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New volunteer group formed to benefit women and teenage girls

Soroptimist has established a club in Kitchener-Waterloo
KW Soroptimist Club
The new KW Soroptimist Club celebrates with Soroptimist leaders from across Ontario (supplied photo)

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Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario - Soroptimist, a global women’s organization, chartered a new club in Kitchener-Waterloo on February 24th. The volunteer club’s mission is to improve the lives of women and teenage girls facing challenges through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. 

"Many women and girls in our growing and diverse community need assistance in overcoming educational, economic and social obstacles," says Sarah Tatsis, president of the new club. "We're excited to bring Soroptimist programs to KW to help these women and girls unlock their potential and live their dreams."

"I commend your charter celebration today and your mandate to be instrumental with support and mentorship for KW women and girls," says Karen Redman, Chair of Waterloo Region. "With all of your undertakings, you are there to give women a hand and realize their dreams."

Soroptimist Community Dream Programs

Through its two Dream Programs, Soroptimist International of Kitchener-Waterloo will provide financial resources, hands-on career assistance and social support. Its Dream It, Be It Program assists girls in secondary school through career guidance and mentoring to help them overcome obstacles, increase their self-confidence and build a roadmap for their personal success. KW Soroptimists' second Dream Program is the annual Live Your Dream Awards, which provides women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families with financial grants to help them further their education and training. The program’s goal is to improve the women’s job prospects to increase their economic stability and serve as positive role models for their children and community. Additional projects target domestic abuse, dating violence, teenage pregnancy, women’s health initiatives or other community-based initiatives for women and girls. In total, more than 30,000 women in the Americas have received educational grants to enable them to pursue their dreams. Over 35,000 girls in secondary school have participated in the Dream It, Be It Program, giving them tangible strategies for future career success. For more information about the KW Soroptimists, or to join this group of women, contact Rosalind Keith at soroptimistkw@gmail.com

Soroptimist International is a global volunteer organization that improves the lives of women and girls. Soroptimist International envisions a world where women and girls have the resources and opportunities to reach their full potential. Nearly 80,000 members in 126 countries and territories invest in the dreams of women and girls through access to education and training. Soroptimist also powers LiveYourDream.org, an online community for volunteer action benefiting women and girls. For more information about Soroptimist International of Kitchener-Waterloo, or to join this group of women, contact Rosalind Keith at soroptimistkw@gmail.com

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