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Women of Distinction Awards

The Courage of Covid

YWCA Hamilton will leverage the Women of Distinction platform to shine a light on the women and girls who have rolled up their sleeves in response to the pandemic. Join us for a special edition of our annual Women of Distinction Awards Program.

Missed the chance to get to know this year’s nominees? It’s not too late!

Hamilton and Halton recognizes The Courage of Covid

Meet the 2021 Courage of Covid Winners and all past Winners

Meet the 2021 Courage of Covid Nominees

Learn more about Women of Distinction and how you can get involved

Thank You for Joining Us

On March 4, 2021 YWCA Hamilton’s Women of Distinction Awards – The Courage of Covid welcomed over 800 households and over 1000 guests.

Together, we celebrated the 98 women and girls who rolled up their sleeves in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and raised over $230,000 and counting to power life-changing and life-saving programs offered by YWCA Hamilton

This year’s Women of Distinction Awards Gala was shaped by three unique opportunities in celebration of our nominees; a Meet the Nominees virtual nominee announcement event (February 8-12, 2021), the 2021 Women of Distinction Virtual Awards Gala (March 4, 2021) and two Empow(her) Hours providing the chance for our community to meet the winners (March 10-11, 2021).

We invite you to view the recordings of each event milestone, make a donation and get ready to join us again in March 2022 as we celebrate the 46th annual Women of Distinction Awards.

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Meet the 2021 Nominees!

From February 8-12, 2021 we announced all 2021 Women of Distinction nominees. Over 600 guests across Hamilton and Halton tuned in to our virtual category reveals and left feeling inspired!

Missed the chance to get to know this year’s nominees? It’s not too late!

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Women of Distinction Award
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Watch the Gala

On March 4, 2021, Terra Lightfoot, a Juno- and Polaris-nominated guitarist-singer-songwriter from Hamilton, Ontario and friend of YWCA Hamilton hosted the 2021 Women of Distinction Awards – The Courage of Covid.  With a cameo from Layne The Auctionista, remarks from our Presenting Sponsor ArcelorMittal Dofasco and compelling speeches from our category winners, it was an evening to remember.

Missed the Gala? Don’t worry! Watch the recording below.

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Watch Empow(her) Hours

On March 10th and 11th, families across Hamilton and Halton tuned in to get inspired! Watch an intimate evening with in-depth discussions with the 2021 Women of Distinction award winners.

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Halton Empow(her) Hour with Host
Julie Cole

Julie Cole is a recovered lawyer, mom of six and co-founder of Mabel’s Labels. She has helped her company bring their product to a worldwide market, gain media recognition and win countless entrepreneur awards. Cole is a passionate entrepreneur, published author, regular television contributor, keynote speaker and engaged community member and volunteer.

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Hamilton Empow(her) Hour with Host Laura Babcock

Laura Babcock is owner of POWERGROUP Communications Inc, an award-winning PR firm. She is a national TV, radio and podcast contributor on current affairs and host of the OShow. Laura is a former CBC TV journalist, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director and Women of Distinction Recipient for her advocacy of social justice in her community.

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Meet the 2021 Courage of Covid and Past Winners

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