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35th Annual Women of Distinction Awards Celebrate Contributions, Leadership


Saskatoon, SK—At the Thursday, May 26, 2016 Women of Distinction Awards Dinner, 55 nominees were recognized for their contributions and leadership to Saskatoon and area.

The evening’s theme was “inspiration” as ten final award recipients were announced, with a crowd of 700 friends, family, colleagues, and sponsors.

Dr. Maureen Reed of the University of Saskatchewan’s School of Environment and Sustainability accepted the Women of Distinction Award for Lifetime Achievement for 2016 from PotashCorp’s Leanne Bellegarde, Director of Diversity and Inclusion.

“With this award, YWCA Saskatoon is excited to recognize Dr. Maureen Reed for her many accomplishments and her lifetime of work in building resilient, sustainable communities in our natural world. Maureen and each of our inspiring 2016 nominees are leading the way to enrich our community in many ways,” said Shannon Zook, Executive Director, YWCA Saskatoon.

The ten 2016 Women of Distinction award recipients are:

Arts, Culture and Heritage Award – Jeanette Lynes

Athletics Award – Muriel Gieni

Community Building Award – Maria Jane Linklater

Education Award – Daphne Taras

Entrepreneurship Award – Chantal Hounjet

Health & Wellness Award – Leah Ferguson

Leadership & Professions Award – Peta Bonham-Smith

Research & Technology Award – Lalita Bharadwaj

Under 29 Award – Devon Fiddler

Lifetime Achievement Award – Maureen Reed

The YWCA Women of Distinction Awards® are recognized nationally as one of the most prestigious awards for women. Since 1982, the awards have honoured hundreds of women for their extraordinary contributions to Saskatoon and area.

As the single largest annual fundraiser for YWCA community programs, the Women of Distinction Awards event relies on sponsorship including longstanding title sponsor, PotashCorp. Funds raised at the event touch the lives of thousands of women and families who access local services at the YWCA.

For more information about YWCA Saskatoon and the Women of Distinction Awards, contact:

Joy-Ann Allin

Director of Development and Communications,

YWCA Saskatoon

(306) 244-7034 extension 132