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April 21, 2010
Mississauga Convention Centre
75 Derry Road West
Mississauga, ON L5W 1G3

Nadine Hughes
Entrepreneur, award winning author, avid social media personality, food expert extraordinaire
Topic: "Find Your Voice"

Dr Alex Jadad, MD, DPhil, FRCPC, FCAHS
Physician, Educator, Public Advocate,Chief Innovator & Founder Centre
of Global eHealth Innovation,Top 40 Under 40 Award
Topic: "No Regrets"

Last year we launched our “ Women to Women” Campaign: “Give to a Woman In Your Life!”, which encourages women to mentor, advocate, share, and educate each other. A beautiful bookmark with the Zonta logo and yellow rose emblem was used for this purpose.

A national Zonta Mentor Award Contest, in partnership with Company of Women, was launched in the Company of Women Magazine last Fall. The dynamic young winner, Melissa Punambolam, received the award at our 2010 International Women's Day event.

Streetsville Mississauga Z-Club is Z-best!
Congratulations to the Streetsville Z-Club sponsored by the Zonta Club of Mississauga which is again the recipient of a First Place Emma L. Conlon Service award for 2009. This is the second time they have won in a 5 year span! They were competing again Z-Clubs in 69 countries around the world.

Past International Women's Day Events


Elizabeth May
– Environmentalist, Writer, Activist, Lawyer, Leader of the Green Party of Canada
Gill Deacon – Award-winning Broadcaster, Best Selling Author, Environmental Advocate

There was great excitement in the air, as we welcomed over 300 guests, including our District Governor and representatives from other Zonta Clubs to the Mississauga Convention Centre. This night was marked by two phenomenal speeches, from two female environmentalists at the forefront of changing history, in addition to greetings from our Mayor Hazel McCallion, an honorary Zontian. The speeches heightened our awareness of the urgency with regard to protecting the environment. Elizabeth was brilliant as she educated the audience on critically important environmental issues. Gill provided complementary incites and examples of environmental- friendly living. The focus on the environment was timely in that it preceded the 2009 District 4, Zonta “Goes Green” Conference, September 25 th -27th, Hamilton, Ontario.


2008 - Kim Phuc – UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace

That Pulitzer Prize winning photo of the anguished naked little girl running down a road is an image of the Vietnam war that will live forever. Hearing “the girl” Kim Phuc speak about her life and how she has overcome the adversities inflicted by napalm in 1972 made our spirits soar. Kim's moving message inspired hope and forgiveness, helping us understand how we too can change the world. The exuberant offerings of Kelita, a multi-talented, award-winning singer/songwriter rounded out the evening.


2007 - Victor Malarek

Zonta is proud to have highlighted the issue of worldwide trafficking of women by hosting an evening with Victor Malarek, author of the critically acclaimed book "The Natashas - The New Global Sex Trade". An award-winning journalist, Victor Malarek has more than thirty years of experience in Canadian news. He continues to demonstrate his hard-hitting investigative skills on CTV's current affairs show W-FIVE as its senior reporter

  2006 – Nancy White
Three-time ACTRA award winner for humour, singer songwriter Nancy White performed at the Zonta International Women’s Day. Canada’s ”Queen of Comic Song” filled the house with raucous laughter, with her witty observations of popular culture and the daily life of women. Approximately $7,000 was raised to support Zonta’s International Service Projects.
  2005 – Judy Rebick
Funny and feisty Canadian journalist and political activist Judy Rebick was our featured speaker. Her speech, titled “Ten Thousand Roses”, illuminated what has inspired Canadian women to action, and highlighted some great, but relatively little known, moments in the Canadian feminist movement.
  2004 – Sally Armstrong
Sally Armstrong brought us insight from her personal visits and most recent book “Veiled Threat – The Hidden Power of the Women of Afghanistan”. She is an Amnesty International award winner, a member of the Order of Canada, documentary filmmaker, teacher, author, human rights activist and contributing editor at Maclean’s magazine.

  Zonta International