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Soroptimist International of Surrey/Delta
Our Soroptimist Mission: To improve the lives of women and girls though programs leading to social and economic empowerment.
Soroptimist, founded in 1921, is an international wo...
Surrey, British Columbia
Causes we care about

  • Education

  • Gender Issues

  • Human Rights

Social Mission
Our Soroptimist Mission: To improve the lives of women and girls though programs leading to social and economic empowerment.
Businesses and organizations that we work with
Black Press Media
Surrey Food Bank
Food Banks BC
Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland
Options Community Services
Cloverdale Community Kitchen
Stories of our community involvement
Exciting News! THREE of our Soroptimist International of Surrey/Delta Award Winners are the recipients of the prestigious Diana Award (two this year and one in 2020). These incredible young women are indeed changing the world and leading us to a brighter future. We could not be prouder!!!!
Established in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, The Diana Award is the most prestigious accolade a young person aged 9-25 years can receive for their social action or humanitarian work.
This is the longest running award for young people through a retrospective nomination process only. We believe this is special. Young people do not work towards the award, rather they demonstrate their suitability through their actions, without any expectation of reward.
Link to the Diana Awards website: https://diana-award.org.uk/about/
Read their amazing stories of accomplishments on The Roll of Honor: https://diana-award.org.uk/roll-of-honour/
2021 Diana Awards YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwihxbOapJM
Featured on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Soroptimist-Internatio...

#DianaAward

TAVISHA KOCHHAR - BC CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL. BC (CANADA), SURREY, BC, CANADA - AGE 15
Diana Award Recipient 2021
SI Surrey/Delta Violet Richardson Award Winner 2021

SHAWNA NARAYAN - EMPOWER THE FUTURE ASSOCIATION, SURREY, BC, CANADA - AGE 24
Diana Award Recipient 2021
SI Surrey/Delta Live Your Dream Award Winner 2019
Soroptimist Foundation of Canada Grants for Women Recipient 2020

ROCHELLE PRASAD - SPARK FOUNDATION, SURREY, BC, CANADA - AGE 21
Diana Award Recipient 2020
Surrey/Delta Violet Richardson Award Winner 2016

Congratulations, ladies!!!
Meet Jessica, our 1st Place Live Your Dream Award Winner 2021
Education is the pathway to economically empowering women and girls – when you educate a woman, you change a generation!

The Live Your Dream Education & Training Award is our Soroptimist signature program. This award 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. This year SI Surrey/Delta provided three Live Your Dream cash awards totalling $10,000. The funds were the result of club fundraising (raffles and donations) as well as a BC Gaming Grant.
Jessica – Live Your Dream 1st Place Winner of $4,500.00: Jessica is supporting her mother Maria who receives a partial disability pension. Her brother and father are deceased. Jessica is currently employed as a veterinarian technician. She is working on her upgrading/pre-requisites for pharmacy at UBC to better support herself and her mother. Growing up, Jessica and her family struggled financially for many years. Jessica always had a positive outlook and often volunteering in her community.
Many of our award recipients have told us that one of the biggest changes in their lives stemmed from knowing that a strong community of successful women believed in them. Their stories need to be heard – their successes need to be celebrated!
Each year from August 1 to November 15th applications are available on the online portal on the Soroptimist International of the Americas website at https://www.soroptimist.org/ and then click on the Live Your Dream link - How to Apply https://www.soroptimist.org/our-work/live-your-... - You’ll find helpful information about the application, how to apply and inspiring stories. There are also links through our Soroptimist Surrey/Delta website at www.soroptimistsurrey-delta.org
Please share the LYD grant information with friends and family members who might be a future candidate or know a potential candidate.
Congratulations, Jessica, and many thanks to our supporters.
Meet Taylor, our 2nd Place Live Your Dream Award Winner 2021
Education is the pathway to economically empowering women and girls – when you educate a woman, you change a generation!

