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Inspirational Woman Award

Our ‘Inspirational Woman’  is chosen because she reflects the principles of Soroptimism within her community or her working life or role, but is not yet a Soroptimist!  She may be working in a voluntary or statutory capacity, she may be involved in one of our projects; or even been one of our speakers.  Or she may be one of the many women that we come across who is selflessly working to support women and girls in our Region.

Inspirational Woman 2019

Jane Clarke wins our Regional award for Inspirational Woman of the Year at the regional meeting on March 2nd, 2019. Congratulations Jane and SI Stourbridge. Thanks to all our very worthy candidates.

Jane Clarke, Midland Arden Region Inspirational Woman Award Winner 2019,  is presented with an engraved rose bowl by Chair of judges Carol Bailey SI Wolverhampton Midland Chase and President Jan Hemlin Midland Arden.

President Jan Hemlin presented bouquets of Fairtrade roses to the three candidates present at the MAR Inspirational Woman Award.

President Jan Hemlin is pictured here with Judges Margaret Aldroyd SI Nottingham Midland East Region, Sandra Tilley speaker from Mayor’s Million Mentors, and Carol Bailey SI Wolverhampton Midland Chase Region.

Inspirational Woman 2017

Catherine Rowe wins our Inspirational Woman of 2017 award.

Pictured above is Catherine’s mother who accepted the award on behalf of her daughter, together with President Sharon from sponsoring Kenilworth club, President Jan, and Immediate Past-President Su.

Catherine is a self-funded GOLD volunteer (guiding Overseas Linked with Development), who was chosen via an intensive selection process from Guiders throughout the UK.  Through the GOLD project, Catherine is committed to helping girls in Oman enjoy the same freedoms to express themselves as their UK counterparts.

Coventry Club presented a Support Services Manager, working in a refuge, who helps support women and children who are fleeing and experiencing domestic violence and abuse.

Kidderminster Club presented a candidate who is CEO of the Nightstop Charity.  This charity provides emergency 3-night accommodation for homeless young people through a range of support services.

Rugby Club presented a candidate who raises awareness of organ donation (particularly childhood transplantation), supporting families struggling with a child in hospital post-transplant.

Solihull Club presented a candidate who is a volunteer of 12 years standing at the Breast Friends Solihull charity. She is devoted to helping women with breast cancer receive emotional and practical support.

Stourbridge Club presented a candidate, who is Head of Fundraising and Lottery at the Mary Stevens Hospice. She helps ensure sufficient funds are raised to provide the highest level of care to patients and their families.