YWCA Women of Distinction Event Breaks All records!

         Raises a record $1 Million to support more than 40 programs
                        for women and girls city-wide

    TORONTO, June 4 /CNW/ - At times emotional in the face of recipients'
moving stories of heroism and gratitude, guests were treated to a rollicking
evening with Host Suhana Meharchand keeping the pace engaging and up-beat.
    Toronto Mayor David Miller called YWCA "a treasure" in our city as 1700
guests teemed in to the Metro Convention centre to honour the courage and
commitment of 8 Women of Distinction while raising a record amount of money
for the city's oldest women's organization.
    Event Co-Chairs Cathy Riggall and Sylvia Chrominska appeared moved as
they came to the stage to tell a cheering crowd that their challenge to "raise
a million" had been met. "It is a wonderful achievement for a wonderful
organization", said Riggall. "I just love this organization and all it does
for women and girls".
    The money will go to help provide shelter, housing, employment
opportunities and support for girls facing the challenges of growing up. In
addition, YWCA is active in public policy and advocacy initiatives that
improve the opportunities for women and girls in Toronto and beyond.
Recipients, such as Film-maker Deepa Mehta, and her daughter Devyani Saltzman
were joined by Isabel Bassett, Bill Davis, Arlene Pearly-Rae, Barbara Hall,
John Tory, Annette Verschuren from Home Depot, Christine McGee of Sleep
Country Canada and others to mark the achievements of this year's recipients.

    In order of awards received:

    Kelly Thornton, Arts & Letters, presented by Cassels Brock
           Helping women take centre stage
    Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Communications, presented by EllisDon
           The pursuit of truth in the face of danger
    Zahra Dhanani, Social Change, presented by YWCA Toronto
           Spinning music and reforming law
    Ayan Hersi, Young Woman of Distinction, presented by CIBC
           Young woman of substance seeking international justice
    Fran Odette, Access & Equity, presented by Towers Perrin
           Forging disabled women's access to everyday life
    Rose Patten, Corporate Leadership, presented by Ernst & Young
           Paving the way for women in corporate Canada through collegiality
           and collaboration
    Mary Aitken, Entrepreneurship, presented by TD Bank Financial Group
           Building a business that makes "me" time into "we" time
    Deepa Mehta, President's Award, Isabel Bassett and Borden Ladner Gervais
           Directing our attention to women's lives

For further information:

For further information: Amanda Dale, cell: (416) 453-1916, Director,
Communications, YWCA Toronto

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