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Here are the 2012 nominees for the YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction Awards:


Sheila Spence: portrait photographer

Gaetanne Sylvester: artist, community leader

Catharine Teichroew: arts educator and advocate

Jacqueline Traverse: visual artist


Tina Chen: University of Manitoba historian

Shelley Chochinov: philanthropist and Jewish culture advocate

Felicia Olarewaju: broadcaster and recording executive

Education, Training & Mentorship

Karen Botting: teacher and administrator

Linda Campbell: John Howard Society community advocate

Cathy Denby: northern Manitoba emergency shelter founder and women's advocate

Susana Hawryshko: teacher and social advocate

Cheryl Hoffman: dyslexic learning centre pioneer

Zana Lutfiyya: social advocate for developmental disabilities

Usha Mittoo: first female University of Manitoba finance professor

Melanie Penner: teacher, researcher and writer

Colleen Plumton: leader and mentor in community development

Lori Schellekens: Interlake preschool program advocate

Leadership & Management

Diane Carriere: aboriginal business consultant

Nicole Chammartin: mental health advocate

Julie Donaldson: seniors' home services business founder

Daryl Dumanski: community centre and charity pioneer

Majda Ficko: co-inventor of an all-natural diaper creme

Shelly Glover: Conservative MP for Saint Boniface riding

Valerie Harper: community advocate for leadership and communication

Linda Lafontaine: crime fighter against gang violence

Jeannette Montufar: engineer and urban planner

Annette Osted: psychiatric nurse

Jennifer Rattray: aboriginal community and communications leader

Dr. Jerry Shrom: physician and community volunteer

Lorna Turnbull: first female dean of law, University of Manitoba

Public Awareness & Communications

Ruth Bonneville: one of the first female photographers at the Winnipeg Free Press

Anna-Celestrya Carr: Métis filmmaker and artist

Science, Technology & the Environment

Judy Chipperfield: nationally recognized health and aging researcher

Maureen Heaman: national women's issues researcher

Cheryl Rockman-Greenberg: internationally recognized geneticist

Voluntarism, Advocacy & Community Enhancement

Kenny Daodu: co-founder, Nigeria-Canada Congress of Manitoba

Rena Molinari: advocate and fundraiser to combat addictions

Chau Pham: Vietnamese community leader and doctor

Claudette St. Pierre: volunteer co-ordinator, Winnipeg Airports Authority

Sally Thomas: volunteer for women's and health issues

Wellness, Healthy Living & Recreation

Nadia El-Gabalawy: cheerleading coach and fundraiser

Janice Lukes: trail and cycling fundraiser

Beth McKechnie: cycling and walking advocate

Melinda Mohammed: community and seniors' advocate

Jan Schmalenberg: community development and fitness advocate

Circle of Inspiration

Soroptimist International of Winnipeg: women's service club

Diane Redsky, Joy Smith, Dianna Bussey, aboriginal leader, Winnipeg MP and government official respectively -- together they are an anti-trafficking triumvirate

The UWSA Day Care Centre staff: University of Winnipeg Student Association group

Young Woman of Distinction

Daniela Conci: community advocate, alcohol and drug addiction

Amanada Furst: international community advocate in Africa

Candace Maxymowich: health-care advocate

Jaysa Nachtigall: student business leader

Melanie Ngo: community leader and social advocate

Karlee Sapoznik: social activist against human slavery

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 3, 2012 B2

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