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Lt.-Gov. Janet Austin to speak at Soroptimists' 'Wings' gala in Port Coquitlam

She's the guest speaker at the group’s annual Give Her Wings awards night on June 22.
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Lt.-Gov. Janet Austin reads the speech from the Throne on Dec. 7, 2020, at the opening of a two-week sitting of the B.C. Legislative Assembly. | Flickr/Province of B.C.

B.C.’s lieutenant governor will be in the Tri-Cities this month to talk to area Soroptimists and honour local women.

The Hon. Janet Austin is the guest speaker at the group’s annual Give Her Wings awards night, held on June 22 at the Port Coquitlam Community Centre (2150 Wilson Ave.).

Featuring inspiring stories, desserts and wine, the gala will also pay tribute to the recipients of the Live Your Dream accolades, which help women in need with their education and training expenses.

More than half of the Soroptimists’ past winners have been survivors of domestic violence, trafficking or sexual assault, according to a news release.

"Nearly all of the women and families we serve have overcome enormous obstacles including poverty, teen pregnancy and drug or alcohol addiction," the group states.

The parent organization of the Soroptimists hands out more than $2 million in educational grants each year to women around the world.

The Tri-Cities branch has given out more than $100,000 in the past 15 years.

For tickets to the June 22 event, which runs from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m., you can visit the Soroptimist International of the Tri-Cities' website or its awards night page.