Some of the Soroptimist International of Central Alberta past award winners will be present at the upcoming free Wine, Women and Chocolate event. File photo

Soroptimist International of Central Alberta hosts free wine, chocolate recruitment event

Soroptimist International of Central Alberta is hosting a free Wine, Women and Chocolate event Tuesday.

The recruiting event is the perfect opportunity to find out how the organization empowers women in central Alberta while savouring chocolate and wine.

The group focuses on various social and economic issues in central Alberta such as anti-bullying, domestic violence, internet safety, financial literacy, and so on.

Women in central Alberta face various hardships, said publicity and promotions chair Sherri Smith. This includes hardships for single moms – both financial and emotional.

“Being a single parent means they face poverty, they’re probably the only caregiver in the family. A lot of times, women don’t get support from their exes, they have student loans, and some of them have left domestic violence types of situations,” explained Smith.

The organization’s members have also heard stories of personal hardships, such as drug or alcohol addictions.

The mission of the women’s volunteer service organization is to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment and education.

The global women’s organization’s local chapter gives away three annual awards to central Alberta women: The Live your Dream Award, The Violet Richardson Award and The Ruby Award.

Past conference attendees of Dream It Be It and the Mother Daughter Conference are also expected to make a speech at the event.

Those who attend will learn how the organization makes a difference in women’s lives by building them up and following their journey.

The Wine, Women and Chocolate event is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bower-Kin Community Centre, at 85 Boyce St., in Red Deer.

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