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Divas With a Cause

Posted in Soroptimist International on September 8, 2011 by lindacunliffe

The Soroptimist International of Surrey/Delta club is organizing our “Divas with a Cause” fundraiser for 120 women at the Washington Avenue Grill in White Rock on Sunday, October 23, 2011. Our goal is to raise funds for our Women’s Opportunity Award, a program which financially supports women in our community who want to obtain the skills, training or education necessary to improve their employment status and standard of living for themselves and their family. 

Past recipients, many of whom have overcome enormous obstacles including poverty, domestic violence, and drug/alcohol abuse, have used the awards to offset costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education.

Soroptimist International clubs are located in 125 countries and territories throughout the world. Members contribute time and financial support to community–based and international projects to improve the education, health, human rights and status of women and girls. Our mandate is to improve the lives of women and girls in our local communities and throughout the world.

A poster of our event is attached here for your information –  Divas with A Cause Poster. If you have any questions, please contact me directly at 604-313-9522 or email me at


Project Management Fundamentals

Posted in Soroptimist International with tags , , on August 22, 2010 by lindacunliffe
Soroptimist International of Surrey/Delta, in partnership with Dr. Dale Christenson of the Project Management Centre of Excellence Inc., is presenting
“Project Management Fundamentals”
September 28 & 29, 2010 from 9:00am – 4:00pm
Eaglequest Coyote Creek Golf Course – 7778 152 Street, Surrey
Early registration (by Sept 7) – $499
Registration (after Sept 7) – $599
Lunch & coffee breaks included – plenty of free parking

This two day course on Project Management Fundamentals is directed to those who are responsible for managing projects or find themselves as members of a project team.  This is an entry level course for active project participants and has no pre-requisites. The Project Management Fundamentals course is designed for people who want to maximize their time and will give you immediate returns on your learning investment by providing you with a detailed work book and project templates to take home.

Dr. Dale Christenson, Founder & President of Project Management Centre of Excellence Inc., is one of nine doctorates of Project Management in the world, and is an internationally sought-after trainer and author of more that 10 peer reviewed academic journal articles.

Soroptimist is an international volunteer organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. We are offering this course at a reasonable price to help fund our Women’s Opportunity Award. The Women’s Opportunity Award program is Soroptimist’s major service project. These awards improve the lives of women by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills, and employment prospects. Please visit  to learn more about our awards programs.

For more information on this course and Dr. Dale Christenson, check out his website – or contact Joella Christenson, our SI of Surrey/Delta Program Chair at: Email:  or phone 604-501-7792 (home), 604-306-4901 (cell)

To register online, please go to


Posted in Soroptimist International with tags , , , , , on August 7, 2010 by lindacunliffe

“Be the change that you want to see in the world.” Mohandas Ghandi

So what is a “Soroptimist”? We get that a lot! Seems to me that we are one of the best kept secrets – and we really do need to change that! We are an international volunteer service organization of business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls in our local communities and throughout the world. We are nearly 100,000 strong, and have members representing more than 120 countries. We’ve been around since 1921 (and the first Canadian club was charted in Vancouver in 1926).

I joined Soroptimist International of Surrey/Delta as a charter member in 1995. I’ll never forget that first meeting. I actually attended to promote a women’s business directory that was being published in the Lower Mainland. I’d seen an ad in our local paper with the headline “Women Helping Women.” Some new women’s group looking for members to start a new club (I had no idea what a “Soroptimist” was). Sounded like a great opportunity to get some business, so I called and got an invitation to pitch my women’s directory at their next meeting. Well – talk about an AhHA moment!

I don’t remember at which stage of the meeting that I forgot my real purpose for being there. What I DO remember was the feeling I had that THIS was an organization that I wanted to be part of. As I listened to the history and purpose of Soroptimists, I was overwhelmed with the calibre of women involved and the amazing work they were doing on behalf of women everywhere.

Long story short – I got home that night and wrote a letter to the President (had to MAIL it – didn’t even have email back then). I told her how impressed I was, how interested I was, and what do I do next??? That was in October of 1994. In March, 1995, I was among the 18 other members who celebrated at our Charter Banquet as the newest club in the Western Canada Region. And I’ve never regretted it – becoming a Soroptimist has been the BEST gift I have ever given myself.

We are “the best for women.” As a Soroptimist, I experience “the best of women.” I have gained valuable leadership skills, networking opportunities, and treasured friendships. I have learned so much about our community needs, and how we can effectively address the many social issues and injustices that keep women and girls from “living their dream.” It has lead to incredible opportunities for me to get actively involved in making MY community a better place for women and girls to enjoy the freedom and opportunities so many of us take for granted (yes – women and girls locally are being exploited and treated unfairly).  I have also learned much about the global issues that affect women, and how Soroptimists around the world are leading the way for women and girls to overcome some horrific obstacles and injustices.

To learn more about who we are, what we do, and where to find us, visit – this is our Western Canada Region website. It will take you to other links that will, hopefully, intrigue you and inspire you.

Join me soon for more Soroptimist news – we have some exciting programs and events coming up…