More than 1,000 people gathered at the Westin Bayshore June 3, to honour the achievements of the 58 inspiring women nominated for a YWCA Women of Distinction Award in one of 10 different categories and the 10 award recipients.
Our own Darlene Marzari was presented with the Award in the ‘Non-Profit & Public Service’ category, an exciting moment for all her family and friends gathered to honour her community and public service accomplishments. Here is but a brief description that covers her many years of service:
Former MLA, Cabinet Minister and Vancouver City Councillor, Darlene worked to make her community more humane and was an advocate for neighbourhood development, better child care, more public housing, universal access for persons with disabilities and employment equity. In the 1970s, she helped to organize the Strathcona residents to protect their neighbourhood from destruction for urban renewal and initiated the conversion of an old church into the ‘Cultch’. Her passion to create a fair, peaceful and just society continues today through her volunteer work at the community level, as a role model and a true community builder.”