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About the Awards

Recognized nationally, the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards honours extraordinary women leaders, while raising much-needed funds for YWCA programs and services that improve the lives of thousands of people each year across Metro Vancouver.

The YWCA Women of Distinction Awards also honours businesses and organizations that support the wellness and diverse needs of their employees.

Do you know a woman whose outstanding achievements contribute to the well-being and future of our communities across Metro Vancouver? Nominate her for a YWCA Women of Distinction Award today.

Awards categories

 

Arts, Culture & Design

She enriches the community through her talents and her commitment to visual, literary, media, architectural and/or performing arts and has made a significant and sustained difference in Metro Vancouver. She excels at facilitating or promoting the artistic efforts of others and broadening community engagement in the arts. She may be a curator, arts administrator, artist or other member of the arts community. 

Business & the Professions

Her colleagues and competitors in the field acknowledge her professional leadership and consistent commitment to excellence. She has made a significant and sustained difference in Metro Vancouver while leveraging her achievements and business acumen to facilitate change and create opportunities. She demonstrates respect for, and engagement with her community, clients and colleagues. She may be a CEO, senior executive, professional or businesswoman.

Community Champion

She has personally identified a local community need or issue and initiated meaningful change, dedicating her own time and resources to champion her cause. What started as a volunteer crusade could now be a full-time or paid role for this leader. She has made a significant and sustained difference in Metro Vancouver while being recognized as a source of strength and heart in her community and is able to harness the time, talent and capacity of others. She may be a founding member, administrator, board member or other community minded leader.

Education, Training & Development

She inspires a passion for life-long learning in those around her and has made a significant and sustained difference in Metro Vancouver. She contributes through practice, research or administration in a learning environment including the education system, employee training and development, community education and/or alternative programs. She motivates others to gain knowledge, set goals or seek opportunities. She may be an academic, educator, administrator or other champion of learning.

Entrepreneurship & Innovation

She has taken an innovative approach to solving a problem, filling a need or breaking into a new market. Her drive, ingenuity and solid vision for her business separates her from her competitors. She has made sacrifices and taken great risks to successfully launch, revive or manage a business, all while having made a significant and sustained difference in Metro Vancouver. She may be a founder, owner, leader or other innovator.

Environmental Sustainability

She is dedicated to promoting and creating the practices that contribute to a sustainable community, while having made a significant and sustained difference in Metro Vancouver. She generates opportunities that minimize the physical, ecological, human and economic impact on our planet. She collaborates with and educates others to identify strategies and solutions for good environmental practices and partnerships. She may be an advocate, leader, administrator or other promoter of green initiatives and practices.

Health & Wellness

She has an unwavering commitment to delivering, promoting and advocating for healthy lives and communities. She has made a significant and sustained difference in Metro Vancouver while empowering her community to change or better their lives through improved health and wellness practices. She may be a physician, practitioner, nurse or other woman committed to health and wellness.

Non-Profit

Hired or summoned to the role for her exemplary qualifications, she propels change through her leadership, professionalism and vision within the non-profit sector. She has made a significant and sustained difference in Metro Vancouver while strengthening and building momentum and capacity by advocating for important issues and/or causes. She mentors, inspires and mobilizes others through her personal commitment and passion. She has successfully identified new opportunities, resources and/or partnerships. She may be a director, CEO, and/or visionary.

Public Service

She listens to her communities needs and takes intentional action. Her tireless efforts create cooperative relationships and partnerships that foster solutions. The public and her peers respect her for her enthusiasm, integrity and heart. Acting on behalf of her community or organization, she is a compassionate advocate for important issues, topics and/or programs. Hired, elected or summoned into her role, she is a voice and champion for change. She may be a law enforcer, former political leader and/or other public service leader.

Research & the Sciences

She has made a significant and sustained difference in Metro Vancouver through her dedicated pursuit of scientific and/or research based discoveries.  She is highly respected in her field and is a mentor and visionary. Her dedicated approach to her research and/or program signifies her leadership and critical thinking abilities. She may be a scientist, researcher, senior administrator and/or leader.

Young Woman of Distinction

She is an exceptional young woman aged 18-25 who demonstrates leadership, maturity and compassion. She has made a significant difference in Metro Vancouver through her commitment to a cause or pursuit of a personal dream while showing perseverance, innovation and a keen understanding of community issues.

Outstanding Workplace

This award category recognizes a business or organization that has implemented a unique workplace culture. It supports and responds to the diverse needs of its employees, encouraging them to balance the demands and rewards of career, family, community and personal growth. This business or organization acknowledges the additional challenges that its female employees may face and proactively supports the success and advancement of women in its workplace.