2021 is a landmark year for Women of Distinction, marking 40 years of celebrating the accomplishments of women in our community. Since 1981, the Women of Distinction Awards have recognized women from diverse backgrounds, each becoming a catalyst for change through their work, talent, skills and abilities.
This year, YWCA Regina will be using the Women of Distinction celebration to honour women in South Saskatchewan who have shown exceptional courage in answering the call to support their community during the COVID-19 Pandemic with reimaged categories including Health Care Hero, Frontline Worker, Pandemic Innovator, Community Champion, Entrepreneurship & Trades, and Young Women of Distinction.
Title Sponsor Nutrien Supports Diversity & Inclusion
Thanks to the generosity and ongoing support of Title Sponsor, Nutrien, YWCA Regina and the community will have the opportunity to celebrate and honour the finalists through a virtual event taking place on Saturday, May 29th.
Nutrien is a catalyst for change in their industry, and has supported the growth of diversity and inclusion in Saskatchewan’s landscape. As the world’s largest provider of crop outputs, services, and solutions, Nutrien feeds the future of global communities, including right here in Saskatchewan.
“We’re proud to play a role in recognizing the amazing women who are leaders in their field, inspire others to achieve their full potential, and strengthen our community. It encourages Nutrien to be the best company we can be – to be a champion for diversity, to lead with inclusion and to promote change across our province and our industry”, said Candace Laing, Vice President of Sustainability and Stakeholder Relations at Nutrien.
“Now, more than ever, acknowledging the many contributions of women in our communities, especially those on the frontlines of this pandemic, remains incredibly important,” says YWCA CEO Melissa Coomber-Bendtsen, “What has stood out in these challenging times is the support and generosity of our community and partners. Nutrien’s continued support and commitment to building community means so much to our organization, and we are excited to partner with them once again to recognize the outstanding achievements of women in Southern Saskatchewan.”
Women of Distinction Honours Courageous Community-minded Women
Women across the globe have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, representing 70 per cent of all job losses. In addition, 56 per cent of women workers held occupations in the 5C’s category: caring, cashiering, catering, cleaning and clerical functions. Many of these positions are essential workers, meaning women have had to risk their health and safety for the overall good of our community through the pandemic. YWCA Regina is honoured to use this celebration to thank those women who have done so much to keep our community safe and thriving through challenging times.
The 2021 Nutrien Women of Distinction Awards will take place virtually on Saturday, May 29, 2021. Purchase your tickets today by visiting www.womenofdistinctionregina.com.