YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction Awards 2015

Cheryl Carbis, YWCA Toronto 2014 Woman of Distinction celebrating at last year’s event
Cheryl Carbis, YWCA Toronto 2014 Woman of Distinction celebrating at last year’s event

By Lise Schofield, Manager, Marketing and Communications, YWCA Toronto

On May 21st, seven outstanding women in our city will be honoured at the 35th YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction Awards. This year’s bold, remarkable women will inspire you with their achievements in improving the lives of women and girls.

As we have for the past thirty five years, we asked you to nominate a YWCA Toronto Woman of Distinction and you told us about women who are making exemplary contributions to the advancement of women and girls in this city. You responded with a line-up of outstanding nominees with riveting stories to tell.

Every year, these women’s stories leave me in awe. I am so moved by their accomplishments, their drive and their strong connections with other women. All of the Women of Distinction are pushing hard against the barriers women face in so many aspects of our lives, from health care, to employment to education.

The night is a gift to all of us who are committed to improving the lives of women and girls and I encourage you to order your tables or tickets now.

Every year, there are stand-out moments at the YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction Awards that remind me of the far-reaching impact YWCA Toronto has on women’s lives. I remember the year three young women from our Girls’ Council in south Scarborough spoke to the audience about where they came from, how they moved ahead and who held their hands until they got there safely. Listening to how we helped those young girls made me proud to be a part of the tenacious force that is YWCA Toronto.

During last year’s awards night, Brenda Andress, Commissioner of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, held the Woman of Distinction award in her hand and said, “I deserve this” and brought the entire audience to their feet in a roar of approval. It was a fantastic moment for all of us.

YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction Awards is more than a recognition of women who have made a difference; it is also a celebration for the 1,700 attendees. The historic Carlu is a gorgeous venue where we will meet, mingle and network at the largest annual gathering of YWCA Toronto friends and supporters.

Hosted again by Anne Marie Mediwake, the awards show this year will bring more memories of women’s stories of resilience and strength. Join me on May 21st to give seven remarkable women what they deserve – our applause and gratitude.