Malene Nominated for YWCA Women of Distinction Award!

April 17, 2013
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We are very excited to share this wonderful news with you! Malene Grotrian has been nominated for the 2013 YWCA Women of Distinction Awards! She is nominated in the Arts, Culture and Design category. Click Here to take a look at all of the amazing women nominated for this years 30th annual Women of Distinction awards. Award recipients will be announced on May 28 at the Awards dinner at the Westin Bayshore. All nominees were featured in April 16th’s Vancouver Sun Page C6.






















April 17, 2013

VANCOUVER, BC: YWCA Metro Vancouver is pleased to announce 83 extraordinary nominees for our 30th annual Women of Distinction Awards.

This year’s nominees are:

Arts, Culture & Design

Penny Eder – Founder, White Dog Studio Gallery
Chan Hon Goh – Goh Ballet Academy/Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker/Principal by Chan Hon Goh
Malene Grotrian – Designer & Owner, Malene Grotrian Design
Felicia Lo – Founder & Creative Director, SweetGeorgia Yarns Inc.

Business & the Professions

Nilusha Alibhai – Vice President, Scotiabank, North Coast & Fraser Valley
Tracey Arnish – Global Vice President, Talent Experience, SAP Canada
Maryse Belanger – Senior Vice President, Technical Services, Goldcorp Inc.
Ambrosia Humphrey – Vice President, Human Resources, HootSuite
Darlene Hyde – Executive Director, NAIOP Vancouver
Baila Lazarus – News Features Editor, Business in Vancouver & Managing Editor, Invest Northwest Newspaper
Fiona Macfarlane – Chief Inclusiveness Officer & Managing Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
Monique Mercier – Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary, TELUS
Izumi Miki McGruer – Regional Development Manager, Freedom 55 Financial & Quadrus Investment Services
Nancy Morison – Vice President, Operations, Coastal Contacts Inc.
Lois Nahirney – Executive Vice President, Corporate Resources, Teekay Corporation
Tina Osen – President & CEO, HUB International Insurance Brokers
Bev Park – Former CFO & Former Acting CEO, TimberWest Forest Corp. & Strategic Advisor
Cynthia Ramsay – Publisher & Owner, Jewish Independent
Shauna Turner – Assistant Deputy Minister, Province of BC
Alexa Ulinder Baughen – Vice President, Investments and Communications, Anthem Properties

Community Building

Amy Chan – Blogger,
Kasondra Cohen – President, Face of Today
Kamal Dhillon – President, Black and Blue Sari
Amanda Gibbs – Principal, Public Assembly
Jo-Ann Turner – Former President, BC Bereavement Helpline

Education, Training & Development

Natacha Beim – Founder & CEO, CEFA Early Learning
Mary Boni – Associate Dean Pro Tem, The Chip and Shannon Wilson School of Design, Kwantlen Polytechnic
Elizabeth Croft – Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, UBC
Claire Cupples – Dean of Science, SFU
Raminder Dosanjh – Retired Assistant Department Head, English Language Services for Adults (ELSA),
Vancouver Community College
Shehni Dossa – Judge, Provincial Court of BC
Robin Hemmingsen – Dean, School of Business, BCIT
Lynn Jest – Director, Continuing Education, Capilano University
Cathy Kuzel – President & Founder, The Connected Woman
Jennifer Pearson Terell – BC TEAL
Laurie Sterritt – CEO, BC Aboriginal Mine Training Association
Mary Lynn Young – Associate Dean, Communications & Strategy, UBC


Karen Flavelle – CEO, Purdy’s Chocolatier
Allison Hegedus – President, Vida Wellness Spas
Barbara Mowat – President, Impact Communications Ltd. & GrowYourBiz
Carol Newell – Founding Investor & Principal, Renewal Partners
Kim Pickett – Principal & Creative Director, KIMBO Design Inc.
Shahrzad Rafati – Founder & CEO, BroadbandTV
Megan Sheldon – Principal, Narrative Communications Inc.
Shannon Susko – President, DST Subserveo & Co-Founder & Former CEO, Subserveo Inc.

Environmental Sustainability

Mae Burrows – Founder, Toxic Free Canada
Connie Linder – Founder & Principal, GreenPages Directory & Insight Creative Communications
Anne Murray – Vice President, Community & Environmental Affairs, Vancouver Airport Authority
Lyda Salatian – Founder & Program Director, The Lower Mainland Green Team (LMGT)

Health, Wellness & Athletics

Maureen de St. Croix – Founder & Head Coach, Ocean Athletics
Nikola Girke – Three-time Canadian Olympian
Cathleen Graham – Head Coach, Aquatics, Special Olympics Burnaby
Maureen McGrath – Registered Nurse & Host, The CKNW Sunday Night Sex Show
Kathy Newman – Retired, BC Wheelchair Sports Association
Wendy Pattenden – CEO, Canadian Sport Institute Pacific
Cathy Priestner Allinger – Chair, viaSport
Johanna Ward – Host, 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 – Deputy 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 (ITA)

Technology, Science & Research

Catherine Aczel Boivie – CEO & Chair, CanWIT Division of CATAAlliance
B. Lynn Beattie – UBC Division of Geriatric Medicine
Sheina Macadam – Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Deborah Money – Vice President, Research, BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre
Cheryl Slusarchuk – Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon

Young Woman of Distinction
Shauna Beaudoin – Founder, Connekt Marketing & Co-Founder, Team Awesome & Get Warm Project
Sara Eftekhar – Youth Activist
Navi Gill – Co-Founder, Global Girl Power
Parys Liu – Founder, K.A.R.E. Power
Chanel Ly – Board Member, Sustainable SFU
Ceilidh Millar – Founder, End Bullying Through Peer Advocacy
Brittany Palmer – Founder & Owner, Unlock your Future: The Key to Scholarships

Innovative Workplace
Pacific Blue Cross
Vancouver City Savings (Vancity)

Recognized nationally as Canada’s most prestigious awards for women, the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards honours individuals and organizations whose outstanding activities and achievements contribute to the well-being and future of our community.

This year we are proud to celebrate our 30th year of the Women of Distinction Awards. Since 1984, YWCA Metro Vancouver has paid tribute to more than 247 award recipients and more than 1450 nominees.

In addition to the 10 nomination categories, the individual nominees are eligible for the Connecting the Community Award where they select a YWCA program area in which they are interested and use social media such as Twitter and Facebook to promote votes. From April 24- May 17 the public can cast votes and the nominee with the most votes will receive the Connecting the Community Award. Scotiabank will donate $10,000 to the YWCA program area of her choice.

Award recipients will be announced on May 28, 2013 during the Awards dinner at the Westin Bayshore Hotel.

The 2013 Awards are presented by Scotiabank. Gold sponsors are BC Housing, BC Hydro, Goldcorp Inc., Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc., Port Metro Vancouver, TD Bank Group and Teck Resources Limited.

To purchase tickets for the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards please visit our website!tickets

YWCA Metro Vancouver is a registered charity, providing a range of integrated services for women and their families, and those seeking to improve the quality of their lives. From early learning and care to housing, health and fitness, employment services and leadership, YWCA Metro Vancouver touches lives in our communities.
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Chantelle Krish
Manager, Advocacy and Public Relations