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May 25, 2018

Family Service Toronto’s Executive Director was honoured May 24 with one of 2018’s Women of Distinction awards by the Toronto YWCA.

“Margaret Hancock’s work has created a ripple effect of inclusivity and social justice,” the YWCA states on its website. “When Margaret comes to the table she has the unique ability to harness the power of collective action to improve the lives of others.”

“Her effective consensus building battles oppression and creates solidarity with social justice networks. Her work is guided by her core beliefs of equity, inclusion, and justice… In all of Margaret’s work one aspect is unchanging: she is resolute in her commitment to make sure justice is not just for some but for all.”

Watch the Margaret Hancock Women of Distinction video posted on YouTube.

Other recipients of this year’s YWCA Women of Distinction award were Toyo Ajibolade, Zanana Akande, Pat Armstrong, Julia Deans, Lynn Factor, Marcie Pointe and Milica Radisic.

The awards were presented at a YWCA fundraising dinner at the Fairmont Royal York in support of women and girls in the city.

Margaret Hancock is the fourth woman associated with Family Service Toronto to receive the Women of Distinction award. Previous winners were:

  • Pat Israel (1989) for her work as founder of the DisAbled Women’s Network. Pat is a support worker with FST’s Seniors and Caregivers Support Services and Violence Against Women units.
  • Tamam McCallum (2007) for her community development work as a former FST counsellor.
  • Fran Odette (2008) for work around access and equity. Fran was a member of FST’s board of directors and served as chair from 2010 to 2012.

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