Violet Richardson Award

Are you a young woman in Vancouver between the ages of 14 and 18 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.

Soroptimist Vancouver - Violet Richardson AwardsThe Violet Richardson Award recognizes young women in high schools between ages 14 and 18 who make the community and world a better place through volunteer efforts such as: fighting drugs, crime and violence, cleaning up the environment, working to end discrimination and poverty, and more. 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.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. are currently in high school between the ages of 14 and 18,
  2. live or volunteer in Vancouver or Richmond,
  3. have demonstrated initiative in both identifying a problem and trying to solve it, and
  4. have had significant and noteworthy accomplishments as volunteers

You application must include the following:

  1. How long have you been involved in your volunteerism?
  2. Did you initiate the project?
  3. Indicate if you are a team player
  4. How did you grow mentally and emotionally through this volunteerism?
  5. What challenges did you overcome?
  6. Please share with us your own personal struggles if YOU HAVE ANY: at school, at home, and at your volunteer organization.
  7. Look at our website and explain how your values align with ours
  8. Winning this award, what does it mean to you?
  9. Has this volunteerism helped you in selecting your career path (yes or no, and why)?

How to Apply

Please apply for the Violet Richardson Award online.

For further information please contact us:


The deadline for the Violet Richardson Awards is Thursday, February 1st, 2024

Thank you for your efforts to make our community and the world a better place.

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