Join us for an evening of inspiration and celebration!

You're invited to the YMCA Women of Excellence Gala where we will honour 8 incredible women making a difference in their communities and industries across Southwestern Ontario. 
Each of the honourees embodies excellence in their field, service to others, and the Y's belief in the development of spirit, mind, and body.
  • Dr. Lauretta Frederking, Arts, Culture, Education & Training
  • Deb Matthews, Business and Professions
  • Kathleen Holland, Breaking Barriers
  • Allison DeBlaire, Social Justice
  • Karen Fryday-Field, Entrepreneurs
  • Dr. Jackie Schleifer Taylor, Health, Science & Technology
  • Victoria Paraschak, Sport, Fitness & Recreation
  • Maggie Mac Neil, Young Woman of Excellence

The YMCA Women of Excellence Awards is a unique event hosted every two years by the YMCA of Southwestern Ontario. The awards gala recognizes eight extraordinary women whose outstanding contributions positively impact the vitality of the local, regional, or global community. 

Funds raised from this event directly support the YMCA Community Starts Here campaign, helping to create opportunities so no one in our communities gets left behind. 

Tickets On Sale Now!

YMCA Women of Excellence Awards Gala 

May 16, 2023 
RBC Place London 
BMO Blue Lounge Reception:
5:00 pm 
Dinner: 6:00 pm 

Tickets: $175 per seat, or $1750 per table of 10 

Hosted by Heather Hiscox

Acclaimed Journalist, News Anchor, Host of CBC News Network's MORNING LIVE, and previous YMCA Woman of Excellence.
For more information on the event or sponsorship, please contact Christina Harley, VP Development at or 519.907.5500 Ext. 1152.
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