Club email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Club website: http://westshoresoroptimist.yolasite.com/
Chartered in 2010.
Soroptimist International of Victoria Westshore (SIVW) is a lively group who conceptualize ideas and follow through to create new projects.
We range in age from young 20s through mid-80s, and come from diverse backgrounds and talents. Within our membership are members who have served twenty or more years, (one who celebrated 50 years of Soroptimist service recently) and many who are new and excited to forge ahead with new ideas.
You will find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SIVictoriaWestshore and https://www.facebook.com/AnneysCloset
Our Imagining Possibilities initiative, originally presented as a workshop to educate, empower, and enable young women, was presented in full-day format in October 2014 to nearly 100 young women and their teachers and outreach workers. This ‘educational journey’ aims to get young women started down the path to fulfillment through exhibits, workshops presented by professional women of the community.
We focused all our resources for more than a year on Anney’s Closet. This appointment-only ‘free store’ serves girls aging out of foster care, women leaving shelters and transition homes, youth in temporary housing, young mothers graduating from pregnant and parenting programs, and other women and girls as referred to us through our partnering social service agencies.
To ensure the success of this signature project, we thought of it as a business and examined all the areas needing development. In our official first two years of service through Anney’s Closet, we have served more than 100 clients, most of whom have babies or children in their homes. We were thrilled to receive the SIA Federation Celebrating Success Award for Program in 2013/14.
In the broader world, we have two Friendship Links – with SI Masaka, Uganda (SIGBI) and with SI Aquamarine Kure, Japan (SIA) – through which we collaborate to develop a project of sanitary napkin production by the Ugandan club for local women and girls. This project remains under development, but has brought together numerous clubs and members around the world to help finance and plan the project.
We are also part of the worldwide Soroptimist Kiva Lending Team on Kiva.org and separately as a club have more than 143 loans to women in around 30 countries.
Our Club received its Charter on May 15, 2010. We are centred in Victoria’s fast-growing Westshore but have members from as far away as Sidney, Sooke, and Mill Bay as well as from the core of Victoria.
We meet* at 6:15pm on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at the Alexander Mackie Lodge, 753 Station Avenue, Langford. We ask a donation of $2 to the club coffers and we bring light food items to share at the meeting. Contact Joan Jackson at email@example.com if you are interested in knowing more about membership in our club, or to confirm that you plan to attend a meeting.
* we have the occasional switch of date to accommodate holidays or special events.