Last month, we were thrilled to announce that Beanworks CEO Catherine Dahl had been nominated for a YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation category. As part of this Awards program, Catherine is also participating in a special online category: Connecting the Community Award.
This award gives YWCA nominees the opportunity to champion a cause that they feel passionate about while providing an opportunity to allocate $10,000 to that cause. The Connecting the Community Award is won based on the results of an online vote that starts today! From Tuesday, April 4th to Friday, May 12th at noon, everyone is invited to vote on behalf of their nominee of choice. Votes can be cast once every 24 hours, so be sure to participate early and often. The nominee with the most votes will receive the Connecting the Community Award and Scotiabank will donate $10,000 to the program area of her choice.
Through this initiative, Catherine intends to support healthy choices for youth. As an active member of Coast Mental Health’s Social Enterprise Board, Catherine understands why these YWCA programs are vital. When youth are not supported, they can make unhealthy choices that will follow them through adolescence and beyond.
The YWCA runs a number of after-school programs that support children and youth across Metro Vancouver by encouraging personal development and creating mentorship opportunities. The YWCA youth education programs are run by a dedicated group of intergenerational volunteers who work hard to guide youth as they navigate a critical period in their social development. Learn more about these programs on the YWCA website.
All the Women of Distinction winners will be announced at the Women of Distinction Awards Gala on June 8th, 2017, held this year at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Cast your vote today and help us spread the word about this important initiative.