About

The Soroptimist Foundation of Canada, established in 1963, is a registered charity created by the Soroptimist clubs in Canada so that Canadian Soroptimists can receive a tax benefit for donations. Each club has a vote at our Annual General Meeting. The 2021 AGM will be October 23, 11 am Pacific time, on Zoom.

The Bylaws of the Foundation are available for download here.

We fund programs related to education for girls and women. Our Club Grants provide funding for club projects like Dream It, Be It: career support for girls, and other educational programs for teens. We now participate in Soroptimist International of the Americas’ Live Your Dream: education and training awards for women. Seven Canadian women in communities without a Soroptimist club benefited from our support in 2020-2021. Our main program is Grants for Women in Graduate Studies which awarded over $100,000 to women in graduate studies since 2020. Read about some of these extraordinary women by clicking on Grant Recipients.

The money to fund these programs comes from donations from Soroptimist clubs, individuals and corporate donors. Click on Donations to learn more.

To read about our first 50 years, download the PDF The Soroptimist Foundation of Canada Celebrating 50 Years.

Board of Directors

The Foundation’s Board of Directors consists of five Soroptimist members elected by the clubs for a four-year term. This is the current board.

2020 – 2021

Chair
COLLEEN PENROWLEY
Soroptimist International of the Tri Cities
2017 – 2021

Margot Rutherford

Treasurer
MARGOT RUTHERFORD
Soroptimist International of Courtenay
2017 – 2021

Dianne Nielsen

Secretary
DIANNE NIELSEN
Soroptimist International of Peterbrough
2018 – 2022

Barbro Stalbecker-Pountney

Grants Manager, Eastern Canada
BARBRO STALBECKER-POUNTNEY
Soroptimist International of Toronto
2020 – 2024

Heather Rollins

Grants Manager, Western Canada
HEATHER ROLLINS
Soroptimist International of Chilliwack
2017 – 2021