In its 36th year, the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards honours individuals whose outstanding activities and achievements contribute to the well-being and future of our community. Nominees are recognized by category.
This year, Mo Korchinski, Project Administrator for the Collaborating Centre for Prison Health and Education, SPPH has been nominated in the category of Community Champion.
Mo is Project Manager for Unlocking the Gates Peer Health Mentoring Program (UTG), a UBC-based peer-mentorship program that helps formerly incarcerated women confront their trauma, overcome addictions and build happy, productive lives. As an alumnus of Alouette Corrections Centre for Women and one of UTG’s first mentors, Mo’s vision shaped the program, including providing clothing, transportation and treatment options to women upon discharge. She also requires peer mentors to be two years clean and sober to ensure the long-term health of the mentors and program participants. Her journey from inmate to social worker, public speaker, filmmaker and author is changing the public’s narrative of incarcerated women, and has inspired countless formerly incarcerated women to believe they can succeed, too.