Zonta International seeks to empower women worldwide by improving their legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status at the global and local levels through service and advocacy.

Events Calendar

With the intention of helping women in our community and across the world we host monthly meetings and conduct community service, advocacy and fundraising activities.

Ongoing Zonta Events

Club General Meeting
Simon Holt
6582 Applecross Rd
3rd Tuesday of every month:  September – May

Committee Meetings
Ongoing Monthly

Zonta Wears Orange
25th of every month to say “NO” towards violence against women

For more information see: http://zontasaysno.com/

Upcoming Events

Amelia Earhart Day


January 11th

The Amelia Earhart Fellowship was established in 1938 in honor of famed pilot and Zontian, Amelia Earhart. The Amelia Earhart Fellowship is awarded annually to women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering. The Fellowship of US$10,000, awarded to 35 Fellows around the globe each year, may be used at any university or college offering accredited post-graduate courses and degrees in these fields.

For more information see: http://www.zonta.org/WhatWeDo/InternationalPrograms/...

February is Black History month

Ms. Emma (Emily) Stark - The first black female teacher on Vancouver Island

Many years ago, the Zonta Club of Nanaimo was closely connected to Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society, some of our members were members there as well and at one time a Zontian was President of CVIMS.  

Both these organizations donated funds to install a plaque honouring the first black female teacher in Nanaimo: Ms. Emma (Emily) Stark. If you treat yourself to a stroll down Wesley Street, at eye level you will find the said plaque, placed at the closest area where Ms. Stark had her home.
The Stark family settled on Salt Spring Island years ago; our charter member, Patti Morris, was raised on Salt Spring and was/is a personal friend of the Stark family members, descendants of the original settlers who came here from the US.

More info: https://bcblackhistory.ca/emma-stark/

Zonta Rose Day

Young Women in Public Affairs Award

March 6th

The Young Women in Public Affairs Award honors young women, ages 16-19, who demonstrate a commitment to leadership in public policy, government and volunteer organizations.

Pictured: Award winners Julia and Celia

International Women's Day Luncheon

A Day in Celebration of Women!

March 6th

The Zonta Club of Nanaimo welcomes you to our annual Yellow Rose Luncheon to celebrate International Women’s Day.

International Women’s Day theme: I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights. Friday March 6th 2020. Speakers – Sisters Jodi Gaudet and Lori Tribeck. Jodi is a Chief Engineer on board the BC Ferry Quinsan and Lori is a Chief Officer on the Northern Expedition.

Coast Bastion Hotel
Nanaimo. BC
Friday March 6th, 2020
12:00 noon lunch (doors open at 11:30)

Tickets $35.00

Advance tickets are required and may be purchased at

Zonta Launches 16 Days of Activism Campaign

Join the campaign to end violence against women

November 19th, 2020

Come join us with partners from Haven Society to launch the annual Zonta says NO! to Violence against women campaign. 


Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December.

December 10th

It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1950, the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V), inviting all States and interested organizations to observe 10 December of each year as Human Rights Day.