Archive for February, 2012

4th Annual Live Your Dream Art Contest

The fourth annual Soroptimist Live Your Dream Art Contest is open for judging. The contest calls on students to visually depict the dreams and accomplishments of women. The contest winners are revealed and celebrated on March 8th, International Women’s Day.

This year, more than 2,000 children from around the world, including Japan, Taiwan, Guam, Mexico, South Korea, and the U.S., participated in the contest. The winners will receive $100 for themselves and another $100 for their schools.

A group of professional judges was charged with the challenge of narrowing down the entries to three finalists in each category (Ages 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13-15, 16-18). Now, it’s up to us to choose the winners …

Visit and vote for your favorites now! Voting is open to the public, so tell your friends.

February 26 2012 under SI News

Ancaster Food Drive

February is a particularly hard time for the food agencies serving our community. There is a strong need in December but that need continues all year long. Over 79,000 pounds and $8,000 of food was collected last year, a record in the 19 years of running the food drive.

For the past 19 years the community has come together with many hands and have packaged over 1 Million pounds of food for those in need. The magnitude of that generosity is astounding but volunteers are needed again this year, especially to donate and collect food. On Saturday February 25th volunteers return door to door to collect donations. The collection will take about 2 – 3 hours with most “routes” producing an overflowing trunk-load of food. At St. John’s Anglican Church, Parish Hall, 37 Halson St in Ancaster there will be two shifts for sorting and packaging the donations: 9 – 12 a.m. and 12 – 3 p.m. VIEW THE MAP »

The agency urgently needs volunteers to load up the trucks on Monday Feb 27, 8 a.m. when the food goes to the local food banks. The need is great and together we can make this a successful effort. For more information, contact: Ancaster Community Services & Information 905-648-6675 or

Our Soroptimist members will be there in their blue and white T-shirts to help sort and pack the generous donations!  As in past years, we will be presenting a club donation (Ladies, please be there for a Photo-Op at 9am).

On Saturday, February 25, 2012, hundreds of volunteers canvassed door to door throughout the community collecting a record total of 80,500 lbs of food and $7000 in cash donations.  Over it’s 20-year history, the Ancaster Food Drive reached an amazing total of 1,120,500 pounds of food going to our food serving agencies. Thank you to the people of Ancaster for their big-heartedness and overwhelming support. - Organizing Committee Ancaster Community Food Drive

February 18 2012 under Programs of Service

Crossing the Starting Line

Members of Soroptimist International of Dundas~Ancaster~Flamborough (SIDAF) participated in the annual “Walk For Memories” , a fundraiser by the Alzheimer Society of Hamilton & Halton, on Sunday January 29th. SIDAF enters a team every year, helping to raise both awareness and funds for the programs and services of the Alzheimer Society.

SIDAF, a women’s volunteer organization that raises money to support programs for women and girls in our local communities, knows that Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias cross all genders, cultures and economic groups, but that women are more often diagnosed, and most often face the challenges of caregiving. SIDAF is proud to support the Alzheimer Society and to “Walk for Memories”, and this year raised $1150 to help out this wonderful organization.

In the photo, SIDAF members Pauline Johnson, Jane Oulton, Sandy Gray, and Janet Barnard are seen crossing the starting line behind Emcee for the day, Connie Smith, youngest SIDAF volunteer Evelyn Hall (granddaughter of Sandy Gray), and Mary Burnett, CEO of the Alzheimer Society of Hamilton and Halton.

February 5 2012 under Programs of Service