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Join us to celebrate the incredible women in our community! 

Wednesday March 28th, 2018 at Cambridge City Hall (Bowman Room)

Women of Distinction is YWCA Cambridge's premiere annual fundraiser which honours local women who through their own initiative, ability and effort, have made an exemplary achievement in their field; women who are outstanding role models because of their goals and the way they have achieved these goals. 


YWCA Women of Distinction WinnerFor over 20 years, YWCAs across Canada have been holding Women of Distinction events. Since 1994, more than 2500 women and men have attended the Cambridge event, and each year our volunteers work hard to deliver an inspiring event.

Help us pay tribute to the legacy of women within our community that make an impact. Contact us for information about nominating someone for this year's event, coming this May (check back for date and ticket information).

What Makes a Woman of Distinction? 

A woman of distinction consistently displays and exercises leadership, demonstrates vision, innovation or creativity and the courage to take risks. She enriches and improves the quality of life for others and she has an impact in her chosen field of endeavour. A woman of distinction demonstrates initiative and a pioneering spirit along with a continued commitment to her community. She promotes and supports the expansion of opportunities and choices for women and girls in her community and in doing so, she has made Cambridge a better place to live.

Being nominated for the prestigious Women of Distinction Awards is itself a singular honour. All the selected nominees are given special recognition at a Nominees Reception held in the spring and at the awards celebration. The culmination of the nomination process is the Women of Distinction Awards where award recipients are formally recognized. 


If you'd like to pay tribute to a woman who fits the above description; someone who has inspired you, nominate them! Contact us for information, or nominate them online using our nomination form. Stay tuned for event information, or join our mailing list to receive nomination and event information.

Please note: Out of respect and fairness for each nominee in any given category, incomplete nomination packages WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Please make sure you have satisfied all requirements by using the checklist at the end of the nomination form, and note the point system for each question. Deadline for nominations is January 29th, 2018: make sure you nominate women who inspire you, so they can inspire others! Thanks for your consideration!

Congratulations to the 2016 winners!

Arts & Culture – Michele Jones
Non-Profit or Public Sector – Julie Phillips
Lifetime Achievement – Louise Sims, Susan Foxton, Marty Deacon
Social Action & Advocacy – Amanda Melnick
Champion of Women and Girls – Megan Lambe
Wellness, Sport & Recreation – Marsha Jaworski
Science, Technology, Research & Environment – Jenna Quinn
Turning Point – Dusty Madeley
Business & Entrepreneurship – Christine Grant
Education & Mentorship – Patricia Cawley Reid
Volunteerism – Jane Cipolla
Young Woman of Distinction – Victoria Barroso

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As a member agency of YWCA Canada, YWCA Cambridge is part of a national movement known as the country’s oldest and largest women's multi-service organization, the largest national provider of shelter, literacy, life skills, employment and counselling programs, and is the second largest provider of childcare services in Canada.

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