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Logo of the Italian Women's Society of Santa Maria Goretti.The Italian Women's Society of Santa Maria Goretti Church is a non-profit organization. 

Objectives

  • to promote awareness of Italian culture in the Italian community; 
  • to grant three annual scholarships; 
  • to present annual awards to individuals for their contribution to the community.

The Italian Women's Society of Santa Maria Goretti Church (Società Femminile di Santa Maria Goretti) was formed in 1986 on the initiative and suggestion of its founder, Father Augusto Feccia, former Pastor of the Santa Maria Goretti Parish in Edmonton, the National Congress of Italian Canadians, Edmonton District, and other Italian societies and organizations.

Calendar of Events for 2002

The Society organizes and hosts a number of events throughout the year.  The Society's Calendar of Events for the year 2002 include:

  • 17 March - Annual Spring Fashion Show "Moda Primavera"
  • 24 March - Annual Bake Sale 
  • 12 May - Program for Santa Maria Goretti Mothers' Day Event
  • 16 June - Program for Santa Maria Goretti Fathers' Day Event
  • 19 October - Annual Gala

Activities

In the past, through these and other events the Italian Women's Soceity has supported such organizations and causes as WIN House and WINGS Shelters for women and children, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Share Lent Program to help feed the poor in third world countries, Earthquake Victims Relief, Youth Emergency Shelter, Project Millennium at Santa Maria Goretti Italian Parish, and its annual education scholarships awarded to students at both the high school and university levels.

At its 2002 Gala held in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and Education Scholarships, the Society honored Fr. Giovanni Bonelli, one of the founding fathers of the Santa Maria Goretti Parish in Edmonton.

One of the goals of the Italian Women's Society is to help preserve and promote the Italian language and culture.  It strives to do this through its established scholarships and links with the School Board and University of Alberta.

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