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North Shore nominees announced for 2021 Women of Distinction Awards

10 outstanding women selected for upcoming virtual awards

Just in time for International Women’s Day, 10 outstanding North Shore nominees have been selected for this year’s Women of Distinction Awards, it was announced today.

The 38th annual YWCA Women of Distinction Awards honours individuals and organizations across 12 nomination categories whose achievements contribute to the well-being of their community.

The awards are also the YWCA’s signature fundraising event in order to support its programs and services for people across Metro Vancouver.

Award recipients will be announced at a virtual event on June 7.

This year’s nominees from North Vancouver are:

Business & the Professions
Michele Matthews – COO, AG Hair

Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Patrice Mousseau – Founder, Satya Organics Inc

Environmental Sustainability
Melina Scholefield – Professional Engineer and Manager, Green Infrastructure Implementation, City of Vancouver

Health & Wellness
Karen Kobel – Owner, Kahlena Movement Studio

Denise Williams – CEO, First Nations Technology Council

Young Woman of Distinction
Reeva Billy – Indigenous Community Liaison, BC Arts Council &Indigenous youth intern, Ministry or Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport


This year’s nominees from West Vancouver are:

Arts, Culture & Design
Ana Maria Llanos – Principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects

Business & the Professions

Kathryn Player – Senior Vice-president of People at Canfor

Community Champion
Jean Rasmussen – Founder & Executive Director, Canucks Family Education Centre

Health & Wellness
Serena Kassam – Pediatric Dentist, UBC & BC Children’s Hospital and Associate Clinical Professor, UBC

Young Woman of Distinction
Imaan Jiwa – Founder, COVIDhelp Vancouver


Visit the YWCA website for a full list of this year’s nominees or to get tickets for this year’s virtual event.

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