Even at an early age, Lavina had a passion for nursing. As she explains it, nursing is a profession requiring compassion, empathy, and caring through lifelong learning and experience. When one of her patients asked her, “How long did it take you to learn all of this technical stuff?” Lavina replied, “I am still learning,” which is evidenced by her goal to complete the RN-BSN program at Oakland University. And her learning will not end there as she has every intention of becoming a Nurse Practitioner.

Lavina received the 2020 Soroptimist International of Grosse Pointe (SIGP) Live Your Dream Award. At that time, she was striving to complete an Associate Degree in Sciences at Macomb Community College. Because she continued her enrollment with good grades, she received SIGP’s Continuing Education Award in 2021.

In addition to these accomplishments, Lavina became the primary support of her two younger half-sisters at an early age. She took on the role of mother so her sisters wouldn’t have to struggle as hard as she did. They are now on their own, having benefited from an outstanding role model. 

 

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Denise is the single mother to three children and is nearly 40. Employed as a pharmacy assistant for more than 15 years, she says, “I love my job, but have always felt something was missing, or I was squandering my potential.” Her oldest child is 12 years old and has special needs. As a parent of a neurodivergent child, she has often felt alienated and judged when her child struggled with his “big feelings.” This can be especially true when it happens in public or at school.

Diagnosis and treatment did not come easy for them. This is why she decided to pursue a Bachelor of Social Work and Disability Studies at the University of Windsor. She has a passion for learning about ADHD and other mental health disorders, as well as advocating for those who are facing barriers to support. She says, “There is a stigma associated with ADHD, and it is not fair to those who suffer from it or to their families. Accessing services can be difficult and time consuming when one does not know what their communities have available to them.”

Having navigated the mental health care system in Windsor, ON, for many years, she hopes to translate that personal experience into guidance for others. Her family has gone through many challenges over the years and her goal is to make it easier for children, their caregivers, and their families and to advocate for change. 

The Soroptimist International of Grosse Pointe (SIGP) Madeline Colavito Continuing Education Award was established in 2018 and in 2022 the this award was dedicated to Madeline Colavito, the founder of the award. This award is to provide additional financial support to our LYD recipients as they work toward completing their education programs.  This award provides LYD recipients with $500 a year, for up to 4 years after receiving a Live Your Dream Award or until the recipient completes her GED, skills training or undergraduate education program, whichever occurs first.  To be eligible to receive this additional funding, a LYD recipient must be able to document that she has: (1) continued her enrollment in a GED program, skills training or undergraduate education program on at least a half-time basis; (2) continued to experience significant financial challenges that impact her ability to complete her education program; and (3) maintained no less than a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA).  

 Delia

Danyelle Easley is from metro Detroit and currently works full time. Even while working she is enrolled in Wayne County Community College to pursue a career in the healthcare field. Taking care of her grandmother and children throughout her life has inspired her to work for greater change in healthcare throughout her community. Danyelle’s daughter is a freshman at Michigan State University and Danyelle hopes to graduate in the same year as her daughter!
 

  Sister Janice Brown

Hear what two of our past winners have to say about the Live Your Dream Award and how it impacted their life

Sister Janice Brown, Executive Director, Siena Literacy Center. Sister Janice Brown, O.P., is an Adrian Dominican Sister. She has been involved in adult education and the workforce training since 2005. Her background includes business, finance, education, and theology. Dr. Brown has both an MBA from Western Michigan University and a Doctorate in Ministry from the Catholic Theological Union. In addition to developing curriculum, Dr. Brown enjoys presenting on adult education including Adult Basic Education, Workforce Development, Student Motivation, Leadership Skills, and English Language Acquisition.

Due to privacy, the name and photo will not be provided

Even at an early age, Lavina Hutchinson had a passion for nursing. As she explains it, nursing is a profession requiring compassion, empathy, and caring through lifelong learning and experience. When one of her patients asked her, “How long did it take you to learn all of this technical stuff?” Lavina replied, “I am still learning,” which is evidenced by her goal to complete the RN-BSN program at Oakland University. And her learning will not end there as she has every intention of becoming a Nurse Practitioner.

Lavina received the 2020 Soroptimist International of Grosse Pointe (SIGP) Live Your Dream Award. At that time, she was striving to complete an Associate Degree in Sciences at Macomb Community College. Because she continued her enrollment with good grades, she received SIGP’s Continuing Education Award in 2021.

