Women of Distinction

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Join us at the Women of Distinction Gala Awards Ceremony, Thursday May 5th, 2016, at the River Run Centre. Tickets are available online or at Member Services.

The YMCA-YWCA of Guelph Annual Women of Distinction™ Fundraising Awards recognizes women in our community for their outstanding  achievements and contributions to our community, and re-invests in our local youth through YMCA-YWCA of Guelph Programs, such as the Guelph Y Teenage Parents Program (TAPPs).

Introducing our 2016 Annual Women of Distinction™ Honorary Chair: 

Dr. Julia Christensen Hughes, PhD

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Dr. Julia Christensen Hughes is Dean of the College of Business and Economics (CBE) at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.  CBE is home to over 3,400 BComm students, 250 graduate students and 100 faculty and staff.   She is also past-president of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, a predominantly Canadian organization committed to enhancing the quality of teaching and learning in post-secondary institutions.  Julia’s research interests include student and employee engagement, academic integrity, and organizational effectiveness.  One of her most recent published works is the book “Taking Stock:  Research on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education”, which identifies the pressures confronting higher education today and argues that faculty need to teach in ways that more effectively encourage student engagement.  

An award winning instructor, educational consultant and frequent keynote speaker, Dr. Christensen Hughes is a committed advocate for educational reform.   In 2007, she was the recipient of the Edward F. Sheffield Award from the Canadian Society for Studies in Higher Education for her work on academic integrity, published in the Canadian Journal of Higher Education.  In 2008, she was honoured with the John Bell Award from the University of Guelph for outstanding contributions to education.  In 2011, she was named Woman of Distinction in the Education and Training category.  And, in 2012 she was presented with the Gold Award from the Ontario Hostelry Institute, as Educator of the Year.

 The 2016 Women of Distinction™ nominees are:

WODNom_ArtsAndCultureArts & Culture
Stephanie Lines-Toohill, Judith Yan, Briana Lynch

WODNom_BusAndEntrBusiness & Entrepreneur
Tania Framst, Marissa Teeter, Sheri Bishop, Maria Finoro, Dana Thatcher, Kathleen Rorke, Lana Tarrant

WODNom_EduAndTrngEducation & Training
Dr. Karen Landman, Debra Ottier, Melanie Lang, Mira Clarke, Judy Sorbara, Jessica St.Peter, Cathy Dykstra

WODNom_HealthWellnessRecreationHealth, Wellness & Recreation
Helen Fishburn, Maryanne Wilford, Lynne Skilton-Hayes, Andrea LaMarre, Rosemary Fernandes-Walker, Deanna Clatworthy, Helen Stoumbos, Marianne Walker

WODNom_InfoTechInformation Technology
Sharon Bennett, Heather Marie Leong, Michelle Campbell

WODNom_PublicSectorPublic Sector
Rosemarie Coombs, Kristen Drexler, Kristel Manes

WODNom_SciAndResScience & Research
Dr. Robin R. Milhausen, Dr. Carolyn Kerr, Dr. Lucy Mutharia, Dr. Alison Meredith Duncan

WODNom_VoluntaryCommunityServicesVoluntary Community Services
Kimberley Rogers, Joanne Hasson, Tobi Hooper, Lindsay Sytsma, Irene Thompson, Farial Hashimi, Barb McPhee, Patricia Godin, Merle Mitchell, Susan Farrelly, Becky Hood, Lisa Stokman

WODNom_TradesAndLabourTrades & Labour
Sascha Bosse, Jessica Steinhäuser

WODNom_YoungWomenofDistinctionYoung Women (16-19)
Mariah Olczak, Adrianna Olszewski, Sarah Bronwyn Lucas Jones, Kayla Billings, Megan Johnston

Young Women (20-24)
Julia Romagnoli, Brittney Dudar

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