Annual Awards Gala

YWCA Muskoka’s 2017 Women of Distinction Awards Gala will be held at the Mark O’Meara Clubhouse, Grandview Huntsville on October 25, 2017. YWCA Women of Distinction Awards are recognized nationally as one of Canada’s most prestigious awards for women. The awards honour women whose outstanding achievements contribute to the well-being and future of Muskoka.

Nomination Information

A woman of distinction is an inspiration to others who has made a commitment to her community as a leader and a role-model.

As a catalyst for change, she breaks new ground and old barriers. She shows vision, creativity and initiative and has improved the lives of those in Muskoka. 

Nominate a woman of distinction today! | Nominate online today!

Who is Eligible

1. Nominee must be a resident of Muskoka and has made or is making a significant contribution to Muskoka.
2. Nominees eligible for the Young Woman of Distinction Award are 30 years of age or under as of December 31, 2017.
3. Nominees for the Lifetime Achievement Award are 55 years of age or older as of December 31, 2017.
4. YWCA Muskoka Board Members, staff and their immediate families are not eligible to be nominators or nominees.
6. Previous award nominees are eligible to be nominated, but previous award recipients are ineligible.
7. Posthumous nominations cannot be considered.

Please Note:
1.  One category per nominee.
2.  The committee reserves the right to reassign the category of the nominee.
3.  Nominees must attend the gala event.  A complimentary ticket is provided for each nominee.
4.  New this year!  Nominations can be submitted by one individual.
5.  Nominees and Nominators will be guests of honour at the Nominee reception on Oct. 4 at the Gravenhurst Opera House.

Award Categories

Young Woman of Distinction - This young woman, 30 years of age or under, is making significant contributions to her school, community and/or work place.  She demonstrates maturity, innovation, leadership and inspires others to follow her example.

Mentorship - This woman is a mentor/educator in her interactions with others. She guides and assists others to grow and attain success throughout their lives.  She inspires and encourages others to achieve individual or collective success at important points in their lives.

Arts, Culture and Creativity - This woman enriches lives through her contributions to the arts and cultural activities of Muskoka.  She encourages creative, cultural and artistic expression and promotes the value of culture and the arts as integral to the community.

Health, Sports and Wellness - This woman directs her energies to the well-being of people in her life and/or the Muskoka community.  She promotes healthy lifestyles through her excellent leadership in fields relating to physical, spiritual, emotional and/or social well-being.

Community Development and Social Activism - This woman is helping to build a strong community by making changes and advocating for a better quality of life.  She strives to increase awareness and promote improvements in areas such as women’s rights, social justice and peace, and/or the environment.

Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship - This woman achieves success in entrepreneurial endeavours, business, trades and/or the professions in private, public or not-for-profit organizations.  The contributions she makes in her field provide significant and lasting benefit to her community.

Lifetime Achievement - This woman is 55 years of age or more and makes a significant difference in the quality of life in her community.  She responds to individual and societal needs with dedication, compassion and courage

Download a nomination form today or Nominate online today!

Nomination Package

To be completed by the Nominators: (limit of four typed pages)
1.  What are the qualities that make the nominee a woman of distinction and an inspiration to others?
2.  What are some of her achievements in her work or in the community or projects she has pioneered?
3.  How does she meet the description of the award category?
4.  How would you describe her vision?
5.  How have her accomplishments benefited others?

Please note: the Selection panel relies upon the nominators to provide a clear detailed submission to help them get to know the outstanding qualities of the nominee.  Please include all the numbered questions in your submission.  You may use point form!

To be completed by the Nominee: (limit 150 words)
1. Complete a 150 word Biography that will be used for the Program and promotional material.
3.  Please see the Nominee Bio Outline in our forms.

The Women of Distinction Chair and Nominations Committee will screen the nomination packages for completeness at the Community YWCA of Muskoka, and forward to the selection panel.

2018 Tickets

We are busy planning our 2018 Gala Event, please stay tuned for updates and tickets.

Become a Sponsor

She inspires. She builds. She innovates. She gives. Together they CONTRIBUTE.

YWCA Muskoka is proud to continue highlighting the achievements of women in our community by holding the 16th annual Women of DistinctionTM Awards.

Each year more than 20 communities across Canada participate in the Women of DistinctionTM Awards for their YWCA.  Funds raised from this long-standing community-driven event help assist YWCA Muskoka reach women and girls across our rural region at over 30 locations - providing programs and services such as Girlz Unplugged, Girlspace leadership,  Women in Business and Y’s Senior Women’s workshops. 

Over the years, we have received over 260 nominations for the Awards. We make every effort to celebrate each of the women nominated for their innovation, leadership and contributions to our Muskoka communities. They truly inspire us. 

