Women of Distinction Sponsor Profile: Sun Life Financial

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YWCA Toronto’s Women of Distinction Awards, now in its 38th year, is an annual event that recognizes the outstanding contributions of women in their communities. Nominated and selected by their peers, Women of Distinction recipients are leaders that have made lasting changes in areas such as pay equity, abortion rights, constitutional reform, gun control, ethical business practices, and public health.

The Awards ceremony, held annually in May, is YWCA Toronto’s most significant fundraising event, supporting 32 programs across Toronto that help over 13,000 women and girls escape violence, achieve economic security, and attain safe housing. Every year the ceremony raises approximately $700,000 and includes a live audience of over 1,000 people.

Our corporate and media partners are very dear to us. Our leading sponsor, Sun Life Financial, has supported the Women of Distinction Awards for the past 30 years. We had the privilege of sitting down with Tamara Kinsman-Berry, Vice President of Employee Technology Experience at Sun Life Financial, to discuss why it is important to sponsor our Awards.

As Tamara explains, “The Awards represent a great cause that Sun Life feels passionate about. Sun Life has always enjoyed the partnership with YWCA Toronto because we believe in supporting women and girls and we have always been impressed with the integrity with which YWCA Toronto fulfills its mandate.”

The Women of Distinction Awards represents an exciting event for Tamara. Award recipients often “don’t realize how inspiring they are but it’s important for us to have role models and to realize women can achieve incredible things.” Tamara mentions she is always motivated after the event to do more with her life and to give greater support to those who need it.

With the generosity of our sponsors and donors, we look forward to hosting another successful Awards ceremony this year on Thursday, May 24 at the Fairmont Royal York in downtown Toronto. We thank all staff at Sun Life Financial for their continued support.

We approach sponsorships as true partnerships and offer customized packages to meet your organizational needs. For more information, please contact Phoebe Wong, Manager of Events, Sponsorships and Volunteers at pwong@ywcatoronto.org or 416.961.8101 x361. You can also buy tickets or a table online.

We hope you will join us on May 24 in celebration of incredible women!

By Jasmine Ramze Rezaee, Senior Marketing and Advocacy Officer