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

View the full event details and purchase your tickets here:

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Women of Distinction Nominees and their Categories

Access Facilitator

Facilitates and directly supervises visits and exchanges between visiting parties and children both in person and virtually.

Building our future on Ottawa Street

The wait is finally over! The backhoes are humming, the earth is churning. Last week we put metal to the [...]

Business Advisor

Responsible for providing business skills training, personalized business advice and guidance, mentoring, practical business resources and innovative ways to support women entrepreneurs to develop the skills, mindset, financing and networks they need to realize their business potential and close gaps that are barriers to success.

Children’s Program Instructor

Ensures the efficient daily operation and activity in before and after school programs, camps and recreation programs and activities, working collaboratively with the Recreational Specialist.

Developmental Services Care Staff

Provide delivery of direct support services to all residents within the home and ensure the physical and emotional well-being and safety/security of all individuals within the residence.

Entrepreneur Josie Rudderham has her cake and eats it too

Josie Rudderham was heading back to work after the birth of her first child when she was told her job [...]

Faiza Elbarghathi is smiling to the camera in front of YWCA Hamilton swimming pool

Faiza fulfills her dreams at YWCA Hamilton pool

As a girl growing up in Benghazi, Libya, Faiza Elbarghathi had one dream ­– to learn how to swim. Because [...]

Front Desk Receptionist

Provides daily Front Desk reception, customer service, security, and membership and program sales.

Health & Wellness Trainer

Delivers high quality health and wellness programs that reflect the needs of the YWCA Hamilton members, participants and community.

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How YWCA Encore Changes Lives

Two years ago, Neanette Atanas rolled over in a Stretch Sweat and Unwind yoga class and her life went sideways. [...]

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Important Update on COVID-19 Planning

To all YWCA Hamilton members, clients and visitors, We understand and share in your concern around the risks associated with [...]

Jane Allison, Principal/Owner, Dovetail Community

“The concept of Turning Point is so elegantly simple - a community of women supporting and cheering other women. It [...]

Lifeguard/Swim Instructor

Delivers high quality swimming instruction and lifeguard services that reflect the needs of the YWCA Hamilton members, participants and community.

Living her best life at YWCA Hamilton South Place

Nancy Oomen stands in the middle of her cheerily-decorated bedroom and holds up an Anne of Green Gables figurine. It’s [...]

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

Lucia’s long road home

Lucia Martinez stood in the lobby of the YWCA Hamilton, clutching the remains of her former life in her hands. [...]

Newcomer Employment Counsellor / Job Developer

Provide skills training and workshops to newcomer women and youth to prepare and equip them with the necessary information and connections for the Canadian Labour Market.

Providing a turning point that will last forever

For more than three decades, Kathy Hayes had a front row seat on the lives of students. As the Registrar [...]

Registered Early Childhood Educator

Ensures the efficient daily operation and activity in an early learning and licensed child care centre, working collaboratively with the Supervisor, Children’s Programs.

Relief Residential Support Worker

This employee will work in an assigned primary 24-hour group living/supported living residence for adults with a developmental disability; who may also have behavioural challenges, mental health diagnosis and/or physical or complex medical needs.

Sneak peek of the new Ottawa Street YWCA!

You've asked and we listened! What will the new Ottawa Street YWCA look like? Will it be a building we’ll [...]

Suzanne Zandbergen, Owner, The Generator

“It was important to me as a business owner to have an ongoing affiliation with a charity or non-profit, to [...]

Women’s Advocate

Provides support and services to women and gender non-binary individuals in life transition residing in housing at the YWCA Hamilton Transitional Living.

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You can help families feel safe.

You can help families feel safe. You can provide a home. You can provide a future. Last Christmas, my mom [...]

YWCA Hamilton is leading the way for women’s affordable housing!

Earlier today, the federal government announced an investment in the Hamilton community by committing more than $10.08 million to the [...]

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YWCA Hamilton Programming Update

This has been an unprecedented week as the situation with COVID-19 evolves. Hamilton Public Health and leading health authorities world-wide [...]

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