Women of Distinction


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2016 Women of Distinction™ Nominations are NOW OPEN!

Join us at the Gala Awards Ceremony, Thursday May 5th, 2016, at the River Run Centre

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). For more information about the Women of Distinction™ Award click here.

NEW THIS YEAR: To nominate someone online, click here

To download the 2016 Nomination Package, click here

Introducing our 2016 Annual Women of Distinction™ Honourary 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 20th Annual Women of Distinction™ Recipients for 2015, by category:

Arts & Culture: Rosemary Walton

Business & Entrepreneurs: Jennifer Haines

Education & Training: Dr. Cara Wehkamp

Health, Wellness & Recreation: Jaye Graham

Public Sector: Jennifer Waterston

Science & Research: Kathryn Preuss

Trades: Lisa Winer

Voluntary Community Services: Susan Brown

Young Women of Distinction (16-19): Katie Kirkconnell

Young Women of Distinction (20-24): Naythrah Thevathasan

Lifetime Achievement Award, Voluntary Community Services:  Mary Carlin

Lifetime Achievement Award, Science & Research: Teresa Crease


 Congratulations 2015 Recipients and Nominees!

 Past Nominees and Recipients

Sponsorship Opportunities now available! 

Click here to view our 2016 sponsorship package!

Contact: brucebailey@guelphy.org or call 519-841-1018

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