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Meredith receives 2020 Women of Distinction Award for Environmental Sustainability

Congratulations to our Executive Director Meredith Adler for winning the 2020 YWCA Metro Vancouver Women of Distinction Award for Environmental Sustainability!

​The Women of Distinction Awards is one of Canada’s most prestigious awards for women. Since 1984, @ywcavan has recognized more than 300 inspiring women and workplaces. The awards honour women whose achievements contribute to the well-being and future of the community, and businesses and organizations that proactively support the success and advancement of women in the workplace and that are champions for excellence.

Here are just a few of the reasons Meredith was recognized for her work:

  • Since 2015, she has helped quadruple the organization in size to serve more than 50,000 youth in 150 countries and has grown the annual budget from $288,000 to more than $1 million in 2019.
  • Meredith co-designed the Student Energy Chapters program, postsecondary level clubs that teach students practical skills to take action on energy in their communities; there are now 42 Chapters across Canada and globally.
  • Meredith played a key role in developing Student Energy’s “Space for Youth” and in 2019 worked with the Government of Canada to design and launch the first-ever young leaders’ delegation in Vancouver, where 60 young people from 25 countries came to participate contributing to panels and ideation.