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Nomination Form

Online Submission

As part of YWCA Brandon’s commitment to Access and Equity, we strive to represent the diverse communities that we serve.  Individuals who are First Nations, Metis, immigrant, refugees, lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender; and individuals with disabilities and from racialized communities are encouraged to nominate and/or encourage their own nomination.  Accommodations are available throughout the nomination process.  Please inform us of any accommodation requests.



Hard copy applications are available by contacting

A Woman of Distinction has made a commitment and a significant difference in their community by showing vision, creativity, and initiative.  They may have:

  • Has been a role model and has inspired others through their leadership

  • Broken new ground or old barriers, and been an agent for change

  • Participated actively as a volunteer

  • Made an impact in their chosen field of endeavor

  • Assisted others to be successful in their achievements 

  • Inspired and encouraged women to take part in shaping the future of their own lives and their communities

  • Been innovative in the way that they approach challenges facing women and the wider community


Who is eligible?

  • To be eligible to receive a YWCA Brandon Woman of Distinction Award, nominees must:

    • Make their contribution in South-Western Manitoba

    • Meet the selection criteria above

    • Posthumous applications will not be accepted

    • Members of the current YWCA Brandon board employees of YWCA Brandon, and members of the planning committee are not eligible to nominate or be nominated

    • To ensure YWCA Brandon can appropriately recognize and celebrate all nominees, a preliminary screening process may be applied in the event more than 50 complete submissions are received.


Which category are you nominating this person for?

  • Nominees may sometimes be hard to place in one category alone as they have excelled across fields.  If you believe your nominee is eligible for multiple categories, please select which ones below after reviewing the category description for each (link the word category description).  Nominees are only eligible to win in one category annually.  For categories with age restrictions, nominees must be that age on or before December 31, 2022.  For the category descriptions, please click here.

Selection process

  1. Nominations will be evaluated only on the merit of the submissions received

  2. As a nominator, it is your responsibility to reflect the achievements of the nominee to the selection committee, to draw out their exceptional contributions

  3. The nomination package for each nominee will be reviewed for completeness and accuracy in choosing a nominees eligible category or categories.  Nominators maybe contacted for clarification or for consultation should it be believed that an alternate category more accurately reflects a nominee’s background and achievements.

  4. Late and/or incomplete submissions will not be accepted

  5. Once submitted, you will receive an acknowledgment email confirming receipt within 2 business days.  Please retain this email as proof the nomination was received by the deadline

  6. Completed nomination packages will be forwarded to the judging panel, an independent group consisting of those representing a variety of interests, experience, and community involvement, for review and scoring

  7. The decisions of the judging panel are final and will remain confidential until the evening of the gala awards. 

Suggest a Nomination Category. Please choose one. *Judges may change category

Lifetime Achievement Award

Must meet award criteria below


This award honor’s women who is 55 years or older who has made significant and varied contributions to the community in any of the Women of Distinction categories.  She is a role model who has tirelessly contributed to the community in many ways, for many years, as an advocate, volunteer and/or mentor.  She exhibits strength, wisdom, and character that serve as an inspiration to those around her.

In addition to another category, is the nominee being nominated for the Lifetime Achievement Award?

Nominate For Lifetime Achievement Award?

Permission to Nominate

A nominee must be made aware of their nomination, by continuing with this application you are giving permission to YWCA Brandon to contact the nominee to receive their consent to the following:

  • The publication of their name and photo in connection with YWCA Brandon Woman of Distinction Awards program, (All names and photos of nominees will be published in the local media and all information submitted to YWCA Brandon becomes public information)

  • Attend the Women of Distinction Awards Gala.

  • Allow YWCA Brandon to contact them during and following the awards process

  • Please note:  posthumous nominations cannot be accepted


Disclaimer:  A YWCA Brandon representative will be contacting the nominee after this application has been submitted to verify all of the information.  Please note that the application will be shared with the nominee.  Should the nominee not be made aware of this application, the application may be withdrawn by the nominee at that time.

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