More than 1,400 guests and volunteers gathered on May 29, 2017 at the Vancouver Convention Centre to honour inspiring nominees and their achievements. Among those in attendance was Dr. Dina Panagiotopoulos, endocrinologist at BC Children's Hospital, who received the YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the Health and Wellness category.
“It is truly an honour to be recognized by the YWCA with this award amongst such an accomplished group of nominees,” said Dr. Panagiotopoulos. “The YWCA’s tireless mission to create a positive impact on the lives of vulnerable women and their children inspires me to continue my clinical and research work promoting healthy starts and healthy living in children, youth and their families.”
As a pediatric endocrinologist and founder/director of the Type 2 Diabetes and Provincial Mental Health Metabolic Programs at BC Children’s, Dr. Panagiotopoulos is a nationally recognized leader in pediatric diabetes and has helped thousands of children and families. She is an advocate for the health and well-being of vulnerable children and youth, including those with mental health conditions and those from Indigenous communities.
Dr. Panagiotopoulos has been recognized by the BC Medical Association and Canadian Diabetes Association for her volunteer work and for pioneering innovative and sustainable clinical and healthy living initiatives for children and their families.
The Women of Distinction Awards
recognize outstanding women and workplaces from across BC and since 1984, has honoured 247 award recipients and more than 1,450 nominees.