You can be a catalyst for lasting community change!

By becoming a Junior League member you have the opportunity to drive impactful and meaningful change within your own community.  You'll also have access to valuable tools and top notch training that will not only make you a stronger community leader but will also afford you skills and experience that can make you better equipped for every day life and a more effective and valuable asset at work.

You'll join other women who share your desire for teamwork and who relish a sense of accomplishment.  You'll have opportunities to face new challenges that build confidence and develop skills in community leadership. The League offers its members both formal and experiential training in things like community program development and evaluation, effective Board governance and nonprofit best practices, as well as  communications, budgeting and fund development. Members are empowered to take effective action to create long lasting, positive changes in our communities. Click here to watch a short video about the JLHB.

Does this describe you?

   Interested in making a difference in our community
   Has talents to share with others
   Welcomes opportunities to learn and develop new skills
   Recognizes the importance of voluntarism
   Values being a member of an international organization and network of more than 155,000 women in four countries.
   Over the age of 18.  You're never too old to be a Junior Leaguer!

We invite you to find out more about the the many benefits as well as the expectations of membership.

New Member Information Sessions:

  Please call 905-525-1077 or email for more information
  Information Meetings are held at the JLHB Office, located at 1424 Plains Road West in Burlington.

We look forward to meeting you and are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Junior Leagues reach out to women of all races, religions and national origins who demonstrate and interest in and commitment to voluntarism.

Congratulations!                                                                                                                                            Each year the JLHB honours a New, Active and Sustaining member whose leadership exemplifies the Junior League Mission, Vision and Values and demonstrates effective volunteer, community service.

2011 Award recipients:

Rookie of the Year Award - Vanessa dos Santos has been actively involved since joining the League earlier this year. She has shown great strength and support to her fellow New Members during the planning process of their project and helped lead this years Kids in the Kitchen program to another successful event.

Phyllis Dutchak Active of the Year Award - Lucy McGreal and Debbie Strybosch have both had tremendous growth in their leadership abilities. Witnessed by their passion, dedication and amount of volunteer time with the Empower Hour program, Done in a Day activities and overall engagement in the JLHB, they have demonstrated their  commitment to the League's community impact as well as to the JLHB.

Margaret Gilmour Sustainer of the Year Award - Diane Gower-Dent's demonstrated leadership in her contributions to the City of Hamilton have earned her this special honour.  Diane is a recipient of a Heritage Community Recognition Award for Lifetime Achievement for her work in protecting and preserving many of Hamilton's beautiful heritage buildings.

We extend a warm, "Welcome Back" to former members. If you are interested in rejoining, please contact the JLHB office.


Members of Canadian Junior Leagues at the Association of Junior League's International Fall Conference, October 2009.

"With 75 years of successful training and community impact history, the JLHB will continue to educate and connect women to the pulse and needs of our community."
JLHB Member on the occasion of the Leagues' 75th anniversary

"If you haven't done so already, I encourage all JLHB members to participate in the online training sessions offered by the Association of Junior Leagues International.  I found them very useful and a good networking vehicle."
Mary Lou Bandura
JLHB Community Impact Team Chair

"Thanks to the League's ability to partner with and mobilize other community groups, and research community needs, our House became a reality in 1993.  The trained volunteers of the League have shown leadership to see the House built, organize fund-raising for it and offer continued support for the day to day running of the House."
Pearl Wolfe
Past Executive Director, Hamilton Ronald McDonald House

"The Empower Hour is a time of reflection and a time of dreaming for the young women at Good Shepherd Brennan House.  During Empower Hour the young women get the tools and support to experience and envision what they want for themselves and their lives. Young women are exposed to positive role models and encouraged to aspire the best for themselves."                                 Norma Joaquim - Program Manager of Good Shephard Brennan House                                           

"The Empower Hour brings out the best and makes a stronger women out of you."                                 Sura, 17 year old Empower Hour participant                     

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