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YWCA Toronto

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March 03, 2011 08:00 ET

Girlhood dreams inspire Women of Distinction

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 3, 2011) - Today YWCA Toronto announces the recipients of the 2011 YWCA Women of Distinction Awards. The recipients are bold women whose vision and determination have significantly improved the lives of women and girls at home and abroad.

Inspired by girlhood dreams and fuelled by great passion, the recipients are creating important change in a myriad of ways. Some have leadership roles in predominantly male fields and are working to make those fields more accessible to women. Others are developing innovative approaches to ending violence against women and securing women's rights. Some have made groundbreaking contributions to efforts to improve women's health, economic security and social well-being.

The 2011 YWCA Women of Distinction are:

Cristina Amon, Science & Engineering

Sherry Cooper, Corporate Leadership

Vivian Del Valle, Community Support

Elizabeth Goldberg, Law & Justice

Sophia Gran-Ruaz, Young Woman of Distinction

Joan Lesmond, Health Leadership

Karen Takacs, Development & Advocacy

The YWCA Women of Distinction awards recognize the contributions of women who have improved the lives of girls and women. The 31st Annual YWCA Women of Distinction Awards dinner, presented by Sun Life Financial, is on Wednesday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. 

YWCA Toronto offers programs that promote equality, economic security and lives free from violence. We offer a range of housing options, employment and training programs, community support programs, girls' programs and family programs; we also engage in systemic advocacy. This event raises critical funds that support YWCA programs across Toronto.
Tables and tickets to attend the Awards are available for purchase.

The award recipients are available for interviews in the period preceding the Awards.

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