YWCA Muskoka announces new award for Women of Distinction gala


Nominations are officially open for YWCA Muskoka’s 17th annual Women of Distinction Awards—a signature event recognized nationally among Canada’s most prestigious awards for women—and a brand new category is open for nominations this year.

The Transformational Award will recognize women who have overcome significant challenges in their lives; someone who has faced adversity and demonstrated resilience in improving the quality of her life and is an inspiration to others.

“The Transformational Award is for the women in our community who inspire those around them and demonstrate that they’re shining bright despite or perhaps because of what they’ve had to overcome,” said Hannah Lin, Executive Director of YWCA Muskoka.

Last year, the inaugural Transformational Award was presented to Brenda Wood in partnership with Community Living Huntsville; this year and moving forward, the Transformational Award will be a category open to all for nominations.

The Transformational Award joins seven other categories including: Young Women of Distinction; Mentorship; Arts, Culture and Creative Energy; Health, Sports and Wellness; Community Development and Social Activism; Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship; and Lifetime Achievement.

The deadline to nominate a Woman of Distinction is at 4:00 p.m. on September 14, 2018. Nominations can be done online at www.ywcamuskoka.com/women-of-distinction or at the YWCA Offices at 440 Ecclestone Drive in Bracebridge. You can also call the YWCA Muskoka at 705-645-9827 or email [email protected] for more information.

The awards will be presented on October 25 at the YWCA Muskoka’s 17th annual Women of Distinction Gala—a fundraising event that ensures the YWCA can champion positive change for women and girls in Muskoka through leadership, education and advocacy.

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