Women of Distinction 2018

Selection of Award Recipients

Award nominations are evaluated by an independent selection committee that does not include members of the YWCA board, staff, or planning committee. Selection is based only on the required information: the nomination form, biography, and two supporting letters. Additional information is not considered.

Incomplete nominations must be finalized on or before the nomination deadline of March 3, 2017. We encourage nominators to submit nominations at least 2 to 3 weeks in advance of the deadline to ensure that packages are reviewed and any missing elements can be added.

All nominees are celebrated for their accomplishments and contributions. In the first nine award categories, all eligible nominees’ names are publicly announced at the Nominees’ Reception and in print. Final recipients are later announced at the Awards Dinner.

All nominees for the Lifetime Achievement Award are also nominated for a secondary award category.  For example, a woman would be nominated in both Lifetime Achievement and Arts,  Culture and Heritage. If she is not selected for the Lifetime Achievement award, she will be considered in the secondary award category. A recipient will only receive one award per year. A short list is not announced for the Lifetime Achievement Award. Only the final Lifetime Achievement recipient is announced.


All nominees are expected to attend the Nominees’ Reception on Monday, April 10, 2017, with one nominator or guest. This is a private event and there is no cost to the nominee.

All nominees are expected to attend the Awards Dinner on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. This is a ticketed public fundraising event, and all nominees receive two complimentary tickets for personal use.

Additional tickets or tables may be purchased on the YWCA website or by phoning 306 244 7034 ext 121.