The 42th YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction Awards. Was held this year at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel It was an honour to celebrate eight outstanding women who are creating new opportunities and strengthening the voices of women and girls in our community.
In addition to celebrating inspirational women, the Women of Distinction Awards Gala is YWCA Toronto’s largest fundraiser. Your generosity allows YWCA Toronto to help women, girls and gender diverse people flee violence, find jobs, enhance skills, develop confidence and transform their lives. This years winner were.
Margaret Newall has a long history of community activism and women-focused philanthropy. She co-founded both Research and Education for Solutions to Violence and Abuse (RESOLVE) and the Prairieaction Foundation and served as the foundation’s Chair for 10 years.
A focused champion for women and girls, Willa Black is a leader and activator.
Asma Faizi is a pillar of hope for Afghan women and girls in Canada and abroad.
Young Woman of Distinction
Toufah Jallow is a rising brave voice for women and girls who have been impacted by violence.
Advocacy and Women’s Rights
As a skilled feminist lawyer and Executive Director of Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, Deepa Mattoo is a passionate advocate for survivors of violence.
Cheryl Regehr is a well-established leader and champion for women in academia.
Loly Rico is a prominent advocate for refugee women in Toronto.
Dr. Sharon Walmsley
Dr. Sharon Walmsley is a trailblazer and advocate for responsive health care for women living with HIV.