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Women of DistinctionTM Launch Reception

Connect, celebrate and be inspired by the women in our community!

The Women of Distinction Launch Reception will showcase exceptional women from the Guelph community. Inspired by the format of TED Talks, this year’s Launch Reception will engage and captivate you by featuring three Women of Distinction.

Date: Thursday November 3, 2016
Time: 6:30-9:00pm
Location: Cutten Fields (190 College Avenue East, Guelph, N1H 6L3)
Cost: $30 per individual (includes cocktail reception with a cash bar)
Registration: please click here to register

sue smith-for mailing We invite you to join Sue Smith, this year’s Women of DistinctionTM Honorary Chair, on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at Cutten Fields, to:
  • celebrate  the launch of the Women of DistinctionTM season and learn about the new and exciting plans for 2017!
  • connect with fellow community-minded individuals, and
  • be inspired by three Women of DistinctionTM who are making a difference in our community:
maggie-for mailing Maggie Baratto will discuss how she and her team are supporting women exiting human trafficking, the sex trade and addiction
anita-for mailing Anita Acai will address how women can deny “Queen Bee syndrome” and instead, build strong support networks by advocating for each other
rosemary-for mailing Rosemary Fernandes-Walker will share key learnings from a Parenting Support Group here in Guelph – what you can do when feeling hurt, disrespected, embarrassed and scared by your child’s behaviour

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This event is open to all community members – men are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Thank you to TD Canada Trust for sponsoring the Launch Reception.


If you have any questions, please contact Erica Charlesworth, Supervisor of Development and Communications, at ericacharlesworth@guelphy.org or 519-824-5150 ext. 255.

We look forward to seeing you in November.

Nominations for the 22nd Annual Women of DistinctionTM season will open on November 3, 2016 and run until January 31, 2017.

See the full list of 2016 award recipients here 

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See the 2016 nominee videos here

The 2016 Women of Distinction™ nominees were:

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

WODNom_BusAndEntrBusiness & Entrepreneurs
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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