Annual Awards Gala


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.

YWCA Muskoka’s 2019 Women of Distinction Awards Gala
was held at Mark O'Meara Clubhouse on October 25th.

2019 Recipients

(from l-r) Kim Aitken - Business Innovation & Entrepreneurship,
Patti Hanrath - Mentorship,
J'aime Payne - Arts, Culture & Creativity,
Kalleen Turchet - Young Woman of Distinction,
Diane Litchfield - Transformational,
Marie Lloyd - Health, Sports & Wellness,
Darlene Poirier - Community Development & Social Activism,
Sandra Winspear - Lifetime Achievement







2019 Nominees: 

(l-r) Sandra Winspear, Erin Kerr, Ellen Duffield, Kai Rannik, Kalleen Turchet, Karen Patterson, 
Marie Lloyd, Kim Aitken, Darlene Poirier, Margaret Dollar, Cailan Punnewaert, J'aime Payne, Diane Litchfield, Patti Hanrath


Thank you!




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 innovation, leadership, and inspires others to follow her example.

Mentorship - This woman is a mentor in her interactions with others. She guides others to grow and attain success throughout their lives.  She 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.

Transformational- This woman has overcome significant challenges in her life.  She has faced adversity and demonstrated resilience in improving the quality of her life.  She participates fully in her community and is an inspiration to others.

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.

 

Become a Sponsor

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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. 

2019 Sponsorship Opportunities & Benefits

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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


Alumnae

Celebrating 15 years of recognizing the outstanding achievements Muskoka Women


2019 Nominees & Recipients
Young Woman of Distinction:  Kalleen Turchet
Arts, Culture, & Creativity:  J'aime Payne
Business Innovation & Entrepreneurship:  Kim Aitken
Community Development & Social Activism:  Darlene Poirier
Health, Sports & Wellness: Marie Lloyd
Mentorship: Patti Hanrath
Transformational Award:  Diane Litchfield
Lifetime Achievement: Sandra Winspear

Nominees for all categories include:  Ellen Duffield, Margaret Dollar, Erin Kerr, Karen Patterson, Cailan Punnewaert, Kai Rannik

2018 Nominees & Recipients

Young Woman of Distinction: Kennedy Watson Brown
Arts, Culture & Creativity: Janine Marson
Business Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Michelle Meadows
Community Development & Social Activism: Kathleen May
Health, Sports & Wellness: Kelli Ebbs
Mentorship: Nancy Osborne
Transformational Award:  Ashleigh Whipp
Lifetime Achievement: Gundy Upans

Nominees for all categories include:  Janice Paterson, Suzanne Stevens, Jen Morgan-Anderson, Christine Kropp, Eva Zachary, Andrea Butler, Alison Dumont, Rebecca Paul, Dorothy Barber, Patti Hanrath, Nancy Hyslop


2017 Nominees & Recipients

Young Woman of Distinction: Candace Yule
Arts, Culture & Creativity: Michelle Emson
Business Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Nicole Manion
Community Development & Social Activism: Dawn Novak
Health, Sports & Wellness: Norma Connolly
Mentorship: Bonnie Dart
Lifetime Achievement: Debby Andrews
New*  Transformational Award:  Brenda Woods

Nominees for all categories include:  Jo-Anne Constantino, Heather Hay, Joanne Lea, Kathleen May, Jacki McPherson, Julia McCreadie, Christine Moore, Marilyn Parsons, Debbie Pringle, Danielle Ryan, Maggie West, Linda Williams

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:  Hailey Scott
Arts, Culture & Creativity: Wendie Donabie
Business, Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Arden McGregor
Community Development & Social Activism: Debbie Kirwin
Health, Sports & Wellness:   Cheryl Dove
Mentorship:  JoAnn Jordan
Lifetime Achievement: Barbara Power

Nominees for all categories include: Daniela Bajec, Bonnie Blain, Rhonda Bradley, Sheena Branigan, Judy Campbell, Laura Cameron, Melissa Candelaria, Jodi Golding, Kelly Haywood, Dara Howell, Jennifer Hoyle, Celine MacKay, Jane McCutcheon, Emily Montgomery, Avery Saunter, Jenny Spring, Sherisse Stevens, Krystal Watson, Fiona Westner-Ramsay, Ellen Yeo

Click here for a list of all nominees since 2002!


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