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Women of Excellence Gala

The YMCA 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 Southwestern Ontario fulfills its goal of developing spirit, mind and body in people of all backgrounds, beliefs and abilities in our community.

Join us for our 2019 YMCA Women of Excellence Awards Gala on Wednesday May 15th, 2019 at the London Convention Centre. 

  • 5:00 PM BMO Blue Lounge Reception with complimentary cocktails and music
  • 6:00 PM Program and Dinner

 Congratulations to our 2019 Women of Excellence!

·       Deb Harvey, Arts, Culture, Education & Training, is recognized as a champion of the arts, instrumental in the growth of the Grand Theatre’s leadership role in the community in addition to being a strong civic leader.

·       Heather Hiscox, Business and Professions, whose career began in London, is recognized as an experienced broadcaster nationally, and is sought after across Canada as an emcee, moderator and keynote speaker.

·       Kathy Longo, Community & Volunteerism, is recognized for her decades of committed volunteer work with numerous not-for-profits in the community and as a strong role model that every community needs.

·       Shantal Feltham, Entrepreneurs, is recognized for her extraordinary level of accomplishment and expertise in the areas of business and clinical research, nationally and internationally and for her philanthropic impact in the community. 

·       Dr. Bertha Garcia, Health, Science & Technology, recognized as an accomplished and well-published physician with international recognition for her research in organ transplantation and medical education.

·       Christine Stapleton, Sport, Fitness & Recreation, recognized for her national reputation as a leader in interuniversity sport and recreation programming, fund raising, facility development, event management and student leadership.

·       Serena Tejpar, Young Woman of Excellence, recognized for her incredible determination and passion, and commitment to improving the Canadian healthcare system, advocating for better physician-patient relations and clinical outcomes

·       Janet Stewart, Outstanding Achievement, recognized for her legendary and inspiring contributions to philanthropy, most specifically as a founder of Big Sisters in London, and her service to numerous Boards and Committees.  As a skilled professional, Janet is an inspiration and mentor for many.



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For more information, please contact: 

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

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