Nominees for the 2023 YWCA Women of Distinction Awards

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YWCA Metro Vancouver has announced the 78 nominees for the 40th Women of Distinction Awards, presented by Scotiabank. Tickets for the awards gala May 9th are now on sale.

YWCA Women of Distinction Awards 2023

40th YWCA Women of Distinction Awards

Where: Westin Bayshore Vancouver
When: Tuesday, May 9, 2023  5:30pm to 9:30pm
Tickets: Available now! Until March 17th $285 per person; from March 18th $325 per person  

2023 Nominees

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

Arts, Culture & Design

  • Carrie Tennant
  • Courtney Mienkina
  • Liz Marshall
  • Yvonne Chartrand

Business & the Professions

  • Abby Pang
  • Anita Bhandari
  • Catherine Dahl
  • Lia Moody
  • Lillian Tummonds
  • Mary-Jane Piggott
  • Michelle Duke
  • Miranda Lam
  • Morgyn Chandler
  • Natasha Jeshani
  • Parm Hari
  • Sara Forte
  • Sarah Nathanson
  • Shannon Susko
  • Sonja Baikogli Foley

Community Champion

  • Adebukola Adewuyi
  • Kendra Coupland
  • Lauren Simpson
  • Nataizya Mukwavi
  • Nerissa Allen
  • Pasima Sule
  • Pepita Elena McKee
  • Terri Rutty

Education, Training & Development

  • Annie Ohana
  • Margot Young
  • Dr. Poh Tan
  • V. Victoria Shroff

Entrepreneurship & Innovation

  • Angel Lam
  • Jennifer LeBrun
  • Jennifer Smith
  • Tamara Goddard

Environmental Sustainability

  • Jeannette Jackson
  • Dr. Lenore Newman
  • Marina Melanidis
  • Olivia Reshetylo

Health & Wellness

  • Dr. Karen Tee
  • Nicole LeMire
  • Rosemary Stager-Wallace


  • Adaeze Oputa-Anu
  • Amina Yasin
  • Amy Robichaud
  • Azra Hussain
  • Marisa Espinosa
  • Michelle Sklar
  • Stephanie Beck
  • Stephanie Hollingshead
  • Wendy Hurlburt

Reconciliation In Action

  • Angela Kermer, SGaan Jaad Kwahst’aang
  • Ginger Gosnell-Myers
  • Jean Yuen
  • Rhianna Millman
  • Tara Brown
  • Tessa Danelesko

Research, the Sciences & Technology

  • Dr. Adriana Suarez-Gonzalez
  • Dr. Angela Devlin
  • Dr. Catalina Lopez-Correa
  • Dr. Connie Eaves
  • Dr. Evelyn Stewart
  • Dr. Nina Weisser
  • Dr. Silke Cresswell

Young Woman of Distinction

  • Nafoni Modi
  • Sang Le
  • Zoë Craig-Sparrow

Outstanding Workplace

  • The Dupuis Langen Group
  • Grosvenor
  • Microserve
  • Noel Asmar Group Inc.
  • Open Door Group
  • Para Space Landscaping
  • Parq Vancouver
  • RBC Royal Bank
  • Scotiabank
  • Steveston’s Arts Connection
  • Talk Shop

Get your tickets today and celebrate these women who have had a positive impact in our community.

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 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.

Miss604 is a proud sponsor of the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards, since 2010.

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