Women of Distinction

YWCA Toronto’s Women of Distinction Awards, now in its 38th year, is an annual event that recognizes the outstanding contributions of women to the advancement of women and girls in our communities.

Nominated and selected by their peers, Women of Distinction are leaders in their fields and are comprised of women who have made lasting change in areas including pay equity, abortion rights, constitutional reform, gun control, equality rights, sports equity, ethical business practices, crusading journalism, corporate leadership, public health, philanthropy, volunteerism, and innovating arts and entertainment.

The Awards ceremony, held annually in May, is YWCA Toronto’s most significant fundraising event of the year, supporting 32 programs across Toronto, helping women and girls to achieve equality, economic sustainability and lives free from violence.

Thank you to everyone who supported the 37th YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction Awards. It was an honour to celebrate 2017’s seven outstanding recipients who create new opportunities and strengthen the voices of women and girls in our communities.

With the support of our sponsors, our ticket and table buyers and the generosity of our many donors, we raised $670,000 in funds to support over 13,000 women and girls this year.

Know a woman who deserves to be recognized for the outstanding work she is doing to advance the lives of women and girls? You can nominate her for a 2018 Woman of Distinction Award.


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Nominate a Woman

Nominate a woman who has changed the lives of women or girls.

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Sponsor the Awards

Be a changemaker! Empower women and girls through sponsorship. 

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Help us establish a Fund in honour of our Circle of Distinction members. 

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2017 Award Recipients

Meet the incredible 2017 Women of Distinction Award recipients.


For information on how you can sponsor the event or to purchase tickets or tables for the 2018 Awards, please contact Phoebe Wong, Manager of Events, Sponsorships and Volunteers at pwong@ywcatoronto.org; 416.961.8101 x361.