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Ex-Crown to be honoured as YWCA Woman of Distinction

Thursday, April 13, 2017 @ 10:56 AM | By John Chunn

Denise Dwyer is one of seven women being honoured by YWCA Toronto on May 18 as a 2017 Woman of Distinction for her remarkable work in the field.

Here are this year's honourees. For over 36 years, YWCA Toronto has been honouring extraordinary women who are improving the lives of women and girls and driving positive and long-term change across our city, country and globe.

As an assistant Crown attorney, Dwyer prosecuted many complex sexual assault and domestic violence cases. Then at the Ministry of the Attorney General, Dwyer took on the role of deputy director and then legal director for the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

In 2006, she founded the Black Female Lawyers Network by inviting women into her home to foster dialogue, professional development and mentorship. The inaugural gathering has evolved into an annual retreat called Sistahs-In Law, welcoming women from across the nation. The retreat has expanded in partnership with the Ontario Justice Education Network to include 10 high school girls from low-income neighbourhoods who are matched with lawyer mentors and who develop skills that transform their futures.

As Canada's largest multi-service women's organization, YWCA Toronto helps women escape violence, move out of poverty and access safe, affordable housing.

For more on the Women of Distinction Awards click here.