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YWCA Women of Distinction nominee has boundless energy

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Sally Livingstone at 604.562.5530
Shelley Kean at 604.983.7596

Sally Livingstone

(NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—Ever heard the saying, ‘Her energy knows no bounds.’? These words epitomize Sally Livingstone, a recent nominee for a 2010 YWCA Women of Distinction Award.

While the North Vancouver resident humbly brushes the nomination off with the words, “I’m just someone who has lots of energy and passion,” her work has literally changed the lives of hundreds of women in need.

Livingstone initially trained and worked as a pediatric nurse in England, caring for sick newborns and later fostering mentally and physically handicapped children. 

She eventually moved to Canada where, for the past 15 years, she has been a full-time instructor for Capilano University’s Medical Assistant program.

Her medical background, her passion for babies and her compassion for women struggling to make it through the first months of motherhood spurned her to found Spectrum, a non-profit organization that provides support for mothers.

“Seeing new moms barely making it and at risk of losing their children was the catalyst for me to start this organization,” said Livingstone, a new mother herself at age 60 with the recent adoption of a child she had been fostering. “It is just an amazing feeling being able to offer them the support they need to keep their children and turn their lives around.”

Spectrum’s vision is to compassionately support and motivate mothers who courageously care for their children in difficult and challenging life situations. It operates with caregivers, many who also work in Capilano University’s Children’s Centre, and with mentors who volunteer their time offering support services.

As one of 14 nominees in the Non-Profit and Public Service Category, Livingstone’s name was put forward by the Ministry of Children and Family Development and North Shore Community Nurses for mentoring, inspiring and mobilizing others to further issues or causes through her personal commitment.

The winner of the award will be announced on June 1 at an event at the Westin Bayshore however, Livingstone says that the nomination is a win in itself.

“I’m just blown away by it all,” she said. “It’s a great honour and anything that will support Spectrum and, in turn, support these women, that’s what it’s all about.”

Recognized nationally as one of the most prestigious awards for women, the Women of Distinction Awards honours, encourages and recognizes women whose outstanding activities and achievements contribute to the health and future of the community. Since they began in 1984, YWCA Vancouver has honoured more than 200 deserving women and workplaces.

Capilano University is a teaching-focused university that serves the communities of the Lower Mainland, Howe Sound, and the Sunshine Coast through campuses in North Vancouver, Squamish and Sechelt. Enrolment totals 7,000 students in credit programs each term with an additional 7,000 people taking non-credit courses annually. Capilano offers a complete range of preparatory courses, university-level arts and science courses, business and management studies, creative and applied arts programs, health and human services programs, plus a range of services in support of student learning and success. Credentials awarded include bachelor degrees, associate degrees, post-baccalaureate diplomas, advanced diplomas, diplomas, certificates and statements of completion. More information can be found at www.capilanou.ca

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