We are excited to announce that YWCA Toronto’s 40th Women of Distinction Awards Gala will be held virtually on Thursday, June 3, 2021

Join us for our first virtual gala as we celebrate the accomplishments of seven women who are driving change in their communities and around the globe. This year’s event is dedicated to YWCA Toronto’s heroic frontline workers, hosted by Emily Mills of “How She Hustles” and featuring entertainment by Canadian jazz music icon Molly Johnson and DJ Lissa Monet.

The proceeds from this event will make it possible for YWCA Toronto to provide vital programs and services for over 13,000 women, girls and gender diverse people across the GTA. Follow the link below for ticket and table pricing.

2021 YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction Awards Gala

  • Thursday, June 3, 2021
  • VIP Cocktail Reception  // 6:30-7p.m.
  • Awards Show // 7-8p.m.
  • Virtual Networking Mix & Mingle // 8–8:30p.m.

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Honour a Woman of Distinction in Your Life

This year, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of YWCA Toronto’s Women of Distinction Awards Gala, we invite you to honour a Woman of Distinction in your life. What better way to say “thank you for inspiring me,” than by inspiring others to donate to YWCA Toronto and help marginalized women, girls and gender diverse people in our city?

Show your gratitude to the inspirational women who have touched your life and make a difference in the lives of others. Maybe it’s your mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, aunt, niece, teacher, neighbour or a friend – anyone who has inspired or motivated you to pursue your dreams, overcome fear, live an authentic life or just be a better person.
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Emily Mills
Award-winning entrepreneur and founder of How She Hustles.
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Molly Johnson

GALA Entertainment

Molly Johnson
Known as one of Canada’s greatest voices, award-winning jazz vocalist.
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GALA Entertainment

DJ Lissa Monet
6x Stylus Award winning DJ, Brand Ambassador and co-founder of LUXELIFE SOUND.
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GALA Live Fundraising

The Auctionista, raising essential funds through that classic Layne philanthro-tainment!
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Award Recipients

Meet the incredible 2021 Women of Distinction Award recipients.

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Help us grow the Fund in honour of our Circle of Distinction members.

For information please contact Amy Rice, Manager of Events, Corporate and Community Partnerships at
arice@ywcatoronto.org or 416.961.8101 x361.