The members of Soroptimist International of Dundas-Ancaster-Flamborough were very excited to hand out $2,500 in bursaries to women in our community.
Our awards ceremoney was held on Thursday, May 7 at the Dundas Golf & Curling Club where the Making a Difference for Women Award was given to Debra Tigchelaar for her contribution and dedication to Drummond House in Flamborough.
The Violet Richardson Award is given to honour young women age 14 -17 engaged in volunteer action within their communities or schools. This year’s award was given to Elizabeth Austerberry from Parkside High in Dundas who volunteers with the Junior Civitan Club and answers letters to Santa for Canada Post. She recieved $300 and a further $200 was donated to the Civitans in her honour.
The Women’s Opportunity Award is given to a 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. This is a signature award for Soroptimist International, which has provided over $17M to 25,000 women since it’s inception in 1972. This year’s bursary for $2,000 went to Edith Kaggwa, a mother of four who has been accepted to the Mo-Mac nursing program.
We were also delighted to honour three of our club members: Jane Oulton who is a charter member from the original club that started in 1987 with 22 members; Nancy Davidson and Shirley McCoy have served with us for 20 years. 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.