In addition to the award category in which they were nominated, all individual YWCA Women of Distinction nominees are eligible to win the Connecting the Community Award. As the only award category where the recipient is selected by public vote, the Connecting the Community Award helps raise awareness for YWCA programs as well as vital funds for women and children across Metro Vancouver. Each nominee chooses a YWCA cause that is important to her for a chance to donate $10,000, courtesy of Scotiabank, to the YWCA program of her choice.
Eligible YWCA causes include:
- Supporting quality early learning and child care
- Reducing child poverty
- Providing 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.