Soroptimist Peterborough partners with the New Canadians Centre Posted November 20, 2019 by Public Awareness(1)

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The ‘Dream It, Be It’ (DIBI) program continues to gather momentum in the Peterborough Chapter of Soroptimist International. The ‘Dream It, Be It’ curriculum represents those areas where girls (aged 13-17) need skills to live their dreams and achieve their goals. Some topics include goal-setting, stress management, career exploration, and dealing with obstacles. The curriculum is designed to develop life-long skills for girls and young women to achieve their goals throughout their education and careers.

Returning this year, will be seven sessions offered at The Loft with educated volunteers from the Peterborough Chapter.  These one-hour sessions are followed by a snack and chat with the girls.  New last year, and under organization again this year is a larger session for grade eight girls at St. Alphonsus School in Peterborough. 

For the very first time, the Soroptimist Peterborough club is organizing an all-day ‘Dream It, Be It’ session at the New Canadians Centre (NCC) at 221 Romaine Street.  This is a new initiative and promises to be very exciting and welcomed by the Centre to help new Canadian women and girls as they settle into their new homes in Canada. “The NCC staff have enjoyed working with the Soroptimist team to bring the Dream It, Be It Program to our group of newcomer Arabic speaking girls and their mothers. We look forward to a rewarding and enriching session,” says Jess Devlin, SWIS Coordinator, NCC.  The session will be held on November 22nd from 10:00 to 4:00.

Once again, Soroptimist International Peterborough has been awarded $1000 by the Soroptimist Foundation of Canada to run this program. This money is used to purchase food and supplies for the program.  At the end of the sessions, all participants receive a certificate to congratulate them for their participation and hard work.

Sessions can be done in short one-hour sessions, all day sessions or customized to fit an organizations’ needs.  If anyone would like more information or knows a girl or an organization that would benefit from this training, please contact Terri Geerinck at tgeerinck@sympatico.ca