In addition to these accomplishments, Lavina became the primary support of her two younger half-sisters at an early age. She took on the role of mother so her sisters wouldn’t have to struggle as hard as she did. They are now on their own, having benefited from an outstanding role model. 

MADELINE COLAVITO
Continuing Education Award for



Recipients
 

Please forward your questions to our 

Ruby Award Chair

Dorothea Williams
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2022  award winners 

Virginia Wagner Educational Award honors a woman who is enrolled in a university degree program, i.e., Bachelor, Master or Doctorate program and shows effort toward scholarship and has done volunteer work in the community and/or school and has a financial need.

DEADLINE:

January 15th

of each year.


For a writable application click the blue button above and complete the application.
Once completed email required documents for judging to:
grossepointeVWEG@gmail.com 

by January 15

Please forward your questions to our
 Virginia Wagner Chair's

Toni Adams
tonisredleopard@aol.com




Live Your Dream Awards program is a unique education award for women who provide the primary financial support for their families. The Live Your Dream Awards give women the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects.

You must be working towards a college / technical degree and have a financial need to be eligible for the Live Your Dream award.

This is the signature award of Soroptimist International of the Americas. It is awarded to women around the world. Soroptimist International of Grosse Pointe is proud to make a difference in the lives of women and girls and to help them Live Their Dream.


Applications may be submitted online through the Soroptimist website between 

August 1- November 15

Please forward your questions to our

Live Your Dream Chair

Bette Lepouttre

elepouttre@gmail.com 


The Soroptimist Ruby Award honors women who, through their professional or personal efforts, are making extraordinary differences in the lives of women or girls.  Honorees are women who have worked to improve the lives of other women or girls.  Their work has had a significant impact and also inspires and encourages other women. The award is given to the non-for-profit-organization in honor of her efforts.

DEADLINE

January 15th.

 


Virginia Wagner Educational award

  Kimberly

Virginia Wagner Educational award

 Nealmetris

  Lavina

I am an individual who is passionate about God, children, helping others, and making a difference. I am a single mother myself, whose child was born with multiple, special needs. Nevertheless, it is miracle and a testimony that my child is here today. The doctors did not believe my child would make it to see another day, but did. Having my child opened my eyes to a lot of things, and taught the true meaning of faith, sacrifice, unconditional love, and the will to fight and push for a better life. A better life for myself and above all, my family.

Had it not been for the numerous surgeries, the frequent visits to the doctors, hospital stays, and challenges faced on a regular basis, I would not understand nor have the faith or courage to continue to pursue my dream of becoming a Nurse, author, and motivational speaker. By accomplishing these goals, someday I will be able to help make a greater impact on the lives of other people. That is what receiving for the Soroptimist Live Your Dream Award means to me. It is a step toward all of my future endeavors that I want to share with my child and the children that I care for on a regular basis.

Nealmetria Loper is the mother of four daughters and lives in Detroit, MI. She is passionate about helping mothers and their children become self-sufficient through resource education and community support. SIGP is proud to announce that Nealmetria has also been chosen as District III and Midwestern Region Live Your Dream winner. She wins additional awards of $5000 and her application moves on to be judged at Federation level. These Soroptimist awards will support Nealmetria as she continues her education to truly live her dream.

 Danyelle

 Denise

Delia was born on the Caribbean Island of Saint Lucia and graduated from the Vide Boutielle Secondary school. There, she was awarded her first scholarship to pursue computer literacy studies at the Caribbean Computer Literacy Institute (CCLI). Afterward, Delia branched into media arts, starting with formal training at the University of the West indies and serving as an apprentice at Daher Broadcasting Station (DBS). Since then, Delia has garnered support and business from reputable and long-established enterprises in St. Lucia in her role as graphic designer and news reporter.


Delia is the mother of 4 children ages 2 – 12, and the wife of Eugene Mustin, of Roseville, MI. She looks forward to completing studies in the Specs Howard school of Digital Arts at the Lawrence Technological University. Delia’s goal is to produce an educational documentary that will help bolster school curriculum and make visual learning readily accessible to all K – 12 students, as well as for students with learning disabilities.

MADELINE COLAVITO
Continuing Education Award for



Recipients
 

Please forward your questions to

Aleksa Andjelkovic
aleksaSIGP@yahoo.com