Deanne Crothers, MLA St. James
Soroptimist International of Winnipeg
By inviting community agencies to speak at their monthly meetings, Soroptimist members learn more about the needs of women in different communities and together they come up with ways that they can help. They offer many wonderful services and programs, but there are a few that I would like to highlight.
The annual Soroptimist Awards aim to inspire women and to help them achieve difficult goals. The awards all include a financial prize and represent a belief in the recipient’s ability to improve her own life. Their annual Women’s Opportunity Award, for example, is given to a mother who is the head of her household and who has chosen to pursue post-secondary education to create a better life for herself and her children.
Soroptimist members also advocate for women. In Winnipeg, they partner with Osborne House in their campaign to end domestic violence. They produce and fund ads and documents to raise public awareness and deliver girls’ self-esteem workshops.
Soroptimist members fundraise for these and other projects and donate thousands of dollars to local and international groups every year. Their support for essential community organizations led directors from Osborne House and Ndinawe to nominate Soroptimist International of Winnipeg President Kay Stewart for one of the Premier’s Volunteer Awards. I was pleased to be present when she received this award last week and I am touched by the level of commitment the members of this organization possess.
The thing I most appreciate about these women is that they try to put themselves in other women’s shoes. They imagine what the challenges must be, they relate to other women and then they find practical ways to help women empower themselves.
When women are safe, healthy and empowered, communities are strong and stable. I would like to thank Soroptimist International of Winnipeg for their contributions to the well-being of families worldwide.
Thank you, Mr. Speaker.