Are you a young woman between the ages of 14 and 17 who volunteers in your community or school? Who sees challenges instead of obstacles? Hope instead of despair? If you are a young woman who believes in the power of volunteer action, then you may be eligible to win a Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award.


The Violet Richardson Award recognizes young women who make the community and world a better place through volunteer efforts such as: fighting drugs, crime and violence; cleaning up the environment; and working to end discrimination and poverty. Volunteer actions that benefit women or girls are especially valued.


Soroptimist is an organization of women whose members volunteer in their communities, often working on the same problems that you do. Although we realize that volunteering is its own reward, we also know it feels good to be recognized for your actions. And that’s why we sponsor this award.

One of our past Violet Richardson Award winners is truly a remarkable young woman, and we are very proud to have her as our Lead Organizer for our upcoming Dream It, Be It Girl’s Conference.

Violet Richardson Award Winner 2014 Jaskirat Sahni is a first-year undergraduate student at UBC and is passionate about taking on various leadership roles both in her local and global communities to contribute to a positive change in the lives of those around her. She is the founder of a youth-led organization called Girls Empowered, which strives to motivate, support and strengthen girls and women in society to become independent and self-supporting, through a variety of community events. She has continually been a part of programs such as IDEAS 36, a district-wide leadership council and the Gifted and Talented Program at her school. She also served as a student leader of clubs including Free the Children and G-Force Environmental Club, and was a committed member of Student Council for the her five years in high school. Jaskirat feels it is her moral responsibility to give back to a community which has provided her with so many resources and opportunities to make her the person she is today, and hopes to continue her philanthropic endeavors alongside her career in health care in the future. She is very grateful to organizations such as Semiahmoo Rotary Club, White Rock Rotary Club, the Surrey Firefighters association, and most importantly Soroptimist International of Surrey/Delta for encouraging her to continue her passion through the humbling recognition she has received through the Violet Richardson Award. Jaskirat is thrilled to have her organization partner with Soroptimist International of Surrey/Delta to organize a Dream It Be It Conference for high school girls in the Fall of 2015.


 Jaskirat is a recent UBC graduate with her B.A. in Science. She continues to be our partnering organizer for Dream It, Be It Girls Conference.

Watch the amazing story of 2012 Violet Richardson Award recipient, Lizbeth Cabrera.

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Submission Form


October 15, 2019

Eligibiity Requirements

Eligible applicants are young women who: