Zonta International seeks to empower women worldwide by improving the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women at the global and local levels through service and advocacy. With the generosity and collective action of Zontians and friends around the world, Zonta International has supported projects in 57 countries, provided scholarships and awards to women around the globe, and been a powerful advocate for change in our local and international communities, thereby transforming the world and women's place in it.


By joining the Zonta Club of Nanaimo you will be making a difference in the lives of women and girls every day by ensuring a brighter future through service and advocacy to empower women and promote equality. 

So if you value creating positive change and want to improve the lives of women and have skills you would like to develop or share then find out how you can become a Zontian today!


Zonta International is a global organization of members and was founded in 1919.  Zonta is one of the first service organizations to understand women’s unique role in shaping women’s lives in the 20th century.  Comprised of 1,200 Zonta Clubs with more than 31,000 members, Zonta clubs are thriving in 65 countries and geographical areas around the world.


The word “Zonta” is a Sioux word meaning “honest and trustworthy”.  Is a sisterhood of likeminded individuals that has provided networking opportunities and built leadership skills on local and international levels for over 20 years.  Our membership prides itself on diversity with members from an array of cultures and professions, ready to share knowledge, skills, advice and experience with fellow Zontians, unified in their work for women.


By supporting, serving and partnering with like-minded organizations.

  • Island Crisis Care Society
  • Samaritan House
  • Haven Society
  • 7 to 10 Club
  • Women’s Resource Centre
  • Heart and Stroke Foundation
  • Vancouver Island University
  • Pearson College
  • Young Women in Public Affairs
  • Nanaimo’s Women and Politics Organization
  • Women’s Action Committee
  • The Nanaimo Clippers


For more than 50 years, Zonta International has addressed critical women’s issues.

  • Violence against women
  • Women and their families facing addition and poverty
  • Trafficking for sexual exploitation
  • Women’s health
  • Female genital circumcision
  • Obstetric Fistula
  • Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus
  • And more

Through projects in developing countries, Zonta is addressing the causes, and not just the symptoms, of barriers to better lives for women everywhere.