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YWCA Cambridge Women of Distinction awards return to Cambridge

YWCA Cambridge is thrilled to announce the return of their premier event, the Women of Distinction Awards. This year, the awards ceremony will take place at Langdon Hall on June 20 and be emceed by renowned stylist, Lynn Spence.

“We decided to make the theme of this year’s Women of Distinction awards ‘courage in COVID’ to honour the myriad ways women in our community have shown leadership, tenacity and courage throughout the pandemic,” said YWCA Cambridge CEO, Kim Decker.

“We know that increased burdens of care and job losses were felt most severely by women during the pandemic and that women were disproportionately represented in jobs deemed essential or ‘front line.’ They have worked tirelessly to keep our communities safe and cared for, and it’s time we honour that.”

18 Women of Distinction recipients will be honoured at the award ceremony in June:

Pandemic Innovation: Courtney Waterfall 
Education/Child Care Hero: Carolina Pereira Miranda and Bibi Corbeil
Healthcare Hero: Brenda Parrot 
Humanitarian/Volunteerism Work: Audrey Hill 
Social Action & Advocacy: Nicole Mahmood 
Community Champion: Pamela Mangos, Laura McKenna and Joanne Malone
Small Business Champion: Jessica Montague March 
The Courage of COVID: Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang, Lee Fairclough, Dr. Sharon Bal, Deputy Chief Shirley Hilton, Superintendent Jennifer Davis and Vickie Murray
President’s Award: Muslim Women of Cambridge – Abiha Syed and Rubina Bilal  

YWCA Cambridge thanks all the nominators who took the time to recognize the outstanding women who inspire them, and for shining the spotlight on their inspiring

For tickets and event details, visit

The Women of Distinction Awards are nationally recognized as one of the most prestigious awards for women in Canada. Since 1994, it has been YWCA Cambridge’s premiere fundraising event, recognizing more than 350 women. All funds raised through the event support YWCA Cambridge’s gender-based violence prevention programs for cis and trans women and girls, non-binary and two spirit individuals.

YWCA Cambridge, a trusted community leader, gives a voice to the needs of cis and trans women and girls and non-binary and two-spirit individuals through innovative and responsive programs, services and advocacy.

For more information:
Roz Gunn, Director of Communications and Advocacy, YWCA Cambridge,

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