The Women of Distinction Awards is the YWCA’s premier fundraising event and this year, the 31st annual awards ceremony honours 60 outstanding nominees and 12 category winners.
This event shines a spotlight on women whose achievements contribute to the well-being and future of our community and businesses and organizations that support the wellness and diverse needs of their employees. Funds raised through the event support YWCA programs and services across Metro Vancouver.
This is my 5th year as Social Media Sponsor of the awards ceremony and it’s always a highlight of the season. There are many inspirational stories, prizes and raffle items benefitting the YWCA (and the lucky winners), fantastic women whose talents are showcased, and a fun and friendly atmosphere.
John will once again be taking photos as I document the evening. Stay tuned to this blog post and my Twitter feed (@Miss604) for updates throughout the evening.
YWCA Women of Distinction Awards 2014 Winners
Arts, Culture & Design
Shaira (SD) Holman – Co-Founder / Artistic Director, Vancouver Queer Arts Festival
I’d like to thank the Young Women’s Christian Assn for giving a bearded, queer, Jewish dyke this award. – Shara SD Holman at #VANWOD2014
— Niki Dun (@nikidun) June 4, 2014
Business & the Professions
Lisa Vogt – Partner & Chief Diversity and Engagement Officer, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Shashi Assanand – Founder & Executive Director, Vancouver & Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services Society (VLMFSS)
Education, Training & Development
Janis Sarra – Professor, UBC Faculty of Law & Director, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies
Shannon Rogers – President & General Counsel, Global Relay
'We're here not just to celebrate #Vancouver's amazing women, but also to help raise the next generation of them' – @sophielui #Vanwod2014
— Joshua Lenon (@JoshuaLenon) June 4, 2014
Lyda Salatian – Founder & Program Director, The Lower Mainland Green Team (LMGT)
Lyda Salatian mobilized 1800+ volunteers to preserving parks for our next generation. She is winner of environ sustainability #VANWOD2014
— Amy Lee (@minisciencegirl) June 4, 2014
Health & Wellness
Victoria Bernstein – Director, Post-Operative Cardiac Surgical Unit, Vancouver General Hospital
Quote from Victoria Bernstein, cardiologist: you have my heartfelt thanks that comes from my left ventricle. #awesomeness #VANWOD2014
— Eleni Kassaris (@EKassaris) June 4, 2014
Non-Profit & Public Service
Darlene Marzari – Former MLA and Vancouver City Councillor
Technology, Science & Research
Jennifer Gardy – Senior Scientist, British Columbia Centre for Disease Control
Celebrating the @YWVanWODA Woman of Distinction award in my Cornell hotel room with my @cbcdocs crew 🙂 pic.twitter.com/CQ9ub8fPSU
— Jennifer Gardy (@jennifergardy) June 4, 2014
Young Woman of Distinction
Isabel Chen – Co-Founder & Executive Director, Keep Safe Initiative
Pacific Blue Cross
Connecting the Community
Kristi Blakeway – Vice Principal, Thomas Haney Secondary
Follow the YWCA of Vancouver on Facebook and Twitter for more information along with the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards @YWvanWODA and #VANWOD2014 on Twitter.
YWCA Metro Vancouver is dedicated to achieving women’s equality. Their mission is to touch lives and build better futures for women and their families through advocacy and integrated services that foster economic independence, wellness and equal opportunities.