Soroptimist Spotlight

70 YEARS MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF WOMEN AND GIRLS

On November 17, 1945, Soroptimist International chartered a club in Peterborough, Ontario. 70 years later, Soroptimist Peterborough is still going strong.

SIP Members

On Saturday, November 7, 2015, November 8 to November 14 was proclaimed as Soroptimist International Week in Peterborough.  Members, guests and community partners celebrated 70 years of service to the community at a gala dinner dance at the Holiday Inn Waterfront, in Peterborough.

Guests

Keith Riel, on behalf of Mayor Bennett, read the proclamation recognizing the club for its many contributions to improve the lives of women and girls, through programs leading to social and economic development in our community and around the world.

Local television personality Teresa Kaszuba MC’d the evening program recognizing the efforts of dedicated volunteers as contributing to the longevity and success of the club.  She shared greetings from MPP Jeff Leal.

Teresa & MPP Letter

Long associations with women’s health initiatives, the YWCA crossroads program and Cameron House Shelter for women were highlighted as some of the successful community partnerships the club has fostered over the years. Live Your Dream Education & Training Awards for women were also featured.

A photo montage, “Believe in the Power of Soroptimist” was presented to assembled guests.

Short Version Believe

A highlight of the evening was a speech by RoseMary Reid, president-elect of Soroptimist International of the Americas. RoseMary outlined her journey from local club president, to Eastern Canada Region Governor, SIA board member and finally, President Elect of the Federation.

RoseMary

Photos by Andrej Baca; Richmond Hill Photography

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