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Kathryn Ford Recognized as Women of Distinction Lifetime Achievement Recipient

Saskatoon, SK—Kathryn Ford has been named the 2017 Women of Distinction Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Kathryn is a force in Saskatchewan’s legal community and has done pioneering work in collaborative law. Her work ensures that all voices are heard and that decisions are made collectively.

She also has been responsible for building capacity for community organizations, including the YWCA and the Prairie Hospice Society, leading expansion and transformation that has strengthened our community and empowered individuals.

“With this award, our community is celebrating all the significant contributions Kathryn has made to empowering others over the years, and all she is still doing. Several years ago, Kathryn was instrumental in building up our own organization during a time of expansion of services and facility. To see Kathryn chosen by our independent selection committee, and recognized publicly as a Woman of Distinction, seems very fitting,” said Shannon Zook, Chief Executive Officer, YWCA Saskatoon.

10 Awards are announced at the upcoming May 31 Awards Dinner. The 2017 Women of Distinction nominees are:

Arts, Culture & Heritage:

Sandra Fraser

Dr. Joan Halmo

Yvette Nolan

Dawn Woroniuk


Darlene Danyliw

Carla Little

Sandra Nicholat

Community Building:

Twyla Baschuk

Connie den Hollander

Judy Hannah

Carin Holroyd

Shirley Isbister

Shelley James

Chantelle Johnson

Caval Olson-Lepage

Keisha Sharp

Marlee Walker


Claudette Degagné-Ellis

Lana Elias

Cathy Mills

Dr. Janet Mola Okoko

Patti Rowley

Kelly Van Damme

Dr. Chelsea Willness


Mackenzie Firby

Shaina Lynden

Jessica Tetu

Health & Wellness:

Noreen Agrey

Jana Danielson

Dr. Vicki Holmes

Blanche Johnston

Haylie Lashta

Dr. Amy Morris

Dorthea Swiftwolfe

Patricia Tait

Ceal Tournier

Leadership & Professions:

Nykea Behiel

Kari Calder

Joy Crawford

Uyen Huynh

Nancy Lautner

Véronique Loewen

Louise Oelke

Research & Technology:

Jacqueline Cook

Dr. Erika Dyck

29 & Under:

Maizie Bowkowy

Ashlyn George

Renata Huyghebaert

Anna Tavares

Lifetime Achievement Recipient:

Kathryn Ford, Q.C.

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 leadership and contributions to our community.

The Awards Dinner is proudly presented by PotashCorp, and has raised over $500,000 for YWCA programs since 2012. This year’s Awards Dinner will be held on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at TCU Place. Tickets can be purchased on Picatic at www.ywcasaskatoon.com or by calling (306) 244-7034 x 121.

Funds raised through the Women of Distinction Awards Dinner stay here in our community, designated for vital YWCA Saskatoon programs and services nurturing the well-being of 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