YWCA Muskoka announces nominees for the annual Women of Distinction Awards


Since 2011, over 260 Muskoka women have been nominated for a YWCA Women of Distinction Award. Today, 20 more outstanding women will join this list with the announcement of the 2017 Women of Distinction nominees.

“These exceptional women have inspired others through their commitment to our community, as leaders and role-models,” said Hannah Lin, Executive Director of YWCA Muskoka. “They’ve broken new ground and overcome old barriers to improve the lives of those in Muskoka.”

2017 Nominees:

Debby Andrews, Bracebridge
Norma Connolly, Huntsville
Jo-Anne Costantino, Bracebridge
Bonnie Dart, Gravenhurst
Michelle Emson, Bracebridge
Heather Hay, Gravenhurst
Joanne Lea, Huntsville
Nicole Manion, Bracebridge
Kathleen May, Huntsville
Julia McCreadie, Bracebridge
Jacki McPherson, Gravenhurst
Christine Moore, Bracebridge
Dawn Novak, Utterson
Marilyn Parsons, Dwight
Debra Pringle, Bracebridge
Danielle Ryan, Gravenhurst
Maggie West, Huntsville
Linda Williams, Gravenhurst
Brenda Wood, Huntsville
Candace Yule, Gravenhurst

Read the biographies of the nominees here (PDF).

The awards will be presented on October 25 at the 16th Annual Women of Distinction Gala at Mark O’Meara, Grandview in Huntsville. The event raises funds for YWCA Muskoka, a community not-for-profit organization that champions positive change for women and children through a focus on education, leadership and advocacy. They run programs that focus on youth leadership, violence prevention and economic resiliency – including life skills, financial literacy, employment, and wellness services.

Event tickets can be purchased at www.ywcamuskoka.com or at the YWCA Office at 440 Ecclestone Drive, Bracebridge. Silent auction items are also being accepted– please contact the YWCA to donate: 705-645-9827 or [email protected]

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