Who Inspires You? Nominate a Woman of Distinction

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In the 36 years since its inception, the YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction Awards have honoured and celebrated 256 trailblazers. The list is both impressive and inspiring.

Reading through it, I see many familiar names. I know them as the mothers of childhood classmates (Bridget Lynch, 2012; M. NourbeSe Philip, 2001); as university peers (Chi Nguyen, 1999); through volunteer board involvement (Rosemary Speirs, 2006; Nancy Coldham, 2014); and even the namesake of my former high school (Dr. Ursula Franklin, 1989).

We all know a remarkable woman who is worthy of this honour.

She lives right here in Toronto. She is a strong leader. She is an inspiring role model. Most importantly, she understands that when women succeed their children thrive and our communities are stronger.

The Women of Distinction Awards provide an opportunity to honour – and thank – trailblazers who are actively pushing for change to improve the lives of women and girls. Just as important, it brings together women from different walks of life, women from different racial and cultural backgrounds, and women working across different fields and sectors.

In a world where systemic barriers to equality persist for women, the event provides an opportunity to share experiences; to listen and learn from one another; and to inspire the next generation of leaders.

As YWCA Toronto’s single largest fundraiser, the Women of Distinction Awards raises crucial funds that help support the Association’s 30 programs across the city. This year, we will be highlighting YWCA Toronto’s work to end violence against women and girls.

Nominations are due by Friday, November 6, 2015. Consider nominating a remarkable woman that you know. A family member, a friend, a colleague or someone in your wider network.  Share this post. Help us boost the signal on social media.

Etana Cain is the Senior Advocacy and Communications Officer at YWCA Toronto.