ABOUT THE ZONTA CLUB OF OAKVILLE
The Zonta club of Oakville was founded in 1973 and is made up of a small but vibrant group of professional women, that work together to assist women in the Halton community and internationally. The Zonta Club of Oakville is proud of the many service, advocacy and education projects that we have been involved with. Service efforts by our club members help a number of charities through the funds we raise, and we also carry out our own service projects.
To name a few of the chariites we have supported: Wellspring, Halton Women’s Place, Halton Women’s Centre, Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Services or SAVIS, Home Suite Hope, Foundation for Cancer Wellness (formerly Breast Cancer Support Services), and Kerr Street Ministries. The club’s own service projects consist of birthing kits we assemble and send to African countries through Care Canada. These simple birthing kits assist women while giving birth who do not have immediate access to hospitals and medical services. The club also hosts an annual Mother Daughter event for the member families of Kerr Street Ministries.
Our advocacy efforts have included having a voting member on the National Action Committee on the Status of Women in Ottawa, support the You Are Not Alone program and the Zonta Says No to Violence campaign. Education programs by the club include offering an annual Young Women in Public Affairs Award to local high school students, and scholarships at Sheridan College for women returning to school.
In order to raise funds and awareness of women’s issues, we have hosted a variety of events over the years – to name a few:
- Zonta Dance Party, ‘High Tea with a Twist’, Car rallies, golf tournaments, galas, a Rock N’ Roll Party, partnering with SAVIS to present the Lunafest Film Festival, and bingo since 1986.
- We co-hosted the International Women’s Day dinner from 2010 t0 2018 with over 700 women attending each year, raising funds for 3 organizations including Zonta International. Visit www.zontacelebrates.ca for our next International Women’s Day event.
- Participated in Relay for Life for several years, as well as other community events over the years.
If this work sounds of interest to you or someone you know, or you would like to hear more about us, please follow up with one of our members, email us, or fill out a membership form and we will contact you.