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News and Views
Address to Women’s Institute District 5 Rally in Summerside, PEI on March 6/13
by Marlene Campbell, Cultural Programming Coordinator for Wyatt Heritage Properties
At the recent Executive Meeting in the nation’s capital, the President and Executive Officers had an opportunity to explore Ottawa, particularly Parliament Hill. This area is steeped in history and part of the history of the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada is included in the impressive Memorial to the "Famous Five." Judge Emily Murphy of Alberta had been working on the rights of married women and children and became the first woman magistrate in Alberta, Canada, and even the British Empire. She succeeded in passing the Dower Act in 1911 so that women could inherit one-third of the property when their husbands died. She was the co-founder and the first President of the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada working to give rural women a strong unified voice. She led a group of five women, including Nellie McClung, Henrietta Muir Edwards, Louise McKinney, and Irene Palby, all the way to the Privy Council in London, England to have women declared as "persons" under the British North American Act, thereby having the right to be appointed to the Senate.
June is such a pretty month with all the beautiful colors of daffodils, tulips, trees in bud, etc, and with all the birds back it is to a joy to be outdoors.
It is important for us a women to take opportunity to refresh as life can be very busy and our days overflowing with activities, all good stuff but it can be exhausting. A few minutes just for you will give you a greater sense of renewal and optimism.
The FWIC “Growing a Healthier You” Project this month is focused on the 4H Organization as it celebrates 100 years of service to youth. The 4H Pledge “My Head to clear thinking, My Heart to greater loyalty, My Hands to larger service and My Health to better living” is a tremendous motto we all should live by. Women’s Institutes from Coast to Coast continue to support the role the 4-H organization plays in our communities and we congratulate them on this wonderful milestone!!
June is a time for many of our Provinces to hold their annual Convention; I have been to Manitoba, New Brunswick and head to Newfoundland this week. It is exciting to hear first hand the report and to celebrate with you as you continue to work on the many programs and activities which are community building blocks. I congratulate each Province as you celebrate your accomplishments and wish you the very best as you continue to serve both Home and Country.
The Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada continues to be a strong educational organization which focuses on personal growth, being a unified voice, taking action, and creating change in communities, by focusing on women, family and home.
I invite members and non members to check out the FWIC web-site and FWIC Face Book. As a National Organization we continue to work on behalf of over 10,000 women across Canada. If you would like to find out more about Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada or connect with a Branch in your province please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give the National Office a call.
Until Next Time!!
Marie Kenny, President FWIC
Women’s Institute Week
Each year, the week surrounding February 19th signifies Women’s Institute Week. This date in February is special to the organization as it was on this date in 1897 that the very first WI Branch was organized in Ontario. Throughout the week, thousands of WI members across Canada celebrate the founding of the organization and the impact the members volunteer efforts have made through the years.