L'Oréal Paris Announces National Honouree at Awards Gala on International Women's Day

10 Honourees representing charitable causes from across Canada given $110,000 in charitable grants and celebrated at star-studded Awards Gala

TORONTO, March 8, 2017 /CNW/ - At its inaugural Women of Worth Awards Gala, L'Oréal Paris announced the recipient of its National Honouree financial grant. Of the 10 exceptional Canadian volunteer Honourees celebrated at the Awards Gala and given $100,000 in financial grants for their non-profit organizations, Eva von Jagow with DueNORTH was selected as the National Honouree and awarded an additional $10,000 grant for her cause.

"It has been a highlight of my career to meet and be inspired by such an outstanding group of women," said Stephanie Binette, General Manager, L'Oréal Paris in Canada. "While the financial grant will be a great help, L'Oréal Paris is committed in providing each Honouree with continuous guidance throughout the year in order to help their organizations prosper, with the mission of extending more resources to those in need. Congratulations to Eva on becoming our inaugural National Honouree and to all the Honourees for all that you have selflessly contributed to making our world a better place!"

The Women of Worth signature philanthropic program embodies the L'Oréal Paris belief that 'Every Woman Is Worth It' by elevating and celebrating women who find beauty in giving back.
The program honours 10 Canadian women who selflessly volunteer their time to serve and improve their communities. In its inaugural year in Canada, the program received more than 350 nominations which were judged by L'Oréal Paris, Points of Light, the world's largest volunteer service organization, and esteemed volunteer leadership experts. Selection criteria was based on the impact of the cause on the social fabric of the community, the nominee's ability to meet an unmet community need or concern, as well as the passion and innovation she has demonstrated to effect change.

This year's Women of Worth Honourees are Abirami Kirubarajan with Multicultural Youth CAN, Audrey Guth with Nanny Angel Network, Betty Lorraine Cornelius with CANGRANDS, Cheryl Perera with OneChild, Deanna McCarron with Kidzact, Eva von Jagow with DueNORTH, Kirsten Bourque with Street Feet at Sunshine House, Lia Grimanis with Up With Women, Nayiri Tavlian with Hay Doun, and Sheliza Kassam with Children's Birthday Miracles.

Actress, humanitarian and L'Oréal Paris spokesperson, Blake Lively gave a passionate speech introducing the Honourees. "It's an honour to be at the first ever L'Oréal Paris Women of Worth event in Canada. This program is near and dear to my heart, because these are the women who wake up every day and dedicate their lives to volunteering and improving the lives of others. Whether refugees, children who have been exploited, children who are hungry, or keeping kids off the street and out of trouble, there is so much incredible work these women do every single day."

At the Awards Gala, each Honouree was introduced by a prominent media personality including Cheryl Hickey and Sangita Patel from ET Canada, Chloe Wilde from etalk, Tracy Peart from Cityline and editors from Canadian Living, Chatelaine, Fashion, and The Kit.

For more information about the Honourees and their causes visit womenofworth.ca.

L'Oréal Paris is a division of L'Oréal Canada, a wholly-owned subsidiary of L'Oréal Group, the largest cosmetics company in the world. Headquartered in Montreal, L'Oréal Canada had sales of $1.054 billion in 2015 and employs more than 1,200 people. The company's prestigious portfolio of 35 brands encompasses all aspects of beauty. For more information visit www.lorealparis.ca.

SOURCE L'Oreal Paris

For further information: MEDIA CONTACT: L'Oréal Paris: Kristina Argento, 514.287.4661, kargento@ca.loreal.com; Cowan & Company: Margaret Batuszkin / Katherine Clark, 416.462.8773, margaret@cowanandcompany.net / katherine.clark@cowanandcompany.net

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