Sonia LeRoy and her family volunteer regularly in Saint Louis, Senegal, with the local Sengalese charity, Maison de la Gare. Her mission while in Senegal is to help improve the lives of the begging street boys of Saint Louis, known as Talibés.
Sonia is currently planning her seventeenth trip to volunteer in Senegal. While she is in Africa, Sonia writes a blog on her perspective on the Talibés, forced begging in Seengal and how anyone is able to help make the world a better place, click here to follow Sonia's blog and follow her on twitter @soniaeleroy, updated regularly while she is in Africa.
Sonia is a director of the Rev. C.F. Johnston foundation which supports grass roots education projects which benefit underprivileged children in sub-Saharan Africa. The primary project funded by the foundation is Maison de la Gare, a Senegalese charity dedicated to educating and improving the lives of begging street children of Saint Louis, Senegal. The foundation also supports the tuition fees for underprivileged children at a school in Tanzania.
Sonia volunteers on the board of the Investment Committee to review, develop policy and advise the Finance Committee on recommendations for the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa Consolidated trust Fund.
Sonia and her family volunteer annually for the Ottawa Marathon to support and encourage the amazing runners who know the true meaning of perseverance. The 2015 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend welcomed about 48,000 runners. Sonia is inspired and motivated by every one of them.
Women for Mental Health - is a philanthropic program at The Royal bringing together like-minded women who will inspire conversations and support for mental health - to shift attitudes and make real progress in changing the way people think about mental health. This change will help transform patient care and research at The Royal. For more information on Women for Mental Health, contact 613-722-6521 ext.6874.
As a member of Women for Mental Health, Sonia is dedicated to supporting awareness and treatment of mental health issues. Mental Illness is a terrible disease that has touched Sonia's own family as well as affected many clients and friends.
Canada actively promotes the sport of karate by supporting a strong national tournament circuit, building local events, and promoting high standards of judging and officiating.
Sonia regularly volunteers as a scorekeeper at WKC - Canada karate tournaments. Her son, Robbie regularly competes and has been a member of the WKC Canadian Karate Team for several years.