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2021 Courage of Covid Nominees

Meet the women, young women and girls who have rolled up their sleeves in response to the pandemic.

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.

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Meet the 2021 Courage of Covid Nominees

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Honourary Woman of Distinction

YWCA Hamilton’s Honourary Woman of Distinction award is a unique award that is provided to a woman who has shown courage within her life, her journey and has uplifted others along the way. She is a woman who is dedicated to self-empowerment and to the empowerment of others around her. She has participated in or has been supported by a YWCA Hamilton program or service and since that time, has been devoted to the advancement of others and her community. This award is part of an internal nomination process across YWCA Hamilton departments on behalf of YWCA Hamilton staff.

Frontline Worker

This award honours the everyday heroes who roll up their sleeves day-in and day-out to ensure that all members of their community have what they need and stay safe. She is a woman who faces the Covid-19 pandemic head-on through her work on the front lines. She is considered an essential worker and is perhaps an educator, a first responder, a delivery driver, an early childhood care provider, a grocery worker or a custodian. She exemplifies courage and leadership on the front line and through her work, promotes the health and safety of her team and members of the community.

Health Care Hero

This award honours a woman who is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all people in her community. Through her work in the health care sector, she has directly responded to the needs of individuals impacted by the pandemic. Perhaps she is a doctor, a nurse, a medical officer or individual working in long-term care who provides patient advocacy, support and care. She is called by her duty of care and shows up time and time again for those who need her. She elevates the value of physical, mental or spiritual well-being of each person she comes across and demonstrates leadership in health care, athletics, recreation and/or community programming. She inspires and empowers individuals to make positive change in their overall health, supports the concept of building healthy neighbourhoods, and strives to make a difference in the lives of others.

Pandemic Innovator

This award honours an exceptional woman who is an industry trailblazer who develops innovative solutions in response to the pandemic. Perhaps she enhances scientific, technological and/or industrial spaces to advance solutions and outside-the-box thinking. Or, perhaps she has leveraged her skillset in the fields of engineering, applied sciences, social sciences, life sciences, technology, or a skilled trade to support individuals and her community. She leverages her success to advocate for others. She is motivated to make real change and facilitate opportunities for others through her bold new ways of thinking.

Community Champion

This award honours a woman who is a visionary trailblazer, a source of strength for her community, and has improved and enriched the lives of others during the pandemic. She is an influential leader through paid work, and/or volunteerism in the private, public, or not-for-profit sector. She may work in the area of public affairs, women’s rights, intercultural relations, social justice, or peace. She has created positive and meaningful social, economic, or political change that will impact people for years to come.

Young Trailblazer

This award honours a young women under the age of 25 who shows leadership at school, in the community, and/or in her workplace. In response to the pandemic, she demonstrates perseverance, innovation, and a keen understanding of the disproportionate impacts of Covid-19 on marginalized people and communities. She inspires others to follow her example, and sets the pace for others to walk alongside her. This exceptional young woman is committed to a cause or the pursuit of a personal dream. She challenges the status quo – and knows that “going back to normal” isn’t good enough. She is an advocate and leader who will continue to inspire us for years to come.

Lifetime Achievement

This award honours a woman who is 55 years or older who has made significant and varied contributions to the community in any of the Women of Distinction award categories (with the exception of Young Trailblazer). She is a role model who has tirelessly contributed to the community in many ways, for many years, as an advocate, volunteer, and/or mentor. In response to the pandemic, she exhibits strength, wisdom, and character that serve as an inspiration to those around her. Nominees across all categories will be considered for the Lifetime Achievement Award should they opt-in. Nominees may only win in one category.

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