The Carlington Summit

March 9th is the final date to do more than thank her: nominate her!

Nomination brochures for the 8th annual YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction Awards just came off the presses and are available for all to nominate women who have made a difference in the community and in peoples' lives. The deadline is March 9 to nominate women of the new city of Ottawa and the Outouais region.

The Y Women of Distinction Awards is an annual celebration organized by a volunteer steering committee of the National Capital Region's YMCA-YWCA. Last year, 89 women were nominated in eight different categories. This year, two categories were added: Public Service Sector and the Charitable and Not-for-Profit Sectors. “In the past few years, we found incredible women working for charitable and not-for-profit organizations as well as women volunteering their time for such organizations,” said Gail Todd, chair of the steering committee. “We believe there is a fundamental difference between the two and we feel strongly about recognizing the impact of both in our community.”

Women can be nominated in 10 categories. They are: Arts and Culture; Community Volunteer; Education; Health, Well-being and Active Living; High-Tech; Science and Research; Private Sector; Public Service Sector; Charitable and Not-for-Profit Sectors; Young Women's Leadership. In addition, women can be nominated for the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Y Women of Distinction Awards dinner will be held at the Ottawa Congress Centre on May 29. “We are very excited about this year's campaign,” said Gail Todd. “Last year, we celebrated 89 women in our community, and the goal for 2001 is to honour as many or more. We therefore invite the whole community to nominate that special woman in their lives, in their workplace, in their committee or in their school.”

About the Y Women of Distinction Awards

The Y Women of Distinction Awards honours the outstanding achievements of women who have made unique and exemplary contributions to the community in areas as diverse as the profession, education, the arts, sciences, voluntary work and health. Over 1,200 women in the National Capital Region have been honoured in the past seven years.

Additional information and nomination forms are available at any of the six Y locations in the region, by calling (613) 788-5043, by e-mail to

For more information call:

Róisín Conway
(613) 566-4414 ext. 4057

Anick Losier
(613) 234-7227

Deb Wearn
(613) 237-1320 ext. 2306