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Local Projects

Bea’s Kloset

An exciting new project from Soroptimist International of the TriCities, Bea’s Kloset Bea's Kloset Logois a “free store” for women and young girls transitioning transitioning to life on their own. Using household items donated by downsizing seniors, friends of Soroptimists, and other donors, our recipients will be able to ‘shop for free’ for the household items they need.

Women and girls in our community can be referred to us from our partner social service agencies and have the opportunity to select items from Bea’s Kloset that will transform their new apartments into functional and comfortable homes.

Warm Place for Women

This is a monthly social evening for women in need.  We provide  hot meals, beverages,  dessert, friendly faces, clothes, shoes, resource referrals, activities and door prizes.

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On the first Thursday of each month, the meal is held at the Kinsman Hall (2175 Coquitlam Ave. Port Coquitlam.) Doors open at 6pm, and dinner is served promptly at 6:15pm.  Doors close at 8pm.  Children are welcome.  Warm Place For Women is a drug and alcohol free event.

Dream It, Be It: career support for girls

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Dream It, Be It targets girls in secondary school who face obstacles to their future success. It provides girls with access to professional role models, career education and the resources to live their dreams.

Soroptimist International of the Tri Cities holds an annual two-day conference for girls 14-18 where the girls discover their personal values, explore careers, learn to set achievable goals and learn to overcome obstacles. They have the opportunity to meet women from a wide variety of occupations.

The two-day conference is followed up with a series of Saturday workshops on a variety of topics as identified by the teens.

Awards Programs

Live Your Dream Award: Previously known as the Women’s Opportunity Award, this program helps women who, as the primary wage earners for their families, must improve their employment status by entering or returning to the work force. The applicants have faced severe hardships that have prevented them from pursuing and achieving their educational and professional goals. The winners receive a cash award to assist with furthering their efforts to attain higher education.  To view the requirements and download the application, click here.

Give Her Wings Award: This award is unique to Soroptimist International of the Tri Cities. The requirements are the same as for the Live Your Dream Award except it is also available to women who do not have dependents. To view the requirements and download the application, click here.

Bea Kelly Volunteer Award: This award, unique to Soroptimist International of the Tri Cities, recognizes and honours young women in grade 12 who demonstrate that they make a difference in their community or school through Volunteer Action. Their action may encompass volunteer efforts in fighting drugs, crime and violence, cleaning up the environment or working to end discrimination or poverty. The winner receives a bursary to help offset some of the costs of her post-secondary education. To view the requirements and download the application, click here.

Ruby Award: The program honours women who are making extraordinary differences in the lives of women in their personal or professional life. The winner receives a cash award to the charity of her choice as well as a cash award to herself  for her outstanding accomplishments. To view the requirements and download the nomination form, click here.

Enchantment Project

This project provides high school graduates in need with formal attire so that they can attend their graduation festivities with pride. Without assistance these students could not afford to participate in celebrating this important milestone.

Selected TriCities students (referred by their school counsellors and youth workers) will get to participate in the ‘One Enchanted Evening’ in March.  Escorted by Soroptimist “ambassadors”, the attendees will visit a variety of stations for :  dress selection, hair dressing,  make-up, chocolate fountain and appetizers.  As well,  Life Touch will be doing complimentary grad pictures.   A seamstress will be on site to coordinate alterations, and the participants will be leaving with their attire, gift bags of goodies and a certificate for hair styling on the night of their respective grads.

Prevention of Domestic Violence Campaign

Each year on November 25th, in conjunction with the UN International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women, our members hand out Purple Cards at various high traffic areas through out the TriCities.  Our purple cards provide women at risk with the following  numbers:

National Clearinghouse on Family Violence 1-800-267-1291
Coquitlam Transition House 604-464-2020
Cythera House 604-467-9966
Monarch Transition House 604-521-1888
TriCities Women’s Resource Centre 604-941-7111