Raising Awareness in our Community

Soroptimist International of Dundas Ancaster Flamborough has been serving our community for over 25 years. We are inviting the community to join us on March 27th, 6-9 pm at Amica on Dundas.

We delighted to be joined by Denise Doyle from the YWCA who will share with us about the Encore program and women’s health. We are also looking forward to hearing from Karen DeSilva, a past winner of the Women’s Opportunity Award and co-founder of WISDOM: Women, Inspiring, Strength, Determination, Optimism, and Motivation to women in addictions and need. We look forward to hearing how her education has positively impacted her life.

We are also honoured to introduce Jennifer Lucking representing Walk With Me who will be speaking on Education and Awareness of Human Trafficking. It is also hoped that one of her Board Directors, Lepa Jankovic of the RCMP, will also be in attendance. You will hear Jennifer tell us how Timea Nagy, herself a survivor of trafficking , started the organisation and is now considered to be a leading authority on human trafficking. So much so that she was awarded The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her services to victims and the authorities. Human trafficking or trafficking in persons is one of the most heinous crimes imaginable, often described as a modern day form of slavery. It happens right here in the Hamilton area! Walk With Me Canada Victim Services is a survivor led organization dedicated to raising awareness and providing education on issues of slavery, delivering and coordinating services supporting “victims to become survivors,” and advocating action for change.

This is a free event. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be provided.
RSVP online:

Car Care Clinic

Christine will be hosting a Car Care Clinic, along with Sandra from Flamborough Women’s Resource Centre tomorrow evening (Wednesday).

She will be helping you to feel more comfortable talking to your mechanic. I encourage you to come and hear what she has to say even if you have a mechanic that you know and trust. Also, if you have any friends/family that would be interested in attending, please send them too! 🙂

It will be Wednesday 27th, 7:00-8:30pm at CT&G Automotive 941 Centre Rd. At the corner of Centre Rd and Concession 6.

Thank you!

Ladies (and gentlemen),

On behalf of the members of Soroptimist International of Dundas Ancaster Flamborough, we’d like to thank you for your generosity, your enthusiasm, your patience, and the delightful and joyful exuberance that the winner displayed when their number was called. Last night’s auction was a huge success!

As with all events, we are looking for feedback from our guests. What went well, where can we improve and what did you think of the new venue? We would like to hear from you: soroptimistdaf@gmail.com

Thank you again!


Christmas Shopping?


We love shopping. You love shopping too. This holiday season, visit Connon Nurseries at 383 Dundas Street East, Waterdown for your holiday decor:

  • Poinsettias and House plants
  • Christmas Trees
  • Garland, Roping, Wreaths, Boughs
  • Winter Outdoor Urn Arrangements
  • Garden Gifts & Decor
  • Gift Certificates and so much more …

Mention Soroptimist, Dundas Ancaster Flamborough, at the checkout counter and Connon will donate 10% of your purchase towards helping support Women & Girls in our community. Click here for driving directions »

Thank you for your support!

Christine’s bio

Hello, my name is Christine Aarlaht and I am a certified auto mechanic/ technician by trade, head mechanic and owner of CT & G Automotive specialists. So, I guess you might be wondering what brought me to the Soroptimist DAF organization in the first place. I had been looking to join a volunteer organization for some time and by chance came across the SIDAF at an awards ceremony. After listening to some women speak, I was “blown away” with all that these women have accomplished for women and girls in our communities. I said to myself….”I want to be part of that”. I joined SIDAF in January of 2012 and am currently on the fundraising committee.

I feel privileged enough to have been born into the most loving family and a free democratic country called Canada. I realize that it’s not that way for many women and girls in the world and even in our own community. For this reason and so much more…..I wanted to be a part of making a difference in the lives of others and be a positive influence wherever I can.

I love animals and have a Siberian husky by the name of Reaper! I love to cook, garden and fish….and when I’m not home you can find me working on or riding cars, trucks and motorcycles.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month

For Breast Cancer Awareness month we wanted to close out October with a special event featuring our partner and breast cancer research expert, the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation. Join Soroptimist International of the Americas next Tuesday, for a live chat on the Live Your Dream.org Facebook Page.

Join Naz Sykes, Executive Director, Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation on Oct. 30th @ 2:00PM (Eastern time).

What do you want to know about breast cancer?

International Day of the Girl

The United Nations has declared October 11, 2012 as the world’s first International Day of the Girl Child.

Canada led the call in 2009 for an International Day of the Girl. After two years of petitions and advocacy, Plan Canada raised awareness about the particular challenges that girls face and to take action and the House of Commons unanimously supported a motion to have Canada lead this international campaign. On October 11, 2011, Minister Ambrose calls upon member states to support the proclamation of an International Day of the Girl during an address to the United Nations’ Third Committee on Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs. The resolution was formally adopted by the UN General Assembly.

Canadians are celebrating the first International Day of the Girl today, October 11, 2012. Girls will be recognized as powerful agents of change and as leaders of today and tomorrow, and girl-specific issues will be highlighted.

Find out more on the Government of Canada website, or visit Plan Canada’s Because I’m A Girl campaign:

Annual Christmas Auction

Our Christmas Auction is back on the bill this year. Join us on Wednesday November 7, 2012 at the Ancaster Fair Grounds: Marritt Hall,  near the intersection of Hwy  52 and Wilson Street. The address is 630 Trinity Rd S, Ancaster. Tickets are $30. Dinner is at 6 p.m. and the auction is 7-9 p.m.

Door open at 5pm for a sneak preview. Door prizes. Cash bar. Only 300 advance tickets this year – no ticket sales at the door. Don’t forget, this year we are selling Santa’s Wine Raffle (5 tickets for $20). Over 100 auction items to be won.

Email soroptimistdaf@gmail.com for your tickets.

Charity Car Wash for FWRC

There is a Charity Car Wash this Saturday with proceeds to the Flamborough Women’s Resource Centre (FWRC) in Flamborough Centre. The organizer, Christine Aarlaht (partner at CT&G Automotive & newest member of SI DAF) is hosting this event, which is was re-scheduled from two weeks ago due to the rain.

Please bring your dirty cars: you know you don’t want to have to wash it yourself, so let us wash and dry it for you ……plus you are helping a great organization in our community. The FWRC is an outreach program of Interval House: please donate generously!

Saturday August 25, 10am to 3pm. CT&G Automotive at 941 Centre Rd, at 6th Concession.

Sprucing up Alma’s Garden

Here are a few photos of the “gardening crew” who did a fantastic job of sprucing up Alma’s garden this evening. We arrived at 6.30pm and as they say “many hands make light work” – we weeded, planted some new shrubs courtesy of members’ gardens, mulched, swept up and watered – we were all done by 7.30pm. Special thanks to Sandy and Shirley for collecting and bringing the mulch.