Women of Distinction Awards Gala
Frequently Asked Questions

Is YWCA Nutrien Women of Distinction a fundraiser?           

Yes.  The YWCA Nutrien Women of Distinction is the YWCAs largest fundraising event.  For 36 years the money raised has supported our community’s most vulnerable women and children. 

What is it raising funds for?

YWCA Regina serves over 7000 women and children in our community a year.  While we are best known for providing crisis services for our community’s most vulnerable women and children, we also provide education programs to young men and women and advocate for systemic change. 

With the support of events such as YWCA Nutrien Women of Distinction, we are able to have a real impact on the lives of women and families. In 2016, the YWCA Regina

- housed 480 women and children at My Aunt’s Place homeless shelter

- housed over 200 women at Kikanaw second stage and long term housing centre

- housed over 200 women and children at Isabel Johnson Violence against Women shelter

- housed 125 children in YWCA Emergency and Transition homes for children

- worked with over 300 individuals in our outreach program and 80% of these women and children found stable housing

- provided quality childcare for over 300 families and wellness programs for over 250 individuals

- provided over 100 mentorship relationships for young women

- 200 youth attended Power of Being You, empowerment programs, workshops and conferences.

Good things are taking place – but so much remains to be done.  Young women continue to struggle with issues of body image, healthy relationship and self-esteem. Young men are influenced by the messages of violence and sexism that pervade advertising and entertainment. Saskatchewan has the highest reported provincial rate of domestic violence and intimate partner homicide. Women living in poverty face barriers from landlords, public services, and potential employers. And lacking space, YWCA Regina turns away more than 500 women and 800 children from our shelters each year.

Your participation as a nominator, nominee or attendee has a real impact. 

With the purchase of a YWCA Nutrien Women of Distinction Gala ticket, you provide food for a woman or child for 18 days, an average stay at our shelters. 

With the purchase of a raffle box at the Gala event, you fund transportation for a young girl to attend YWCA Leadership Girlspace for one year

With a bid of $300 at the Silent Auction table, you provide weekly academic support for one child for a school year through mentoring.

Who can be nominated as a YWCA Nutrien Women of Distinction?

Nominating a member of your community who identifies as a woman has a significant impact on the life of the nominee, the community that she belongs to and the future advancement of women in every sphere. 

A Woman of Distinction has made a commitment to and a significant difference in her community or the larger world, and her achievements demonstrate vision, creativity and initiative.  Celebrating the achievements of women is important.

What is the suggested attire for the events?

The YWCA Nutrien Women of Distinction Nominee’s Reception is business casual or semi-formal and the YWCA Nutrien Women of Distinction Gala is semi-formal – formal.

How do I make sure that everyone is sitting together?

When purchasing tickets, you will be asked to identify who you would like to sit with.  Our committee will do their best to accommodate these requests.

Who do I contact if I have any dietary restrictions, special needs or mobility restrictions?

Please contact YWCA Events Coordinator – Julie Gobeil (julieg@ywcaregina.com)

How long is the event?

The YWCA Nutrien Women of Distinction Nominee’s Reception is schedule to run from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

The YWCA Nutrien Women of Distinction Gala is scheduled to run from 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

How do I buy tickets to the events?

You can purchase tickets to the YWCA Nutrien Women of Distinction Nominee’s Reception and the YWCA Nutrien Women of Distinction Gala on-line at www.womenofdistinctionregina.com, by calling 306-525-2141 ext. 130 or at the front desk of the YWCA Regina.

 

Nominees and Nominator

As a nominee and nominator, how do I receive my tickets?

Nominees will receive by mail two complementary tickets to the Nominee’s Reception and at the YWCA Nutrien Women of Distinction Gala your name will be added to the guest list as a guest of the YWCA Regina.

Nominators will receive by mail one complementary ticket to the Nominee’s Reception.

What if I can’t attend one of the events?

If you are unable to make the YWCA Nutrien Women of Distinction Nominees Reception, we ask that you please let us know as soon as possible and that you provide us with a head shot to be used in the Gala promotion and program. 

What do nominees do at the YWCA Nutrien Women of Distinction Nominee’s Reception?

Nominees must arrive at 1:00pm (one hour prior to the event) for a photo and a briefing on the Reception Program. Someone from our committee will be at the door to guide you to the nominee area. Dress is business casual or semi-formal. At this event you will be introduced and a short biography will be read as you come on stage to receive your certificate of nomination and a rose. There is no speaking required on your part. A photographer will take a picture of each nominee for our Gala program and media announcements.

What do nominees do at the YWCA Nutrien Women of Distinction Gala?

The Gala provides an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate the outstanding achievements that you and other women have made.  We ask that all nominees gather at the end of the cocktail period (6:05pm) for the grand entrance.  Following the grand entrance, you are welcome to join your family and friends and enjoy the evening.

What to expect if I am a recipient of a Women of Distinction Award?

As a recipient your name will be called and you will be ask to come to the stage will have 2 – 3 minutes max to speak.  After you will be escorted, along with the award presenter, for a recipient photo.

How do I find more information about being a nominee?

Our Events Coordinator will send you a nominee’s information package.  Please keep an eye on your email!