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YWCA Metro Vancouver Women of Distinction Awards - 2014 Recognized nationally, YWCA Metro Vancouver Women of Distinction Awards honour individuals whose outstanding achievements contribute to the well-being and future of our communities. The Awards also honour businesses and organizations that support the wellness and diverse needs of their employees. Since its inception, the Women of Distinction Awards has recognized more than 250 award recipients and more than 1,500 deserving nominees throughout Metro Vancouver. The nominees and award recipients will be recognized at the Awards dinner to be held at the Westin Bayshore Hotel on June 3, 2014. The event is also the signature fundraiser for YWCA Metro Vancouver, with proceeds supporting YWCA programs and services that help thousands of women and their families across Metro Vancouver. 2014 EVENT DETAILS Date: June 3, 2014 Location: The Westin Bayshore Hotel Attendance: 1,000+ Guests Features: Nominees’ Reception, Dinner Silent Auction, Raffle Event Chair: Cynthia Roney CEO, Executive Passage MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Vancouver Sun: 6 Ads (circulations 213K) 2 Community Listings (Circulation 213K) Global BC TV: Etc! – Call for Nominations, Etc! – Ticket Sales CKNW AM 980: Online event listings and scripted radio promotions of call for nominations and ticket sales 2013 EVENT HIGHLIGHTS Attendance: 200 at Nominees’ Reception 1,120 at Awards Dinner Emcee: Global BC TV Anchor, Sophie Lui Guest Welcome: Premier Christy Clark

2013 GUEST DEMOGRAPHICS Gender: 60% female, 40% male Age 35 to 55 Professions: Mid – to senior management, from various industry sectors; business and community leaders

Print & Web: E-blasts: Social Media:

22+ articles (community and national papers) 11+ E-blasts Jan – Dec (2,342 recipients each) Miss604.com (5 Blog articles), YouTube (3 produced videos), Facebook (415 members), Twitter (@YWVanWoda, 1,350 followers), LinkedIn (275 members)

Individual Donations: Raffle: Silent Auction: Ticket Sales Proceeds: Sponsorship:

$66,000 $11,800 $22,650 $27,759 $125,000

If you would like an in depth list of all press related to the Women of Distinction Awards, please contact Jena Fair, Manager, Special Events at 604-895-5768.


NOMINATIONS Individuals interested in nominating a woman or organization for a Women of Distinction Award may apply to one of the following ten Award categories Arts, Culture & Design Business & the Professions Community Building Education, Training & Development

Entrepreneurship Health, Wellness & Athletics Non-Profit & Public Service Technology, Science & Research

Environmental Sustainability Young Woman of Distinction Innovative Workplace* *For businesses and organizations

JUDGING PANEL Judges are selected for their diverse range of qualifications and expertise. Often they are well-known community and corporate leaders. YWCA Metro Vancouver thanks the exemplary group of Judges for 2013:     

Judy Brooks, Advisor, Speaker, Business & Community Leader Karen Gilmore, YWCA Metro Vancouver Board Chair Mo Dhaliwal, Marketing Strategist, Business Consultant, Technologist & Cultural Navigator Lenora Gates, President at Gates Real Estate Services Ltd. Sherry Doman

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Aki Kaltenbach, Director of Solution Partners, HootSuite David R. Podmore, Chairman & CEO, Concert Properties Don Kasian, Principal, Kasian Architecture Interior Design & Planning Ltd. The Honourable Judge Marion Buller Bennett, BC Provincial Court Judge

CONNECTING THE COMMUNITY AWARD – ONLINE VOTE All individual nominees are also eligible for the Connecting the Community Award. Each nominee selects one of five YWCA program areas to support and provides a quote explaining why. The five areas are early learning and care for children; reducing child poverty; safe and affordable housing; healthy choices for youth and preventing violence against women. Nominees are encouraged to use social media to promote their selected choice and votes. The recipient of the Connecting the Community Award is determined via a public online voting system. The nominee with the most votes receives the Award and $10,000 will be donated to the YWCA program area of the recipient's choice. This year, Barbara Mowat, President, Impact Communications Ltd., was awarded the Connecting the Community Award. Barbara received 538 votes; she chose to support YWCA’s initiatives in reducing child poverty. Overall, the website logged an astounding 7,116 votes for the nominees, with the top ten all logging more than 400 votes.


