• YWCA Women Of Distinction Award 2017

YWCA Appoints New Women of Distinction Awards Event Chair

The YWCA Metro Vancouver is extremely delighted to announce that Dana Montalbano will be joining the Women of Distinction Awards as Event Chair.

Dana succeeds Shannon Susko, Founder of CEOZEN Consulting Inc., who was Event Chair for 2015 and 2016. We want to thank Shannon for her invaluable contribution to the Awards. Under her outstanding leadership, record-breaking revenues were raised for YWCA programs and services for low-income families.

Dana has been an active Director with Arts Umbrella since 2008. First, with the Arts Umbrella Foundation Board she contributed to managing the Foundation monies and then as a member of the Centre’s Board of Directors to governance and fundraising. In her current role on the Board, she Co-chairs the Capital Campaign Cabinet and is the Chair of the Governance Committee.

Prior to Arts Umbrella, Dana created and participated in a lunch program teaching children gardening at an inner-city school. Dana was also a Board Trustee and Vice-Chair of the Community Arts Council of Vancouver - a non-profit, grassroots organization that supports cultural development in the Downtown Eastside.

Dana holds a B.A. with a major in Criminology and a minor in Psychology from the University of Manitoba. Prior to her philanthropic work, Dana held senior sales positions (enterprise and major accounts) with a variety of companies including a national telecom and a technology company. She has been recognized for top sales achievement regularly throughout her career and was a member of the Bell Mobility President’s Club. Dana continues to further her education with classes at UBC and Emily Carr Art Institute, and is learning to play the guitar.

Dana is married with two young boys and lives in Vancouver. She grew up with philanthropy as a regular practice in her family; as a result, modeling and developing philanthropic practices with her children is important. She is passionate about the arts and derives great joy from supporting broader access to arts education for children, youth and adults across Metro Vancouver. Dana’s commitment to community with a focus on vulnerable women and children remains steadfast. Dana and her husband John supported the creation of the Montalbano Professorship, Gender and Diversity at UBC's Sauder School of Business. She feels that transitioning into her new role as Event Chair for the Women of Distinction Awards is a natural progression for her philanthropic work.

The YWCA Metro Vancouver looks forward to the experience and enthusiasm Dana will add to the Awards. We are honoured that she has accepted this position and excited for things to come.