About SI-DAF


Soroptimist of Dundas Ancaster Flamborough (SI DAF), founded in 1987, is a member organization of Soroptimist International – the world’s largest classified volunteer service organization for executive and professional women.

Soroptimist, coined from the Latin “soror” and “optima” (the best for women), was founded in 1921 in Oakland, California. Eighty women in professions that included medicine, laboratory technology, education and printing formed the first Soroptimist club to “foster the ideals of service.”


A Soroptimist is a leader in her community. She believes that by joining with other women and engaging in awareness, advocacy and action in the service of her community and society, she can make the world a better place for humankind.

Soroptimist connects women: to each other, to the local communities in Greater Hamilton and to the world. Together, we focus on issues such as domestic violence, poverty, lack of adequate child care, sexual harassment, inequities in the workplace, and other challenges unique to today’s women.

Soroptimists connect in a spirit of friendship to bring fresh and innovative approaches to addressing some of society’s greatest challenges. Locally, projects target the needs of the community, particularly to  assist women and girls. Find out more about our club projects »

Who else is in the organization?

With almost 80,000 members in 130 countries and territories, Soroptimist International is (we are) a worldwide organization for women in management and professions working through service projects to advance human rights and the status of women.

SI DAF belongs to the Eastern Canada Region (also called ECR) along with 12 other clubs. There is also a Western Canada Region and the Soroptimist Foundation of Canada (sometimes called SFC). Soroptimist International of the Americas (SIA) is the largest of the four federations that make up Soroptimist International. The other federations are Great Britain & Ireland, Europe and South-West Pacific.