Special Events & Programs
Women of Distinction
Women of Distinction
Honouring the inspiring women who are shaping the future of Cambridge.
Now in it’s 26th year, YWCA Cambridge’s Women of Distinction Awards is a celebration of the incredible women working tirelessly to improve lives, break down barriers and inspire future generations, right here at home.
The celebration is held by YWCA member associations nationally, and Cambridge is proud to be a part of this inspirational tradition of celebrating outstanding women in our community. Since 1994, YWCA Cambridge has recognized over 270 remarkable women that are making a real difference through their work, activism and inspiring ability to overcome barriers.
Women of Distinction promises to deliver a poignant and powerful evening, honouring our incredible community and the stories of women working quietly and loudly to make a difference every day.
What makes a Woman of Distinction?
Women of Distinction are leaders in their fields and communities. They are paving the way for the trailblazers of tomorrow and having a positive impact on our city. They work to inspire, lead and create change and we can’t help but stand up and take notice.
What makes this event so special is that the women nominated for the awards are put forward by their friends, colleagues, peers and community. Each year, we are overwhelmed by the passionate voices that come forward to nominate these change makers. And while our selection committee can only chose so many winners, we are humbled by every woman’s inspiring story. These truly are the women changing the world.
Celebrate with us
The annual awards gala is our most significant fundraising event of the year. Ticket sales support outreach, in school, and drop in programs for cis and trans women and girls and non-binary and two spirit individuals as well as advocacy/events that are paving the way for a more equal community for all in Cambridge.
Proceeds from the Women of Distinction Awards support over 3,500 individuals annually through our programming and services that reach across Waterloo Region.
The 26th annual awards gala will be held in March 2020. Please stay tuned or join our mailing list for details as they are confirmed.
Do you know a Woman that should be recognized?
We want to hear about the women that inspire you through their leadership, courage and passion. Specifically, Women of Distinction are women who:
- Consistently display and exercise leadership, demonstrates vision, innovation or creativity;
- Have the courage to take risks, demonstrate initiative and has pioneering spirit;
- Enrich and improve the quality of life of others with a commitment to shared community;
- Make a noticeable impact in their chosen field of endeavour;
- Promote and support the expansion of opportunities and choices for women and girls in our
- Embody the values of YWCA Cambridge.
Nominate a Woman of Distinction
“You can’t be what you can’t see” – Gloria Steinem
Award categories are as diverse as the women nominated. Below are the categories currently awarded:
- Arts & Culture
- Business & Entrepreneurship
- Education & Mentorship
- Non-Profit & Public Service (nominee must work in the sector)
- Lifetime Achievement (35 years of service to the community)
- Social Action & Advocacy (a combination of work and volunteer experience)
- Champion of Women & Girls
- Wellness, Sport & Recreation
- Science, Technology, Research & Environment
- Young Woman of Distinction (under 35 years of age)
What better way to create the change you want to see in the world than by supporting a vital community event created to honour women and inspire generations to come?
YWCA Cambridge is always seeking new partners to join us in celebrating these incredible women. As a valued corporate partner, you are making a critical investment in providing young women and girls access to strong and inspiring community role models. It’s crucial that we encourage and celebrate young people today, so they can lead us in the future.
From hosting and hospitality packages to presenting rights and more, we will work with you to create a partnership that meets your goals and aligns with your corporate values. For partnership inquiries, please contact Caroline Barker, Director of Philanthropy, at 519.267.6444 ext. 225 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming fundraising events
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This annual holiday giving program brings together our community to help deserving families enjoy the holidays. Each year we are able to provide gifts and necessities to help make the season brighter for some of our program participants.
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