Sylvie Guilbault, recipient of the 2014 YWCA Women of Distinction Award


Announcement today of the 13 recipients of this year’s awards whose passion, perseverance and talent are exemplary

Sylvie Guilbault, recipient of the YWCA Women of Distinction Award

Montreal, May 5, 2014 – Sylvie Guilbault, Executive Director of Les amis de la montagne, is the recipient of the 2014 YWCA Women of Distinction award in the Environment category.

Photo: © Marcie Richstone

The YWCA announced today the 13 recipients of this year’s awards who come from various sectors—business, the arts, education, science, sports, health and the environment—and whose passion, perseverance and talent are exemplary. The women will be honoured at a special ceremony on September 30 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal.

Since 1989, Sylvie Guilbault has dedicated her professional life to the protection and enhancement of Mount Royal.

A committed team player, Sylvie Guilbault works tirelessly at rallying the strengths and the energy of the people around her. Among her many accomplishments with the organization: fundraising campaigns to restore the Mount Royal forest; restoration of Smith House, welcome centre and hub for environmental educational in the park; creation of green spaces outside the park; organization of two summits (2002 and 2013) bringing together hundreds of experts and community leaders to discuss the challenges facing the mountain’s protection leading to the classification of Mount Royal as the first historic and natural district by the Council of Ministers in 2005.

Over the last 25 years, Sylvie Guilbault has been actively involved in the creation of consultative bodies and in seeking opportunities for citizen participation to help advance the mountain cause. With dedication and conviction, she has publicly intervened on behalf of the mountain (conferences, media interviews, public affairs programs, consultations, workshops, etc.), participated in the organization of events, written position papers, studies and strategic documents, and has participated on many committees and working groups.

Today, Les amis de la montagne is a reference organization with regards the future of Mount Royal. Public officials who have dossiers related to the mountain at the municipal, provincial and federal levels all recognize the importance, the influence and the notoriety of the organization.

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