Women of Distinction Spotlight: Norma Mc-Donald Ewing

A long-time board member/volunteer/advocate/friend of YWCA Cambridge, Norma McDonald Ewing is one of those women that makes busy look easy. Even if she’s running between commitments (which she usually is!), she’s always got a smile on and encouraging words to offer. She was also instrumental in creating the first awards 25 years ago and for that we owe her a great debt of gratitude. Thanks Norma!

1. What have you been up to since your big win?
I have been involved in teaching and learning processes as an educator, a trainer and a coach since I won the award. I work at Conestoga College, with the Colleges in Ontario, across the country and internationally. I believe that formal and informal learning is trans-formative and feel privileged to engage with others in impactful experiences.

2. Name the biggest overall lesson you’ve learned about leadership
Leadership is about a relationship between the leader and the individual engaging with the leader. If the relationship is based on respect and trust anything is possible. Everyone has the potential to be a leader. 

3. What’s your personal and professional motto?
Listen carefully and practice kindness.

4. What does the world need more of? Less of?
The world needs people who spend more energy on making a positive difference and less energy passing judgement on others choices and circumstances.

5. What’s your go-to when you need inspiration or motivation?
Time spent with youth inspires and motivates me. I never fail to be inspired by the potential of youth and the clarity and creativity they bring to a situation or issue that as adults we clutter with other variables, assumptions and barriers. I am motivated by a youth or youth’s ability to name what is truly important. My heart fills with hope.

The 2019 event is so close, friends: in fact, it’s TOMORROW! But good news there’s still time to purchase your tickets! Special thanks to Galt Country Club for our space: we can’t wait to celebrate with you there in just about 24 hours!

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