2013 QUALIFIED NOMINEES: 2013 was a record-breaking year with 81 individual nominations and 2 workplace nominations. Award Recipients are shown in bold: INDIVIDUALS  ARTS, CULTURE & DESIGN Penny Eder, Founder, White Dog Studio Gallery Chan Hon Goh, Director/Executive Producer/Owner-Principal Malene Grotrian, Designer/Owner, Malene Grotrian Design Felicia Lo, Founder & Creative Director, Sweet Georgia Yarns Inc.  BUSINESS & THE PROFESSIONS Nilusha Alibhai, Vice-President, Scotiabank Tracey Arnish, Global Vice President, Talent Experience SAP Canada Maryse Belanger, Senior Vice President, Technical Services Goldcorp Ambrosia Humphrey, Vice-President of HR, HootSuite Darlene Hyde, Executive Director, NAIOP Vancouver Baila Lazarus, News Features & Managing Editor, Business in Vancouver Fiona Macfarlane, Managing Partner & Chief Inclusiveness Officer, Ernst & Young Monique Mercier, Senior VP, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary, TELUS Izumi Miki McGruer, Regional Development Manager, Freedom 55 Financial Nancy Morison, Vice President of Operations, Coastal Contacts Inc. Lois Nahirney, Executive VP, Corporate Resources, Teekay Corporation Tina Osen, President & CEO, HUB International Insurance Brokers Bev Park, Former CFO, TimberWest Forest Corp. Cynthia Ramsay, Publisher & Owner, Jewish Independent Shauna Turner Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) Province of British Columbia Alexa Ulinder Baughen, VP, Investments & Communications, Anthem Properties  COMMUNITY BUILDING Amy Chan, Founder, OncoSec Medical Inc. Kasondra Cohen, President, Face of Today Kamal Dhillon, President, Black & Blue Sari Amanda Gibbs, Principal, Public Assembly Jo-Ann Turner, Former President, BC Bereavement Helpline  EDUCATION, TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT Natacha Beim, CEO & Founder, CEFA Early Learning Mary Boni, Associate Dean Pro Tem, Kwantlen Polytechnic University Elizabeth Croft, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, UBC Claire Cupples, Dean, SFU Faculty of Science Raminder Dosanjh, Retired Assistant Department Head, ELSA, VCC Shehni Dossa, Judge, Provincial Court of British Columbia Robin Hemmingsen, Dean, School of Business, BCIT Lynn Jest, Director, Continuing Education, Capilano University Cathy Kuzel, President & Founder, The Connected Woman Jennifer Pearson Terell, Educator, BC TEAL Laurie Sterritt, CEO, BC Aboriginal Mine Training Association Mary Lynn Young, Associate Dean, Communications & Strategy, UBC  ENTREPREEURSHIP Karen Flavelle, CEO, Purdy's Chocolatier Allison Hegedus, President, Vida Wellness Spas Barbara Mowat, President, Impact Communications Ltd. Carol Newell, Founding Investor & Principal, Renewal Partners Kim Picket, Principal & Creative Director, KIMBO Design Shahrzad Rafati, Founder & CEO, BroadbandTV

