YWCA Hamilton announces their 2023 Women of Distinction

YWCA Hamilton has freshly announced their 2023 Women of Distinction: an annual award that recognizes exceptional women in Hamilton for their efforts to lead, innovate, and empower. 

The 2023 awards gala – returning to an in-person format for the first time since the pandemic began – was held on March 2nd to celebrate the 65 exceptional women nominated for this honour. 

Of those 65 nominees, 8 winners were announced; including those honoured in specialized categories. 

The 2023 YWCA Women of Distinction include community organizer and artist Marybeth Leis Druery; pediatrician Natasha Johnson; Ph.D. researcher Shaila Jamal; women’s cardiovascular health researcher Sonia Anand; and public relations & outreach specialist Victoria Mancinelli. 

Additionally, community leader and volunteer Janice Shearer was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award; fourth year McMaster biomedical engineering student Shayna Earle was named this year’s Young Trailblazer; and Tamika Tulloch – a graduate of the YWCA construction craft work pre-apprenticeship program – was named Honourary Woman of Distinction. 

A full list of the winners and their biographies can be found on the YWCA Hamilton website

Lead image courtesy of @YWCA_Hamilton

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