YMCA Women of Excellence
The YMCA Women of Excellence Awards is a unique event hosted every two years by the YMCA of Southwestern Ontario. The awards gala recognizes eight extraordinary women whose outstanding contributions positively impact the vitality of the local, regional, or global community.
Funds raised from this event directly support the Community Starts Here campaign, helping to create opportunities so no one in our communities gets left behind.
YMCA Women of Excellence Awards Gala
May 16, 2023
RBC Place London
BMO Blue Lounge Reception: 5:00 pm
Dinner: 6:00 pm
Tickets: $175 per seat, or $1750 per table of 10
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Dr. Lauretta Frederking
Arts, Culture, Education & Training
Sponsored by TD
Recognizes impactful contributions to the creative arts, culture, or heritage in the community; or leadership in education through teaching, research, training and development or alternative learning programs.
Dr. Lauretta Frederking is recognized as a true leader and a strong women’s advocate ensuring students can access an inclusive and empowering education above all else.
Business & Professions
Sponsored by PwC
Recognizes achievement in a business or profession in the public, private or non-profit sector.
Deb Matthews is recognized for a rapid political rise, building positive, inclusive and engaging work and volunteer cultures in politics, and taking every opportunity to support other women in their own journeys.
Sponsored by Scotiabank
Recognizes a self-identified woman of colour, LGBTQ2+ member, or woman with a disability who through their personal or professional experience, has broken down barriers for themselves or made significant improvements that benefit others in their profession, industry or community.
Kathleen Holland is recognized as a leader and role model in the LGBTQ2+ community, ensuring everyone receives access to equal benefits, fair treatment, and safe spaces in the workplace. She has been a role model to countless women over the past 30 years.
Sponsored by RBC
Recognizes impact and advocacy in Social Justice through work or by taking action against social, ethnic, or gender inequalities.
Allison DeBlaire is recognized as a determined, inspirational, and empathetic advocate for those living in extreme poverty, and as community connector, Allison develops strong partnerships, mentors many, and transforms lives.
Sponsored by Ivey Business School at Western University and Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Recognizes achievement in organizing and operating a business or businesses, taking on considerable financial risks and other initiatives to do so.
Karen Fryday-Field is recognized as a powerful example for female entrepreneurs, working to address governance effectiveness and strategy, enabling results by advancing integrity, prudence, and equity, while sharing her energy and compassion with all.
Dr. Jackie Schleifer-Taylor
Health, Science & Technology
Sponsored by Lerners
Recognizes outstanding achievement or contributions to the health, wellness, science, or technology industries.
Dr. Jackie Schleifer Taylor in her role as President and CEO of London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) is recognized for her holistic and inclusive vision to think beyond the scope of LHSC as a London organization.
Dr. Victoria Paraschak
Sport, Fitness & Recreation
Sponsored by EY
Recognizes significant impact and contribution to fitness and athletics, through recreation community programs, education and amateur or professional sports.
Dr. Victoria Paraschak is recognized as a leader in teaching a feminist perspective of sport, challenging traditional, gender-based norms in the face of resistance. She champions change to transform culture in sport and education, creating more equity and inclusivity for women.
Maggie Mac Neil
Young Woman of Excellence
Sponsored by Brescia University College
Recognizes a young leader (18 to 30 years of age) who demonstrates inspiring commitment, achievement, and leadership in their community, school, or workplace.
Maggie Mac Neil is recognized for her dedication and achievement as one of the world’s best female competitive swimmers, inspiring a new generation of young women by reaching incredible milestones while excelling academically.