Women from across Metro Vancouver are being recognized for their hard work in 10 different fields with the YWCA’s 2015 list of nominees for the annual Women of Distinction Awards.
This marks the 32nd year for the awards which highlights the success of individuals and organizations contributing to the well-being and future of our community. Awards will be handed out to women in 10 categories as well as one for Outstanding Workplace and the Connecting the Community Award.
All nominees are eligible for the Connecting the Community Award and must utilize social media to raise votes in their favour, after which the winner will received $10,000 from Scotiabank toward the YWCA program of their choice.
The public can vote in this award category from April 22 to May 15. All recipients will be recognized during the Women of Distinction Awards dinner on May 26 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
Without further ado, here are the 2015 nominees:
Arts, Culture Design
Julie Blue – Director, Singspiration
Jennifer Cutbill – Director, Vancouver Design Week
Jacqueline Dupuis – Executive Director, Greater Vancouver International Film Festival Society (VIFF)
Diana Kaarina – Director/Owner, Broadway Edge Performing Arts Studio, Inc.
Ramona Luengen – Composer, Conductor & Educator
Emily Molnar – Artistic Director, Ballet BC
Bonnie Nish – Executive Director, Pandora’s Collective
Marlie Oden – Founder & Managing Partner, Bridge Communications
Myriam Steinberg – Co-Founder, In the House Festival
Business & Professions
Kathy Butler – Managing Director & Head, Wholesale Banking British Columbia, CIBC World Markets Inc.
Wendy Chu – Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Operations, Peterson Group
Lawrie Ferguson – Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer, Coast Capital Savings
Lianna Mah – Vice President, Business Development – Associated Engineering
Kristi Miller – Vice President, First West Capital
Michelle Osry – Partner, Deloitte
Michelle Pockey – Founder, The Professional Women’s Network and Partner, Fasken Martineau
Katie Schaeffers, VP Creative & Strategy, brand.LIVE Management Group
Laurie Schultz – President & CEO, ACL
Jennifer Traub – Partner, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
Sheila Tucker – Associate Counsel, Davis LLP
Kristal Barrett-Stuart – Founder, The Sparkle Project BC
Michaela Davies – Founder, the Academy for Young Writers, Pirates, Astronauts and Wizards
Tarah Ferguson – Creator & Founder, Tarah Talking Tech
Barbara Fitzgerald – President, Mom2Mom Child Poverty Initiative Society
Heather MacKenzie – Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director, The Cinderella Project
Claire Robson – Founder & Lead Artist, The Queer Imaging & Riting Kollective for Elders (Quirk-e)
Laura Saimoto – Board Director, Vancouver Japanese Language School & Japanese Hall
Barb Snelgrove – Owner/Media Consultant, megamouthmedia
Cheryl Young – Founder, Executive Director & Treasurer, Fibromyalgia Well Spring Foundation
Education, Training & Development
Natacha Beim – CEO & Founder, CEFA Early Learning Schools
Wendy Gilmour – Apprenticeship Facilitator, Vancouver School Board
Jennifer Kirkey – Instructor, Physics Department, Douglas College
Joanne Melville – Founding Member, Canadian Women in Science and Technology
Sandra Singh – Chief Librarian, Vancouver Public Library
Corey Zylstra – Executive Director, Reach Learning Centre
Alexandra Greenhill – CEO, myBestHelper
Judi Hess – CEO, Copperleaf Technologies Inc.
Debra Saimoto – Owner, Great West Paper Box Co. Ltd.
Parise Siegel – President, Rosemary Rocksalt/Siegel’s Bagels
Lisa Tuningley – President, T-RAIL Products Inc.
Tzeporah Berman – Co-Founder, ForestEthics Advocacy
Maureen Cureton – Green Business Manager, Vancity
Marcia Smith – Senior Vice President, Sustainability & External Affairs, Teck Resources Limited
Victoria Smith – Director, Communications & Community Engagement, University Sustainability Initiative, University of British Columbia
Health & Wellness
Paola Ardiles – Founder, Bridge for Health
Jan Christilaw – President, BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre
Vivian Eliopoulos – COO – Vancouver Acute, Vancouver Coastal Health
Sally Thorne – Professor, UBC School of Nursing
Non-Profit & Public Service
Maxine Davis – Executive Director, Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation
Jill Earthy – Regional Director, BC & Yukon, Futurpreneur Canada
Michelle Fortin – Executive Director, Watari
Cynthia Johansen – Registrar/CEO, The College of Registered Nurses of BC
Nancy Keough – Executive Director, The Kettle Society
Tara McDonald – Executive Director, Your Local Farmer’s Market Society
Linda McGowan – MS Ambassador, Multiple Sclerosis Society & Consumer Advocacy Manager, MVT Canadian Bus Inc.
Catherine Ouellet-Martin – Executive Director, Fraser River Discovery Centre
Barinder Rasode – Community Engagement Leader
Krista Thompson – Executive Director, Covenant House
Carolyn Tuckwell – President & CEO, Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC
Technology, Science & Research
Alma Barranco-Mendoza – Chief Information Officer, Canadian Space Society & Co-Founder, Infogenetica Natural Products
Liisa Galea – Professor of Psychology, University of British Columbia
Meredith Powell – Founder, The Next Big Thing Foundation
Dominique Weis – Director, Pacific Centre for Isotopic & Geochemical Research
Young Woman of Distinction
Selin Jessa – Immunology & Geography Student, McGill University
Zoya Jiwa – Founder, Simply You & University Student, Simon Fraser University
Patricia Louie – Graduate Student, Social Justice, University of British Columbia
Suneet Maan – Law Student, UBC Law School
Jenna Reed-Cote – Founder & President, Phoenix Attitude Inc.