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Are you a young woman between the ages of 14 and 17 who volunteers in your community or school? Do you see challenges instead of obstacles? Hope instead of despair? If you are a young woman who believes in the power of volunteer action, then you may be eligible to win a Violet Richardson Award.
The Violet Richardson award recognizes young women ages 14-17 engaged in volunteer action within their communities or schools. This award recognizes young women who make the community and world a better place through volunteer efforts such as: fighting drugs, crime and violence; cleaning up the environment; and working to end discrimination and poverty. Volunteer actions that benefit women or girls are particularly encouraged. The deadline to apply is December 1st and the award is for $300, matched by a $200 for their charity of choice.
or information about applying to the Violet Richardson Awards program, please view our flyer »
November 16 2013 under Programs of Service
On Thursday November 7th, the SIDAF group was honoured to meet Dr. Tanyss Munro of the Amarok Society, and to hear her truly inspiring presentation on the work she and her family have done, and continue to do, in the slums of Bangladesh.
The Amarok Society is a registered Canadian charity that “teaches very poor mothers to be neighbourhood teachers”. As it’s website states, “Teach a Mother, Change the World”. Amarok’s approach to education is based on a simple but effective principle – if you educate mothers, and ask each of them to educate 5 other mothers and children, learning spreads and brings with it social change. As Dr. Munro says, Bangladesh is at the top or bottom of all the lists countries don’t want to be on, for example the most crowded, the poorest, the most corrupt etc. It is a country where women and girls are tightly controlled and isolated by a male-dominated society, an Islamic country where girls are bound in marriage at very young ages, e.g. 11 or 12, because of the social conventions of a society that demands a higher marriage dowry to be paid the older the girl is. These young brides are then isolated within their husbands’ families, are treated like slaves, and begin to have children when they are still children themselves.
Dr. Munro shared with us stories of creativity and courage, of women who suffered physical and emotional abuse to do what they believed to be right – to educate girls and women, and by doing so, to improve the lot of entire families and villages. Her story is ultimately one of hope and celebration, of mothers struggling to provide a better future for their children, of husbands and fathers learning the value of happy and educated wives and children, of the possibility of cultural change.
Learn more about this wonderful organization by visiting their website at www.amaroksociety.org, and support them by purchasing Tanyss’ husband G.E.M. Munro’s book, South Asian Adventures with the Active Poor.
November 16 2013 under Programs of Service
Are you a woman who is trying to improve life for yourself and your family? Are you going back to school? Do you need financial assistance to complete your education?
Since 1972, Soroptimist International has been helping women the world over reclaim their dreams through the Women’s Opportunity Awards program. This program provides cash grants to women who are working to better their lives through additional skills training and education. You are eligible to apply for this $2,000.00 award if you are:
- a woman with primary financial responsibility for yourself and your dependants
- attending an undergraduate degree program or a vocational skills training program
- have financial need
For information about applying to the Women’s Opportunity Awards program, please contact Soroptimist International of Dundas~Ancaster~Flamborough (SI-DAF) c/o Heather Sullivan and Navneet Bains at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline to apply is December 31, 2013.
November 8 2013 under Programs of Service
On Wednesday May 22nd , 2013 Soroptimist International of Dundas~Ancaster~Flamborough (SI-DAF) hosted its annual Awards Gala to honour three special women in our community. It was an inspiring evening of celebration for our winners, recognizing their achievements with three awards:
Shamim Amini was honoured with this year’s Women’s Opportunity Award, a grant awarded to female heads of households for additional skills, training and education to enable them to upgrade their employment status to re-enter the workforce. Shamin’s story is one of courage, dedication and initiative.
Chantal Mudahogora was the winner of the Ruby Award, an award that acknowledges women who are working to improve the lives of women and girls through their personal or professional activities. Chantal is a Diversity Counsellor at the Alzheimer Society of Hamilton and Halton. From traumatic events in her home country of Rwanda, through her journey as an immigrant to Canada, and her continuing work with immigrant women and girls, Chantal’s story is an inspiration to all who know her.
Ashley Adile was the recipient of the Violet Richardson Award, recognizing young women ages 14-17 who are engaged in volunteer action within their communities or schools. Ashley is a member of the Bishop Tonnos Mathematics and Eco Club.
