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Y’Art Exhibits Artistic Talent at SkyDragon Centre May 13th – May 31st

The Y’Art Program, run through YWCA Hamilton Developmental Services, will be proudly showcasing artistic talents of younger adult participants of the Y’Art Program. This event will take place on May 13th- 31st beginning at 8:00 p.m. as part of the Art Crawl Event at Skydragon Center on 27 King William Street in Hamilton. Viewing will begin at 8:00 p.m. and artwork will remain on display until May 31st 2011.

This will be the first opportunity Y’Art participants have to exhibit their talent and ability at Art Crawl. Three different groups, consisting of 10 people each, will display a diverse range of Art Medium including Batik Art, water colours, and textile and acrylic wall hangings.

When asked how the participants felt about having their work displayed for all to see one participant responded he ‘felt pride’ in having the opportunity to show the world what he can accomplish.

The Y’Art program was established in 1999 to meet the needs of developmentally delayed younger adults who had graduated from high school and were unable to access traditional vocational training programs or employment, many of whom were without any meaningful day activity. The primary goal of this pertinent program is to develop and/or increase the social, emotional, physical and intellectual well-being by providing an artistic forum to encourage self expression and creativity. This program operates three days per week with an average of ten participants per day.

YWCA Hamilton is a women-led, service organization supporting individuals through health and wellness programs for women, families, seniors and people with special needs. We advocate for the improved status of women locally and through our affiliation with YWCA Canada and the World YWCA.

For More information about this event or to inquire about programs offered by YWCA Hamilton please contact:

Marjorie Farquharson, Development Coordinator

YWCA Hamilton

Phone: (905) 522-9922 X 127

Email: mfarquharson@ywcahamilton.org Website: http://www.ywcahamilton.org

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LIFELONG DREAMS INSPIRE YWCA WOMEN OF DISTINCTION

HAMILTON, May 4 – Today YWCA Hamilton is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2011 YWCA Women of Distinction Awards. The recipients are inspiring women whose vision, creativity, and determination have significantly improved the lives of women, girls and our wider community.

Inspired by lifelong dreams and fuelled by great passion, the recipients are creating important change in a myriad of ways. Several work with adolescent women and help them to take on leadership roles in our community. Others are developing innovative approaches to ending violence against women and securing women’s rights. Some have made significant contributions to efforts to improve women’s health, economic security and social well-being.

The 2011 YWCA Women of Distinction are:

Anna Sponer, Arts, Entertainment & Creative Energy
Casey A. Johnson, Business, Industry & Entrepreneurship
We ROCK, Circle of Friends
Medora Uppal, Community Development & Social Activism
Dr. Cheryl Levitt, Health & Wellness
Lorraine Chapman, Lifetime Achievement
Lisa Hepfner, Politics and Public Affairs
Leah Schwenger, mentoring & Education
Diane Chiarelli, Volunteerism
Susan Tian, Young Woman of Distinction


YWCA Hamilton’s Women of Distinction Awards are nationally recognized as one of the most prestigious awards for women. YWCA’s from all across Canada join in the celebration each year, honouring the achievements of women. The 32nd Annual YWCA Women of Distinction Awards dinner, led by Honourary Chair, three time Olympic Gold Medalist Becky Kellar, was held on Tuesday, April 3 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hamilton Convention Centre. 

YWCA Hamilton is a women-led, service organization supporting individuals through health and wellness programs for women, families, seniors and people with special needs. We advocate for the improved status of women locally and through our affiliation with YWCA Canada and the World YWCA.

Media Coverage:

http://www.thespec.com/news/local/article/526773–women-of-distinction-take-centre-stage

http://hamilton.openfile.ca/blog/2011/one-woman-distinction-another