2020 Women of Distinction Nominees | Young Woman of Distinction
Recognized nationally, the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards honours individuals and organizations whose outstanding activities and achievements contribute to the well-being and future of our community.
Congratulations to the 2020 nominees in the category of Young Woman of Distinction.
Taylor is the Founder of BeaYOUtiful Foundation, a registered Canadian charity, which delivers mentorship programs to young girls struggling with confidence by providing education on self-esteem development in a safe and empowering environment. Her confidence programs have reached more than 1,200 girls in the last seven years. She leads all aspects of the Foundation from curriculum development and volunteer management to securing funds. Her vision is to take her mentorship programs across Canada. In 2017, Taylor also founded The Roster, a clothing brand sold in more than 50 stores across North America with a portion of proceeds donated back to BeaYOUtiful to help fund programs. A sought-after speaker and social media literacy advocate, she has shared her message of empowerment as a key-note presenter or panellist at many events and conferences throughout BC.
Michelle is Co-Founder and CEO of the Female Laboratory of Innovative Knowledge (FLIK) and built the first female-focused apprenticeship portal, allowing female leaders and apprentices to connect and work together. Having previously worked in traditionally male-dominated industries, such as sports, business and tech, Michelle discovered her niche at the intersection of technology and impact. Michelle leads FLIK to achieve equity and actively cultivates a community of ethnic minorities, diverse socioeconomic statuses and women from isolated communities. The apprenticeship program is available remotely, enabling women in rural communities to gain equal access to opportunities as those living in urban communities. Noticing that females are the subject of less than 25% of news stories, Michelle set out to document untold stories of visionary women and share them on the platform.
Gaganjit is Executive Director and Co-Founder of Vitality for the Vulnerable where she leads a group of Registered Nurses in hosting free educational health workshops to communities in need. The workshops are held in public spaces, raise awareness on resources and provide education in various languages to help reduce health disparities. Gaganjit and her team have hosted numerous fundraisers, raised thousands of dollars and created over 500 care packages for women in transition homes in Metro Vancouver. As a Registered Nurse, Gaganjit works as Community Health Representative at Seabird Island Band and supports the health of Indigenous communities by providing supplementary health care services including immunizations, health checkups, home visits, mother-child programs, wound care and social/ health referrals.
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