The Live Your Dream Education & Training Award is our Soroptimist signature program. This award 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. This year SI Surrey/Delta provided three Live Your Dream cash awards totalling $10,000. The funds were the result of club fundraising (raffles and donations) as well as a BC Gaming Grant.
Taylor – Live Your Dream 2nd Place Winner of $3,000.00: Taylor is providing financial and emotional supporting to a younger brother and other siblings. At the beginning of the pandemic, Taylor was laid off from her position as an office and sales manager at an auto body shop. Taylor used this time to pursue an accounting degree at Thompson Rivers University online. Taylor would like to help manage an auto body shop which focuses on women clients similar to a program she learned about in Vancouver.
Says Taylor: “I'd like to thank everyone involved and acknowledge the other participants with their amazing stories. I am so very grateful for the opportunities this award is going to bring towards me. I look forward to pushing the limits and sharing my journey with all of you. Moments like these are the ones you share, to inspire others and lift up the people around you with you. No matter how slow the journey, our coming years look very sweet!”
Each year from August 1 to November 15th applications are available on the online portal on the Soroptimist International of the Americas website at https://www.soroptimist.org/ and then click on the Live Your Dream link - How to Apply https://www.soroptimist.org/our-work/live-your-... - You’ll find helpful information about the application, how to apply and inspiring stories. There are also links through our Soroptimist Surrey/Delta website at www.soroptimistsurrey-delta.org
Please share the LYD grant information with friends and family members who might be a future candidate or know a potential candidate.
Congratulations, Taylor, and many thanks to our supporters.
Meet Lindsay, our 3rd Place Live Your Dream Award Winner 2021
Education is the pathway to economically empowering women and girls – when you educate a woman, you change a generation!
The Live Your Dream Education & Training Award is our Soroptimist signature program. This award 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. This year SI Surrey/Delta provided three Live Your Dream cash awards totalling $10,000. The funds were the result of club fundraising (raffles and donations) as well as a BC Gaming Grant.
Lindsay – Live Your Dream 3rd Place Winner of $2,500.00: Lindsay is a divorced single mother to a 6-and 9-year-old. She is excited to complete her Education Assistant training. Lindsay is looking forward to being able to provide for her children, feel secure in her employment, and work similar hours to their school hours, so she can be there for them as much as possible. Lindsay believes as an Education Assistant, she can make a difference for children and their families, by providing support, empathy, and care. An EA made a difference in her child’s life.
Many of our award recipients have told us that one of the biggest changes in their lives stemmed from knowing that a strong community of successful women believed in them. Their stories need to be heard – their successes need to be celebrated!
Each year from August 1 to November 15th applications are available on the online portal on the Soroptimist International of the Americas website at https://www.soroptimist.org/ and then click on the Live Your Dream link - How to Apply https://www.soroptimist.org/our-work/live-your-... - You’ll find helpful information about the application, how to apply and inspiring stories. There are also links through our Soroptimist Surrey/Delta website at www.soroptimistsurrey-delta.org
Please share the LYD grant information with friends and family members who might be a future candidate or know a potential candidate.
Congratulations, Lindsay, and many thanks to our supporters.
Brenda Locke – 2021 Ruby Award Recipient

Each year, Soroptimist International of Surrey/Delta chooses a woman in our community to receive our Ruby Award (Women Helping Women). This award honors women of Surrey/Delta who work to improve the lives of women and girls through their professional and/or volunteer work. The Ruby is a deep red gemstone associated with wisdom, importance, vitality, strength, vivacity, power and love: all words embodying the strong and compassionate women who are our award recipients.

Brenda Locke is such a woman. Throughout her professional life, she has served her community in the political arena, both as MLA and her current role as City of Surrey Councillor. During her twenty-five years of experience as an Executive Director, she advanced high-profile issues working with various levels of government, non-profit agencies and the business community.

Brenda is a strong community advocate and uses her voice and her influence to walk her talk. Says Brenda, “I believe when we can, we have a duty and an opportunity to help others. Surrey has so much need, and I have the ability to help where and when I can. I believe it is my walk.” Humbly and quietly, Brenda can be found driving the streets of Surrey handing out coats, food, and basic necessities to those most vulnerable, and has cooked and served many meals at Surrey Urban Mission. She especially is drawn to help the vulnerable at-risk women in our city.

