On Sunday May 28th several members gathered to sew drawstring bags for Days for Girls

Days for Girls is committed to supporting a girl throughout her entire lifecycle, from providing her with a DfG Kit, to teaching her health education, to offering training for her when she grows older, so that she can produce DfG Kits and support hygiene needs in her community.

SI Grand Erie is proud to be working with the Kitchener chapter of Days for Girls.


We are so proud that Mandie Marques was voted Soroptimist International of Grand Erie’s Soroptimist of the Year.  She does such an awesome job as our fundraising chair.  Congratulations Mandie!

President Bobi presenting Mandie with the Soroptimist of the Year Award

Check out the new 2017 Dream It *Be It Photo Gallery

What an amazing day.  Keynote speaker, 3 time Olympic gold winner, Becky Kellar, a speaker’s panel featuring women in various occupations, workshops in the afternoon and did I mention a fantastic lunch and snacks.  Check out the photo gallery in the link above.

A huge thank you to our sponsors:

Corporate sponsors – DEB Canada, The Corporation of the City of Brantford and Ontario Power Generation

Gold sponsors – P& G

Silver sponsors -Crown Automated Feeders Inc.,  Underwood, Ion & Johnson LLP and Jefferson’s Upholstery & Interiors Inc.

Bronze sponsors – Cargill, Ingrid Wagner, CARSTAR, Zehr’s Markets, Dominos Pizza, CKRZ FM, Good Redden Klosler Wealth Management and Good Redden Klosler

A special thank you to Brantford Fire, Unilever, Culligan, Fairview Photo Lab and Sharp Bus Lines


Ok bidders!! Are you ready for week 6?? I have decided to put a TWIST on this week as we have had some feedback with people wanting to see more DELICIOUS ITEMS!!! This means this week is all about FOOD!!! These delicious items will be fresh and made to order so we will need a few days after the auction closes to get working on them (with the exception of a few items – this will be noted) Are we ready???

We have up for auction

Lasagna Loaf, cabbage rolls (will come frozen), Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Cake, Gift Card for a Box of Sweet Treats
Donated by: Bella’s Bakery & Cafe, Peanut Butter Cup Fudge, Strawberry Shortcake Greek Yogurt Cheesecake, 1 pot of curried sweet potato soup,
1 Dozen Peanut Butter Cups, 1/2 dozen gourmet cupcakes (sold in store) Donated by: Ritzy Cakes, 1 dozen Forty Creek Butter Tarts, 1 Dozen Butter Tarts,
2 Loaves of Banana Bread, 1 dozen apple dumplings (will come frozen), 1 dozen Lemon Cringle cookies, 1 Dozen Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies, 1 dozen Perogies,  Drumstick Greek Yogurt Cheesecake




Local Secondary School Girls Invited to DREAM IT.BE IT

(Brantford, ON) – Soroptimist International of Grand Erie is proud to announce the third annual “Dream It. Be It” conference for girls, as well as welcome Olympic gold medalist Becky Kellar to share her journey to gold. The Dream It. Be It goal is  “Through education and access to role models, girls will be empowered to pursue their career goals and reach their full potential “

Registration is open for this FREE event.

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. The local club, Soroptimist International of Grand Erie, has been working with a steering committee of local girls to learn what tools, topics, and resources they are most interested in.


There will be a Speakers Panel with professional women from the traditional to non-traditional  vocations:   Electrician   – Crisis Worker   – Broadcaster   – Project Engineer    – Reporter  – Microbiologist  – Speech Pathologist    – Entrepreneur

Break-out sessions will cover topics including   1)  Discovering Your Dreams       2)  Exploring Careers

3)  Creating Achievable Goals       4)  Rising Above Obstacles    5)  Turning Failures into Success

6)  Balancing Your Stress        7)  Putting Dreams into Action.

Community partners sessions will include  1)Interview Skills & Resume Building   2) Mental Health           3) Social Media   4)Draw the Line  5) Budgeting & Financing        and some surprises

The workshops, speakers, and activities are all opportunities for young women to become inspired and motivated.

Who: Secondary school girls in Brant, Brantford, Norfolk and Six Nations of the Grand River

Where: Salvation Army Church – 33 Diana Ave Brantford

FREE TRANSPORTATION provided by Sharp Bus Lines with pick up and drop off at SCS, WDHS, G.R.E.A.T., PDHS, St. John’s, North Park, PJ, and BCI.

When: Saturday April 8th 2017 9:00am – 4:00pm

Why: Empower girls to pursue their career goals and reach their full potential

What: Free transportation, Free food, SWAG bags, Door prizes, New Friends, Great Information from Amazing Women! Keynote speaker: Becky Kellar-Duke to share her journey to gold (and how she overcame the obstacles along the way)

REGISTRATION IS OPEN: BUT SPACE IS LIMITED – visit to reserve your spot!


Born and raised in Hagersville, Ontario, Kellar (Duke) began her career as a hockey player at Brown University. She competed at the first four Olympic Winter Games in which women’s ice hockey was included, winning one silver and three gold medals. Kellar-Duke represented Canada in the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, 2002 Salt Lake City, Torino 2006 and Vancouver 2010.




Natasha Dobler, the new Executive Director of Nova Vita displayed the plaque which will be mounted in the apartment that our members completely refurbished last year with the aid of a club grant from Soroptimist International of the Americas

Nova Vita Executive Director Natasha Dobler and SI Grand Erie Past President Hannelore Nyman

















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This is our 2017 Dream It *Be It Steering Committee at work planning a fabulous event for all secondary school girls.

Come and join us on Saturday, April 8 at the Salvation Army, 33 Diana Avenue, Brantford from 9 am to 4 pm. Free transportation from SCS, WDHS, G.R.E.A.T., PDHS, ST.JOHN’S, NORTH PARK, PAULINE JOHNSON AND BCI.   Lunch provided, door prizes, SWAG bags.

Check out this neat You Tube video to find out more about this fabulous event

Pre-register right here


online-auctionOk folks!!! As you can all see Week #2’s items are all posted! 12 items + 1 bonus item this week!! Bidding is already underway! Just a reminder all items the bids are in increments of $2 however if someone wishes to big in a larger increment that is fine!! Have fun and be sure to check out our  facebook page to get in on the fun



  • Thirty One Bag
  • For the Wine Lover
  • 1 dozen butter tarts16996474_10155002481184085_5348282603580370301_n
  • Antique nesting bowls
  • Entertainment Package
  • Handmade Mommy & Me Messy Bun Hats and Scarves
  • Avon Basket16996433_10155002476144085_7287451150254068842_n
  • Make a Wish Sign
  • Native Prints
  • Nine West Clutch
  • Ceramic Urn & Specialty Teas
  • Silver Charm Necklace
  • What’s for Dinner


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