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YWCA Cambridge is proud to announce the winners of the 25th Anniversary Women of Distinction awards:

Non-Profit or Public Service – Helen Kelly
Lifetime Achievement – Gail Smyth
Social Action & Advocacy – Karen Maleka
Champion of Women and Girls – Mairi Anderson
Wellness, Sport & Recreation – Tania Heinemann Kelsall
Turning Point – Temilade Olayiwola-Oriji
Business & Entrepreneurship – Kathilee Porter
Education & Mentorship – Stacey Jacobs
Volunteerism – Yvonne Kaine
Young Woman of Distinction – Emily Dwornikiewicz

WOD 2019 Nomninees photo by Emily Beatty
All 2019 Women of Distinction Nominees at the alumni and nominee reception held at Cambridge City Hall on March 6. Photo courtesy Emily Beatty Imagery

YWCA Cambridge thanks all the nominators who took the time to recognize the women who inspire them, and for shedding light on their inspiring achievements and outstanding commitment to their communities.

Congratulations to this year’s Women of Distinction award recipients. Recipients will receive their awards at the 25th Anniversary Women of Distinction Gala on Wednesday March 27 at Galt Country Club. For tickets and event details, visit

Since 1994, The Women of Distinction Gala has been YWCA Cambridge’s premiere fundraising event, recognizing more than 300 women for their contributions to their communities. All funds raised through the event support YWCA Cambridge’s programs for women, girls and nonbinary youth.

YWCA Cambridge, a trusted community leader, gives a voice to the needs of women, girls and nonbinary youth through innovative and responsive programs, services and advocacy.

Click here for a list of all Women of Distinction alumni from 1994-2018.

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