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02/06/2010: "Soroptimists Award $2500"

ig_Soro_Angela_Bolger-001 (42k image)Angela Bolger of San Juan Island, has been chosen as recipient of the 2010 Women’s Opportunity Award from the local Friday Harbor Soroptimist International club.

The monetary award was presented to Angela at the February 3, 2010 club meeting by Kristine Odle. Several applications were submitted and a team of judges selected Angela based on need and qualifications. Special thanks to our judges Kathleen Heric, Sharon Kick, Connie Biggers, and Colette Lauderville.

As a single mother, Angela is working full time, going to school 3/4 time, and, in the words of one of her references, “is an amazing mother”. In the words of one of her supporters: “ I have seen her go from cleaning bathrooms, to becoming a legal assistant for the Prosecutor’s office to currently being an assistant to the Chief Civil Deputy and now on her way to accomplishing her dream of becoming a nurse. I have been so honored to watch her grow and change and she is an inspiration to me and all who know her.”

Another comment from one of her references really says it all: “I personally cannot think of a better individual to receive this award. She is the epitome of what Soroptimist is all about and would be and is a great example. I know that she touches everyone that she comes into contact with and I think the profession she has chosen suites her so perfectly. I would strongly recommend you choosing her as the recipient of this award as I know what she personally gains from this will prove to make our community a better place.”

The Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Awards give women the resources they need to improve their education, skills, and employment prospects. Eligible applicants must be women who provide the primary financial support for their families, and who are enrolled in or have been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program.

Angela is now eligible for consideration at the Soroptimist International Region level which grants one first-place award for $5,000. The 28 first-place recipients then become eligible to receive one of three $10,000 finalist awards. For more information on Soroptimist and the various awards visit:

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