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WI Canada Awards 

From service recognition to community support and advocacy, the WI Canada awards and scholarships acknowledge the work that helps make our communities strong and healthy.

The Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Canadian Woman of the Year Award will be awarded each year to an outstanding woman who exemplifies the legacy left by Adelaide Hunter Hoodless.

Nominees are evaluated on their work in supporting and mentoring women, as well as their leadership activities within their communities.

Stay tuned for the 2024 Call for Nominations later this year.


Erland Lee Award

This prestigious award is presented annually by the WI Canada to a man who most exemplifies those qualities of Erland Lee who's support led to the founding of the Women’s Institute.

Nominees are evaluated on their contributions and support of local, provincial and/or National WI initiatives.

Nominations are accepted from any level of the WI organization but must be submitted through the Provincial Representative to WI Canada. Each province is welcome to nominate as many supporters as they wish.


Letters of nomination must be received no later than March 31 of each year along with a cheque for $15.00,  payable to “Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada”. This cost is the responsibility of the nominating body.

The presentation of certificates is the responsibility of the nominator.



Many of our provincial bodies, as well as individual branches, offer scholarships to post-secondary students and adult learners. Please contact their offices to learn more. 


Are you inspired by WI Canada? Do you know an award or scholarship recipient? Consider making a donation to a provincial scholarship fund in their honour and help continue the legacy of our founders and the generations of women making Canada a better place for us all.

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