YWCA METRO VANCOUVER ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR 2014 WOMEN OF DISTINCTION AWARDS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 23, 2014
VANCOUVER, BC: YWCA Metro Vancouver is excited to announce 60 outstanding nominees for its 31st annual Women of Distinction Awards.
This year’s nominees are:
Arts, Culture & Design
Shaira (SD) Holman – Co-Founder & Artistic Director, Queer Arts Festival
Susan Van der Flier – Board Director, Vancouver Opera
Business & the Professions
Sheila Bouman – Chief People & Performance Officer, Peer 1 Hosting
Mary Buttery – Partner, Davis LLP
Sheila Eddin – Vice President, Transformation, ICBC
Catherine Gibson – Partner, Davis LLP
Carmen Thériault – Partner, Wealth Preservation, Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP
Lisa Vogt – Partner & Chief Diversity and Engagement Officer, McCarthy Tetrault LLP
Shashi Assanand – Founder & Executive Director, Vancouver & Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services Society (VLMFSS)
Leigh Boyle – Founder & Executive Director, The Lipstick Project Society
Loretta Cella – Founder & Executive Director, Passion Foundation
Nassreen Filsoof – Founder & President, Canadian Iranian Foundation
Theodora Lamb – Online Community Organizer & Executive Producer, Hollyhock Leadership Institute
Jill Leversage – Managing Director, Highland West Capital Ltd.
Jennifer Schaeffers – Executive Director, CKNW Orphans’ Fund
Education, Training & Development
Kristi Blakeway – Vice Principal, Thomas Haney Secondary
Deborah Jacobs – Education Department Head, Squamish Nation
Gail Ruddy – Head of School, York House School
Janis Sarra – Professor, UBC Faculty of Law & Director, The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies
Almira Bardai – Partner, Jive Communications
Justine Bizzocchi – Founder, SFU Venture Connection
Alisa Choi Darcy – President, Quote EndQuote Cross-Cultural Strategy Inc.
Shehla Ebrahim – Doctor, Ambleside Dermedics
Liza Hagusa – Founder & Owner, Mother Me Newborn Care Inc.
Deanna Loychuk – Founder, 30 Minute Hit
Carolyn Lundie – Founder & Owner, YogaButtons Kids Yoga Ltd.
Kim Pickett – Founder & Creative Director, KIMBO Design Inc.
Reisa Pollard – Founder & Designer, Beyond Beige Interior Design
Shannon Rogers – President & General Counsel, Global Relay
Diana Allen – Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, SFU
Sofi Hindmarch – Wildlife Biologist, British Columbia Conservation Foundation
Lyda Salatian – Founder & Program Director, The Lower Mainland Green Team (LMGT)
Elizabeth Sheehan – Founder & President, Climate Smart
Health & Wellness
Victoria Bernstein – Director, Post-Operative Cardiac Surgical Unit, Vancouver General Hospital
Nafisa Merali – Founder, Naz Wellness Group Inc.
Gina Ogilvie – Medical Director, Clinical Prevention Services, British Columbia Centre for Disease Control
Charlene SanJenko – Founder, PowHERhouse
Sarah Shandl – Founder, Vancouver, We Love You Great Adventure Club
Elizabeth Watt – Physician, Board Secretary, Abbotsford Community Services
Non-Profit & Public Service
Lana Bradshaw – Vice Chair, Children’s Wish BC & Yukon Chapter
Pauline Finn – Vice President, Community Engagement, Science World British Columbia
Anita Huberman – CEO, Surrey Board of Trade
Judy Krawchuk – Vice President, Child Development Foundation of British Columbia
Darlene Marzari – Former MLA and Vancouver City Councillor
Heather O’Hara – Executive Director, Potluck Café Society
Anar Popatia – President, Canadian Club of Vancouver
Linda Reid – MLA, Speaker of the House, Government of the Province of British Columbia
Shauna Sylvester – Executive Director, SFU Public Square and Carbon Talks Fellow, SFU Centre for Dialogue
Carolyn Tuckwell – President and CEO, Boys and Girls Club of South Coast BC
Wai Young – Member of Parliament for Vancouver South
Technology, Science & Research
Jennifer Gardy – Senior Scientist, British Columbia Centre for Disease Control
Caron Strahlendorf – Pediatric Oncologist/Hematologist, Clinical Associate Professor, BC Children’s Hospital
Young Woman of Distinction
Cicely Blain – Founder, Celebrating Women at UBC
Vuitton Chan – Student, SFU
Isabel Chen – Co-Founder & Executive Director, Keep Safe Initiative
Madison McDougall – Co-Founder, Sunday Funday
Hayley Pipher – Founder, Vancouver Youth Food Alliance
Tesicca Truong – Member of Engaged City Task Force
Pacific Blue Cross
The YWCA Women of Distinction Awards honours individuals and organizations whose outstanding activities and achievements contribute to the well-being and future of our community.
This year we are proud to celebrate our 31st year of the Women of Distinction Awards. Since 1984, YWCA Metro Vancouver has paid tribute to more than 250 award recipients and more than 1530 nominees.
In addition to the 10 nomination categories, the individual nominees are eligible for the Connecting the Community Award where they select a YWCA program area in which they are interested and use social media (such as Twitter and Facebook) to promote votes. From April 30th – May 23rd the public can cast votes and the nominee with the most votes will receive the Connecting the Community Award. Scotiabank will donate $10,000 to the YWCA program area of her choice.
Award recipients will be announced on June 3, 2014 during the Awards dinner at the Westin Bayshore Hotel.
The 2014 Awards are presented by Scotiabank. Gold sponsors are BC Housing, BC Hydro, Clio, CN,
Goldcorp Inc., Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc., Port Metro Vancouver, SAP Canada Inc. and TD Bank Group.
To purchase tickets for the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards please visit our website
YWCA Metro Vancouver is a registered charity, providing a range of integrated services for women and their families, and those seeking to improve the quality of their lives. From early learning and care to housing, health and fitness, employment services and leadership, YWCA Metro Vancouver touches lives in our communities.
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