Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) congratulates Jill Earthy, Cathy Kuzel and Lynn Jest on their YWCA Woman of Distinction Nominations!

May 1, 2013

Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) congratulates Jill Earthy, Cathy Kuzel and Lynn Jest on their YWCA Woman of Distinction Nominations!

Vancouver, BC, May 1, 2013 – The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) would like to congratulate our very own Jill Earthy, Director for British Columbia and Yukon, on her YWCA Woman of Distinction Nomination under the Non-Profit & Public Service category. She is joined by Cathy Kuzel, a valued CYBF mentor and Founder & President of The Connected Woman, and Lynn Jest, Director of Continuing Education at Capilano University and proud CYBF community partner. Both Cathy and Lynn are nominated under the Education, Training & Development category.

Jill Earthy is passionately committed to making valuable connections and creating mentorship opportunities. She has supported thousands of entrepreneurs in reaching their full potential, and is a collaborative community leader who has formed key alliances with women’s business networks that now represent and promote the interests of 10,000 women in Metro Vancouver.

“It is an honour to be recognized for work that I love. Supporting women in business and entrepreneurs, and seeing them succeed and contribute to the economy is very rewarding and energizing. The collaborative business environment in Vancouver and throughout B.C. contributes to this success and enables my work through non-profits to reach more people,” states Jill Earthy.

“Jill is a strong advocate and supporter of young entrepreneurs and is a great asset on the CYBF team,” says Mitchell Krakower, VP, Regional Operations for CYBF. “We also extend our congratulations to her fellow nominees Cathy Kuzel a long-time, valued mentor with CYBF and Lynn Jest, a great CYBF community partner. CYBF believes in the importance of collaboration in its service delivery and is proud to see two members of its community be recognized for their contributions in Vancouver,” he adds.

The YWCA Metro Vancouver’s 30th annual YWCA Women of Distinction Awards honours women who are actively contributing to the development of the local community. It is a nationally recognized award, previously honouring 247 individuals and receiving more than 1,450 nominations. The award also honours businesses and organizations in the local community that support the wellness and diverse needs of their employees.

The YWCA has officially launched its online voting, where the general public can cast their vote for their preferred candidate. Polls close on May 17, 2013 and the nominee with the most votes will be awarded the Connecting the Community Award. Scotiabank will also donate $10,000 to the winner’s chosen YWCA program area. YWCA will hold a celebration night on Tuesday May 28, 2013. Please visit for more information on the awards and to cast your vote.

Canadian Youth Business Foundation CYBF is a national non-profit organization dedicated to growing our nation’s economy one young entrepreneur at a time. We look at character not collateral when providing youth, age 18-39, with pre-launch coaching, business resources, start-up financing and mentoring, to help them launch and sustain a successful entrepreneurial businesses. CYBF has been recognized as a global leader in advancing youth entrepreneurship, is a founding member of the global G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance (G20 YEA) and the Canadian Host of Global Entrepreneurship Week (November 18-24, 2013). Visit

For more information please contact:

Subagini Sivapatham, Manager,
Regional Marketing, CYBF
(416) 408-2923, ext. 3003