At the YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg we routinely conduct reviews of our program offerings to ensure they meet both the community’s most pressing needs and our charitable purpose in the most effective and broad-reaching way possible. Our Women of Distinction awards program is paused and currently under review.
Nominations were for a woman who has made a unique and exemplary contribution to the development of others and to their community in areas such as:
- Arts, Culture & Heritage
- Business, Professions & Trades
- Community Champion
- Education, Training & Mentorship
- Science, Technology & Research
- Young Women of Distinction
- The Gerrie Hammond Memorial Award of Promise (Scholarship Award)
- The Prairie Award of Promise (Scholarship Award)
Award Category Descriptions:
Arts, Culture & Heritage
This award recognizes women who enrich the cultural vitality of the community through the expression, performance, development or preservation of the visual, literary, performing or creative arts, or cultural heritage. They are committed to promoting the value of the arts and heritage as integral to the life of the community and encouraging others to find their own creative expression.
Business, Professions & Trades
This award recognizes women for the contributions they make, in their area of expertise, that provide significant and lasting benefit to their community. They are committed to influencing and motivating positive leadership and change in their working environments – whether through business, professions, trades, entrepreneurship, public service, or unions.
This award recognizes women who have initiated meaningful change in their own community, recognizing a local community need or issue. She dedicates her own time and resources to champion her cause. What started as a volunteer crusade could now be a full-time or paid role for this leader. She has made a significant and sustained difference while being recognized as a source of strength and heart in her community and is able to harness the time, talent and capacity of others.
Education, Training & Mentorship
This award recognizes women who inspire others with their passion for personal growth, development and life-long learning. Through the education system, employee training and development, community education or other alternatives, they develop innovative programs and/or build a strong rapport with community members to foster learning in a broader sense.
Science, Technology & Research
This award recognizes women who are advocates, mentors, visionaries or trailblazers in a science-related field. The contribution they make in their area of expertise (such as pure and applied sciences, social sciences, life sciences, engineering, medicine, technology, agriculture or the environment) provides a significant and lasting benefit to their community, forges new roles for women, and increases future opportunities for women’s participation in these fields.
Young Woman of Distinction
This award recognizes a young woman (between the ages of 18 and 29) who is a positive role model for her peers. Showing leadership and maturity as she engages in issues in her community, school and/or workplace, she actively promotes voluntarism and social inclusion.
This award will be made to a young woman, enrolled in a school within the Winnipeg City limits, who will be graduating from Grade 12 in 2017. She has made a significant contribution to her school and community, has demonstrated scholastic achievement and shows promise of becoming a Woman of Distinction. She should be a role model for other young women.
The award recipient receives a $2,000 scholarship on behalf of Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries. Manitoba Lotteries Foundation has set up and maintained this award and scholarship in memory of their Chair, Mrs. Gerrie Hammond. (Scholarship is processed once proof of registration in a recognized post-secondary institution is received).
This award will be made to a young woman, enrolled in a school outside the Winnipeg City limits, who will graduate from Grade 12 in 2017. She has made a significant contribution to her school and community, has demonstrated scholastic achievement and shows promise of becoming a Woman of Distinction. She should be a role model for other young women.
The award recipient receives a $2,000 scholarship. Scholarship is processed once proof of registration in a recognized post-secondary institution is received.
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