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Connecting the Community Award

Voting for the 2017 Connecting the Community Award is now CLOSED. 

Click HERE to view the quotes of our 2017 nominees. 

Congratulations to the recipient of the 2017 Connecting the Community Award, Shirley Weir! Shirley chose to support YWCA initiatives for preventing violence against women.

Voting for the 2018 Connecting the Community Award will open Wednesday, April 4th.

Here’s how the Connecting the Community award works:

All YWCA Women of Distinction nominees are eligible to win the Connecting the Community Award, which raises vital funds for women and children across Metro Vancouver. Each Women of Distinction nominee chooses a YWCA cause that is important to her for a chance to donate $10,000, courtesy of Scotiabank, to the cause of her choice.

Eligible YWCA causes include:

  • Supporting quality early learning and child care  
  • Reducing child poverty
  • Providing safe and affordable housing for single mothers and their children
  • Creating healthy choices for youth
  • Preventing violence against women

Each nominee shares her cause and why it is important to her, through social media. The public votes online and the nominee with the most votes receives the Connecting the Community Award. Scotiabank then donates $10,000 to her chosen YWCA cause on the night of the Awards.