Megan Sheldon, Principal, Narrative Communications Inc. Shannon Susko, CEO, Subserveo Inc.  ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY Mae Burrows, Founder, Toxic Free Canada Connie Linder, Founder, GreenPages Directory & Insight Creative Communications Anne Murray, VP, Community & Environmental Affairs, Vancouver Airport Authority Lyda Salatian, Founder & Program Director, The Lower Mainland Green Team  HEALTH, WELLNESS & ATHLETICS Maureen de St. Croix, Founder & Head Coach, Ocean Athletics Nikola Girke, Athlete, Canadian Olympic Sailing Team at Sail Canada Cathleen Graham, Head Coach, Aquatics, Special Olympics Burnaby Maureen McGrath, Registered Nurse Kathy Newman, Retired, BC Wheelchair Sports Association Wendy Pattenden, CEO, Canadian Sport Institute Pacific Cathy Priestner Allinger, Chair, viaSport Johanna, Ward, Host & Fitness Coach, Shaw TV's go! Vancouver Laura Watson, Sport Development Lead, viaSport  NON-PROFIT & PUBLIC SERVICE Debbie Butt, Director, Marketing & Communications, Canuck Place Children's Hospice Jill Calder, Executive Director, New View Society Jill Earthy, Regional Director, BC & Yukon Canadian Youth Business Foundation Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade Tracy Porteous, Executive Director, Ending Violence Association of BC Linda Reid, Duputy Speaker of the House, British Columbia Legislature Wendy Slavin, CEO, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - BC/Yukon Region Cheryl Treliving, Executive Director, Boston Pizza Foundation Irene Tsepnopoulos-Elhaimer, Executive Director, Women Against Violence Against Women Rape Crisis Centre Dianne Watts, Mayor, City of Surrey Jessi Zielke, Director, Strategic Initiatives Industry Training Authority  TECHNOLOGY, SCIENCE & RESEARCH Catherine Aczel Boivie, CEO & Chair, CanWIT, Division of CATAAlliance B. Lynn Beattie, UBC, Faculty of Medicine Sheina Macadam, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon, Dr Sheina Macadam Inc. DeborahMoney, VP of Research, BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre Cheryl Slusarchuk, Partner, Blakes Cassels and Graydon  YOUNG WOMAN OF DISTINCTION Shauna Beaudoin, Founder, Connekt Marketing & Co-Founder, Team Awesome Sara Eftekhar, Youth Activist, CCR, Civic Iranian Youth Navi Gill, Co-Founder, Global Girl Power Parys Liu, Founder, KARE Power Chanel Ly, Board Member Sustainable SFU Ceilidh Millar, Founder, End Bullying Through Peer Advocacy Brittany Palmer, Founder, Unlock your Future: The Key to Scholarships

BUSINESSES & ORGANIZATIONS Pacific Blue Cross Vancouver City Savings (Vancity)


OUR MANDATE ALIGNS WITH YOURS The Awards Gala dinner is an opportunity to bring awareness to YWCA initiatives and programs that improve the lives of women and their families across Metro Vancouver. From quality subsidized early learning and care programs for the babies of teen mothers, to safe, affordable housing for impoverished single mothers and their children; from mentorship and employment services to art therapy for children who have witnessed abuse, the YWCA provides more than 43 integrated programs and services in 28 locations to serve those most in need. Women of Distinction sponsors are community leaders as well. They believe in and actively recognize positive change women make within their organizations and beyond. They are actively building and strengthening our community. They encourage and nurture innovation. They believe in social change. Women of Distinction sponsors receive a high-level of visibility before, during and after the event, further imprinting themselves in the minds of our distinguished guests, volunteers, nominees and the public as they are reminded that these Awards would not be possible without their support.

WE ARE LISTENING. WE ARE EVOLVING. Our sponsors have innovative ideas. This is why we strive to treat each one as valued partner and collaborator. Each year the Women of Distinction Awards Gala incorporates the best suggestions we receive because this helps us evolve and respond to the unique needs of our sponsors. We look forward to working with you to craft a unique and exciting opportunity for your organization. New Features for 2014: • •

Sponsor Wall - Opportunity to thank and profile our Gold and Silver sponsors. Red Carpet Experience – Logo Wall

WOMEN OF DISTINCTION AWARDS - GOOD FOR BUSINESS •

Nominate a Woman of Distinction: A powerful and meaningful way to recognize and appreciate partners, clients, employees and suppliers.

