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Are you a woman who helps women?

Do you use your personal or professional influence to improve the lives of other women or girls?

If so, you (or another woman you know) may be a candidate for the Soroptimist International of Calgary’s Making a Difference for Women Award.

This program honours women who, through their professional or personal efforts, are making extraordinary differences in the lives of women or girls. Honourees are women who have worked to improve the lives of other women or girls. Their work has had a significant impact, and also inspires and encourages other women.

Women may nominate themselves or another woman they feel is deserving of this honour.

Please contact for additional information.

Submit a nomination for the Making a Difference for Women Award

Step 1: Download Making a Difference for Women Nomination Form and save it to your computer.

Step 2: Open the saved file (MakingADifferenceForWomen_OnlineNominationForm.pdf) and complete the nomination form per
the instructions

Step 3: Save the file with a new filename (i.e., YourName-MADFWNominationForm.pdf). Open the new file to ensure that the form has
been fully completed.

Step 4: Submit your completed Nomination Form by midnight, January 22 to

Past Recipients:

2018:  Beba Svigir – CEO of the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association (CIWA)

2017:  Kimberley Engbrecht – Executive Director of Narrow Road Home, a women’s recovery centre in High River

2016:  Dr. Lolly De Jonge – CEO Alberta Association of Midwives, founder of Birth Magazine, and women’s health advocate

2015:  Anna Murray – Founder of Young Women in Energy (YWE) an organization for women under 40 to address the need to increase female leadership in the energy industry

2014:  Shauna Curry – CEO of the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST)

2013:  Pat Guillemaud - Founder and continuing facilitator of the Girl Guides program at the Calgary Young Offenders Centre

2012:  Sylvia Rempel – Founder of Sewing Seeds International, a sewing training program in Sierra Leone, Ukraine, and Peru

2011:  Dr. Heidemarie Schroter – Practitioner on the Stoney First Nations reserve, lobbyist and mentor promoting women and children’s health including treatment of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

2010:  Susan Gilles – Executive Director of the Women’s Centre of Calgary

2009:  Bette Mitchell – Founder of Highbanks, Independent Living for Parenting Youth Society

2008:  Carolynn Friesen – Executive Director of the Cochrane Pregnancy Care Centre

2007:  Janice Eisenhauer – Founder of Canadian Women for Women Afghanistan

2006:  Doreen Spence – Founder and Executive Director of Canadian Indigenous Women’s Resource Institute

2005:  Dr. Jane Matheson – CEO of Woods Homes, lifelong commitment to furthering the voice of women and girls

2004:  Sandra van den Brink – Executive Director of Ayudamos Foundation, provides aid to impoverished women and children in Latin America (particularly Guatemala)

2004:  Jean Langdon – Volunteerism and development of safe shelters for abused women and children

2003:  Myrna Dube – Rotary Challenger Park

2002:  Donna Kennedy-Glans – “Bridges” humanitarian support for Women in Yemen and the Middle East

2001:  Inspector Debbie Middleton-Hope – Calgary Police Service, working with young women of high risk to provide a safe environment for them

1997:  Kathleen Mahoney – Lawyer and professor, working in the area of worldwide problems regarding child pornography, and sexual and gender exploitation

Making A Difference For Women Award