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YWCA Vancouver Honors Women and Inclusion

Posted by Alisa | 06.04.14

2014 YWCA Women of Distinction AwardQEQ’s president Alisa Choi Darcy was honored last night as one of 58 inspiring women and one workplace in Metro Vancouver. In its 31-year history, fewer than 2000 women have been nominated for the prestigious YWCA Women of Distinction Award.

A big “Xie Xie” to Lynn Moran, executive director, AMSSA, for nominating Alisa, as well as Mark Hartman, City of Vancouver – Sustainability Dept., Farah Kotadia, formerly of DIVERSEcity, and Margaret Page, District 21 Toastmasters, for their humbling letters of recommendations.

More than 1,000 people gathered at the Westin Bayshore last night to celebrate their achievements in the categories of

  • Arts, Culture & Design
  • Business & the Professions
  • Community Building
  • Education, Training & Development
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Health & Wellness
  • Non-Profit & Public Service
  • Technology, Science & Research
  • Young Woman of Distinction
  • Outstanding Workplace

To meet the 2014 YWCA Women of Distinction award recipients, click HERE!

Congratulations to Shashi Assanand, founder and executive director for the past 22 years of AMSSA member agency Vancouver and Lower Mainland Family Support ServicesShashi was the winner of the Women of Distinction Award – Community Building. At last year’s AMSSA AGM, it was my honor to hear Shashi’s story and to present her the Service Recognition Staff Award for her tireless work in the immigrant settlement sector as well as the anti-violence sector for over 35 years.

AMSSA is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Diversity Awards. Click here to learn more.

Thank you to YWCA Metro Vancouver, presenting sponsor, Scotiabank, all the volunteers and guests for paying tribute and celebrating 58 passionate, creative and dedicated visionaries. The work YWCA Metro Vancouver does helps women, such as single mom, Allie, change their lives, for a stronger and more welcoming community. Visit the YWCA Vancouver YouTube channel to see Allie’s story.