Profile a social enterprise or a unique product line: From pre-event treats to table centerpieces, we offer a number of ways to profile an important element of your business.

Community Leadership: More powerful than advertising, sponsoring the Nominees’ Reception or an award category turns your marketing dollars into action. Recognizing innovative leaders while supporting a good cause is a strong message.


SPONSORSHIP: PROFILE YOUR COMPANY YWCA Metro Vancouver’s Women of Distinction Awards is an opportunity for your company to be affiliated with a first-class event that recognizes inspiring leaders and role models in Metro Vancouver. Your company also partners with an organization that has an excellent reputation for its social programs and services for women and their families. EXPERIENTIAL BENEFITS  Philanthropic contribution to community  Intimate contact with a receptive audience at a positively charged evening  Opportunity to share the Awards experience with your clients or employees

TANGIBLE BENEFITS  Corporate awareness and exposure  Branding and marketing  Opportunity to engage employees through volunteering

“Often we think of the accomplishments of the Women of Distinction nominees as singular events, but it is the snowball effect of their actions and attitudes that truly affect positive change. Scotiabank is honoured to be involved in an event that celebrates these remarkable achievements in our community." -Nilusha Alibhai Vice President, North Coast and Fraser Valley District, Scotiabank “Receiving a Women of Distinction Award is one of the highlights of my career, precisely because it came from the YWCA, an organization I have long admired. Our community is a richer and more resilient place because of the leadership of the YWCA and the work it has done to address the complex social problems that impact women and their families.” -Tamara Vrooman Past Recipient, Business & the Professions CEO, Vancity Credit Union “The Vancouver Sun is proud to be a longtime media sponsor of the YWCA’s Women of Distinction Awards, honouring and celebrating the many contributions of women to making our community more healthy, caring and dynamic.” -Valerie Casselton Managing Editor, The Vancouver Sun


2014 Women of Distinction Sponsorship Benefits at a Glance NUMBER OF OPPORTUNITIES CORPORATE AWARENESS & PROFILE Presenting Status Exclusive Sponsor of an Award Category Representative to Address the Audience Representative to Present an Award Representative to Address the Nominees' Reception Name attached to specific aspect of event (i.e. Centerpieces, DĂŠcor, Dessert, Video, Program, Auction) Verbal Introduction by Event Emcee BRANDING Company Logo Branded with Event Logo Company Logo or Name on Print Advertising Name on All Media Releases Logo on Event Materials Congratulatory Message in Event Souvenir Program (1,100+ Distributed) Logo or Name in Event Souvenir Program (1,100+ Distributed) Logo on Nomination Form Logo on Nominees' Reception Signage Logo on Ticket Order Form Logo on Email Blasts Logo or Name on General Event Sigange Logo on Event Jumbo Video Screens Logo on Connecting the Community Voting Web Page Logo or Name Hyperlink on Women of Distinction Website CLIENT & EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT Tickets for Event Invitation to Nominees' Reception Opportunity for Employees to Volunteer at Event Access to Event Logo, Photos & Nominee Biographies for Company Newsletters, EBlasts, Etc. Day Passes to YWCA Health + Fitness Centre

Presenting $20, 000

Gold $10,000

Nominees' Reception $7,500

Silver $5,000

Bronze $3,000

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*Additional recognition: Acknowledgement in YWCA newsletters, Annual Report, Donor Wall. **All 2014 Sponsors reserve first right of refusal for 2015 event.

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YWCA Women of Distinction Sponsorship Package  

2013 event report and 2014 sponsorship package. YWCA Metro Vancouver Women of Distinction Awards honour individuals whose outstanding achiev...