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What to Expect at YWCA Hamilton's Women of Distinction Awards

Guests will experience an empowering evening in celebration of the upcoming International Women’s Day. Guests will learn more about YWCA Hamilton’s mission impact, meet key leaders in our community and enjoy a cocktail reception followed by a seated dinner and awards program.

Evening Program
March 5, 2020

Cocktail Reception & Silent Auction

5:00-6:00 p.m.
Upstairs-Chedoke Lobby

Enjoy Dinner & YWCA Mission Impact

6:00-7:30 p.m.
Upstairs-Chedoke Ballroom

Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony

7:45-9:00 p.m.
Downstairs-Wentworth Auditorium

Event Info

Hamilton Convention Center by Carmen’s
1 Summer’s Lane, Hamilton, ON L8P 4Y2

Dress Code: Dress to feel fabulous and to just be you. Based on previous events, many attendees arrive in business formal attire however, we encourage you to be yourself and choose whatever makes you happiest and comfortable. Coat check will be provided.

Parking at Women of Distinction

Parking is available underground at the Hamilton Convention Centre, street parking, or nearby municipal lots.

Frequently Asked Questions

Nominations open October 1, 2019 and close January 3, 2020. Nominate a woman for one or more of our eight of our Women of Distinction Awards 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. Nominations must be received by January 3, 2020 to be included in the round of judging to confirm all nominees.

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

Help us reach our event fundraising goal by purchasing a table or tickets to the 2020 Women of Distinction Awards on March 5, 2020. 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. Tickets are $130 each or you may purchase a table of ten for $1,300. Student pricing is also available for $65.

Join us as a 2020 Women of Distinction Awards Sponsor to show your company’s dedication to the promotion of women’s leadership and equal advancement opportunities. As an event sponsor, your company will receive exclusive sponsor benefits. Sponsorship levels range from $1,500 to $10,000 and will power critical YWCA programs and services that provide leadership opportunities for women and girls. View our sponsorship page or contact Sarah Alizerig, Corporate and Community Engagement Coordinator at salizerg@ywcahamilton.org or (902) 522-9922 ext. 314 to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

Dress to feel fabulous and to just be you. Based on previous events, many attendees arrive in business formal attire however, we encourage you to be yourself and choose whatever makes you happiest and comfortable. Coat check will be provided, free of charge.

Have you been nominated for a YWCA Hamilton Women of Distinction Award? CONGRATULATIONS! You’ve been identified as a trailblazer in your field and as a woman who is to be celebrated and honoured because of your impact on the Hamilton community and the lives of others. To help you prepare for your journey with YWCA Hamilton and to ensure the best experience as a 2020 Women of Distinction nominee, we have put together an information package to help guide you in what is expected of you as a 2020 Nominee. Mirela Marceta, Events and Community Fundraising Coordinator will reach out to you personally by email to share all the details of your nomination. Contact Mirela for any questions you may have at mmarceta@ywcahamilton.org or phone (905) 522-9922 ext. 171.

By supporting YWCA’s Women of Distinction, you are investing in the women of Hamilton. Funds raised through the Women of Distinction Awards support YWCA Hamilton’s fight to advance leadership opportunities for women and girls. Investing in women means investing in the potential of all women. Your support will help close the equity and prosperity gap and provides recognition, validation and encouragement for fierce leaders in our community to continue to advance themselves and support the advancement of other women.

The event is located at Hamilton Convention Centre by Carmen’s at 1 Summer’s Lane, Hamilton, ON L8P 4Y2. The first portion of the event begins upstairs in the Chedoke Lobby and the event finishes in the Wentworth Auditorium.

The 2020 Women of Distinction Awards have been reimagined to enhance honouree, sponsor and attendee experiences. This year, we will share more about YWCA Hamilton’s mission impact through a seated dinner program to replace the Marche Dinner. All guests should arrive by 5:00 p.m. It is important to arrive to the event on time to ensure you receive the full event experience.

Login to your table/ticket account and enter the username and password that you had created when you purchased your table or tickets. Once you login, you’ll be able to enter the names of your guests.

The Hamilton Convention Centre by Carmen’s will serve our guests a plated dinner complete with drinks and dessert. We will provide guests who are gluten free and vegetarian with alternative options and request that guests inform their servers about any severe allergies.

Guests may participate in the silent auction by registering online in advance, or by registering in person at the event on March 5th. All guests will be notified once the auction is live. Participating in the silent auction is easy and is conducted entirely via cell phone using “text to bid” technology. You will be notified via text message if you are outbid, at which point you may increase your original bid via cell phone to keep the bidding wars going throughout the evening. You will again be notified by text message if you are the highest bidder at the end of the event, and will be prompted to pay via a secure payment link. You may then simply show proof of payment on your phone, pick up your item and head home.

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. To make a general donation to YWCA’s Women of Distinction Awards click here or learn more about other ways you can give to power YWCA’s impact.

YWCA Hamilton provides a charitable tax receipt for all donation of $20 or more. When making a donation online to the 2020 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 approximately five business days after making your gift. 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.

Invest in the power of women

YWCA Hamilton is working to address the leadership gap because – to put it simply – investing in women is in an investment in the future of Hamilton.

Purchase a table or ticket, donate, sponsor or volunteer

Nominate a woman in an award category

What you can expect at
Women of Distinction

Meet the remarkable award winners of 2019

Have questions? Contact a member of our team

YWCA Hamilton will be closed on Monday February 17 for Family Day. Have a great weekend!