Two North Shore leaders honoured at YWCA Women of Distinction Awards

Recipients announced May 13 in Vancouver

Two North Shore women have been recognized for their outstanding achievements at the 36th annual YWCA Women of Distinction awards on Tuesday.

West Vancouver’s Suzanne Lewis and North Van’s Jennifer Wildi were among the recipients honoured for their contributions to the well-being and future of our community.

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Lewis is the Chief Medical Advisor at the Pacific Autism Family Network, and leads innovative research collaborations in the discovery of new genes and environmental factors that cause autism spectrum disorder.

Suzanne Lewis
Suzanne Lewis at the 36th annual YWCA Women of Distinction Awards. photo supplied

Wildi meanwhile is the co-ordinator of Canuck Place visits and chairwoman of school visits with the Reading Bear Society. She’s responsible for enhancing the quality of life for children receiving palliative care, while also supporting underprivileged families.     

Jennifer Wildi
Jennifer Wildi at the 36th annual YWCA Women of Distinction Awards. photo supplied

More than 1,300 guests and volunteers came together at the JW Marriot Parq Vancouver to honour the 66 inspiring women and organizations.   

The YWCA Metro Vancouver was founded in 1897, and provides a range of integrated services for women and their families and those seeking to improve the quality of their lives.

YWCA Women of Distinction
Nominees gathered together for a group shot at the awards ceremony Monday. YWCA Metro Vancouver has paid tribute to 320 award recipients and over 1800 nominees since 1984. photo supplied

West Vancouver nominees:

Business & the Professions

Cathy Imrie - senior vice-president, business and CFO, Ocean Wise Conservation Association

Research, the Sciences & Technology

Suzanne Lewis – chief medical officer and vice-president research at Pacific Autism Family Network

North Vancouver nominees:

Business & the Professions

Tracey Arnish - chief member experience officer, Coast Capital Savings

Lisa Southern - founder and lawyer, Southern & Associates

Education, Training & Development

Doreen Manuel – director, Bosa Centre for Film and Animation, Capilano University


Lisa Hubbard – executive director, North Shore Neighbourhood House

Arts, Culture, Design

Jessica Bouchard – associate director, The Polygon Gallery

Young Woman of Distinction

Jennifer Wildi – UBC medical student, coordinator of Canuck Place visits and chair of school visits with the Reading Bear Society


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