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Joan Borsa to receive Women of Distinction Lifetime Achievement Award


Saskatoon, SK—Professor Joan Borsa has been named the 2015 Women of Distinction Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Borsa is a prominent member of Saskatchewan’s art community and a leading academic in the fields of gender, representation, and cultural studies. Her legacy has established our province’s women artists as vital contributors to prairie culture with growing international recognition.

“With this award, we are delighted to celebrate Joan Borsa for her accomplished career. Joan and each of the nominees we are recognizing are women who inspire and lead, and ultimately make a difference in our larger community” said Barb Macpherson, Executive Director, YWCA Saskatoon.

This year’s record number of nominees for the Women of Distinction Awards stands at 59 women in in 10 award categories. The 2015 Women of Distinction nominees are:

Arts, Culture & Heritage   Education   Leadership & Professions
Tasha Hubbard Randi Barker Sharon L. Acoose
Sherry Hudson Janet Christ Betty Ann Adam
Miranda Jones Sheila Erickson CeCe Baptiste
Leslee Newman Lori Kindrachuk Kelly Bode
Alison Norlen Karon Shmon Tamara Bowman
Connie Tenaski Netha Dyck
Athletics Carlene Walter Michelle J. Ouellette, Q.C.
Michelle Duchene Avon Whittles Frances Wach
Elva Taylor
Reagan Wildeman Entrepreneurship Research & Technology
Jacqui Fleury Deborah Anderson
Community Building Katrina German Marli Bells and Brittany Melnyk
Jennifer Chouinard Corrin Harper Azita Haddadi
Sylvia Cory Amanda Soulodre Tanya Holt
Shannon Hill Jessica Tetu Sylvia van den Hurk
Namarta Kochar Melissa Wyant Julita Vassileva
Ephtymia Kutsogiannis
Chickadee Morin Health & Wellness U29
Shawna Nelson Shirley Berthelet Maile Crowe and Danica Slattery
Christine Ruys Jan Heibert and Shelly Luhning Devon Fiddler
Jami Young Stacey Hornick Jennifer Hildebrand
Jacqueline Lavallee Kayla Ingram
Treena Wynes Erica Violet Lee

The YWCA Women of Distinction Awards are recognized nationally as one of the most prestigious awards for women. Since 1982, Saskatoon’s Women of Distinction Awards have honoured hundreds of women for their inspirational leadership and extraordinary contributions to our community.

 The Awards Dinner will be held on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at TCU Place. Tickets are selling quickly and can be purchased on Picatic at www.ywcasaskatoon.com or by calling (306) 244-7034 x 121.

Funds raised every year through the Women of Distinction Awards Dinner stay here in our community, designated for YWCA Saskatoon programs and services for women and their families.

For more information about YWCA Saskatoon or to schedule an interview, contact:

Joy-Ann Allin

Director of Development and Communications,

YWCA Saskatoon

306 244 7034 extension 132