Introducing the 2018 Women of Distinction Nominees

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YWCA Hamilton Announces 34 incredible Women Nominated for the 2018 Women of Distinction Awards

Nominees were honoured on Thursday, 18 January 18 2018 at the Art Gallery of Hamilton during the Women of Distinction Nominee Reception. The nominee reception was sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Burlington.

The Women of Distinction Awards are nationally recognized as one of the most prestigious awards for women. YWCAs from across Canada join in the celebration each year, honouring the achievements of women across the country.

Recipients of YWCA Hamilton’s Women of Distinction Awards will be announced at the awards evening on Thursday, March 8, 2018 (International Women’s Day) at Hamilton Convention Centre by Carmen’s. YWCA Hamilton is pleased to announce that ArcelorMittal Dofasco is this year’s Presenting Sponsor.


Share the evening with friends, family, or co-workers at the Women of Distinction Awards dinner and awards ceremony, which takes place on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the Hamilton Convention Centre by Carmen’s.

Individual Tickets: $100.00
Reserve a Table of 10
: $1000.00

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TYPE: In-person
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Front Desk Volunteer, while providing assistance to the Front Desk team, will welcome clients, volunteers, staff, and community members at the MacNab and Putman Family YWCA facilities.

Good Beginnings Volunteer

TYPE: Hybrid, both virtual and in-person opportunities exist
TIME COMMITMENT: 2 to 3 hours per week, plus travel time for in-home visits

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Imagine Day Program Volunteer

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TIME COMMITMENT: Minimum of Six (6) month commitment

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JOIN New Mothers’ Support Volunteer

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TIME COMMITMENT: Between 1 to 4 visits Monthly; each visit is 2 to 3 hours
TERMS OF POSITION: Six (6) month commitment

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Lucia Martinez poses for a photo in the At The Table Cafe

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Marilyn Hill sitting on her couch

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Rendering of newly-named Putman Family YWCA in daylight hours

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Milli Gould poses for a photo with her sons Mark and Ben and YWCA Hamilton CEO Denise Christopherson.

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Seniors Call & Connect Volunteer

TYPE: In-person
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The YWCA Hamilton Seniors Call & Connect Volunteer provides assistance to the (Seniors) Active Living Centre 55+ team, inclusive of: providing telephone calls to seniors, engaging in social discussions, offering resources and connections to community programs, and providing updates on current & upcoming YWCA programming for the MacNab/Putman Family YWCA facility

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