These annual awards provide an opportunity to celebrate and support the wonderful women and girls in our community who embody the spirit of Soroptimism: “Women at their best, helping other women to be their best”.
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.
June 26 2012 under Programs of Service
This year, Soroptimist International of Dundas~Ancaster~Flamborough (SIDAF) celebrates its 25th anniversary, having been chartered in May 1987. We are women at their best helping other women achieve their best, and we have been doing so locally for a quarter of a century!
Soroptimist International is a worldwide organization for women in management and professions, working through service projects to advance human rights and the status of women. With almost 90,000 members in over 125 countries and territories, it is the world’s largest classified service organization for executive and professional women. It was our great pleasure to welcome our newest member, Christine, at our anniversary dinner.
Soroptimists work together with groups and individuals to help women and girls in our local communities of Dundas, Ancaster & Flamborough, and throughout 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. Through our major fundraisers such as our Christmas Loonie Toonie Auction in November, our service work with local organizations such as Wesley Urban Ministries, the YWCA, and Drummond House, our support of initiatives such as Christmas hampers through the Salvation Army and Hamilton Basketeers, and participating in the Ancaster Food Drive and the Alzheimer Walk for Memories, we strive to raise awareness and serve the needs of women and girls.
In the attached photo are our award winners, from left to right: Crystal Dainard, Samantha Pirrera, Tambu Kahari, Jasmin Goldstein; Club President Shirley Eden, Cathy Braden
This year our anniversary celebration was held jointly with our annual Awards Night at Copetown Woods Golf & Country Club. Our amazing award-winning women are:
Ruby Award – Cathy Braden
Women’s Opportunity Award (WOA) – Samantha Pirrera
WOA Runners-up – Tambu Kahari; Crystal Dainard
Violet Richardson Award – Jasmin Goldstein
Congratulations to our winners, and to all our applicants and the wonderful women in our communities.
On February 25th, the Flamborough Chamber of Commerce honoured Soroptimist International of Dundas~Ancaster~Flamborough (SIDAF) at their Outstanding Business Achievement (OBA) Awards Gala in several ways. SIDAF member Sandy Gray and her husband Steve (recently retired as owners of Weeks Home Hardware in Waterdown) were recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award, two other SIDAF members were nominated for OBA awards (Maria Demkowich of JDJ Trailers and Shirley Eden, President of SIDAF), and SIDAF itself was recognized with a special Community Recognition Award.
Sandy Gray and Steve, along with Sandy’s brother Dave Smith, bought Weeks Home Hardware from their parents George & June Smith in January 1987. According to Arend Kersten, Executive Director of the FCC, “Over the past 24 years, Weeks Home Hardware has helped define the very soul of our incredible ‘community of communities’ with outstanding generosity and community involvement.” When asked why she chose to become a member of Soroptimist International and SIDAF in addition to all of her other interests, Sandy credited her passionate desire to help others through both her business and personal connections, especially women facing barriers to achieving their goals.
This photo was taken at the Flamborough Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Business Achievement Awards (OBA) Gala, from left to right: SIDAF members Nancy Davidson, Shirley McCoy, Janet Barnard, Sandy Gray (winner, Lifetime Achievement Award), Pauline Hardcastle, Shirley Eden (OBA Nominee) and Maria Demkowich (OBA Nominee). Thank you also to the Flamborough Chamber of Commerce for featuring our club in the Bottom Line, March 2012.
Soroptimist International of Dundas~Ancaster~Flamborough is proud of Sandy, Maria and Shirley, and grateful to the Flamborough Chamber of Commerce for their Community Recognition Award.
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 email@example.com.
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
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
Soroptimists and their Soroptimisters took part in the 2nd annual Flamborough Women’s Resource Centre fundraiser at Waterdown District High School on Sunday September 25. Walking as Evelyn’s Angels, they wore red shoes, slippers and shirts to raise funds and awareness in the hope of ending violence against women.
As a program of Interval House of Hamilton, the Flamborough Women’s Resource Centre provides support services for all women in the Flamborough community. Women living in rural areas of Hamilton (Flamborough, Dundas, Ancaster, Glanbrook) have less access to immediate supports (police, transportation, shelter, etc). Their broad range of services need our support. Join us next year and let’s increase our pledges.
Photos are coming soon!