Feb 15, 2017
Many members of the McMaster community are among those nominated for a YWCA Women of Distinction Awards including McMaster alumnus Maja Jovanovic, PhD Sociology and Professor Emeritus, Margaret Denton from the Departments or Sociology and Health, Aging, and Society who was nominated for a Lifetime Achievement award.
The awards recognize outstanding women and organizations who are committed to the development of other women and to the overall improvement of the community and are nationally recognized as one of the most prestigious awards for women.
Maja Jovanovic is the founder and CEO of ALL IN Enterprises, a company that gives women the tools and strategies they need to become leaders in all areas of their lives. Prof. Maja became so frustrated hearing women apologize for everything ALL. THE. TIME. She decided to do something about it. She started a blog and wrote two books: Hey Ladies, Stop Apologizing … And Other Career Mistakes Women Make and its companion Hey Ladies, Stop Apologizing: THE WORKBOOK. Professor Maja is a medical sociologist, researcher, writer, and public speaker. Maja earned her master’s degree (Waterloo) and her PhD in sociology (McMaster). Her main research interests are female empowerment and confidence, along with health and body positivity. She teaches at McMaster University and Mohawk College where she interrupts the apologies, everywhere she goes.
Dr. Margaret Denton is a researcher, academic, community leader, and advocate for older adults in Hamilton and beyond. She has been a valuable member of the McMaster community, serving in a number of directorial roles and sitting on many university committees. She has served the wider gerontological community as secretary-treasurer and board Member of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, and published over 60 peer-reviewed articles in academic journals. Margaret is a founding and the longest-serving board member in the history of the Hamilton Council on Aging. Margaret was the driving force in making Hamilton the first city in Ontario to begin the process of becoming an age-friendly city. Margaret’s work extends beyond Hamilton, collaborating with many communities to develop best practices in implementing age friendly communities across Southern Ontario.
Other Social Sciences Nominees include Social Psychology student Sara Jama who is the Ontario Director for the National Educational Association of Disabled Students as well as co-president of the McMaster Womanists. Pearl Almeida, a fourth-year Combined Honours Arts & Science and Political Science student who is deeply involved with the McMaster Students Union and Social Work alumnus Sarah Adjekum who is a community activist, researcher and recent MSW graduate, whose work has focused on the injustice faced by racialized people, immigrants, and refugees in Canada.
See a full list of 2017 YWCA Women of Distinction Nominees