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You Make A Difference Award

Do you know a woman who is currently making extraordinary differences in the lives of women/and or girls? Nominate her today for our You Make A Difference Award!

She is an inspiration, a mentor, role model and a catalyst for affirmative change, who quietly and without fanfare goes about positively influencing the direction and path of young women.

She actively participates as a mentor, cheerleader, coach and leader.
She does these things through her employment, volunteer work and/ or friendship.

Examples may include a counselor, teacher, mentor, girl scout leader, mother of a friend,
The following attributes make you think of her:

Impact: This woman’s work or volunteerism is making a significant difference in the life
of a woman or a girl.
Inspiration: The work of this woman inspires and encourages women and girls
Mentor: She serves as an ongoing coach and mentor, who inspires and encourages,
assisting women/girls in developing their skills and experiences, and provides them with
ongoing support and encouragement.
Commitment: Through the depth and breadth of her involvement, she supports women
and girls to achieve their goals, aspirations, and dreams.​


Sarah Velasquez 2023-2024 Awardee

Submission Form
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Chair Cyndy, Sarah Velasquez, Committee members Connie and Donna

Sarah is an outstanding teacher at Buckingham Charter School

enjoying her 22nd year in teaching. She is also an "S" Club

advisor. Sarah is dedicated to enriching the lives of all students,

not just her own. She takes on extra duties as a teacher going

above and beyond the call of duty and adding to her already

overwhelming workload. Sarah is warm, nurturing and dedicated

to her profession all while making the lives of her students and

colleagues much brighter. She is a woman of substance and is a

perfect addition to our Soroptimist “You Make a Difference” award.

Awardee for 2021-2022

Congratulations to awardee Kelli Germeraad of Vacaville, who has been honored with SI Vacaville’s first-ever “You Make a Difference Award,” for her outstanding mentorship, support, encouragement and advocacy for young women through the American Legion Auxiliary’s Girls State program. 

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Kelli Germeraad

Awardee for 2022-2023

Congratulations to Cathia Bueno Sanchez, who was presented with the "You Make a Difference," award by Soroptimist International of Vacaville during its annual awards banquet April 17. Soroptimist Bridgit Strachan (left) and Cyndi Gianquinto (right) presented flowers in a crystal vase and the award to Cathia, who is a case manager for the Women's Re-Entry Achievement Program with Solano County.

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Chair Bridgit, Cat Sanchez, member Cyndy

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