The YWCA Darien/Norwalk is accepting nominations for the 2015 Women of Distinction awards.

The awards recognize the outstanding achievements of a select group of women. Each year at the Women of Distinction luncheon, the YW honors women in the Darien/Norwalk community who epitomize community leadership and contribution.

Local residents and business owners nominate women whose significant and unique contributions have made a difference in the Darien and Norwalk communities by showing vision, creativity, determination and initiative.

This year's nominees will be based on a new set of criteria that includes four practice areas best describing the nominee's accomplishments and contributions. The practice areas are career development, family, health and wellness, and personal finance. Details about each practice area can be found at www.ywcadariennorwalk.org.

The YWCA Darien/Norwalk Women of Distinction Nominations Committee reviews the nominations and selects the honorees. The honorees will include a Young Woman of Distinction, recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of a woman under 21 years of age. The women chosen to receive the Women of Distinction awards will be honored at the YW's Annual Women of Distinction Awards and Luncheon on May 7 at the Woodway Country Club in Darien.

The YW encourages all to nominate women who are leaders, role models, agents for change, mentors and/or an inspiration to others. Nomination forms are online at www.ywcadariennorwalk.org and must be submitted by Monday, March 23.

For more information, visit ywcadariennorwalk.org or e-mail nominations@ywcadarienmorwalk.org.

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The YWCA Darien/Norwalk is at 49 Old King's Highway North in Darien. For more information, visit www.ywcadariennorwalk.org or call 203-655-2535.