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

SI of Central Alberta

Club email: siofcentralalberta@soroptimist.net

Chartered in 1988, SI of Central Alberta continues to welcome members from Central Alberta communities.  Our projects and activities are in support of the mission of Soroptimist International.

Soroptimists inspire action and create opportunities to transform the lives of women and girls through a global network of members and international partnerships.

Club activities include providing funds for projects meeting local needs; supporting Soroptimist International projects; granting awards; volunteering and organizing; and fundraising. 

Our Members

Members enjoy and appreciate the opportunities Soroptimist participation provides for personal and professional growth, e.g. leadership training; contribution to raising awareness of social issues, e.g. human trafficking; and making a difference in the lives of women and girls locally, and in countries around the world, e.g. Project Sierra. 

Fun, friendship, and often eating, are key ingredients of Soroptimist International of Central Alberta’s approach to their service activities.  About their involvement our members say:

“I like the opportunity to give back”

“In my hectic world, it’s something I do for myself”

The International aspect, the projects, the women, the UN involvement excites me”

“Learning about the community, its needs, and social issues is a plus”

Our Projects

Locally the club has recently provided funding to the

  • Children’s Services Centre,
  • Loaves and Fishes School Lunch program,
  • Ponoka Museum,
  • Habitat for Humanity, 
  • Red Deer Hospice,
  • Central Alberta Women’s Outreach,
  • Learning Disabilities,
  • Central Alberta Aids Network,
  • Magdalene House,
  • Dress for Success

Our Awards

Annually the club grants

  • The Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Award of $2000.00  – to assist 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. Recipients of the Women’s Opportunity Awards, many of whom have overcome enormous obstacles including poverty, domestic violence, and drug and alcohol abuse, may use the awards to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education, such as books, childcare and transportation.  Eligible applicants must be women who provide the primary financial support for their families, and who are enrolled in or have been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program. Applicants must demonstrate financial need.
  • The Violet Richardson Award of $600.00 – a recognition program for young women ages 14-17 engaged in volunteer action within their communities or schools. The award is given to young women whose activities make the community and world a better place.

 

  • The Ruby Award – honoring women who have worked to improve the lives of women and girls through their professional and/or volunteer work.

 

Events

As needs and opportunities arise members organize events and volunteer their time to help other groups.  These include

  • Organizes the International Women’s Day Luncheon celebration
  • Assists with the organizing of the Taste of Red Deer at the Festival of Trees fundraiser for the Red Deer Regional Hospital
  • A mother and teen daughter conference for 2012 is in the planning stages
  • The club is looking forward to meeting Soroptimists from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba when it hosts the Soroptimist International of Western Canada conference in Red Deer in 2013

 

To raise funds the club

  1. Holds the annual Pyjamas and Pearls dinner in November to raise funds for our projects
  2. Assists Soroptimist International of Edmonton with their casinos

 

Meeting Information

                Day: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month except July, August, December

                Time: 6:00 p.m. Dinner;   7:00 p.m. Meeting

                Location: ABC restaurant, 2085 – 50 Avenue, Red Deer

Guests are welcome for dinner and the meeting.  Contact the club at the e-mail above for information.