Flamborough Chamber: Outstanding Business Awards, 2013

On Saturday March 2, 2013, Soroptimist International of Dundas~Ancaster~Flamborough celebrated the success of one of its members, Janet Barnard, at the Flamborough Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Gala, held at Flamborough Hills Golf & Country Club in Copetown. Janet, SI-DAF’s hard working treasurer, was presented with an Outstanding Business Achievement Award for her services to bookkeeping for the Flamborough Chamber over several years. Also present at the Awards celebration were the new Premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne, Ted McMeekin MPP, and Hamilton City Councillors Judy Partridge and Robert Pasuta . Janet and the other Soroptimist members had a chance to speak briefly with Premier Wynne, and though the Premier had not heard of Soroptimist International prior to that night, she expressed interest in our organization and promised to find out more about us. What a wonderful evening, and a special honour for Janet!

Pictured in the photo from left to right are Ted McMeekin MPP, SI-DAF members Christine Aarlaht, Pauline Hardcastle, Shirley Eden, Premier Kathleen Wynne, SI-DAF member and award winner Janet Barnard.

From left to right, SI-DAF members Christine Aarlaht and Pauline Hardcastle, Hamilton City Councillors Robert Pasuta and Judi Partidge (both valued supporters of SI-DAF), and SI-DAF members Maria Demkowich, Shirley Eden and Janet Barnard.

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.
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25th Anniversary and Awards Night

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.

Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?

Our 3rd Annual Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader: Trivia Night took place at the Waterdown Legion on April 18th. This wonderful venue hosted over 120 persons who were all there with their “Mensa” hats on to show off their trivia knowledge! The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams went away with prizes and happy egos! The 50/50 draw was popular this year, and was won by Karen Dolyniuk, a SIDAF friend. The fundraising aspect of the night was a great success, as over $6,000 was raised to go toward local programs for women and girls. The major prizes were a “Basket of Booze” (won by a YWCA staff person) and a Gourmet Chef Dinner, An Evening with Chef Guerin Sykes (won by Denise Doyle of the YWCA).

The funds raised for those prizes will be going directly to the YWCA Hamilton Encore Program, a post- breast cancer surgery exercise program. The YWCA Hamilton Encore program received seed funding from SIDAF and we continue to support it through events such as this. Thanks to everyone who attended, and our wonderful sponsors, for a fun and rewarding evening.

In the first photo, Ann Marie Collingwood is seen accepting the Gourmet Dinner prize from SIDAF President Shirley Eden on behalf of the winner Denise Doyle. In the second photo, Karen Dolyniuk is seen accepting her 50/50 prize from SIDAF president Shirley Eden. Thank you to Kim at Vitality Source Fitness for posting on FaceBook about how much the Encore participants enjoyed the event.

In the next 3 photos can be seen the top three placing teams, Team Jane Oulton (1st place), Team Watson (2nd place) and Team Unseen Academicals (3rd Place).

2nd Annual Ruby Slipper Walk

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!

Seminar Resources

A group of our Soroptimists held a resource-based seminar on May 26. Topics covered a wide breadth, based on our personal careers and experiences. We have assembled some tips & links that you may find helpful:

Preparing a Resume

The most important things about writing a resume  and cover letter are the small details (like spelling and grammar) and aligning the information you share with the job posting requirements. The Government of Canada has a great site to explain how you can tell about your experiences, skills and interest areas on your resume, even if you don’t have a lot of work experience.


Junior Legal Assistant

There are many other schools that have either a law clerk program or legal administration program, but these are some in the local area:

Fitness and Instruction:
http://www.canadianfitness.net/pro.html (How to get certified in fitness at home)
http://www.canfitpro.com/ (How to get certified by the largest fitness training company)
http://www.ywcahamilton.org/programs-and-services/adult-fitness-and-aquatics (How to get fitness leadership training locally)

Nutrition & Recipes

Health Field
http://www.mohawkcollege.ca/calendar/otapa.html (OTA/PTA course, Mohawk)
http://www.mohawkcollege.ca/calendar/personalSupportWorker.html (PSW Course, Mohawk)
http://www.stcharles.ca/psw.html (PSW Course, St. Charles)

Early Childhood Education
http://www.aeceo.ca/ (Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario

