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Meet the 2024 Women of Distinction Award Nominees

Below are the 2024 Women of Distinction Award nominees who have been nominated by their peers and communities. Please join us in congratulating all of the nominees! On June 12, 2024, at Whistle Bear Golf Club, we will recognize six recipients of Woman of Distinction awards as decided by an

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“Our youth are the torchbearers of change, and investing in their education and well-being is investing in a brighter tomorrow for everyone”: a conversation with new YWCA staffer, Alana Decker

Alana Decker is no stranger to YWCA Cambridge. Now one of YWCA’s newest programming staff members at our community programming space, The W, Alana first engaged with us when The W hosted an event during this year’s Black History Month put on by Alana, Rythym and Blues, and Nicole Brown-Faulkner

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30 Years of Women of Distinction Awards: Helen Turner-Fischer, 2005

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the YWCA Cambridge Women of Distinction awards, we’re highlighting recipients from over three decades of celebrating ordinary women doing extraordinary things. Helen Turner-Fisher Woman of Distinction award recipient in the category of Education, 2005. Helen Turner-Fisher received a Woman of Distinction award in

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Bill 173: Intimate Partner Violence Epidemic Act passes second reading!

What happened? On April 10, the Government of Ontario carried Bill 173: Intimate Partner Violence Epidemic Act through a second reading, bringing us one critical step closer to having the province recognize that IPV is what advocates have long said and nearly 100 municipalities have affirmed with their own declarations:

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YWCA’s Jen Gordon represents co-creators during important council decision to move forward with the Plan to End Chronic Homelessness

On April 9, Regional Council endorsed the Plan to End Chronic Homelessness, a co-created plan for transformative systems change in the Region’s homelessness and housing system. The nearly 90-page report includes 31 specific recommendations to bring about change, one of which looks to analyze the current system through a gender equity lens. Working with our

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30 Years of Women of Distinction Awards: Colleen Smith, 2000

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the YWCA Cambridge Women of Distinction awards, we’re highlighting recipients from over three decades of celebrating ordinary women doing extraordinary things. Colleen Smith (left), Woman of Distinction recipient in 2000, smiles with her daughter, Samantha. Colleen Smith Woman of Distinction award recipient in

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30 Years of Women of Distinction Awards: Jill Summerhayes (1994)

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the YWCA Cambridge Women of Distinction awards, we’re highlighting recipients from over three decades of celebrating ordinary women doing extraordinary things. Jill Summerhayes Woman of Distinction award recipient in the category of women in business, 1994. In the face of adversity, some individuals

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