Women's  Y  Foundation

Supporting an essential mission – together


In less than 6 months, the major campaign reached 70% of its objective*.

" The Foundation’s team has exemplified flexibility, creativity and rigour through this strange year, and I’m very proud of what they've achieved. Thanks to the joint commitment of the employees and Board members, we can look forward with optimism. "

Edith Cloutier
Édith Cloutier
President Quebec - Rogers Communications
President of the Foundation

« We rose to the challenge of launching a major fundraising campaign at the height of the pandemic and the YWCA’s Plan for the Future has been well received by the business sector. We are privileged to be able to count on a motivated campaign committee and committed partners. »

Isabelle Lajeunesse, dg de la Fondation Y des femmes de Montréal
Isabelle Lajeunesse
Women’s Y Foundation Managing Director

A few words on our year

Perseverance, adaptability and motivation are what drives the Women’s Y Foundation. The team rose to the challenge and made it through this pandemic year with a flourish: Created the Cercle Quai des gares, boasting more than 70 engaged ambassadors; launched the major fundraising campaign to implement the YWCA’s Plan for the Future; totally renewed the Women of Distinction Awards.

A major fundraising campaign for the long term

On February 24, at the height of the pandemic, YWCA Montreal unveiled its 2023 Plan for the Future, sending a strong signal demonstrating its resilience and its commitment towards all women, girls and gender-diverse persons. The mainstay of this Plan for the Future: upgrading programming to better adapt to emerging needs in the decades to come. To support this Plan for the Future, the Women’s Y Foundation, supported by a dynamic campaign committee, launched a major fundraising campaign to raise $10 million. In less than 6 months, the campaign reached 70% of its objective.*

Campaign Co-Chairs

HELEN ANTONIOU, Executive Coach and Author

LAURENT FERREIRA, Chief Operations Officer, National Bank


ELAINE BARSALOU, Managing Director, Investment Banking, National Bank Financial Inc.

ÉDITH CLOUTIER, Chair of the Board of Directors of the YWCA Foundation, President of Rogers Communications for Quebec

KARINE EID, Head, Business Banking, Eastern Canada at BMO Financial Group

PATRICK HAINAULT, Vice President, Services Bancaires Comerciaux, TD bank

MAUDE LEBLOND, Head and Managing Director, Financial Institutions Group, Investment Banking at National Bank Financial

JUDITH MÉNARD, Senior Vice President, National Bank Private Banking 1859

* Result compiled at the end of August 2021.

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Increased Revenues


Donations going towards
programs and services


Overall financial support
global mission of
YWCA Montreal


Women of Distinction Awards


InspirationnELLE gala

Postponed event

COVID-19 emergency funds

Close to


2,447 subscribers


2,856 subscribers


2,500 subscribers

Our donors

293 people

are new donors


are women


are Francophones


are from Greater Montreal


Average donation


up by


Corporate donations

73 businesses or foundations

New corporate donors


Years of loyalty on average

8 years

Average donation


up by


The laureates of the 27th Women of Distinction Awards

Milla Craig

Business and Entrepreneurship

Founder and President

Sophie Bissonnette

Arts, Culture and Design

Independent filmmaker

Rachel Kiddell-Monroe

Social and Environmental Engagement

Executive Director
SeeChange Initiative

McGill University

Board Director
Doctors Without Borders

Kate Arthur

Education and information

Founder and CEO
Kids Code Jeunesse

Founder and CEO
Code Club Canada

Isabelle Peretz

Research and Innovation

Professor and researcher
Université de Montréal

Member of The Royal Society of Canada
Member of The Order of Canada
Member of L’Ordre national du Québec

Julie Bruneau

Public Services


Familial and Emergency Medecine Professor
Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal

Department Chief
General Medecine Department at CHUM

Olga Hrycak

Sports, Health and Wellness

Retired Basketball Coach

Special Awards

Phyllis Lambert

Achievement Award


Distinguished Founding Director
Centre canadien d’architecture (CCA)

Fabrice Vil

Inspiration Award

Co-founder and President
Pour 3 points

Ethel Meilleur

Coup de cœur Award

Participant in YWCA’s The Residence