YWCA Muskoka announces 2018 Women of Distinction nominees



Main photo: The nominees for the 2018 Women of Distinction Awards (from left) Nancy Hyslop, Sue Stevens, Nancy Osborne, Alison Dumont, Patti Kay Hanrath, Kathleen May, Janice Paterson, Andrea Butler, Michele Meadows, Gundy Upans, Rebecca Paul, Janine Marson, Eva Zachary.  Missing from photo are:  Kennedy Watson-Brown, Ashleigh Whipp, Dorothy Barber, Kelli Ebbs, Christine Kropp and Jen Morgan. (Photo courtesy of Josh Ronson.)

This week, YWCA Muskoka announced the 19 outstanding nominees for the 17th annual Women of Distinction Awards—a signature event held by 13 YWCAs across Canada and prestigious recognition given annually by the YWCA Muskoka, a charitable organization that champions positive change for women and girls across Muskoka.

Nominees, nominators, sponsors, staff and volunteers gathered at a reception held at the Trillium Court in Gravenhurst on October 2 where they were introduced to the full slate of nominees for this year’s Gala.

“These women are people who make great things happen in their communities,” said Hannah Lin, Executive Director of YWCA Muskoka. “They have been nominated by their neighbours, co-workers and families who want to honour them for their courage, perseverance and for inspiring others.”

The 2018 Nominees​ are:

  • Dorothy Barber, Huntsville
  • Andrea Butler, Bracebridge
  • Alison Dumont, Novar
  • Kelli Ebbs, Huntsville
  • Patti Kay Hanrath, Huntsville
  • Nancy Hyslop, Bracebridge
  • Christine Kropp, Huntsville
  • Janine Marson, Huntsville
  • Kathleen May, Huntsville
  • Michele Meadows, Bracebridge
  • Jen Morgan, Utterson
  • Nancy Osborne, Huntsville
  • Jan Paterson, Lake of Bays
  • Rebecca Paul, Bracebridge
  • Sue Stevens, Port Sydney
  • Gundy Upans, Huntsville
  • Kennedy Watson-Brown, Port Sydney
  • Ashleigh Whipp, Bracebridge
  • Eva Zachary, Bracebridge

The awards will be presented on October 24 at the 17th Annual Women of Distinction Gala at Mark O’Meara, Grandview in Huntsville. Event tickets can be purchased at www.ywcamuskoka.com and attendees can reserve their own seats online​. Tickets can also be purchased at the YWCA Office at 440 Ecclestone Drive, Bracebridge. Silent auction items are being accepted—please contact the YWCA to donate: 705-645-9827 or [email protected]

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  1. Kathy Henderson on

    Congratulations Nancy Osborne. You are awesome. I took one of your classes with my sister and it was great. What great tools you taught us about keeping ourselves safe and aware. I recommend this class to everyone. It could just save your life. Way to go Nancy.

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