This year our club returned to the Dundas Golf and Country Club for our annual awards dinner. It was with great excitment that we met our recipients:
Ruby Award: Leanne Kilby, Executive Director, Elizabeth Fry Society, Hamilton Branch. This newly named award, formally titled Making a Difference for Women, is in recognition of professional service that impacts the community.
The Elizabeth Fry Society works with and for women and girls in the justice system, particularly those who are, or may be, criminalized; based in the community, the Elizabeth Fry Society is committed to seeking out and organizing community resources to give humane assistance to women in contact with the legal system; assisting them in making positive choices in their lives; and monitoring the judicial and corrections systems to promote improvements when and where possible.
Violet Richardson Award: This award is presented to a young lady between the ages of 14 and 17 years – who has undertaken exemplary voluntary work within the community or their school and applications this year were received from schools in the Dundas, Ancaster and Flamborough area.
This year our winner has given much of her time to her school’s Girls Athletic Association – but more than that, through the Association she has learned to recognise that not all girls have the kind of athletic ability the Association would generally attract. So she set about helping the Association to encourage those lesser athletic girls to participate in non competitive and competitive but healthy activities like yoga, and team sports at their level. By doing this she hopes that a more diverse selection of girls will participate in sport, which in turn will help build confidence and improve leadership skills.
The winner of the Violet Richardson Award this year is Colleen Wilson of Ancaster High School who will receive a cheque for $300. A second cheque for $200 is given to the charity of Colleen’s choice and, understandably, she has chosen the Ancaster High School Girls Athletic Association. This cheque will be accepted by Jessica Ross, Executive Member, on behalf of the Association.
Women’s Opportunity Award: This award is given to financially help a woman who is the head of her household (providing primary financial support for the family) and who is undertaking an educational course or has been accepted on an educational course, which once completed should help increase her employment prospects. This is a signature award for Soroptimist International, and honours women throughout the world.
This year our winner, Sarah Rutherford, is currently taking a course to qualify as a Personal Support Worker. Over a number of years she has managed to overcome many extremely difficult personal obstacles, whilst at the same time admirably bringing up her two children (both of whom joined us for dinner). Her perseverance to overcome her problems one at a time should be an inspiration to all women and we wish her and her girls well for the future.
Leanne, our keynote speaker
Colleen holding a Gerber Daisy
Sarah with her daughters
Our club would like to extend a special word of thanks to the volunteer judges for the Women’s Opportunity Award, Dr. Heather Sheardown, McMaster University, Judith Johnson, United Church of Canada, and Deborah Martin, Interval House. In addition, we’d like to recognize the tireless work of the award standing committee who advertised the competition by hand delivering notices to all the local schools, colleges and universities, followed up with potential applicants and judged the Violet Richardson award: Pauline Hardcastle (Chair), Kim Gordon, Lynda Switzer and Janet Barnard.
May 21 2010 under General
Dear Sisters of Soroptimists
The following is a quick update on the Flamborough Women’s Centre activities/new programs. We want to update the Soroptimists every quarter on the success of our programs and the wonderful work done by our counsellors to support women in the Flamborough community. We very much appreciate your support and donation made as we opened our doors in Waterdown.
Highlights: New Programs
* Women’s Resource Books needed – if anyone has new, used, or gently used books to donate please call Amanda at the FWRC 289-895-8580. Any self journey, self help, new mom, inspirational, achievement type of books are appreciated.
* Since April 26th, Legal Advocacy and Duty Counsel are now available through the Waterdown FWRC in Waterdown on Friday’s. Our legal advocate provides court support by attending hearings with women, research/legal assistance with paperwork, guidance through the legal system – since April 26, three (3) Flamborough women have been assisted and accompanied to court.
* Waterdown Highschool Students Fashion Show in April raised $1,500 dollars donated to the FWRC for an Art Therapy program for domestic and sexual assault victims. We were fortunate that a trained art therapist who lives in Freelton contacted us and will donate part of her time to ensure this program can continue after the first 8 week session.
* Journey to Self weekly program, run at the Waterdown offices, is assisting 8 women as they recover from psychological abuse.
* Go Girl program for grade 8 girls is currently in it’s 3rd week. This is a pilot project run by FWRC counsellors at the Flamborough Centre School, requested by the Principal. 18 girls are registered for this in-school one hour session which will run for 8 weeks – more are expected to join. This highly successful program will be offered in 5 Waterdown schools starting in September to grade 6, 7 & 8 girls. Activities include knowing who you are, societies image of the perfect woman, negative imaging of women, who determines beauty media/movie influence – tearing down barriers to self expression. All hugely successful.
* May 12 Credit Counselling session offered free by a local Waterdown business. FWRC will offer one specific for teen girls age 14-18 in June or September.
* June 16th FWRC is holding a sexual support peer to peer training program for women of all ages including teens.
* FWRC is working closely with Waterdown police services, high & elementary schools, medical clinics and dentists. There are increasing requests for support and new programs. We are also receiving many women from north Burlington and Halton Women’s Shelter who have had to move out of Flamborough due to lack of affordable housing and local shelter.
* Private counselling sessions are held weekly on Wednesday at the FWRC. Currently assisting 20 women dealing with family crisis, stalking issues and self esteem/bullying with teens.
Yours in community, with kind regards,
Judi Partridge ~ Advisory Committee
Flamborough Women’s Resource Centre
This year, we’re trying something new - Thursday May 20th is Trivia Night! Come join us to see if your Team can get all the answers & Win! We’ll be grouping you up in teams of eight (8) or BYOT (bring your own team). No previous experience required.
Your $25 ticket price includes all your Game Cards, Munchies, and Prizes! There will also be a cash bar, raffles and 50:50 draw.
See you at the Royal Canadian Legion in Dundas. Doors open at 6pm with the games to start at 7. Find out more about Trivia-Night through our flyer »