2018 Sponsorship Opportunities & Benefits

CORE BENEFITS:
- Recognition as sponsors in Awards Gala event program
- Recognition plaque for your corporation
- Recognition in YWCA Muskoka’s annual report
- Online promotion through social media and YWCA Muskoka’s website leading up to the event
- Onstage recognition at the event
- 1 invitation to the Awards Gala
- 1 invitation to the Nominees’ Reception

PLATINUM SPONSOR

NOMINEES’ RECEPTION SPONSOR

LEADERSHIP SPONSOR

(1 opportunity) $5,000

Core Benefits plus:

- Exclusive recognition as Platinum Sponsor
- First opportunity to renew as lead sponsor for the following year
- Exclusive opportunity to bring greetings to guests at Awards Gala
- Designated sponsor of the awards category of your choice and opportunity to announce recipient and present the award  - Full page advertisement in the event program
- Recognition in promotional materials for the event, including press releases and mentions in any related media interviews
- 2 additional tickets (total 3) to Women of Distinction Awards Gala
- 2 additional invitations (total 3) to the Nominees’ Reception

(1 opportunity) $3,000

Core Benefits plus:

- Exclusive recognition as Nominees’ Reception Sponsor - Exclusive opportunity to address guests at Nominees’ Reception at Muskoka Heritage Centre (date tba) - Sponsor of an awards category and opportunity to announce recipient and present the award - Half page advertisement in the event program - Recognition in promotional materials for the event, including press releases and mentions in any related media interviews - 1 additional ticket (total 2) to Awards Gala - 1 additional invitation (total 2) to the Nominees’ Reception

(2 opportunities) $2,500

Core Benefits plus:

- Host a table with 8 young women and provide them the opportunity to attend the Awards Gala
- Sponsor an awards category and opportunity to announce recipient and present the award
- Quarter page advertisement in the event program
- Recognition in promotional materials for the event, including press releases and mentions in any related media interviews
- 1 additional invitation (total 2) to the Awards Gala
- 1 additional invitation (total 2) to the Nominees’ Reception

CHAMPION SPONSOR

PROGRAM SPONSOR

(4 opportunities) $1,250

Core Benefits plus:

- Sponsor an award category and opportunity to announce recipient and present the award 
- Eighth page advertisement in the event program
- Recognition in promotional materials for the event, including press releases
1 additional invitation (total 2) to the Nominees’ Reception

(2 opportunities) $1,000

Core Benefits plus:

- Eighth page advertisement in the event program
- Recognition in promotional materials

Download Our Women of Distinction Sponsorship Package

2017 Sponsors
 Platinum
 
Nominee Reception 
Leadership 
Gold 
 
Champion 
 




Event Sponsor 
 

Alumnae

Celebrating 15 years of recognizing the outstanding achievements Muskoka Women

2016 Nominees & Recipients
Young Woman of Distinction: Alissa Ahsome
Arts, Culture & Creativity: Penny Varney
Business Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Brenda Rhodes
Community Development & Social Activism: Michelle Ainsworth
Health, Sports & Wellness: Jane Dunford
Mentorship: Alison Brownlee
Lifetime Achievement: Arleigh Luckett

Nominees for all categories include:  Alissa Ahsome, Michelle Ainsworth, Alison Brownlee, Jane Dunford, Christina Hunter, Arleigh Luckett, Kate O’Brien, Brenda Rhodes, Pamela Terreberry, Kerri Vallentin, Penny Varney, Amy Wallace

2015 Nominees & Recipients
Young Woman of Distinction: Jenny Spring
Arts, Culture & Creativity: Amy Bridle
Business Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Katy McGregor
Community Development & Social Activism: Lynn de Caro
Health, Sports & Wellness: Laura Heming
Mentorship: Sheryl Manolakos
Lifetime Achievement: Audrey Forth

Nominees for all categories include:  Kim Barlow, Morven Barnes, Amy Bridle, Lynn de Caro, Cathy Duck, Audrey Forth, Kelly Hammond, Yvonne Heath, Laura Heming, Sheryl Manolakos, Wendy Martin, Katy McGregor, Danielle Millar, Fran Mitchell, Kailey Richter, Jenny Spring

2014 Nominees & Recipients
Young Woman of Distinction: Laura Cameron, Dara Howell, Jennifer Hoyle, Emily Montgomery, Avery Saunter, Hailey Scott (Recipient), Krystal Watson
Arts, Culture & Creativity: Judy Campbell, Wendie Donabie (Recipient), Kelly Haywood
Business, Innovation & Entrepreneurship:  Celine MacKay, Jane McCutcheon, Arden McGregor (Recipient), Jenny Spring, Fiona Westner-Ramsay
Community Development & Social Activism: Daniela Bajec, Rhonda Bradley, Judy Campbell, Jodi Golding, Debbie Kirwin (Recipient), Jane McCutcheon, Melissa Candelaria
Health, Sports & Wellness:  Bonnie Blain, Rhonda Bradley, Sheena Branigan, Cheryl Dove (Recipient), Dara Howell, Ellen Yeo
Mentorship:  Daniela Bajec, Jodi Golding, Kelly Haywood, JoAnn Jordan (Recipient), Jane McCutcheon, Sherisse Stevens
Lifetime Achievement:  Bonnie Blain, Jodi Golding, Jane McCutcheon, Barbara Power (Recipient)

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