Improving the lives of Women and GirlsSoroptimist International of the Americas, Inc. Western Canada Region
WC Soroptimist

SI of Calgary

Club email: sicalgary@soroptimist.net

Club website: http://soroptimistcalgary.org/

 

Club History

Chartered in 1934.

The club is one of the largest clubs in Western Canada Region. Our members are strong, active business and professional women, dedicated to impacting the lives of women and girls locally, and internationally. Our founding members are famous for their pioneering efforts in both their professional and Soroptimist careers. Today our membership have many diverse interests.

 

Business Meeting Information

Meetings are concise and e-mail is used to keep members up to date and to expedite decision-making.

Meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday, every month except June, July, August, December

Program Meeting Information

Our Dinner Meetings are the perfect venue to celebrate special events and welcome guest speakers.

Dinner meetings are held the 1st Tuesday in the months of October, December, February, April and June

Programs – Live Your Dream Awards

Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women

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The Soroptimist Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards assists women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects. Each year, more than $1.6 million in education grants are awarded to more than 1,200 women, many of whom have overcome enormous obstacles including poverty, domestic violence and/or drug and alcohol abuse. Live Your Dream Award recipients may use the cash award to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education, such as books, childcare, tuition and transportation.

In addition to providing the primary financial support for their families, eligible applicants must be enrolled in, or have been accepted to, a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program and must demonstrate financial need

Soroptimist International of Calgary provides up to three awards annually totalling between $6000.00 and $10,000.00.

Who are the Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women recipients?

Our most recent recipient is attending Mount Royal University in her first year of a Bachelor of Health and Physical Education program majoring in Physical Literacy. She sees this degree as a stepping stone to help get her closer to her dreams of helping and educating our future generations to be physically literate and happy people. Brooklyn has a three-year- old son.

A second recipient is enrolled in a Bachelor degree in Psychology with a minor in Family Studies at St. Mary’s University. She is the mother of two children. She is looking to her degree to help her have a better understanding of psychological issues that often go hand-in-hand with women in need. Her goal is to work with women coming from an abusive relationship.

A third recipient is attending Lethbridge College in the General Studies program taking electives for entry into the Licensed Practical Nursing programme in September. She has two children. Her dream is to reach her goal of better providing for her daughters and to show them that any goal is achievable no matter where you come from or how old you are.

Making a Difference for Women Award: For Women Helping Women

Are you a woman who helps women?

Do you use your personal or professional influence to improve the lives of other women or girls?

If so, you (or another woman you know) may be a candidate for the Soroptimist International of Calgary’s Making a Difference for Women Award: For Women Helping Women.

This program honours women who, through their professional or personal efforts, are making extraordinary differences in the lives of women or girls. Honourees are women who have worked to improve the lives of other women or girls. Their work has had a significant impact, and also inspires and encourages other women.

Women may nominate themselves or another woman they feel is deserving of this honour.  Please contact the club for additional information.

Live Your Dreams Celebration

A special evening in April celebrates our Live Your Dreams award recipients. 

Dream It, Be It: Career Support for girls

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Dream It, Be It joins Soroptimist’s long-running program Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for women. The Soroptimist Dream Programs ensure women and girls have access to the education and training they need to reach their full potential and live their dreams.

Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls helps girls grow up to be strong, successful, happy adults. Dream It, Be It targets girls in secondary school who face obstacles to their future success. It provides girls with access to professional role models, career education and the resources to live their dreams. Our Club works in partnership with girls in a conference setting to provide them with the information and resources they want and need to be successful. Topics include career opportunities, setting and achieving goals, overcoming obstacles to success and how to move forward after setbacks and failures.