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Nominations for Women Of Distinction Awards 2018!

Happy International Womens Day from Ruby Slippers Theatre! Our own Artistic Director Diane Brown has been nominated for a WODA in recognition of her years of championing women and diversity in theatre. 


March 7, 2018 


VANCOUVER, BC: YWCA Metro Vancouver is pleased to announce 68 nominees for its 35 th annual Women of Distinction Awards, presented by Scotiabank. 

This year’s nominees are: 

Arts, Culture & Design

Diane Brown - Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Ruby Slippers Theatre 

Mary-Jo Dionne - Principal, Mary-Jo Dionne Productions 

Nancy Lee - Artist, Nancy Lee Productions 

Alison Meredith - Associate Director (Development), Audain Art Museum 

Esther Rausenberg - Executive Director, Eastside Culture Crawl Society 

Kim Spencer-Nairn - Executive Director, Capture Photography Festival 

In addition to the 12 nomination categories, the individual nominees are eligible for the Connecting the Community Award. Individual nominees will select a YWCA program area in which they are interested and use social media channels such as Twitter and Facebook to promote votes. 

From April 4th to May 11 th , the public can cast their votes online and the nominee with the most votes will receive the Connecting the Community Award. Scotiabank will donate $10,000 to the YWCA program area of her choice. Award recipients will be announced on June 7th at the Awards at the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver. The 2018 Awards are presented by Scotiabank. Legacy Sponsors are BC Housing, Clio, Goldcorp Inc., iA Financial Group, Nature’s Path, Pacific Blue Cross, SAP, TD Bank Group and UBC Sauder School of Business. 

To purchase tickets for the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards please visit our website: ywcavan.org/tickets YWCA Metro Vancouver is a registered charity, providing a range of integrated services for women and their families and those seeking to improve the quality of their lives. 

From early learning and child care to housing, health and fitness, employment services and leadership, YWCA Metro Vancouver touches lives in our communities.

For further information on the different categories and individual nominees go to: YWCA Women of Distinction Awards

For media inquiries please contact: 

Chantelle Krish Director, Communications and Advocacy 

YWCA Metro Vancouver 

tel: 604 895 5767 

cell: 778 938 9544 



Mission Statement

For three decades, multi award winning Ruby Slippers Theatre’s two-tiered mission has been to 1. Further the voices of diverse women in theatre including those on the femme spectrum and 2. Strengthen cross-cultural diversity on the west coast by premiering crucial Quebec works in English translation. All of our work illuminates underrepresented perspectives and social issues, inspiring independent critical thought, communion, diversity and inclusivity.


Thank you to our season sponsors John Fluevog Shoes and CWest Solutions