B.C.'s women of distinction honoured at awards show

B.C.'s women of distinction honoured at awards show

VANCOUVER — Former politician Christy Clark, now a radio talk-show host, was among the winners at the 26th annual YWCA Women of Distinction Awards Wednesday night.

About 950 people showed up at the Westin Bayshore event to celebrate the accomplishments of more than 60 nominees.

The awards recognize women whose “outstanding activities and achievements contribute to the health and future of the community.”

Clark, host of CKNW’s Christy Clark Show, won in the community building category. Jane Heyman, a theatre director, won the arts, culture and design award, while the business and professions award went to lawyer and adjudicator Margaret Ostrowski. The education, training and development award went to Sophie Lavieri, a senior chemistry lecturer at Simon Fraser University, while the entrepreneurship and innovation award went to Ratana Stephens, COO and co-founder of Nature’s Path Organic Foods. The health and active living award went to Heather McKay of the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, while Shawn Bayes, executive director of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver was honoured in the non-profit and public service category. Adele Diamond, professor of developmental cognitive neuroscience at the University of B.C. won the technology, science and industry award. This year’s young woman of distinction was Katherine Benjamin, who created a women’s gym for marginalized women in the Downtown Eastside. The innovative workplace award went to Concert Properties Ltd.