2014 / 2013 YWCA Women of Distinction Awards Nominees

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Each year, we honour Metro Vancouver’s most extraordinary women and businesses with the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards.

2014 Nominees

Arts, Culture & Design

  • Shaira (SD) Holman – Co-Founder & Artistic Director, Queer Arts Festival
  • Susan Van der Flier – Board Director, Vancouver Opera

Business & the Professions

  • Sheila Bouman – Chief People & Performance Officer, Peer 1 Hosting
  • Mary Buttery – Partner, Davis LLP
  • Sheila Eddin – Vice President, Transformation, ICBC
  • Catherine Gibson – Partner, Davis LLP 
  • Carmen Thériault – Partner, Wealth Preservation, Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP
  • Lisa Vogt – Partner & Chief Diversity and Engagement Officer, McCarthy Tetrault LLP 

Community Building

  • Shashi Assanand – Founder & Executive Director, Vancouver & Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services Society (VLMFSS)
  • Leigh Boyle – Founder & Executive Director, The Lipstick Project Society
  • Loretta Cella – Founder & Executive Director, Passion Foundation
  • Nassreen Filsoof – Founder & President, Canadian Iranian Foundation
  • Theodora Lamb – Online Community Organizer & Executive Producer, Hollyhock Leadership Institute
  • Jill Leversage – Managing Director, Highland West Capital Ltd. 
  • Jennifer Schaeffers – Executive Director, CKNW Orphans’ Fund

Education, Training & Development

  • Kristi Blakeway – Vice Principal, Thomas Haney Secondary
  • Deborah Jacobs – Education Department Head, Squamish Nation
  • Gail Ruddy – Head of School, York House School
  • Janis Sarra – Professor, UBC Faculty of Law & Director, The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies

Entrepreneurship

  • Almira Bardai – Partner, Jive Communications
  • Justine Bizzocchi – Founder, SFU Venture Connection
  • Alisa Choi Darcy – President, Quote EndQuote Cross-Cultural Strategy Inc.
  • Shehla Ebrahim – Doctor, Ambleside Dermedics
  • Liza Hagusa – Founder & Owner, Mother Me Newborn Care Inc. 
  • Deanna Loychuk – Founder, 30 Minute Hit
  • Carolyn Lundie – Founder & Owner, YogaButtons Kids Yoga Ltd. 
  • Kim Pickett – Founder & Creative Director, KIMBO Design Inc.
  • Reisa Pollard – Founder & Designer, Beyond Beige Interior Design
  • Shannon Rogers – President & General Counsel, Global Relay

Environmental Sustainability

  • Diana Allen – Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, SFU
  • Sofi Hindmarch – Wildlife Biologist, British Columbia Conservation Foundation
  • Lyda Salatian – Founder & Program Director, The Lower Mainland Green Team (LMGT)
  • Elizabeth Sheehan – Founder & President, Climate Smart

Health & Wellness

  • Victoria Bernstein – Director, Post-Operative Cardiac Surgical Unit, Vancouver General Hospital
  • Nafisa Merali – Founder, Naz Wellness Group Inc.
  • Gina Ogilvie – Medical Director, Clinical Prevention Services, British Columbia Centre for Disease Control
  • Charlene SanJenko – Founder, PowHERhouse
  • Sarah Shandl – Founder, Vancouver, We Love You Great Adventure Club
  • Elizabeth Watt – Physician, Board Secretary, Abbotsford Community Services

Non-Profit & Public Service

  • Lana Bradshaw – Vice Chair, Children’s Wish BC & Yukon Chapter
  • Pauline Finn – Vice President, Community Engagement, Science World British Columbia
  • Anita Huberman – CEO, Surrey Board of Trade
  • Judy Krawchuk – Vice President, Child Development Foundation of British Columbia
  • Darlene Marzari – Former MLA and Vancouver City Councillor
  • Heather O’Hara – Executive Director, Potluck Café Society
  • Anar Popatia – President, Canadian Club of Vancouver
  • Linda Reid – MLA, Speaker of the House, Government of the Province of British Columbia
  • Shauna Sylvester – Executive Director, SFU Public Square and Carbon Talks Fellow, SFU Centre for Dialogue
  • Carolyn Tuckwell – President and CEO, Boys and Girls Club of South Coast BC
  • Wai Young – Member of Parliament for Vancouver South

