Marcia Nominated for YWCA Award
In celebration of International Women’s Day, EMBERS is proud to announce that our very own Founder & CEO Marcia, has been nominated for a YWCA Metro Vancouver Women of Distinction Award!
As one of the country’s leading awards for women, the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards recognize extraordinary women leaders in regions across Canada for their hard-work and contribution to their respective fields and communities.
“I am honoured to be considered for this award alongside the other amazing women who have been nominated. We have so many highly talented, driven and passionate women leaders in Metro Vancouver. It is wonderful to have the opportunity to celebrate their work,” says Marcia.
Marcia is nominated for the Community Champion Award – an award that celebrates women who dedicate themselves to creating meaningful, lasting change in their community. A long time community advocate, Marcia’s leadership at EMBERS over the past 15 years has helped thousands of people facing barriers to work lead productive lives by providing access to self-employment education, job placements, training and support.
“I have been working in the Downtown Eastside for many years now, and if there is one thing I have learned, it is that people and communities are resilient,” says Marcia. “If you believe in people, they will rise to the occasion. I seen it every day at EMBERS, when you give people the skills, the tools and opportunities to start a new life – confidence grows, people change, and communities are stronger for it.”
The winners of this year’s awards will be announced at the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards Dinner on June 8, 2016 held at the Vancouver Convention Centre.