YWCA Muskoka Announces 14 Nominees For Women Of Distinction Award

Back row: Ellen Duffield, Erin Kerr, Kai Rannick, Margaret Dollar, Kim Aitken. Middle row: Sandra Winspear, Darlene Poirier, Kalleen Turchet, Marie Lloyd, Diane Litchfield, Karen Patterson. Bottom row: J'aime Payne, Cailan Punnewaert. Absent: Patti Hanrath. Photo courtesy of YWCA Muskoka

Fourteen local women have been nominated for YWCA Muskoka’s annual Women of Distinction Award, which honours women that go above and beyond for their community and inspire others to do the same.

Nominees and their nominators joined sponsors, staff and volunteers at a reception in Bracebridge on Oct. 8 where they were introduced to the full slate of nominees for this year’s gala. The Women of Distinction Awards Gala is a YWCA fundraising event that celebrates women’s accomplishments and is recognized by YWCA chapters across the country. The awards will be presented on Friday, Oct. 25 at the 18th Annual Women of Distinction Gala at the Mark O’Meara golf course at Grandview in Huntsville.  

“Over 250 women in Muskoka have been nominated since the award’s inception in 2003,” said Hannah Lin, executive director of YWCA Muskoka. “These women are catalysts for change and are breaking new ground and old barriers to improved the lives of others.”

2019 Nominees: 

  1. Kim Aitken, Huntsville
  2. Margaret Dollar, Utterson
  3. Ellen Duffield, Rosseau
  4. Patti Hanrath, Huntsville
  5. Erin Kerr, Bracebridge
  6. Diane Litchfield, Huntsville
  7. Marie Lloyd, Huntsville
  8. Karen Patterson, Huntsville
  9. J’aime Payne, Huntsville
  10. Darlene Poirer, Utterson
  11. Cailan Punnewaert, Rosseau
  12. Kai Rannick, Kearney
  13. Kalleen Turchet, Bracebridge
  14. Sandra Winspear, Bracebridge

Event tickets can be purchased on the YWCA Muskoka website and attendees can reserve their own seats online. Tickets can also be purchased at the YWCA Office at 440 Ecclestone Drive in Bracebridge. Silent auction items are being accepted – contact the YWCA at 705-645-9827 or at office@ywcamuskoka.com to donate.


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