Technology, Science & Research

  • Jennifer Gardy – Senior Scientist, British Columbia Centre for Disease Control
  • Caron Strahlendorf – Pediatric Oncologist/Hematologist, Clinical Associate Professor, BC Children’s Hospital

Young Woman of Distinction

  • Cicely Blain – Founder, Celebrating Women at UBC
  • Vuitton Chan – Student, SFU
  • Isabel Chen – Co-Founder & Executive Director, Keep Safe Initiative 
  • Madison McDougall – Co-Founder, Sunday Funday
  • Hayley Pipher – Founder, Vancouver Youth Food Alliance
  • Tesicca Truong – Member of Engaged City Task Force

Innovative Workplace

  • Flipside Creative
  • Pacific Blue Cross

2013 Nominees

Arts, Culture & Design

  • Penny Eder – Founder, White Dog Studio Gallery
  • Chan Hon Goh – Goh Ballet Academy/Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker/Principal by Chan Hon Goh
  • Malene Grotrian – Designer & Owner, Malene Grotrian Design
  • Felicia Lo – Founder & Creative Director, SweetGeorgia Yarns Inc.

Business & the Professions

  • Nilusha Alibhai – Vice President, Scotiabank, North Coast & Fraser Valley
  • Tracey Arnish – Global Vice President, Talent Experience, SAP Canada
  • Maryse Belanger – Senior Vice President, Technical Services, Goldcorp Inc.
  • Ambrosia Humphrey – Vice President, Human Resources, HootSuite 
  • Darlene Hyde – Executive Director, NAIOP Vancouver
  • Baila Lazarus – News Features Editor, Business in Vancouver & Managing Editor, Invest Northwest Newspaper Group
  • Fiona Macfarlane – Chief Inclusiveness Officer & Managing Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
  • Monique Mercier – Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary, TELUS
  • Izumi Miki McGruer – Regional Development Manager, Freedom 55 Financial & Quadrus Investment Services   
  • Nancy Morison – Vice President, Operations, Coastal Contacts Inc.
  • Lois Nahirney – Executive Vice President, Corporate Resources, Teekay Corporation
  • Tina Osen – President & CEO, HUB International Insurance Brokers
  • Bev Park – Former CFO & Former Acting CEO, TimberWest Forest Corp. & Strategic Advisor
  • Cynthia Ramsay – Publisher & Owner, Jewish Independent
  • Shauna Turner – Assistant Deputy Minister, Province of BC
  • Alexa Ulinder Baughen – Vice President, Investments and Communications, Anthem Properties

Community Building

  • Amy Chan – Blogger, amyfabulous.com
  • Kasondra Cohen – President, Face of Today
  • Kamal Dhillon – President, Black and Blue Sari
  • Amanda Gibbs – Principal, Public Assembly
  • Jo-Ann Turner – Former President, BC Bereavement Helpline

Education, Training & Development

  • Natacha Beim – CEO & Founder, CEFA Early Learning
  • Mary Boni – Associate Dean Pro Tem, The Chip and Shannon Wilson School of Design, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Elizabeth Croft – Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, UBC
  • Claire Cupples – Dean of Science, SFU 
  • Raminder Dosanjh – Retired Assistant Department Head, English Language Services for Adults (ELSA), Vancouver Community College
  • Shehni Dossa – Judge, Provincial Court of BC
  • Robin Hemmingsen – Dean, School of Business, BCIT
  • Lynn Jest – Director, Continuing Education, Capilano University
  • Cathy Kuzel – President & Founder, The Connected Woman
  • Jennifer Pearson Terell – BC TEAL
  • Laurie Sterritt – CEO, BC Aboriginal Mine Training Association
  • Mary Lynn Young – Associate Dean, Communications & Strategy, UBC

