Celebrating our 2021 Women of Distinction Awardees

Congratulations to our 2021 Women of Distinction Awardees!




They’re women who have made their mark in a variety of Southcoast arenas and YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts honored them on November 10, 2021, as “Women of Distinction.”

This year’s Women of Distinction awardees include Melissa Costa, LICSW, Zoë Hansen-DiBello, Ph.D, Lisa Lemieux, Colleen Millette, Justina Perry and Jacquelyn Ramos. They were joined by this year’s Spirit of Leadership Award recipient, Soraya Dos Santos, the recipient of the Yvonne M. Drayton Award, Dr. Juli Parker, as well as the recipient of the Man of Distinction Award, Patrick Sullivan.

YWCA Women of Distinction Awards recognizes outstanding women in our region, whose lives and leadership, accomplishments reflect the YWCA’s Mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. They are recognized for their exceptional commitment to improving the lives of women, girls and people of color through their leadership, advocacy, and community service, while achieving success in their career fields.

The YWCA is forever grateful to the continued support, advocacy, and commitment demonstrated by these local community leaders. Their persistent determination to succeed epitomizes the YWCA’s mission to ensure peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.


2021 Woman of Distinction Awardees


melissa costa

Melissa Costa, LICSW

Zoë Hansen-DiBello

Zoë Hansen-DiBello, Ph.D

Lisa Lemieux

Lisa Lemieux

Colleen Millett

Colleen Millett

Justina Perry

Justina Perry

Jacquelyn Ramos

Jacquelyn Ramos

2021 Spirit of Leadership Award



Soraya Dos Santos


2021 Yvonne M. Drayton Award


doctor juli parker

Dr. Juli Parker


2021 Man of Distinction Award


patrick sullivan

Patrick Sullivan


Click here to view this year’s program.
Click here to view this year’s Women of Distinction Awards.