Programs


Live Your Dream Awards Application Portal Opens

Women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families and seek financial assistance to continue their education or receive training can now apply for the Soroptimist Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women.

Applications are available online: https://bit.ly/LYDA-apply or by contacting a club near you.  The complete list of Western Canada Region clubs can be found at https://wcsoroptimist.org/clubs.

The application deadline is November 15. Clubs present cash awards to their award recipient(s), who will then advance to the Soroptimist Western Canada Region level, where recipients could receive up to an additional $5,000. The program culminates with three finalist $10,000 awards.

Recipients can use the Live Your Dream Award to offset costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education or additional skills and training. This includes tuition, books, childcare, carfare, or any other education related expense.

The Live Your Dream Award provides over $2.8 million in cash awards to head-of-household women in need each year. Since the program’s inception in 1972, more than $35 million has helped tens of thousands of women achieve their dreams of a better life for themselves and their families. A study conducted by The Fels Institute of Government, a research and consulting organization based at the University of Pennsylvania, confirmed the efficacy and impact of this program. It improves the recipients’ quality of life; builds their confidence; strengthens their self-determination and makes them want to, in turn, help others. Helping women in this way has the demonstrated effect of leading to stronger communities, nations, and the world.

Western Canada Region is part of Soroptimist International of the Americas, a global volunteer organization that provides women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment.  For more information about how Soroptimist improves the lives of women and girls, visit www.soroptimist.org.

ReSTART

A program of Soroptimist International of White Rock
ReSTART is an initiative of Soroptimist international of White Rock whereby the club provides kits of household items for women and children that are leaving Transition Houses to live independently free from violence and abuse.
We continue to work through advocacy, action and outreach as an active voice in the struggle to end violence against women and children.
ReSTART, which stands for Surviving Today and ReSTARTing Tomorrow, was a project that was developed and started in 2004. Our research showed that women and children arrive at transition houses, often through police intervention or from the hospital emergency ward, with few or no personal belongings. We determined that basic household necessities are crucial for women and children trying to start independent living.
Our ReSTART Kits contain kitchen, bedroom and bathroom items needed to set up a household and are designed to suit a single woman, and are increased for a family.
We received a grant from Soroptimist International of the Americas to fund the initial kits. Since then we have undertaken various Fundraising initiatives such as our very successful Purse Auction, plus we receive some funding from the Province of British Columbia, through its Gaming program. Since we started the program in August 2004 we have provided kits to 468 women and 954 children, also to 172 senior women over 50.
We believe the ability to live independently, combined with professional counseling and education will enable the women to break out of the cycle of abuse and enhance their future.
This year has been less busy than others due to COVID and in part to the absence of suitable accommodation for women to move into.
To date from Fall 2004:
176 Senior Women
501 Adult Women
955 children

Women and girls have the resources and opportunities to reach their
full potential and live their dreams.

Soroptimist is a global volunteer organization that provides women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment.

Our Core Values

Gender Equality

Women and girls live free from discrimination

Empowerment

Women and girls are free to act in their own best interest

Education

Women and girls deserve to lead full and productive lives through access to education

Diversity & Fellowship

Women from varied backgrounds and perspectives work together to improve the lives of women and girls.

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