As Brenda proudly serves our community, she sees the need, knows the potential, and responds in kind. “Growth in Surrey has been exponential, leaving too many people behind, feeling marginalized and ignored. I strongly believe that Surrey has the potential to be a model community celebrating diversity and initiative. Surrey is a city full of promise, a city that cares about its residents and embraces quality of life for everyone.”

We are also thrilled to announce that Brenda has become our newest member of SI Surrey/Delta. Her passion and commitment to serve her community makes her a valued member of our team. We welcome Brenda and all she has to offer as we work together to improve the lives the women and girls in our community, and throughout the world
Soroptimist International of Surrey/Delta: One of the joys and rewards of being a Soroptimist is the incredible young women we get to know through our Violet Richardson Award. This award recognizes young women 14 – 17 who make their community and world a better place through their volunteer efforts. Such is Tavisha Kochhar, our 2021 VRA winner. Since the age of 11, Tavisha has made it her mission and passion to find creative and innovative ways to protect the environment. Through the sale of her environmentally-friendly products, she has donated to BC Children’s Hospital, BC Cancer, Red Cross for BC wildfires in 2016 and Australian wildfires in 2020. Visit her website at www.tavishahelpinghands.com to learn more about her products and how you can support her.

Most recently, she has started making reusable face masks for an affordable price and to date has donated more than $4,500 to hospitals for COVID 19 Response Funds and Research Funds – and she’s not done yet!

We are so impressed by Tavisha’s accomplshments to date, and with the loving support and guidance of her parents, she will continue to be a change-maker who makes our world a better place. Tavisha’s words are powerful, and as she says, “I very strongly believe that it is not money that is needed to help the community; it is the passion and intention.” Congratulations, Tavisha – we are so proud to add you to our list of amazing young women who are turning their passion into pro-active results! #tavishahelpinghands #soroptimistsurreydelta
Re-useable Feminine Hygiene Kits for School Girls in Kenya
Can you imagine not being able to go to school because there are no menstrual products to be had? This is the case in many places in Nairobi, Kenya as well as many other countries around the world.
The women of Soroptimist International of Surrey/Delta did not let the pandemic stop them from continuing to improve the lives of women and girls. The club recently shipped 420 feminine hygiene kits to their sister club in Nairobi who will distribute the hygiene supplies to schoolgirls in Kenya. The kits are handmade and contain a drawstring bag with 8 washable/re-useable pads, 2 pad holders, 2 pairs of panties and a facecloth/bar of soap.
This is in response to Soroptimist International of Nairobi Central’s commitment to educating girls and women on menstrual hygiene management and sourcing for sanitary kits for needy girls. The project aims to foster gender-equitable environment that supports girl’s menstrual health and school attendance. During the menstruation hygiene sessions, violence prevention, conflict and parent-child communication skills are demonstrated to foster strong relations between pupils, parents and teachers.
No more period shame! “I now feel confident to come to school every day, I am not afraid of menstruation shame like it happened to one of the girls in my class. She has never come back to school after the ridicule by boys when her dress was messed with blood stains.” said Njeri, a class 8 pupil after receiving her feminine hygiene kit.
Providing the hygiene kits to Nairobi students was the first step in the project. The next step is to teach women in Kenya how to sew the kits, and by working hand-in-hand with Nairobi, the Surrey-Delta Soroptimists are helping to empower girls to ensure uninterrupted school attendance for all girls’ even during the dreaded menstruating days.
Soroptimist International President Sharon Fisher, and member of Soroptimist International of the Langleys, says, “The stories we can tell about our collective impact on the lives of women and girls across the globe, will find us in the company of many who are inspired to learn and support our mission. We can be the messenger that brings the complex global issues into focus and aligns them with the programme work of our Federations and clubs.”
For more info on this project, contact Karen Pearson at karen@coldfirecanada.com or visit us at www.soroptimistsurrey-delta.org
Surrey, British Columbia
Causes we care about

  • Education

  • Gender Issues

  • Human Rights

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