Women of Distinction Awards Gala
Frequently Asked Questions
When is the 2019 YWCA Nutrien Regina Women of Distinction Awards Gala?
The Gala takes place on Thursday, May 2, 2019, at the Queensbury Convention Centre - 1700 Elphinstone St. in Regina. Cocktails begin at 5:30 pm and the official program begins at 6pm. There will be a three-course meal, a cash bar, a keynote speaker (to be announced), a raffle with many great items, and of course the awards presentation. The Gala ends at approximately 9:30 pm.
Is Women of Distinction a fundraiser?
Yes. The YWCA Nutrien Women of Distinction Awards is the YWCA Regina’s largest fundraising event. For 37 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 the Women of Distinction Awards, 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. Saskatchewan has the highest reported provincial rate of domestic violence and intimate partner homicide. Young women continue to struggle with issues of body image, healthy relationships and self-esteem, as well as messages of violence and sexism that pervade advertising and entertainment. 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.
Who can be nominated as a Woman of Distinction?
Nominating a woman in your community 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 and/or the larger world, and her achievements demonstrate vision, creativity and initiative.
Please visit the Nominate Tab for Nomination guidelines and forms.
What is the suggested attire for the event?
The YWCA Nutrien Women of Distinction Awards Gala is semi-formal to 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.
What if I have any dietary restrictions, special needs or mobility restrictions?
You will have an opportunity to specify these things when purchasing your ticket(s) to the Gala.
How do I buy tickets to the Gala?
Ticket sales are going live shortly! Keep an eye out on this page. You may also buy Gala tickets in person at YWCA Regina, or over the phone, if you prefer not to purchase online. The YWCA Regina is located at 1940 McIntyre Street, and to purchase a ticket you can call the YWCA at 306 525 2141.
As a nominee, how do I receive my ticket to the Gala?
Nominees attend the Nutrien Women of Distinction Gala free of charge. As a nominee, your name will be added to the guest list and you will not require a physical ticket.
What if I can’t attend the Gala?
If you are unable to make the YWCA Nutrien Women of Distinction Awards Gala, we ask that you please let us know as soon as possible. You may ask a family member or friend to attend in place of you and take your complimentary ticket, and should you receive an award, we will accept on your behalf and arrange to get the award to you ASAP after the Gala.
As a nominee, is there anything else expected of me other than attending the Gala?
We will need a headshot of each nominee for our Awards Gala program. There will be dates set up with our photographer to facilitate these photos. Date TBD.
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 (approximately 6:00pm) 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 announced at the Gala and you will be ask to come to the stage to accept your award and will have 2 – 3 minutes to speak. After you will be escorted, along with the award presenter, for a recipient photo.