Closed for the Holiday

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The FWIC Office will be closed from December 19, 2014 until January 5, 2015

But we’ll be poking around on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter

Who knows, maybe even here on the blog!

Have a very Merry Christmas and all the best in 2015!

Christmas Gumdrop Cake

Christmas Gumdrop Cake – click on the image for a recipe from Mae Tunnicliffe, Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Mae got the recipe from her mother – this would be in the 1920’s or thereabout.

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About WI

Women’s Institute is a local, provincial, national and international organization that promotes women, families and communities. Our goal is to empower women to make a difference.

About FWIC

The idea to form a national group was first considered in 1912. In 1914, however, when the war began the idea was abandoned. At the war’s end, Miss Mary MacIsaac, Superintendent of Alberta Women’s Institute, revived the idea. She realized the importance of organizing the rural women of Canada so they might speak as one voice for needed reforms, and the value of co-ordinating provincial groups for a more consistent organization. In February 1919, representatives of the provinces met in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to form the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada.

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The FWIC News for November 2014

About The FWIC News. 

Our Social Media Coordinator is keeping an eye out for internet news items that feature WI’s across Canada. As the articles are published in online newspapers, we will share the links via Facebook and Twitter. Once a month we will send out a compilation of the news stories. The journalist’s name as well as links to the original website are at the end of each article. An abbreviated version of the compilation will be posted here, which in turn will be posted on Facebook and Twitter. 

If you have any comments or questions, or any news stories that we’ve missed, please let us know!

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NFLD Coaker Foundation launches inter-generational learning program 

The Sir William Ford Coaker Heritage Foundation is launching a learning program for all ages, thanks to a grant from Eastern Health.

Officials from Eastern Health were in Port Union last week to officially announce the $10,000 in funding. It’s the largest grant the corporation has handed out this year from its community development fund.

Edit Samson of the Coaker Foundation said the inter-generational learning program will focus on exchange of knowledge between young and old, as well as storytelling.

The Women’s Institute is also helping with providing the craft meetings and storytelling sessions.

Click here to read more of this story by Jonathan Parsons.

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Nova Scotia: Kings West District Women’s Institute holds fall rally

Cathy Kinsman, president of the Kings West District Women’s Institute, opened the meeting at the Lakeville community hall. The Mary Stewart Collect and Flag Salute were recited. Keshia Timmins, secretary, read the minutes of April 23, 2014 and Esther Chute gave the treasurer’s report.

Special guests for the evening were Jacqueline Melvin, Kings East District director; Heather Davidson, Kings East District president; Liz Johnston, vice-president, Kings East District.

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Clarice Pottie, Kings West District Director, recognized Marge Kinsman, Lakeville Women’s Institute member, with a certificate to mark her 90th birthday.

You can read the full report by Joanne Hill, South Berwick WI here.

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From Prince Edward County WI, Ontario…

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…and from British Columbia

Members of the Koksilah Women’s Institute during the 1960s. This photo was possibly taken at the ploughing matches. Left to right, tentatively identified: Edith Vaux, Janie Evans (James), Miss Reid, Mrs.William Chester.— Image Credit: Courtesy Cowichan Valley Women's Institute

Members of the Koksilah Women’s Institute during the 1960s. This photo was possibly taken at the ploughing matches. Left to right, tentatively identified: Edith Vaux, Janie Evans (James), Miss Reid, Mrs.William Chester.— Image Credit: Courtesy Cowichan Valley Women’s Institute

Home Sweet Home Kelvin Grove

Grace Jenkins has lived in Kelvin Grove all her life but one day realized her community had changed without her noticing.

“People were less involved with each other. I drove by houses every day; once I knew who lived there, and I didn’t anymore,” she described her revelation.

Jenkins decided to reverse her indifference and ensure the community would be recognized for its past, present and future through a community history book.

She had become active with the Kelvin Grove Women’s Institute, and felt the project right for their realm, especially as a celebration of the 2014 anniversary of the Confederation Conference.

“They are a group that works for community. That’s why they exist, to help their community be the best it can be,” she explained.

The Women’s Institute agreed, and created a volunteer committee to work on the project. Jenkins started with notes her late mother, Mary Picketts, had compiled earlier for a similar idea, and used her own graphic arts experience to edit the information that would become “Home Sweet Home Kelvin Grove: History of our community through its architectural heritage to 2014.”

Kelvin Grove WIFor more about this story by Michael Parsons, click here.

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About WI
Women’s Institute is a local, provincial, national and international organization that promotes women, families and communities. Our goal is to empower women to make a difference.

About FWIC

The idea to form a national group was first considered in 1912. In 1914, however, when the war began the idea was abandoned. At the war’s end, Miss Mary MacIsaac, Superintendent of Alberta Women’s Institute, revived the idea. She realized the importance of organizing the rural women of Canada so they might speak as one voice for needed reforms, and the value of co-ordinating provincial groups for a more consistent organization. In February 1919, representatives of the provinces met in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to form the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada.

 

The FWIC News for October 2014

About The FWIC News. 

