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Joan Borsa to receive Women of Distinction Lifetime Achievement Award


Saskatoon, SK—Professor Joan Borsa has been named the 2015 Women of Distinction Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Borsa is a prominent member of Saskatchewan’s art community and a leading academic in the fields of gender, representation, and cultural studies. Her legacy has established our province’s women artists as vital contributors to prairie culture with growing international recognition.

“With this award, we are delighted to celebrate Joan Borsa for her accomplished career. Joan and each of the nominees we are recognizing are women who inspire and lead, and ultimately make a difference in our larger community” said Barb Macpherson, Executive Director, YWCA Saskatoon.

This year’s record number of nominees for the Women of Distinction Awards stands at 59 women in in 10 award categories. The 2015 Women of Distinction nominees are:

Arts, Culture & Heritage Education Leadership & Professions
Tasha HubbardRandi BarkerSharon L. Acoose
Sherry HudsonJanet ChristBetty Ann Adam
Miranda JonesSheila EricksonCeCe Baptiste
Leslee NewmanLori KindrachukKelly Bode
Alison NorlenKaron ShmonTamara Bowman
Connie TenaskiNetha Dyck
AthleticsCarlene WalterMichelle J. Ouellette, Q.C.
Michelle DucheneAvon WhittlesFrances Wach
Elva Taylor
Reagan WildemanEntrepreneurshipResearch & Technology
Jacqui FleuryDeborah Anderson
Community BuildingKatrina GermanMarli Bells and Brittany Melnyk
Jennifer ChouinardCorrin HarperAzita Haddadi
Sylvia CoryAmanda SoulodreTanya Holt
Shannon HillJessica TetuSylvia van den Hurk
Namarta KocharMelissa WyantJulita Vassileva
Ephtymia Kutsogiannis
Chickadee MorinHealth & WellnessU29
Shawna NelsonShirley BertheletMaile Crowe and Danica Slattery
Christine RuysJan Heibert and Shelly LuhningDevon Fiddler
Jami YoungStacey HornickJennifer Hildebrand
Jacqueline LavalleeKayla Ingram
Treena WynesErica Violet Lee

The YWCA Women of Distinction Awards are recognized nationally as one of the most prestigious awards for women. Since 1982, Saskatoon’s Women of Distinction Awards have honoured hundreds of women for their inspirational leadership and extraordinary contributions to our community.

 The Awards Dinner will be held on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at TCU Place. Tickets are selling quickly and can be purchased on Picatic at www.ywcasaskatoon.com or by calling (306) 244-7034 x 121.

Funds raised every year through the Women of Distinction Awards Dinner stay here in our community, designated for YWCA Saskatoon programs and services for women and their families.

For more information about YWCA Saskatoon or to schedule an interview, contact:

Joy-Ann Allin

Director of Development and Communications,

YWCA Saskatoon

306 244 7034 extension 132