In this biennium, let us take the time and opportunity to recognize and acknowledge those around us that empower women through service and advocacy.

Canadian 2019 Centennial Country Award Recipient.

Judy Gorton, ZI Director & Karin Eckart, Hamilton 1 President present Dr. Jacobs with the Centennial Award.





Congratulating Our Canadian Centennial Award Winner

The Zonta Club of Hamilton 1 oringianally submitted Dr. Beverly Jacobs for our Centennial District award.  Our District Advocacy Committee Canadian members worked with other Canadian Districts to determine the Canadian winner for Zonta International. Dr. Jacobs was chosen from all Canadian submissions.  Congratulations Dr. Jacobs!

Dr. Beverly Jacobs’s Bio

Zonta International announced the recipients of its Centennial Anniversary Grants.

A total of US$296,271 will be disbursed to 62 community-based organizations in 18 countries, partnering with a Zonta club to improve the lives of women and girls at the local level.

District 4 Grantees are:

ZC of Kitchener-Waterloo partnering with Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region for the KW Zonta Poster Project.

ZC of Niagara Falls, NY partnering with Pinnacle Community Services for the Zonta Fresh Start Initiative for Passage House Project.

ZC of Rochester partnering with Resolve of Greater Rochester, Inc. for the Improving Safety and Empowering Intimate Partner Violence Survivors Project.


Almost 300 applications were received from 41 countries for the Centennial Anniversary Grant program, which was initiated to celebrate Zonta’s 100th year of service to women and girls.

Congratulations to the Zonta clubs of Kitchener-Waterloo, Niagara Falls, NY & Rochester, as well to all clubs who submitted grant proposals!

Amal Qayum

The District 4 Awards Committee is very pleased to announce that Amal Qayum, submitted by Niagara Falls, Canada, has been selected as the District 4 Young Women in Public Affairs scholarship winner for 2019.  Amal will receive $1,500 from Zonta International as the District 4 Young Women in Public Affairs Scholarship recipient.  The District 4 Awards Committee received 9 applications from the clubs in District 4.  The candidates were all exceptional young women.


District 4 is very pleased to announce that Emily Gleeson, is a Canadian recipient of the Amelia Earhart Fellowship and is studying Aerospace Engineering at Ryerson University.

D4 Clubs identified in newest issue of THE ZONTIAN!

Congratuation to the  ZCs of Buffalo  where members spend time mentoring the girls of Teach and Restore Youth (TRY) on a weekly basis. Girls are taken off the streets, given a place to live and are assisted with enrolling in school, finishing their GED or getting a job.

The ZC of Owen Sound members are donating clothing and hygiene products to women in the hospital due to experiencing violence or health or mental health issues. Many of the women are unable to go home in the clothes they arrived in and they are welcome to take any items found in the Comfort Closet.

Congratulating Our District 4 Centennial Award Winners

Areas 1, 2 & 3 Canadian Award Winner

Timea Nagy, Founder of Walk With Me Canada Victim Services, author & human trafficking survivor.

Timea was nominated by the Zonta Club of Kitchener-Waterloo.

Timea’s Bio

Areas 3 & 4 American Award Winner

Mary Travers Murphy, Executive Director, Family Justice Center

The Zonta Clubs of Cheektowaga-Lancaster, Buffalo, and Hamburg-Orchard Parkall nominated Mary.

Mary’s Bio

Areas 5 & 6 American Award Winner

Susan Evans, philanthropist, author & ovarian cancer survivor.

Sue was nominated by the Zonta Club of Bradford.

Sue’s Bio


Recognizing Service at Convention

District 4’s Zonta Club of Niagara Falls, NY was awarded the Zonta International Service Recognition Award for their local service project “It’s Not Your Fault – Sexual Assault is a Crime Project.”

Acknowledging donations to Zonta International

The Zonta Club of Kitchener-Waterloo was acknowledged at the 64th Zonta International Convention in June 2018 for their very generous donation of US $20,000 + to the Zonta International Foundation during the 2016 – 2018 biennium.  Well done ladies!

D4 Members Appointed to Zonta International Positions

This biennium several of our D4 sisters will be not only serving our District, they will also be contributing their skills and talents to Zonta International.  Congratulations to Kathleen Douglass and Holly Anderson as Zonta International Committee Chairs and Lori Robinson as a member of the ZI Leadership Committee.

D4 wishes to acknowledge these empowering women!