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2019 marks the Women of Distinction Awards 25th anniversary! 

Since 1994, YWCA Cambridge has recognized over 250 inspiring women that are making a real difference in our community. Join us on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at Galt Country Club, when we'll welcome even more inspiring women into this special collective. Buy your tickets now!

PLEASE NOTE: Our nominations are currently closed for 2019. Thank you to all those who nominated and our nominees!

YWCA Women of Distinction WinnerWhat is Women of Distinction?

Women of Distinction (WOD) is a key fundraising event held by YWCAs across Canada. Since 1994, WOD has been, and still is, YWCA Cambridge's premiere fundraising event. In that time, more than 2500 women and men have attended, and each year our volunteers strive to deliver an inspirational evening, celebrating our powerful community and the stories of women working quietly and loudly to make a difference. 

What Makes a Woman of Distinction? 

Women of Distinction are leaders in their fields. They are paving the way for the trailblazers of tomorrow and make a significant difference to shape our community. Women of Distinction are nominated by members of the community, colleagues and peers.

  • Consistently displays and exercises leadership, demonstrates vision, innovation or creativity
  • Has the courage to take risks
  • Enriches and improves the quality of life for others and she has an impact in her chosen field of endeavour
  • Demonstrates initiative and a pioneering spirit and a commitment to her community
  • Promotes and supports the expansion of opportunities and choices for women and girls in her community

How can you be involved?

  • Nominate someone in your community 
  • Join us for a fabulous evening of community celebration 
  • Sponsor the Women of Distinction Awards 

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Nominate someone

I didn't know how to tell [my nominee] just how much she had influenced me. Nominating her was a way to celebrate her efforts, and to show her how deeply her contributions had impacted my life and the lives of others. 
Megan Lambe, Nominator

In the words of Gloria Steinem, "you can't be what you can't see." What the girls in our community need to see is more women leaders. Leaders who make a difference in all kinds of ways. They speak in voices both loud and quiet, moving the needle for change through small acts and large movements. By nominating a woman for the Women of Distinction Awards, you're sharing a woman's story of impact with others, so they can be inspired to claim their own. Girls need to be reminded to claim their own voices and follow their own dreams. Women need to be reminded of the power we're capable of if we just keep going. Help us to celebrate the amazing leaders in this community!

Here are our Nomination Categories:

  • Arts & Culture
  • Business & Entrepreneurship
  • Education & Mentorship
  • Non-Profit & Public Service (works in the sector)
  • Lifetime Achievement (35 years of service)
  • Social Action & Advocacy  (a combination of work and volunteer experience)
  • Champion of Women & Girls
  • Wellness, Sport & Recreation
  • Science, Technology, Research & Environment
  • Turning Point (overcome significant struggles and used experience as a foundation for service)
  • Volunteerism
  • Young Woman of Distinction (under 30)

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Attend the event

The annual awards ceremony is our most significant fundraising event of the year. Ticket sales support outreach, in school, and drop in programs for women, girls and non-binary youth, as well as advocacy/events that are paving the way for a more equal community for all in Cambridge.

Proceeds from this fundraiser go to support over 3,500 women, girls and non-binary individuals annually through our programming and services that reach across Waterloo Region. 

Buy your tickets now!

Sponsor the Event

The Women of Distinction Committee is currently accepting Corporate Sponsorship for the 2019 event. As a sponsor of this event, you are making an important investment in providing young women and girls access to strong female role models. It's crucial that we encourage and celebrate young women today, so they can lead us in the future. Equity starts with you! 
Find out more about current Sponsorship Oppportunities available here.

Congratulations to the 2018 recipients!

Non-Profit or Public Service – Bobbye Goldenberg
Lifetime Achievement – Mallory Moxon-Carson, Cheryl Hugill
Social Action & Advocacy – Amy Deschamps
Champion of Women and Girls – Andrea Arthur-Brown
Wellness, Sport & Recreation – Shannon Butt
Science, Technology, Research & Environment – Sarah Spry
Turning Point – Jennifer Carter
Business & Entrepreneurship – Beth Lennox
Education & Mentorship – Sharon Bal
Volunteerism – Kristy Goss
Young Woman of Distinction – Lily Faragher

Have a look at the list of past recipients.

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