Allison’s Bio

Name: Allison Vardy

City: Hamilton, Ontario

Joined Soroptimist: June 2020

Reason for joining:  I was invited to join by Brooke, who has been my best friend of 30 years. I was looking for a way to have a positive impact and contribution to my community. I feel it is very important to support women and girls further their education so that they feel empowered to go after the things they want in their lives.

Fun Fact: I lived in Nunavut for 2 years in a remote Inuit community where I volunteered at the school serving breakfast and sitting in the grade 4 class helping kids with their reading. I’m a proud dog-mom whose dog Neko attends every Soroptimist meeting with me via Zoom.

Janet’s Bio

Name: Janet Barnard

City: Mount Pleasant, Brant, Ontario

Joined Soroptimist: Feb 2009

Reason for joining:  I was invited to a meeting by a colleague, and was drawn into a group of welcoming women helping other women and girls.  Enjoyed new friendships and liked the fact that we were all working towards making a difference in other women’s lives, most particularly in our community. 

Fun Fact: I enjoy cooking, sewing, gardening, reading, traveling with our 5th wheel trailer.  Semi retired as a bookkeeper and often when we are traveling can continue from wherever we are. I can remember camping in Desert Hot Springs California, while working away I could look out one window to see palm trees and other window mountains, great memories.

Samantha’s Bio

Name: Samantha McGregor

City: Waterdown, Ontario

Joined Soroptimist: December 2020

Reason for joining:  I joined Soroptimist because I was looking for a group where I could not only make friends and connections, but also make a change. I learned about Soroptomist while I was in high school and had been in love with their mission and vision, and became a member in my last year of university. My passion has always been about supporting women and girls, and even more so supporting their education. 

Fun Fact: I ride horses, specifically the hunter/jumpers.

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Brooke’s Bio

Name: Brooke Gordon 

City: Waterdown, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec

Joined Soroptimist: January 2007

Reason for joining: One of my friends invited me to a meeting and I really enjoyed getting to know other women who were passionate about gender equality and making a change. I was honoured to attend the UN NY Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) with a Soroptimist delegation on Violence Against Women and Girls. I am glad to have a local venue to continue that advocacy work by raising awareness of violence and trafficking here in Hamilton. I also have a tremendous amount of fun and laughter at our conferences and conventions, and I receive so much joy from the opportunities to provide mentorship to young women in high school through our Dream It Be It program. 

Fun Fact: I host MoreThan Good Food, the podcast.

Barb’s Bio

Name: Barbara Mccoy

City: Hamilton Ontario

Joined Soroptimist: September 1991

Reason for joining:  I was looking for a volunteer service club, who supported women & girls in the community. What I found was a club comprised of  dynamic and caring women, who are passionate about helping women in girls, locally, nationally & globally.

Fun Fact: I survived a fall in a hot air balloon in the Swiss alps in the winter.

Theresa’s Bio

Name: Theresa Allen-Young

City: Dundas, Ontario

Joined Soroptimist: September 2020

Reason for joining:  I joined Soroptimist to give back to my community and support women and girls through education.  I have stayed with Soroptimist because of the friendships I have gained and the support they have provided me.

Fun Fact: I am an amateur birder.