Entrepreneurship

  • Karen Flavelle – CEO, Purdy’s Chocolatier
  • Allison Hegedus – President, Vida Wellness Spas
  • Barbara Mowat – President, Impact Communications Ltd. & GroYourBiz
  • Carol Newell – Founding Investor & Principal, Renewal Partners
  • Kim Pickett – Principal & Creative Director, KIMBO Design Inc.
  • Shahrzad Rafati – Founder & CEO, BroadbandTV
  • Megan Sheldon – Principal, Narrative Communications Inc.
  • Shannon Susko – President, DST Subserveo & Former CEO & Co-Founder, Subserveo Inc.
  • Environmental Sustainability

  • Mae Burrows – Founder, Toxic Free Canada
  • Connie Linder – Founder & Principal, GreenPages Directory & Insight Creative Communications
  • Anne Murray – Vice President, Community & Environmental Affairs, Vancouver Airport Authority
  • Lyda Salatian – Founder & Program Director, The Lower Mainland Green Team (LMGT)

Health, Wellness & Athletics

  • Maureen de St. Croix – Founder & Head Coach, Ocean Athletics
  • Nikola Girke – Three-time Canadian Olympian
  • Cathleen Graham – Head Coach, Aquatics, Special Olympics Burnaby
  • Maureen McGrath – Registered Nurse & Host, The CKNW Sunday Night Sex Show
  • Kathy Newman – Retired, BC Wheelchair Sports Association
  • Wendy Pattenden – CEO, Canadian Sport Institute Pacific
  • Cathy Priestner Allinger – Chair, viaSport
  • Johanna Ward – Host, go! Vancouver
  • Laura Watson – Sport Development Lead, viaSport

Non-Profit or Public Service

  • Debbie Butt – Director, Marketing & Communications, Canuck Place Children's Hospice
  • Jill Calder – Executive Director, New View Society
  • Jill Earthy – Regional Director, BC & Yukon, Canadian Youth Business Foundation
  • Anita Huberman – CEO, Surrey Board of Trade
  • Tracy Porteous – Executive Director, Ending Violence Association of BC
  • Linda Reid – Deputy Speaker of the House, British Columbia Legislature
  • Wendy Slavin – CEO, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation– BC/Yukon Region
  • Cheryl Treliving – Executive Director, Boston Pizza Foundation
  • Irene Tsepnopoulos-Elhaimer – Executive Director, Women Against Violence Against Women Rape Crisis Centre
  • Dianne Watts – Mayor, City of Surrey
  • Jessi Zielke – Director, Strategic Initiatives, Industry Training Authority (ITA) 

Technology, Science & Research

  • Catherine Aczel Boivie – CEO & Chair, CanWIT Division of CATAAlliance
  • B. Lynn Beattie – UBC Division of Geriatric Medicine
  • Sheina Macadam – Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon 
  • Deborah Money – Vice President, Research, BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre
  • Cheryl Slusarchuk – Partner, Blakes, Cassels and Graydon

Young Woman of Distinction

  • Shauna Beaudoin – Founder, Connekt Marketing & Co-Founder, Team Awesome & Get Warm Project
  • Sara Eftekhar – Youth Activist
  • Navi Gill – Co-Founder, Global Girl Power 
  • Parys Liu – Founder, K.A.R.E. Power
  • Chanel Ly – Board Member, Sustainable SFU
  • Ceilidh Millar – Founder, End Bullying Through Peer Advocacy
  • Brittany Palmer – Founder & Owner, Unlock your Future: The Key to Scholarships

Innovative Workplace

  • Pacific Blue Cross
  • Vancouver City Savings (Vancity)

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