industry and has held it since 1997 after joining Appleton Estate as Chief Chemist in 1981.

In 2018, Joy was the first female to receive the Jamaica Prime Minister Medal for Science and Technology, continuing her trailblazing journey. Joy’s amazing career is chronicled at Joy Spence Appleton Estate Rum Experience at the Appleton Estate Distillery in St. Elizabeth Parish, Jamaica.

Joy's Legacy

Joy’s hard work and dedication, not only to Appleton Estate, but to the country of Jamaica and the global rum industry, earned her one of the highest Jamaican civilian commendations possible in 2017 – “Order of Distinction” Rank Commander – in addition to two honorary doctorate degrees, a Grand Dame Award for “Most Influential Female in the Spirits Industry” from Tales of the Cocktail, and being named one of Fortune Magazine’s “Most Influential Women in Food & Drink.”

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