‘Details, details’ – that’s the word with the Osoyoos Soroptimists this week, as they make the final preparations for hosting the Western Canada Region Soroptimist Conference in Osoyoos, April 30, May 1,2, and 3.
More than one hundred delegates and guests representing 18 Soroptimist Clubs from across Western Canada have registered for the Conference at Spirit Ridge Resort.
Soroptimist members and delegates will begin arriving on Thursday, April 30th. Friday will see them get down to business, with information from the Western Region and a report on international projects, from Federation of the America’s president-elect Susan Buchenau.
On Saturday, May 2nd, the Soroptimists will welcome three speakers, beginning with Joy Smith, of the Joy Smith Foundation. As an Ottawa MP from Winnipeg, Smith has been instrumental in introducing legislation, and creating public awareness for the victims of human trafficking. Joining her is Cpl Edward Riglin, of the RCMP. As a member of the Integrated Child Exploitation Unit, Riglin has worked in the rescue of victims of human trafficking.
“Osoyoos Soroptimists are very proud to bring Joy Smith and Corporal Riglin to Osoyoos, with their important and timely message,” says Club President Kate Krist. Smith and Riglin will speak on Saturday at 10:15 am, in the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre Theatre at Spirit Ridge.
G.E.M. Munro, of the Amarok Society will take over the Cultural Centre Theatre at 2:00 pm on Saturday, with a presentation on how the Amarok Society, a Canadian organization, works to bring education to the women in the poorest of third-world countries.
The Amarok slogan, “Teach a Mother, Change the World” is the basis for their powerful program that uses education as a path to progress and peace. Munro says, “If you teach a mother, you teach a family. If you teach 5 mothers, you teach a neighborhood.”