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March 3, 2022

Celebrating the women and girls who build Hamilton and Halton

In honour of International Women’s Day, YWCA Hamilton will celebrate the trailblazers that build our Hamilton and Halton community. Because women build leaders, opportunities, innovation and each other up.

What you can expect for an event experience

Nominate a woman in an award category

Purchase a table, ticket, or sponsor the event

Meet the 2021 Award Winners and Nominees

Have questions? Contact a member of our team.

What to Expect When Joining Us

Meet the 2022 Nominees

Join us February 7-13, 2022 to meet the trailblazers who build Hamilton and Halton. Each day, YWCA Hamilton will unveil an award category, introducing you to this year’s award nominees. Through our virtual category unveiling events, you’ll have the opportunity to hear first hand from our award nominees. Category unveilings are open to the public and are free to attend.

Check back soon for registration details.

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Women of Distinction Awards Gala

March 3, 2022

Tickets to attend the 2022 Women of Distinction Awards Gala go on sale January 2022.

The purchase of a table or ticket will provide you access to a hybrid award program like no other. Through our custom build awards platform, guests will experience an empowering evening in celebration of International Women’s Day and will learn more about YWCA Hamilton’s mission impact and the true changemakers of the Hamilton and Halton community.

Our 2022 Awards Gala is a hybrid event. Guests will have the option to choose the way in which they would like to attend this year’s gala:

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Option 1: Virtual Gala Experience

Guests choosing the virtual experience will enjoy the Women of Distinction Awards Gala from the comfort of their homes, office or wherever they may be! In addition to access to the livestream gala, your ticket also includes a delicious meal specially curated by a local favorite, a ‘Best of’ gift box, access to raffles, draws, a virtual auction and more.

Virtual ticketing options include:

  • Individual Ticket $125
  • Virtual Viewing Room for 10 $1250
  • Livestream Only Ticket $60
  • Dinner only add on $40

Option 2: Ultimate In-Person Viewing Party

Guests choosing the Ultimate In-Person Viewing Party will watch the Women of Distinction Awards Gala live at The Hamilton Convention Centre by Carmen’s. In addition to your in-person viewing experience, your ticket includes a plated dinner, a ‘Best of’ gift box, special in-person perks, access to raffles, draws, a virtual auction and more.

In-Person Viewing Party options include:

  • Table for 10 $1500

Check back soon to purchase your table or ticket.

Frequently Asked Questions

Nominations open October 2021 and close January 10, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Let a local changemaker know that you see her by nominating her for one of our award categories. Before you nominate, learn about each category and the nomination criteria. Once you have decided to move forward, review each step outlined in the “Nominate” section of the website.

Yes! YWCA Hamilton recognizes the unique contributions of women in Hamilton. All you have to do is determine where the nominees makes their contribution – is it the city of Hamilton or the Halton region? Once confirmed, you can select the appropriate nomination form to use when you start your nomination.

You can learn if the individual that you are thinking about nominating is eligible by visiting the “Nomination Eligibility Criteria” section of our website.

Our ticket portal opens January 2022. Tickets and tables can be purchased online and as a purchaser, you’ll have the opportunity to manage your table guest list and names of all ticket holders. The purchase of a table or ticket will provide you access to a hybrid award program like no other. Guests will experience an empowering evening in celebration of International Women’s Day and will learn more about YWCA Hamilton’s mission impact and the true changemakers of the Hamilton and Halton community.

Guests will have the option to choose how they would like to experience the 2022 Women of Distinction Awards gala, selecting from either an in-person or virtual viewing party.

As a 2022 Women of Distinction sponsor your company will receive exclusive sponsor benefits. Sponsorship levels range from $1,000 to $20,000 and will power life-changing and life-saving YWCA Hamilton programs and services. By joining us, your company will align itself with Canada’s longest standing and largest women’s organization in the world and you will demonstrate your company’s commitment to the empowerment of women.

For information contact Heather Barkley, Campaign Officer at 905-522-9922 ext. 156 or hbarkley@ywcahamilton.org to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

The 2022 Women of Distinction Awards Gala is a hybrid event. Our award category unveiling events will take place virtually via Zoom in February 2022 and guests attending the Awards Gala on March 3, 2022 will have the opportunity to choose how they would like to experience the event (in-person or virtually). Any guest choosing the virtual option will be provided with unique access instructions after completing their registration and leading up to the event.

Tickets go on sale in January 2022.

CONGRATULATIONS on your nomination! You’ve been identified as a trailblazer in your field and as a woman who has made real impact in the lives of others.

To help you prepare for your journey with YWCA Hamilton and to ensure the best experience as a 2022 Women of Distinction nominee, we have put together an information package to help guide you.

Cristina Lopes, Events and Community Fundraising Coordinator will reach out to you personally by email to share all the details of your nomination. Contact Cristina for any questions you may have at clopes@ywcahamilton.org or phone (905) 522-9922 ext. 171.

YWCA Hamilton relies on the generosity of people like you to provide life-changing and life-saving programs and services to women, children and their families. Click here to make a general donation to YWCA’s Women of Distinction Awards.

YWCA Hamilton provides a charitable tax receipt for all donations of $20 or more. When making a donation online to the 2022 Women of Distinction Awards you will receive an automatic electronic charitable tax receipt sent to you via email.

If you make a donation to YWCA Hamilton through cash or cheque, you will receive your charitable tax receipt in the mail. For questions about your charitable tax receipt please contact Malgosia Sienkiewicz, Donor Relations & Database Coordinator at msienkiewicz@ywcahamilton.org or (905) 522-9922 ext. 181.

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