Nominate a Woman of Distinction who has improved the lives of other women and girls through contributions in areas such as:

Arts & Culture National Leadership
Business Philanthropy
Communications Professions
Community Action Public Service
Corporate Achievement Religion
Diversity Science & Technology
Education Social Justice
Entrepreneurship Sports
Global Action Volunteerism
Health & Welfare Women’s Rights

Nominations for the 2018 Women of Distinction Awards are now closed (as of November 10, 2017).

Eligibility requirements

  • First and foremost, nominees must demonstrate a commitment to and advocacy for improving the lives of women and/or girls. 
  • Nominees must live and/or work within the GTA but may have made their contributions to women and girls either within or beyond these boundaries.
  • Young Women of Distinction nominees must be 16-30 years of age as of November 10, 2017.  
  • Current YWCA Toronto staff members are not eligible for the award.  
  • Nominations not submitted as per the Nomination Submission Guidelines may be disqualified.
  • Women currently holding a position in political office are not eligible for a Woman of Distinction Award nomination.

Nomination submission guidelines

To submit a nomination for the Women of Distinction Awards, send the following materials to
  • Nominations Form (PDF)
  • One letter of Introduction from the nominator
  • Up to two Letters of Support

Selection process

The Selection Committee reviews all nominations and is comprised of Women of Distinction alumnae, members of YWCA Toronto and community representatives. Nominations are rated against the nomination criteria and the committee may contact nominees, nominators and supporters to confirm information. Selections are made in consideration of equity and balanced representation from various sectors. Award recipients must be able to attend the awards ceremony, and participate in pre-event media and promotion of the Awards.

The recommended slate of Award recipients is approved by YWCA Toronto's Board of Directors. All nominators and winners will be contacted by February 2018. Nominations not selected in the given year are kept on file for consideration the following year.

YWCA Toronto's Women of Distinction Awards is its most significant fundraising event, supporting 32 YWCA programs across Toronto, helping women and girls achieve equality, economic sustainability and lives free from violence.

Nomination criteria questions

How does your nominee demonstrate her commitment to, and advocacy for improving the lives of women and/or girls? 
400 words maximum
25 points

Why is your nominee recognized as a Door Opener and/or Role Model?  A Door Opener helps women to achieve greater independence and success in traditional and non-traditional careers; a Role Model leads by example, mentoring and educating.
150 words maximum
20 points

What impact has the leadership of your nominee had on other women and/or girls?
150 words maximum
20 points

How has your nominee broken new ground or old barriers? How has she been an agent for change in a particular environment or has she made an impact in her chosen field of endeavour?
150 words maximum
20 points

Give examples of how your nominee is committed to equity across barriers including gender, race, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, etc.
150 words maximum
15 points

** Additional question for Young Woman of Distinction Nominee:

Should you be selected, how would you use the $3,000 grant?
The $3,000 grant from the Julia M. Ruby Fund must be used towards educational pursuits or opportunities that will enhance your capacity for future leadership.
150 words maximum

Total words: 1,000
Total points: 100

Who do I contact?

Hilary Johnston

Events and Stewardship Officer, Philanthropy
416-961-8101 x 357