International Women's Week - Meet the 2008 Women of Distinction before the rest of Toronto

    TORONTO, March 3 /CNW/ -

    When:       Tuesday March 4th, 2008

                10:00-10:30  Pre-interviews and photo-ops with the 2008 Women
                              of Distinction.

                10:30        Talk-show style discussion with Women of
                              Distinction exploring the Roots of Women's

    Where:      YWCA Bergamot Residence at 68 Bergamot Ave. (off Islington
                 Ave. north of HWY 401) YWCA Toronto's newest affordable
                 housing project in Etobicoke

    Who:        Mary Aitken   Entrepreneurship
                Zahra Dhanani   Social Change
                Ayan Hersi   Young Woman of Distinction
                Deepa Mehta   President's Award(*)
                Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy   Communications(*)
                Fran Odette   Access & Equity
                Rose Patten   Corporate Leadership(*)
                Kelly Thornton   Arts & Letters

    Photo Opp:  With the help of boys and girls from the YWCA Bergamot
                 Childcare centre, recipients will sow seedlings in
                 preparation for the daycare's community garden, representing
                 how Women of Distinction sow seeds of equality with the next

    The awards will be conferred at the 28th annual Women of Distinction
Awards Dinner, presented by Sun Life Financial, at the Metro Toronto
Convention Centre on June 3, 2008. This event is YWCA Toronto's largest annual
fundraiser. YWCA offers over 30 programs across Toronto, supporting women at
turning points in their lives.

    For the full list of Women of Distinction or for more information about
the awards visit and for information

    (*)These recipients are available for interviews before and after the
    press conference, but will not be present.

For further information:

For further information: Amanda Dale, Director of Advocacy and
Communications, (416) 961-8100, x350

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