The YWCA is honoring nine Central New York women as their 2018 Outstanding Women. While each has a unique story to tell, their love of community is a common thread.

The 2018 YWCA Outstanding Women come from different backgrounds, and each has made a unique impact on the Mohawk Valley. This year's honorees include:

  • Beatrice Allison, of Holland Patent, for Healthcare
  • Delores Caruso of Utica, for Unsung Heroine
  • Dah Eh of Utica, for Outstanding Youth
  • Anny Guerrero of Utica, for Education
  • Jordan Morgan of Utica, for Professions – Business & Industry
  • Pri Paw of Utica, for Social Justice
  • Sarita Ruiz of Rome, for Entrepreneur
  • Sandra Soroka of Utica, for Human & Public Service
  • Christina Warner of New Hartford, for STEAM
    (Science Technology Engineering Arts Math)

Whether each of these women are students, or entrepreneurs, each is motivated - in part - by their drive to make their community better. For example, Pri Paw, who makes her home in Utica after fleeing civil war in Burma, says helping to create a center for the refugee community in Utica in the form of the Midtown Utica Community Center, where she's a volunteer. Anny Guerrero has found motivation by serving kids to ensure that they can get to and thrive in college, Anny says “It has always been my goal to help the people in my community in any way possible. By being active in the community, I realized that there are a large number of organizations that are willing to help people overcome their barriers.”

Love of community motivates each of these Outstanding Women to do more and strive for excellence in their daily lives.