P.O. Box 209
|Phone: (519) 448-3873
Fax: (519) 448-3506
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
I am delighted to be National President of the Federated Women's Institutes of Canada, I am looking forward to working with President Elect Linda Hoy and the Board Members from Coast to Coast of this beautiful country, developing a stronger United Voice for Women of Canada. We have a strong foundation and as we strive to re-energize FWIC we have opportunity to grow, to rethink and to develop new ideas.
I have been a member of the Brackley Women's Institute for almost 40 years. I had held numerous positions at the Branch, District and Provincial Levels. I was President of PEIWI from 2007 to 2009 during which we had the honour of hosting the National Convention on PEI. I have served on the National Board since 2007.
I have attended a number of both National Conventions and ACWW Conventions, each time coming Home more inspired about this tremendous organization and work that Ladies are doing for Home and Country.
As a Mother and a Grandmother I have the desire to see our world become an even healthier place for my family and yours to live, Working together we can take steps to see changes made in areas of education, health, and environment, all critical areas where we need to have our concerns heard and solutions achieved for the betterment of all.
Communication is the key, listening, sharing ideas, developing transparency, working together and taking action where necessary.
The future of Women's Institute lies in each of our hands, we have been passed a brilliant torch and it is our responsibility to pass it on to the next generation so the lives of our children and our children's children will be as blessed as ours.
I ask you to work with me to make our communities the best places to live as we work together for Home and Country,
"True Success is not necessaryily about being the best at all cost.
It's about doing your best at all times." If you do that long enough who knows you might just end up being the best"
PRESIDENT ELECT & QUEBEC REPRESENTATIVE
I have been a member of the Ascot Women’s Institute for over 28 years. I have held all executive offices at the branch, county and provincial levels. In 2003 I became Quebec WI provincial president and also co-chaired the FWIC Convention in 2003. For the past 12 years I have been on the FWIC Board/Executive and chaired the Citizenship & Legislation Committee, Resolutions, Editorial & Publicity and now I am Finance Chair. I am very comfortable with finances because I am also the county and church treasurer and work in a University Bookstore. I am also on the Convention 2015, Education & Extension, Personnel and Projects Committees.
I have attended FWIC Conventions in Hamilton, ON (1997), Lennoxville, QC (2003), Red Deer, AB (2006), Charlottetown, PEI (2009) and Sidney, BC (2012); and ACWW Conferences in Tasmania and Hot Springs, AK.
It is a real honor to be elected as President-Elect and to work along side Marie and the rest of the Executive and Board for the next triennium. I value your support and communication and will work to strengthen our organization and the ties we have made with government agencies.
Let us all continue to work together “For Home & Country”.
Women's Institute was created on February 19, 1897 in Stoney Creek, Ontario. Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario (FWIO) was established on Feb.6, 1919. FWIO was made a body corporate under the Agricultural Associations Act of Ontario on May 11, 1921. Women's Institute members are united in a common interest in personal growth and community action.
FWIO has accepted the invitation of Canada 150, a history gathering project, to become a founding partner. WI members are encouraged to record the stories of their lives, their families and their communities.
"Back 2 Basics" theme has proved to be very popular with the Branches and they are sending in ROSE session report forms to the provincial office. These sessions are being highlighted under the ROSE Program on the FWIO website.
The Erland Lee Community Committee is fundraising in order to make repairs to the Erland Lee (Museum) Home.
The fourteen WI Areas are holding their conventions through out the province beginning on September 22 and ending on October 23rd -a busy autumn for the Provincial President.
Quebec Women’s Institute (QWI) has a busy month in September -most Counties are holding their Semi-Annual Meetings. One highlight is our QWI Rally which is being held in Hemmingford, QC, on Wednesday, September 26th. It should be a fun filled day: getting-to-know-you opening; workshops on recruitment; crafts; power point presentation of the FWIC Convention; question and answer time, and of course a delicious lunch!!!
I have a project for this triennium -each Branch in the Province has been asked to make and decorate a bank and place it on their executive table each month. Members are asked to drop in coins. These banks will be brought to Convention each year. Money collected will go to purchase medical supplies for a Third World Country. We are also collecting tabs from soft drink cans, bread bag tabs--these go to the Shriners Hospital to buy medical equipment for children who can't afford to buy their own.
In October we will be having our QWI Executive and Board meeting. In November QWI will hold their Annual Remembrance Day Service at the QWI Memorial Cairn in Dunham, QC.
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Photo of President, Doreen
Cole (right) presents the Louise
MacMillan Scholarship to Mariah
The PEIWI brings two events for the fall - an interactive Women's Health Expo will be held in September and is open to the public. It features exhibitors in the field of women's health, guest speakers, fitness demonstrations, refreshments, and prizes. The second series of events are Fall Workshops featuring Public Speaking and creating Fasinators (small decorative hats) in three locations across PEI. (Details at www.peiwi.ca).
To kick off preparations for the 100th anniversary in 2013 PEIWI is pleased to unveil it's new website at www.peiwi.ca - the refreshed look will assist in re-branding into the next century of WI on Prince Edward Island. (For those who have visited the older website, browsers will need to be restored to see the new website.)
NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR
I will be Provincial President until May 2013 –our convention year. Branches across the province have re-opened for the year. Plans are being made for the Provincial Board Meeting that will be held in my home town of Dunville/Placentia on October 26-28, 2012. Plans are also in progress for our next convention that will be held in Gander, NL.