Statement on Kimberly Gwen Polman

It has come to our attention that Soroptimist’s Live Your Dream Awards (formerly called the Women’s Opportunity Awards) were mentioned in the New York Times in relation to past recipient Kimberly Gwen Polman, from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. The Live Your Dream Award is a cash grant for head-of-household women improving their employment prospects by attaining additional education or training. Ms. Polman, who subsequently joined ISIS and recently surrendered to American troops in Syria, was an eligible candidate in 2011 when she received the Soroptimist award from a local club. SIA has no further information or comment about Ms. Polman.   


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