Our Social Media Coordinator is keeping an eye out for internet news items that feature WI’s across Canada. As the articles are published in online newspapers, we will share the links via Facebook and Twitter. Once a month we will send out a compilation of the news stories. The journalist’s name as well as links to the original website are at the end of each article. An abbreviated version of the compilation will be posted here, which in turn will be posted on Facebook and Twitter. 

If you have any comments or questions, or any news stories that we’ve missed, please let us know!

wi_FWIClogoOliver Women’s Institute not just a tea party

This week’s article will not preface with a local event that hundreds attended. It will address a local organization that has worked tirelessly as part of the local fabric of our community and, much like many of our service organizations, is in great danger of becoming obsolete unless younger citizens come forward to continue the work it has provided for almost a century in the South Okanagan, BC.

The Oliver Women’s Institute celebrated its 90th birthday last year with a community picnic and spent time reminiscing back in 1922 when the area was opened up for agriculture for veterans of the First World War and other people hoping to find a better life for their families.

Helen Overnes, longtime president of the Women’s Institute, said that the group, exclusively women, would meet once a month to discuss concerns and issues about the community and what they could do about it.

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To read more of this article written by Marji Basso as a special to the Chronicle, click on the image above.

Memory set in stone; Cenotaph unveiled in Wainfleet, Ontario

About a year and a half ago the Wainfleet Women’s Institute sent a delegation to council to yet again push for a cenotaph. Council referred the request to the Wainfleet Historical Society, a committee was formed and fundraising got under way.

Trivia nights, walkathons, pledge drives, business and community donations poured in for the $60,000 monument. Construction began in May.

“This is a momentous part of our history,” said Cummings, who was joined in making remarks by MP Malcom Allen, MPP Cindy Forster and Mayor April Jeffs before a traditional ceremony of remembrance featuring a moment of silence and laying of wreaths.

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To read more of this article written by Steve Henschel, Port Colborne Leader clcik on the image above.

London ON Area Women’s Institute begins next century

In 1914, Canada was at war and London Area Women’s Institute held their first convention.

In the minutes it was recorded that all branches were very busy knitting for the Red Cross war effort, they were encouraging everyone to “buy goods made in Canada”, sponsored prizes at the local fairs to encourage children to stay in agriculture and gave their boys to their country.

In 2014, London Area Women’s Institute held its 100th annual convention Oct. 9 at the Southwold Keystone Complex, Shedden, Ontario. Elgin District hosted the event and chose the theme “Back 2 Basics”.

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Ready to start the next 100 years of London Area Women Institute are the new executive w ho were installed at the 100th annual convention held in Shedden Oct. 9. In the back row are Tweedsmuir History Helen White (Denfield), Provincial Bd. Director and R.O.S.E/Education Rie Van Steeg (Strathroy), Treasurer Sharon Smith (Embro), Children’s Hospital Rep. Berniece Harris (Denfield), P.R.O. Edythe Petrie (St. Marys), Area Voting Delegate Glenna Ladell (Ilderton) and Assistant R.O.S.E./Education Eleanor Williams (St. Marys). In the front row are Tweedsmuir History -Marlyn Brady (Arva), Secretary Ilene Chesterman, Past President Shelia Greason (St. Marys), President Margaret Ogar (London) and Assistant Secretary Marion Urquhart (St. Marys)

To read more of this story by Laura Green, click on the image above.

Women’s Institute Annual Christmas Craft Sale

The Blackville Women’s Institute, New Brunswick, will host their annual Christmas Craft and Bake Sale on Saturday, November 8 from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Blackville Community Centre, located at 12 South Bartholomew Road.

As in previous years, hot dogs, pop, tea, coffee and doughnuts will be available for purchase in their “lunch room”.

Local vendors will be selling everything from handmade knitted goods and homemade candles to children’s books, baked goods and Christmas wreaths and crafts.

This event is a great opportunity for crafters to showcase their products and allows patrons to get a head-start on their Christmas shopping!

Blackville craftsale

Click on the image above to see the online version of this story. Click here to view photos from last year’s sale.

Provincial honour for Chesley resident

She may be small in stature but she has the heart of a small town hero.

That’s how Linda Murray described 85-year-old Mae Smith of Chesley, one of only 20 people in the province of Ontario to receive the 2014 Senior Achievement Award in a special ceremony at Queen’s Park. [Mae is secretary for the Louise Women’s Institute, in Ontario.]

The award is presented in recognition of significant contributions to your community after the age of 65.

“Most people slow down in later years but not Mae,” Murray wrote in her nomination letter. “She just keeps going and going, quietly working at her various volunteer positions.”

Mae  Smith Chesley

To read more of Mary Golem’s article, click on the image above.

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About WI
Women’s Institute is a local, provincial, national and international organization that promotes women, families and communities. Our goal is to empower women to make a difference.

About FWIC

The idea to form a national group was first considered in 1912. In 1914, however, when the war began the idea was abandoned. At the war’s end, Miss Mary MacIsaac, Superintendent of Alberta Women’s Institute, revived the idea. She realized the importance of organizing the rural women of Canada so they might speak as one voice for needed reforms, and the value of co-ordinating provincial groups for a more consistent organization. In February 1919, representatives of the provinces met in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to form the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada.