Debra Bartlett saw an article in the Times Colonist in the fall of 2014 about the 100 Women Who Care Victoria chapter and realized that this simple yet effective idea was exactly what she was looking for to give back to the community. Debra and Shelley Mann the two co-founders of 100 Women Who Care Saanich Peninsula invited Sandy Webb, Lynn Henshaw and Kim Sabourin to join them as “Leading Ladies” and held their first meeting on May 06, 2015. At that very first meeting 84 women joined and in one hour raised $8400.00 for a local charity. Since that meeting the membership has grown  and in the first three meeting in 2015 over $32,00 was distributed to local charities. These charities are small and the impact of the donation has been dramatic. At each meeting we look forward to hearing how the winning charity has used the money…it is very humbling.




It is a very simple concept. We have one meeting for one hour four times a year. That’s it! The women socialize with each other and donate $100 each AND receive a tax receipt! At each meeting three charities that have been nominated by our members are randomly drawn. The three women that nominated them are able to speak for 5 minutes as to why their charity should win. We all vote and the winning charity is announced! Simple and powerful! One of our favorite parts of our meetings is listening to the previous winning charity tell us how our donation impacted them! It is very moving to say the least!