Encouraging and Uplifting Women

Founded on October 3, 1921, Soroptimist International is the world’s largest service organization for business and professional women working to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. Beginning with only 80 working women, the international organization has grown to about 95,000 members in 120 countries. These members contribute time and financial support to community‐based and international projects that benefit women and girls.

The Women Making a Difference Award has been developed by Soroptimist International of Oxnard to honor women who, through their professional and/or personal efforts, improve lives and encourage women and girls in the greater Oxnard Community.

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Awards will be presented to up to three deserving women at the annual Live Your Dream banquet. In addition to public recognition, each awardee will be presented with a donation of $200 for the organization of her choice. To further honor the awardees, a $500 donation will be sent to Soroptimist International of the Americas scholarship fund.

Women may nominate themselves or any other woman they feel is deserving of this honor.
Completed form and the essay is requested by April 1 of each year. Please send to:

Soroptimist International of Oxnard

P. O. Box 1325

Oxnard CA 93032

Contact person for questions:
Karen Baldonado

(805) 297-5192


2017 Awardees

Officers Tenille Chacon and Juanita Suarez

Officers Tenille Chacon and Juanita Suarez are investigators with the Ox- nard Police Department’s Family Protection Unit, working with children and adults of sexual
abuse and with children who are physically abused by their caretakers/guardians. “Protecting Our Community with Exceptional Service” is the police department’s motto and in the case of Officers Chacon and Suarez, this phrase encapsulates their daily work. The cases they are assigned to are extremely horrifying, but their approach, care and dedication allow them to reach the most victimized individuals and assist them in their transit towards healing. We salute their efforts and congratulate them for their service.

Dr. Adrienne Lara

Dr. Adrienne Lara is as local as they get. Born and raised in Oxnard, and attending local schools. Fulfilling her childhood dream, she went off to Harvard to complete her studies in medicine and returning home to serve the women of Oxnard through her private practice in obstetrics, gynecology, and reproduction at Celebrating Women Center for Health and Wellness. She serves the community by mentoring elementary and high school students as well as her involvement with pre-med Latino students at University of California Santa Barbara. Doctors are not immune to life-threatening illnesses. Dr. Lara’s own journey is inspiring and an example of the dignified manner of treating others in the midst of regaining personal health. We honor her profession and highlighting the care of women’s health.

Carrie McAuliffe

Carrie has worked with foster families for over 20 years, first as an instructor and then as a youth center facilitator at Oxnard College for foster and kinship youth who have shown an interest in pursuing higher education.
She is one of two founding members of Heart 2 Heart, a non-profit organization of volunteers serving kinship youth. Heart 2 Heart volunteers arrange for access to basic needs items so children are provided with comfortable home environments and school supplies. The organization also offers events throughout the year where foster
families can gather, build networks, and have a little fun. We celebrate Carrie and Heart 2 Heart for their dedication to promoting resiliency during developmental transitions for the youth in our community.