Book keeping & Admin
http://c-b-a.ca/ (Canadian Book keepers Association);
http://www.cma-ontario.org/index.cfm?ci_id=4798&la_id=1 (Certified Management Accountant);
http://www.cga-ontario.org/Prospective_Students/Becoming_a_CGA.aspx (Certified General Accountant)
www.simpleplanning.net (budgeting)
http://community.alchemex.com (various Microsoft office training)

General References
www.cara.com (Swiss Chalet, Kelsey’s, Milestone’s, Montana’s, Harvey’s)
www.insuranceinstitute.ca (courses at Mohawk College or apply direct to insurance companies as they will ocassionally employ new staff and pay for their training)
www.liaisoncollege.com 1047 Main St E, Hamilton (train to become a chef or cook)

Trivia Night

We are pleased to announce our club’s 2nd Annual “Are You Smarter that a 5th Grader: Trivia Night” that will take place at St. Joseph’s Villa in Dundas on Wednesday April 20, 2011. Tickets are $25 and includes the games, a light dinner, munchies and tons of fun! Tickets are available from any Soroptimist member.

The evening features four rounds of trivia questions which to challenge the knowledge base of teams of 6 players. There will be prizes for the team members from each round as well as Grand Prize team with the highest score. We will also be offering a raffle table of gifts to be won, a 50/50 draw and a cash bar. We will sell out at  24 teams of 6, so get your friends together and get your tickets early!

Of course we hope to have lots of fun at this event but the real reason for our fundraising is to help women and girls in our community that need a hand up. All the money we raise goes back to our women and girls in our community and throughout the world.

Invitation to our Appreciation Night

Have you ever wondered who The Soroptimists are and what we do in the community? Soroptimist International of Dundas, Ancaster and Flamborough invites you to an evening of fun and friendship to learn more about the club and its work in helping women and girls, both locally and internationally.

RSVP to Barb McCoy at soroptimistdaf@gmail.com

The event takes place on Thursday, Jan. 20, 7-8:30 p.m., St. James Anglican Church Parlour, 137 Melville St., Dundas.
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FWRC Ladies Night

The Flamborough Women’s Resource Center came up the big winner at a Ladies Night held on Thursday October 14th at Boston Pizza. The restaurant donated a portion of the evenings proceeds to the FWRC and many patrons also made personal contributions for a chance to win some great raffle prizes which had been donated by local merchants. Kittybeans Jewellery of Waterdown also donated a portion of sales from the evening and the Soroptimist International of Dundas/Ancaster/Flamborough were there with a display profiling their community work and to present a $300.00 club contribution. Nearly $1,000.00 in total was raised for the FWRC as a result of the evening.

(In Photo) Front and centre: holding the big money is Afifa Bhatti of the FWRC along with Christina Wilbur of Boston Pizza (in light pink top) Back row, left to right is Erin Hall (Kittybeans) and Soroptimist members Barb McCoy, Janet Barnard, Sandy Gray, Shirley Eden and Bonnie Treacy.

Inaugural Gold Tournament

This year we were officially part of the Flamborough Chamber of Commerce’s Mini Putt Challenge as a tournament within their tournament. Not only were we eligible to win their recognition awards, SI DAF awarded the top 4-some and most honest (worst) four-some with recognition plaques!

Our club had 3 four-somes (if I remember correctly, perhaps 4) at last years FCC’s mini putt challenge and we had a blast; that is where we got the idea for having one of our own. The location of the tournament was Rock Chapel on Highway 5, west of Clappisons. It’s literally a mini green, on grass, and 18 holes.

We booked 4 four-somes with the FCC for our group. It was a bargain at $25.00 per person that included mini golf and dinner & awards after at Boston Pizza, snacks included! The top FCC team received a Canadian Cooler and $25 gc to Boston Pizza. The individual awards included two members from SI-DAF:

  • FCC Lowest women’s: 72 to Sandy, owner Weeks Home Hardware (she defended her title)
  • FCC Lowest mens: 61 to Ted McMckeen, MPP
  • FCC Most Honest golfer – to Maria Demkovic, $25 gc plus a special trophy (see hear speak no evil)
The top awards for SI-DAF were as follows:
  • SI-DAF Top score at 72 avg – Barny, Janet, Alice and Shirley
  • SI-DAF most honest team at 99 avg – Brooke, Kim, Elizabeth, Nancy, (Judi was in for 9 holes)