YMCA calling for nominations for 2017 Women of Distinction

The Guelph YMCA is calling for nominations for the 2017 Women of Distinction. Nominations will be open until Jan. 31. The 2017 award categories include:

– arts and culture;

– Canada’s 150th community builder;

– community champion;

– education, training and mentorship;

– entrepreneurship and innovation;

– health, wellness and fitness;

– science, technology, engineering and math (STEM);

– trades and labour; and

– young woman of distinction (16 to 21 years).

To learn more about each of the categories and how to nominate a woman of distinction  visit www.guelphy.org or pick up a nomination package at the Guelph YMCA, 130 Woodland Glen Drive. Nominations can also be submitted online.

New this year, rather than recognizing a recipient for each category, the overall top 30 nominations will be selected and honoured at the fundraising gala. Honouring 30 women will ensure that ample time will be given to properly tell each woman’s full story.

The 2017 Women of Distinction Fundraising Gala will take place on May 4 at the River Run Centre.

The Women of Distinction Fundraising Gala supports Guelph Y programs for girls and women at all stages of life in Guelph and Wellington County, including:

– Power of Being a Girl– a one day conference for girls that helps build self-esteem and raises awareness about healthy relationships;

– Teenage Parents Program – a program that supports the personal growth and development of pregnant and parenting teens and their families and connects them with valuable resources; and

– Encore – a holistic program for women with breast cancer to help them build their own physical strength, as well as feel the strength and support of a community.