Soroptimist News

dibi-logo-high-resolutionDream It, Be It Girl’s Conference 2016

 We are in the planning stage for our SECOND Annual Dream It, Be It Girl’s Conference. Date and location will be announced soon! This conference is for girls ages 14 – 18.

Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls will help 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. Soroptimist International of Surrey/Delta, in partnership with Girl’s Empowered, will work with girls in a conference setting to provide them with the information and resources they want and need to be successful. The topics covered include career opportunities, setting and achieving goals, overcoming obstacles to success and how to move forward after setbacks or failures.

Professional women in various careers/occupations/trades will be invited to set up a “table” where they will be available for girls to seek out, speak with about their career choices, how they got there, what obstacles they encountered, and an overview of their education and career journey. Additional follow-up opportunities may include a mentor program where girls will be matched with professional women to gain more insight into a specific career through the following ways:

  • College visits
  • Financing Education
  • Workplace visits
  • Shadow days
  • Internships
  • Informational Interviews
  • Volunteering

 

Sponsorships: if you are interested in sponsoring our event, or can provide donations, please ask for a Sponsorship Package.

For more information, please email Linda at bestforwomen2012@gmail.com

Celebrating Women and Girls

A few of our members attended last week’s SI of the Langleys Awards Luncheon. What an inspiring day!

We were honoured to meet the women and girls who were the recipients of the Women’s Opportunity Award, Violet Richardson Award, and the Ruby Award (learn more about our awards by visiting our Awards Page). We heard some amazing stories from women who have overcome horrendous challenges (tissues were mandatory!), young women who are truly making a difference in their community, and women who work tirelessly to help other women improve their lives.

We were also treated to an inspirational key-note address by Christina Vilupti Barrineau. Christina passionately spoke about gender-based violence, and introduced us to the Ring the Bell Campaign – One Million Men. One Million Promises. End Violence Against Womenhttp://breakthrough.tv/ringthebell/

Ring The Bell calls on men and boys around the world to take a stand and make a promise to act to end violence against women. From 8th March 2013 to 8th March 2014 the campaign`s goal is to get a million men to make a million promises to ACT to end violence against women – http://www.bellbajao.org/

Thank you to the members of Soroptimist International of the Langleys for hosting such a motivating and enjoyable event – we left with a renewed pride in being a Soroptimist.

Ubuntu Ogogo – Compassionate Grandmother

We were privileged to have a remarkable group of women from the Greater Van Gogos at our March meeting. Barbara, Sheila, Anni and Kathy delivered a well-organized presentation about their organization. Greater Van Gogos are grandmothers and ‘grandothers’ working in groups to support African grandmothers raising a generation of children orphaned by AIDS. This network of grandmother groups in south western BC is dedicated to raising funds and awareness for the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign, Stephen Lewis Foundation.

There are 25 Gogo groups in the Lower Mainland and 240 across Canada. Their group raises awareness of the Aids pandemic in the 15 countries of sub-Saharan Africa, with Ethiopia, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Malawi  being four countries in which SI also works. Their mission is to raise funds and create awareness, and this is done through the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

They brought samples of the tote bags and African angels that they make and sell to raise funds. They will be raising money through a craft sale and talent auction and we might be able to help them out by being hands on at their event(s). They presented us with a tote bag to show their appreciation for inviting us to our meeting, and we will use the bag as one of our prizes at our Divas With A Cause fundraiser in October.

We also watched the video called “Ask Her” with a message from Ilana Landsberg-Lewis, Executive Director of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. For more information on the Gogo’s, please visit www.greatervangogos.org