Announcing the 2014 YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction

Row of headshots of the 2014 YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction (L-R): Brenda Andress, Akua Benjamin, Sherry Brydson, Cheryl Carbis, Sue Chun, Nancy Coldham, and Kathy Levene

The 2014 YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction (L-R): Brenda Andress, Akua Benjamin, Sherry Brydson, Cheryl Carbis, Sue Chun, Nancy Coldham, and Kathy Levene

On March 6th, in anticipation of International Women’s Day, YWCA Toronto announced the recipients of the 34th YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction Awards at an alumnae reception hosted by TD Bank Group. The seven recipients are bold women whose vision and determination are significantly improving the lives of women and girls at home and abroad.

From championing women entrepreneurs, to creating change for youth, to advancing women in the trades, the seven women honoured at the annual awards event are empowering and supporting marginalized women and girls.

“YWCA Toronto gives out this award because we want to acknowledge the determined, innovative work that is being done to address the specific barriers and challenges faced by women and girls. The Award recipients are doing tremendous things to build a world in which all women and girls can thrive. We want to celebrate that work and encourage others to join in,” says Heather McGregor, YWCA Toronto CEO.

The 2014 YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction are:

  • Sue Chun, Young Woman of Distinction
    Filmmaker Sue Chun’s gift for multimedia storytelling has cast Toronto’s Jane-Finch community in a new light and empowered countless marginalized girls and young women. Read Sue’s bio.
  • Akua Benjamin, Social Justice
    Akua Benjamin’s work as an educator, advocate and social worker focuses on relationships between sexism and racism in Canadian culture and institutions. Read Akua’s bio.
  • Brenda Andress, Health and Sports
    Without Brenda Andress, women wouldn’t have a career pathway into the male-dominated world of professional hockey. Read Brenda’s bio.
  • Cheryl Carbis, Leadership
    While men continue to dominate the world of skilled trades, more women are pursuing lucrative careers as skilled tradespersons thanks to trailblazers like Cheryl Carbis. Read Cheryl’s bio.
  • Kathy Levene, Mental Health
    As a clinician and scientist, Kathy Levene’s feminist lens for research and practice has had a profound impact on girls’ mental health in Canada and, indeed, the world. Read Kathy’s bio.
  • Nancy Coldham, Advocacy and Political Action
    Nancy Coldham has spent three decades breaking down barriers to greater representation of women at political and corporate decision-making tables. Read Nancy’s bio.
  • Sherry Brydson, Entrepeneurship
    Entrepreneur Sherry Brydson’s spirited feminism has fuelled a lifelong commitment to empowering women. Read Sherry’s bio.

Check out the evening’s highlights captured in this Storify of tweets during the reception. And don’t forget to buy your tickets for the 2014 YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction Awards on May 22nd!