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Congratulations to our 2024
Award Winners

Learn more about Soroptimist!

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Laurie Moline
Woman of Distinction
Suzanne Lewis-Johnson
Ruby Award Recipient

Congratulations to Soroptimist International of Canton/Stark County’s 2024 Woman of Distinction and Ruby Award winners! 

Laurie Moline is a social innovator, youth advocate, mentoring consultant and founder/executive director of MentorStark, a nonprofit which she founded in 2020, the mission of which is to advance the mentoring movement in Stark County. Over the course of her 35-year career, Laurie has served as a producer/director, communication specialist, media and marketing director, innovation strategist and business owner. But she found her passion when she became part of the mentoring movement. She promotes and advocates for local mentoring programs and also directs the MentorStark Opportunity Club, which helps young people learn about the importance of a web of support and helps them build the skills and connections to get where they want to go in life.

Suzanne Lewis-Johnson formerly served as an FBI Child Exploitation Task Force Coordinator but currently serves as CEO of No More Trafficking and founder of Uncaged Canaries LLC, positions which allow her to mobilize communities to end human trafficking. She came to the private sector after culminating her Bureau career by receiving the Director's Award for Excellence from FBI Director Christopher Wray. As an FBI Special Agent, Suzanne led headline-making investigations that served as a model to train other investigators. FBI Headquarters Units endorsed Suzanne as a subject-matter expert on Human Trafficking, Crimes Against Children, and Civil Rights to train and educate communities on behalf of the Bureau through the FBI's Adjunct Faculty Program.

In addition to these two honorees, Soroptimist has awarded more than $5,000 in educational awards to women throughout NE Ohio by way of our Live Your Dream program, Virginia Wagner Educational Award program, and a local essay contest for middle-schoolers named in honor of former member, Sally Donze.  All of these individuals will be recognized on Saturday, March 2, at the Canton Woman's Club to honor their achievements. 

Visit our Awards Page for more information on how you can nominate a woman in your community or apply for an educational award!

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If you want to be part of a network of dedicated women who work together to improve the lives of women and girls in our community, consider joining this impactful organization!  Click here to tell us more about yourself, and you'll hear from us soon!

Donations for the DVPI

We collect donations for the shelters operated by Domestic Violence Project, Inc.  Click button at right to view a list of what we collect each month.  YOU can participate in this effort!  Contact us to arrange for a pickup/dropoff of your contributions, or purchase directly from the DVPI's Amazon wishlist and have shipped to the organization directly.

 

Soroptimist is an international organization!

When you support Soroptimist, you support not only our local programs, but our ability to impact women and girls around the world.  To understand the extent to which our mission aligns with women internationally, view the video to the left, recorded by Canton/Stark County Soroptimist members while attending the international convention in Dublin, Ireland, July 2023.

Business meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month, Scroll down to the schedule of events below for up-to-date information on upcoming meeting locations, or email President Tammy Iams at iams.tammy@bestforwomencanton.org.

Special Thanks to Our Program Sponsors:

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PO Box 2171
North Canton, OH  44720

 

CURRENT PROJECTS

 

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  • Working with Domestic Violence Project Inc. of Canton to collect items of need, make shelter improvements, lead empowerment workshops, and facilitate the Furnishing a Fresh Start program.

  • Collaborating with partners like Girls on the Run.

  • Maintaining an active Awards program for women in our community.
     

 



Tues, Aug 6 -    Business Meeting (Hybrid w/Teams)

                         The Leather Helmet Grill

                         621 Market Ave. N.

                         Canton, OH 44702

                         5:30pm Social Time 6:00pm meeting

Sun, Oct 13 -    Quarter Auction! 

                         A fundraiser to support programs and                           educational awards - Details TBA!

                         North Canton Eagles 

                         6979 Sunset Strip Ave. NW

                         North Canton, OH 44720

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