This site is dedicated to sharing news and photos of events that the Zonta Club of Montreal organizes for the purposes of supporting the women in our community.  These events raise awareness about women's issues and raise funds for assistance.  Helping women in our global community is a rewarding endeavour and brings immense joy to both the people we help and ourselves.  Below is a high level summary of our mission, history and service programs.  For more information about Zonta, please refer to our contact information below.  You are cordially invited to join us at our next event!

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Our Mission, History and Services

Zonta International is a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. Founded on November 8, 1919, in Buffalo, New York, Zonta began working for the economic, social education, legal, health and political equality for women and campaigned for women’s rights.  Zonta Club of Montreal is a division of Zonta International District 2.  The Zonta Club of Montreal was founded in 1929 and is one of the oldest clubs in the world outside the United States. For all these years the members have worked tirelessly to improve the status of women and to help them achieve their rightful place in the Montreal Society and worldwide.

Zonta Club of Montreal offers support to several shelters and women’s centers that help women and children. It organizes programs to educate and sensitize the public on pertinent issues.  There are also scholarships, bursaries and awards presented annually to young women displaying leadership skills in the educational, business and medical fields. In the early years the club helped the physically challenged women and sick children with hands on projects. In the latter years the club has tried to encourage mature women to improve their status, to sensitize young women to the needs of public life by assuming leadership roles in their community and to assist shelters for women.

Zonta International services over the years has been closely linked with the United Nations. Zonta has consultative status with the U.N. Economic and Social  Council (ECOSOC), the UN International Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Council of Europe. Zonta maintains operational relations with the UN Education, Scientific and Cultural organization (UNESCO) and has representatives at the UN sites in Geneva, New York, Paris and Vienna.  The representatives participate very diligently with informed comments on all legislation pertaining to women.

Over the last 15 years Zonta International has helped 700,000 women and girls through its international service initiatives, contributing US$2.4 million for women in over 20 countries through projects implemented in conjunction with United Nations agencies.

In conjunction with UNIFEM, UNICEF, INSTRAW, UNESCO, Zonta participated in income generating developmental projects for women in Argentina, Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Comoros Islands, Egypt, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Mexico, Nigeria, the Philippines, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sir Lanka, Togo, Thailand, Uruguay, and Zimbabwe. Since 1998 Zonta is working in partnership with UNICEF  for the prevention of Female Genital Mutilation in Burkina Faso, W. Africa, and or the education of the girl child in South Africa.

Zonta History

  • §Founded in Buffalo, New York, USA – 1919
  • §First Zonta Convention held in Syracuse, NY – 1921
  • §Zonta Confederation became Zonta International in 1930 with the first European club in Vienna, Austria
  • §Zonta opens national headquarters in Chicago – 1928
  • §Consultative status with United Nations – 1946
  • §First South American Club – 1948 (Chile)
  • §First Asian Club – 1952 (Philippines)
  • §New Zealand – 1965; Australia: 1966
  • §First African Club – 1970 (Ghana)



Zonta International Service Programs

  • Amelia Earhart Fellowships
  • Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarships
  • Young Women in Public Affaires (YWPA) Awards
  • International Service Program
  • Zonta International Strategies to Prevent Violence Against Women (ZISVAW) Program
  • Care International Projects
  • United Nations Industrial Organization (UNIDO)

Contact Information

Co-Presidents:  Ellen (Mickey) Wernecke and Claudette Levesque, Zonta Club of Montreal

Governor Elect and Lt. Governor, District 2: Margaret Mitchell

Email Addresses: montreal@district2.org  and and  CompanyWebmaster