Calgary Soroptimist club to provide career guidance and mentorship to girls during one-day conference, in partnership with Closer to Home Community Services

Date: Saturday, November 7, 2015
Contact: Katherine Reiffenstein, 403-830-6640,

Are you a high school girl interested in going to college or university? Do you want guidance on how to set and achieve your career goals? Would you like access to professional role models and mentors? Get the resources you need to plan your future through the Soroptimist Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls program, which aims to help girls grow to be strong, successful and happy adults.

Dream It Be It Career Support for Girls Calgary

Soroptimist International of Calgary and Closer to Home Community Services will co-host a day-long conference for girls aged 14 to 18, where they will learn about career opportunities, setting and achieving goals, and overcoming obstacles to success. The Dream It, Be It event will take place on Saturday, November 7 at Rosscarrock Community Hall, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided.

Girls and their parents/guardians can learn more and sign up for the program by visiting An information session on the program for girls and their parents/guardians will be held at Closer to Home at 7 p.m. on October 28, at 3507A, 17 Ave SW.

Throughout the day on November 7, the girls will attend sessions based on the following topics:
• Discovering your dreams
• Exploring careers
• Creating achievable goals
• Rising above obstacles
• Turning failure into success
• Balancing your stress
• Putting dreams into action

“Because we don’t expect that all girls will know what they want to do for the rest of their lives and we also know that plans change, the skills developed through the day can be applied to any goals the girls identify throughout their education and careers,” said Katherine Reiffenstein, President of Soroptimist International of Calgary. “The girls will also have the opportunity to speak with working women and to receive more support in the future from our facilitators.”

In addition to learning important life skills, the girls will also leave with a variety of other resources and fun items, including a bag of gift items and a certificate for participating, at the end of the day.

Dream It, Be It joins with the long-running Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women to create the “Soroptimist Dream Programs,” which provide sustainable, measurable change for women and girls, and ensure they have access to the education and training needed to reach their full potential and live their dreams. The Live Your Dream Awards assist women by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and job prospects.

Soroptimist International of Calgary is part of Soroptimist International of the Americas, a cause-related philanthropic federation of clubs improving the lives of women and girls through social and economic empowerment. The Calgary Soroptimists join 1,300 Soroptimist clubs in 20 countries and territories that empower women and girls through volunteer projects, such as cash grants for education. For more information on how Soroptimist improves the lives of women and girls, visit .

Closer to Home Community Services is a local charitable organization that offers a wide range of services designed to meet the unique needs of children, youth and families. Closer to Home’s mission is Empowering Families to Stay Together, and it envisions a future where every child will belong to a family and feel valued and secure. Through the use of evidence-based practices and innovative solutions, Closer to Home strives to preserve, reunify and build stronger families who can care for their children and contribute meaningfully in their community. For more information on how Closer to Home serves our community, see

Soroptimist and Closer to Home thank Shoppers Drug MartEastport and Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids for supporting this event.