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Women of Distinction Awards 2022

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Shining a light on the women and girls who build Hamilton and Halton

In honour of International Women’s Day, YWCA Hamilton celebrated the trailblazers that build our Hamilton and Halton community and publicly unveiling the #WOMENBUILDHAMILTON campaign

Hamilton and Halton’s most prestigious event honouring women and girls

Meet the 2022 Award Nominees and Winners

Winners from the previous years

Have questions? Contact a member of our team.

Thank you Hamilton and Halton for making the 2022 Women of Distinction Awards a HERstory making evening!

On March 3, 2022, YWCA Hamilton’s 46th Annual Women of Distinction Awards Gala presented by ArcelorMittal Dofasco – made herstory.

Virtually, we celebrated with over 1,000 individuals and families in the comfort of their own homes and shined a light on our 14 award winners and incredible nominees that build Hamilton and Halton.

$390,000 raised and counting...

We set a bold fundraising goal of $100,000 to help build a Hamilton first. Over $200,000 was raised solely through donations and commitments to our Builder’s Circle.

The YWCA Hamilton 2022 Women of Distinction Awards Gala was an evening full of firsts...

Including the launch of our #WomenBuildHamilton Campaign to help raise the remaining $5 million needed for the new Putman Family YWCA

Watch the Virtual Awards Gala

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Meet the 2022 Women of Distinction Awards Host

Victoria Mancinelli

Victoria Mancinelli

Victoria Mancinelli is Director of Public Relations and Strategic Partnerships the at the Labourers International Union of North America (LiUNA) which represents the interests of over 140,000 Members across various sectors in Canada including construction and the skilled-trades, Healthcare and Industrial. As an Advisor to LiUNA’s Indigenous Relations Department and a tireless advocate as the Chair of LiUNA OPDC Women in the Trades Department, Victoria is committed to empowering opportunities, dismantling structural barriers and challenging the assumptions and implicit biases that have traditionally prevented women from entering the workforce. YWCA Hamilton is honoured to welcome Victoria as the 2022 Women of Distinction Emcee!

With Special Appearances by

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Terra Lightfoot

Auctionista Layne

Layne, The Auctionista

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Denise Christopherson, CEO of YWCA Hamilton

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Have a seat and grab a snack… it’s time to tune in and get inspired! In addition to airing on Cable 14 and YourTV Halton, our guests and those who missed it can watch the 2022 Awards Gala any time while following along the fun through our 2022 Women of Distinction Awards Digital Program.

Meet the 2022 Nominees

Thank you to all the guests who tuned in daily between February 7-11, 2022 for our Nominee Reveal events to meet the trailblazers who build Hamilton and Halton. Through our virtual category unveiling events, guests had the opportunity to hear firsthand from our award nominees!

Miss an event? No problem! Our Nominee Reveals will air on Cable14 and YourTV Halton and are available for viewing anytime on our award category pages.

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Thank You To Our Sponsors

Presented by:

ArcelorMittal Dofasco Hamilton logo

Matching Sponsor

Liuna logos

Business Leadership | Entrepreneur | Innovation Award Sponsor

Business Leadership - MNP

Education I Training I Development Award Sponsor

Mohawk College logo large

Health | Recreation Award Sponsor

Green benefits Group

Research | Science | Technology | Trades Award Sponsor

McMaster University logo

Young Trailblazer Award Sponsor

Fusion pharmaceuticals logo

Lifetime Achievement Award Sponsor

Starward Homes logo

Digital Experience Sponsor

Media Partner

Cogeco Logo
Atomic Spark Logo
Cable 14 Logo

Influencer Sponsors

Carmen's Group logo
Soundbox | eThere Live logo - influencer
Hamilton Tiger-Cats logo

Pioneer Sponsors

Access Storage logo
Alectra Utilities logo
Hamilton Oshawa Port Authority logo
Meridian logo
Scotiabank - Women Initiative Logo
T Johns Consulting Group

Ambassador Sponsors

BSI logo
Hamilton International Airport logo - ambassador
Invest in Hamilton logo
KPMG - pioneer sponsor
Lamont Law logo
Martin & HIllyer logo
Netaccess Logo
Ambassador Sponsor- Radius
Sotherby's Canada Quattro group logo
Ambassador Sponsor-south brook golf
TD logo
Virk personal injury law

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