Each month we will introduce you to one of our members. We are very blessed to have some incredible women in our club – some who have been with us for many years – and some who have recently joined. ALL of our members are dedicated to making our mission a reality – to improve the lives of women and girls – in our local community and throughout the world.
On March 5th, our club celebrated its 20th year. To celebrate our charter in March 1995, we are honoured to feature our Charter President, Marilyne Kelly. It was Marilyne`s passion and unwavering drive that attracted women from the Surrey and Delta communities to join her in chartering our Surrey/Delta club. Marilyne`s leadership, along with her mentorship to new members, has been a major factor in the growth and success of our club.
Club Positions: Charter President, Programs of Service Chair, Board Member, Secretary, Historian
SI Awards/Achievements: Charter President
Community Involvement & Recognition:
- City of Surrey Certified Volunteer (Food Safe, First Aid, Communicating Through Conflict, High Five, Super Host, Diversity and Inclusion)
- Marriage Counsellor at Community Resource Center
- Several years of volunteering at Surrey Memorial Hospital (Extended Care, Admissions, Children’s Ward)
- Several years of volunteering in Surrey for special events
- Facilitating Parenting Courses for Adult Education classes in a night school setting
- Volunteer Executive Assistant to the Regional Director of the “Navigators” (missionary organization)
- Ran for a seat on the Surrey Memorial Hospital Board
Retired now, but was a hair stylist for 30 years. Owned her owe business for 13 years and worked in the Newton area for all that time. Retired from Telus in the Internet Dept, where she was a payroll clerk and customer service rep for 10 years.
Life is a bowl of cherries if you don’t get the pits!!!
What does being a Soroptimist mean to you?
Soroptimist has been a great way for me to give back to my community. The organizations we deal with have a burning desire to better the lives of women and that fits in with my thoughts as well. I get a good feeling from seeing others succeed and overcome obstacles in their lives. I have had times, when I was younger, that I needed help especially when I was a single Mom raising two children. I hope that I can fill that roll in someone else’s life.