Nominees for the 2022 YWCA Women of Distinction Awards

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YWCA Metro Vancouver has announced the 75 nominees for the Women of Distinction Awards, presented by Scotiabank, and they are pleased to return to an in-person awards gala this year on May 26, 2022.

2022 Nominees YWCA Women of Distinction Awards

39th Annual YWCA Women of Distinction Awards

Where: JW Marriott Parq Hotel, Vancouver 
When: Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 6:00pm
Tickets: Available now! Until March 31st $249 per person, as of April 1st $299 per person  

2022 Nominees

You can view the full list of nominees, along with their bios, online.

Arts, Culture & Design

  • Kristin Cheung
  • Karla Mundy
  • Kristal Paraboo
  • Jessica Schellenberg

Business & the Professions

  • Gigi Chen-Kuo
  • Leslie Cliff
  • Radha Curpen
  • Kim Dent Wilder
  • Devinder Gill
  • Salima Remtulla
  • Jill Schnarr
  • Juggy Sihota
  • Nancy Wilhelm-Morden
  • Christy Wyatt

Community Champion

  • Sarah Blyth
  • Norah Flaherty
  • Nicole Geyer
  • Jessie Kaur Lehail
  • Patience Magagula
  • Amber Price
  • Pam Robertson
  • Lorelei Williams

Education, Training & Development

  • Dr. Jennifer Marchbank
  • V. Victoria Shroff
  • Jaswinder Sodhi
  • Maureen Steltman
  • Dr. Fiona Whittington-Walsh

Entrepreneurship & Innovation

  • Raveena Oberoi
  • Natasha Questel 
  • Dr. Gilly Regev
  • Brandy Svendson

Environmental Sustainability

  • Yasmin Abraham
  • Dr. Andrea MacNeill
  • Marina Melanidis
  • Olivia Reshetylo

Health & Wellness

  • Dr. Sharlene Gill 
  • Cheyenne Johnson
  • Dr. Laura Sauve
  • Dr. Jacqueline Saw
  • Dr. Carolyn Shiau
  • Dr. Yanet Valdez Tejeira


  • Stephani Baker
  • Donna Chang
  • Queenie Choo
  • Angela Cooke
  • Libby Davies
  • Jill Earthy
  • Zahra Esmail 
  • Jillian Glennie
  • Dr. Carmen Lansdowne
  • Judith Law
  • Katie Manning 
  • Lisa Martella
  • Salima Mawji

Reconciliation In Action

  • Tracy Antoine
  • Swelchalot Shirley Hardman
  • Gul Kiit Jaad
  • Karen Joseph
  • Dr. Jennifer Kramer
  • Charlene SanJenko

Research, the Sciences & Technology

  • Dr. Elizabeth Bryce
  • Dr. Janessa Laskin
  • Dr. Gail Murphy
  • Cybele Negris
  • Dr. Jerilynn Prior
  • Dr. Anna Tinker

Young Woman of Distinction

  • Hebah Hussaina
  • Niki Oveisi
  • Stephanie Quon
  • Vedanshi Vala

Outstanding Workplace

  • BCIT
  • Copperleaf
  • Hootsuite
  • RBC Royal Bank
  • Scotiabank

2022 Icon Award 

This year, in honour of the YWCA’s 125th anniversary, Carol Lee will be the recipient of the 2022 Icon Award. Selected internally by the YWCA, the Icon Award recognizes an extraordinary woman for her achievements throughout her lifetime. Carol is the Chair of the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation. With long standing family ties to the history of Chinatown, she is strongly committed to the revitalization of the area. She is a community builder, sits on numerous boards and councils, demonstrates a track record of excellence and is an inspiration to others in her field. 

Vote – Connecting the Community

In addition to the award category in which they are nominated, all individual nominees are eligible to win the Connecting the Community Award – the only award category where the recipient is selected by public vote. Each nominee has chosen a YWCA area that is important to her for a chance to donate $10,000, courtesy of Scotiabank, to the YWCA program of her choice.

Follow the YWCA of Vancouver on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

YWCA Women of Distinction Awards 2021 Nominees

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.

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  1. Katherine NaylorFriday, March 4th, 2022 — 10:42pm PST

    Such a wonderful giveaway!

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