News & Events

Laughing for Women and Girls

Come out and laugh with us to support women and girls in our community.

What’s happening? It’s a comedy night!

Where : Traci’s Place, 592 Upper James St, Hamilton (905 538 0795)

When : Sunday November 22nd. Come at 6pm to purchase dinner and a drink. The show will be 7.30 to 9.30pm

Tickets : $15 : gift table : 50/50 draw

Tickets available : from a Soroptimist you know, or email us at

All proceeds go to support women and girls in Dundas, Ancaster and Flamborough.

Posted on November 1 2015 under Fundraisers

Soroptimist Live Your Dream Award

Since 1972, Soroptimist International has been helping women the world over reclaim their dreams through the Live Your Dream Award (formerly Women’s Opportunity program). The Live Your Dream Award is a grant awarded to female heads of households who need additional skills, training and education to enable them to upgrade their employment status to re-enter the workforce so they can provide adequately for themselves and their families.

The deadline to apply this year is November 15, 2015 and the value is $2,500.

For information about applying, view our information poster »

Posted on September 4 2015 under Programs of Service

Loonie Toonie Auction – November 2015

The 2014 Loonie Toonie Auction was yet another huge success. Lots of excitement and winning of excellent prizes – with 300 plus women and some brave men having a good time. Close to $18,000 was raised and will be used to assist vulnerable women and girls in our community over the next year. Thanks to all who participated.

This fall we will not be hosting the Loonie Toonie auction. We’ve got lots of fun being planned for so please stay tuned for more information!

Posted on August 6 2015 under Fundraisers, SI-DAF Events

Fit Active Beautiful (FAB) 5k race

SIDAF were again involved in this year’s FAB 5k run at Confederation Park, Hamilton. It was a beautiful morning in June – some of our members helped man the water station, some of us ran the race and some gave their time over the last few months as coaches training and preparing the girls for the 5k race.

FAB’s Passion statement :

  • Our passion is helping young girls become strong women.
  • Our focus is reaching youth girls in lower income communities.
  • Our goal is to inspire youth girls to dream big, live big.
  • Our strategy is to build their self confidence and goal setting skills.
  • Our vehicle is our FAB Girls 5 KM Challenge.

We look forward to seeing you next year at the FAB 5K COMMUNITY CHALLENGE on June 18, 2016. Details are on their website:

Posted on July 4 2015 under Programs of Service

Awards Gala 2015

SIDAF had another successful Awards Gala in June of this year. Together with Past Mayor Bob Brattina, his wife Carol and Councillor Judi Partridge we all enjoyed an excellent dinner at Dundas Golf and Curling Club after which we honored our award winners.

Natasha of Interval House and Flamborough Womens Resource Centre – winner of our Ruby Award. This award honours women who have worked to improve the lives of women and girls through their professional and/or volunteer work.

Shahnaz winner of our Live Your Dream Award. This financial award assists women who provide the primary source of financial support to their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects. Shahnaz is photographed here with, from the left Bob Brattina previously Mayor of Hamilton, Shahnaz’s daughter, Shanaz, Carol Brattina, Pauline Hardcastle President SIDAF, Shahanaz’s son.

We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors for their generosity:
Randi Warner from PartyLite, Choices in Dundas and Pauline’s Fine Art.

Posted on July 4 2015 under Fundraisers, SI-DAF Events

Annual Awards Gala – June 5th

Join us for an evening of Inspiration and Success as we celebrate the Soroptimist International Live your Dream Award and Ruby Award. This evening will recognize women in our communities who make an impact on the lives of women and girls. More information about these awards can be found on our website »

Friday, June 5th, 2015
Cocktails at 6:30 P.M. Dinner Served at 7:00 P.M.
Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club
10 Woodley Lane, Dundas

Tickets are $65.00 per person.
To order yours, please contact Pauline at

This event is Semi Formal. Raffle tickets for gifts and 50/50 draw will be on site.

Soroptimist International is a worldwide organization for women, working through service projects to advance human rights and the status of women. With almost 90,000 members in over 125 countries and territories, it is the world’s largest classified service organization for executive and professional women. Since 1987 Soroptimist International of Dundas-Ancaster-Flamborough has been focussing on issues such as domestic violence, poverty, empowering young women, sexual harassment, and other challenges unique to today’s women.

Thank you to all our sponsors for making this event possible. Together, we are helping women achieve their best!

Posted on May 19 2015 under SI-DAF Events

Soroptimist Information Night

Join us to hear Sharon Gallant, FAB Foundation Fit, Active Beautiful and learn more about what Soroptimist does to make a difference in the lives of women and girls in need within our community. Wine & Cheese and Dessert will be served.

Located at 260 Hamilton St, Waterdown (formerly Waterdown High School) on April 16, 7pm. Look for our banner at the door.

Soroptimist International of Dundas Ancaster Flamborough. Proudly serving our community for over 25 years.

Please register online at Eventbrite so we can make sure everyone can enjoy refreshments:

Posted on March 16 2015 under SI-DAF Events

Annual Loonie Toonie Auction

It’s that time of year when we start gearing up for the Annual Soroptimist Loonie Toonie Auction.

This year’s event will be held on Wednesday November 12th at Marritt Hall, Ancaster Fair Grounds. There are over 100 great auction items to be won at this loonie-toonie style auction, plus Santa’s Wine Raffle and Door Prizes.
We will sell out quickly every year. Tickets are $30 and includes a light dinner with a new caterer and a cash bar. Doors open at 5 for Cocktails and Auction Pre-view. The auction will be from 7 to 9:30 pm.

There is a Santa’s Wine Refrigerator, generously donated by a member of Soroptimist, filled with 18 Bottles of Wine that could be yours. Tickets are 5 for $20. Your Soroptomists have tickets on hand for the event and the draw, or write to us at for more information.

We are also looking for baskets – you know the ones that you have stored under the stairs because you can’t throw them out. We would be delighted to make good use of them.
Here’s our flyer with all the details:

Posted on October 4 2014 under Fundraisers

Bullying Awareness

Come and listen to the highly respected social worker, Gary Direnfeld MSW RSW, who will talk us all through how to deal with child/teen bullying and violence, including cyber bullying. Come also with your questions for Gary – he loves to interact with his audience and gear the evening around what you want to discuss rather than what he wants to discuss.

So whether you are a woman working with young people, a concerned mother or in fact a concerned child/teen then you are most welcome to come along to this free information evening. Coffee will be served.

Thursday, 18 September 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

Amica at Dundas, 50 Hatt Street, Dundas, ON

Register online (no cost):


Posted on August 9 2014 under Programs of Service, SI-DAF Events

Sally Armstrong: May 8, 7:30p.m.

Soroptimist International of Hamilton-Burlington in partnership with Grandmothers of Steel present: Sally Armstrong, A Voice of Hope.

Three time winner of the Amnesty International Media Award, Sally’s eyewitness reports from areas of conflict bring insights into human tragedy and survival that few others have covered so intimately.

Sally Armstrong, Human Rights Activist, Journalist & Author will be speaking. Book sale and signing of her latest book: Ascent of Women to follow.

Time: Thursday May 8, 2014 starting at 7:30 pm

Tickets: $30.00. Students: $15.00

Proceeds go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation, CW4WA and Bursaries, Midwifery Programme, McMaster University

Location: Winterberry Heights Church, 300 Winterberry Dr., Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada

For ticket information:

Posted on May 4 2014 under Programs of Service