Guelph Y Announces 2017 Women Of Distinction


GUELPH – Ontario, the YMCA-YWCA of Guelph is delighted to announce the 30 honourees for the 22nd Annual Women of DistinctionTM Fundraising Gala:

Kellie Angerilli

Karen Bellamy

Kayla Billings

Isobel Boyle

Dr. Andrea Buchholz

Ann Caine

Dr. Gerarda Darlington

Patricia Eton Neufeld

Misty Gagne

Kelly Gee

Gail Hoekstra

Shirley Hunt

Dr. Nina Jones

Laura Keller

Alina Kislenko

Jordynn Klein

Briana Lynch

Tracey McGrath

Dr. Lucy Mutharia

Dr. Éva Nagy

Karly Richardson

Leah Robinson

Lynne Skilton-Hayes

Sophie Skoufis

Margaret Stinson

Lana Tarrant

Marissa Teeter

Dr. Jocelyn Wessels

Gina Woods

Joanne Young Evans

Sue Smith, 2017 Women of DistinctionTM Honorary Chair, will be hosting a private reception tonight at the Guelph Y with these 30 honourees. The private reception will give the 30 honourees an opportunity to meet, network, and share their inspiring stories with one another.

The Guelph Y invites the community to learn more about these 30 extraordinary women on Thursday May 4, 2017 at the 22nd Annual Women of DistinctionTM Fundraising Gala, which will take place at the River Run Centre from 6:30 – 10:00pm. Tickets for the gala are now available in person at Member Services at the Guelph Y (130 Woodland Glen Dr.) or online at The night will include a cocktail reception, an awards ceremony, and a dessert reception.

The honourees represent a wide variety of fields from Arts and Culture; 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. Canada’s 150th Community Builder is a special category that has also been added this year.

The Guelph Y received an overwhelming number of nominations this year for so many outstanding leaders and the selection committee chose these 30 inspirational stories to be shared with the community. Rather than recognizing a recipient for each category, the focus of the gala will be to share the stories of these 30 pioneers and role models. There will also be several awards including two Lifetime Achievement Awards and the Turning Point Award.

Geoff Vogt, Chief Executive Officer at the YMCA-YWCA of Guelph discusses the importance of the fundraising gala, “Unfortunately there is still a barrier in our community, in our workplace, and in our society. The Guelph Y’s Women of DistinctionTM Fundraising Gala is not only important to our organization but also to the community. We need to continue to celebrate and empower women who inspire us every single day” says Vogt.

The Women of DistinctionTM 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 GirlTM  – a one day conference for girls that helps build self-esteem and raises awareness about healthy relationships, Teenage Parents Program (TAPPs) – 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.

The Guelph Y would like to thank the Women of DistinctionTM sponsors for supporting and empowering the women in our community. A special thank you to Presenting Sponsors, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, the University of Guelph, and CIBC for your support and for celebrating the achievements of outstanding women in Guelph and Wellington County.

For more information about the 22nd Annual Women of DistinctionTM Fundraising Gala, please visit or contact Erica Charlesworth at




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