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Women of Excellence Gala

NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN (closed December 10, 12:00 noon) Download your nomination form here

The YMCA of Western Ontario Women of Excellence Gala is a unique event hosted every two years by the YMCA in London. All proceeds from this event support the YMCA Strong Kids Program, ensuring everyone has access to YMCA programs and services regardless of their ability to pay. It is one of the many ways the YMCA of Western Ontario fulfills its goal of developing spirit, mind and body in people of all backgrounds, beliefs and abilities in our community.

SAVE THE DATE for our 2019 YMCA Women of Excellence Awards! May 15, 2019

Congratulations to our 2017 honourees! 

Arts, Culture, Education & Training honouree Mary Intven Wallace is recognized as an acclaimed artist, a beloved teacher and a talented author of 16 children’s books.


Business and Professions honouree Michelle Quintyn is recognized as an innovator, entrepreneur and agent of social change and economic prosperity.


Community & Volunteerism honouree Kathy Parker is recognized for her commitment to the London community, helping to  raise millions of dollars which have stayed in London.


Entrepreneurs honouree Laurie Lashbrook is recognized as a champion for entrepreneurship, an outspoken advocate for women in business and a dedicated leader in building the local economy.


Health, Science & Technology honouree Dr. Marina Salvadori is recognized as a provincial, national and international expert in immunization and immunization policy.


Sport, Fitness & Recreation honouree Vickie Croley as the first Western female Head Coach of a men’s team recognized as a role model to females who seek a similar career in a male-dominated field.


Young Woman of Excellence honouree Andrea Barker is recognized for her incredible resilience throughout many traumatic loses, now in her third year at Carleton University in the Honours Neuroscience and Mental Health Program.


Outstanding Achievement honouree Lynne Cram is recognized for her decades of volunteerism and philanthropy and for her impact specifically on the Boys and Girls Club of London as a volunteer, donor and as Chair of their Horizon Campaign.



Our 2017 event was held on May 17, 2017. Thanks to the support of our sponsors and attendees we raised in excess of $200,000 to support our YMCA Strong Kids program. Congratulations to all the honourees. View photos from the event


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Christina Harley
Development Manager
519-907-5500 Ext. 1152 

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