The Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Canadian Woman of the Year Award

Updated: Nov 24, 2020

“The collective impact of our country’s female leaders cannot be


The Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Canadian Woman of the Year Award is the premier national award of Women’s Institute celebrating the achievements of Canada’s most inspirational and influential woman. This award recognizes a woman for demonstrating excellence - from leadership to social change, from local to global reach, across multiple sectors. We are honored to shine a spotlight on her.

Nominations Now Open

We have a wonderful opportunity to recognize some of the top female leaders in Canada through the Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Canadian Woman of the Year Award. These women do not have to be members of a Women’s Institute (WI). However, WI involvement is a criteria benefit. This Award seeks to acknowledge dedicated women whose contributions make their communities and our world a better place to live. Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Canadian Woman of the Year Award recognizes the hard work, dedication, and support that these women have offered and continue to offer as they give leadership, inspire others, and make a difference while exhibiting the qualities of Adelaide Hunter Hoodless, the founder of the Women’s Institute movement.

Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Exemplified Women Supporting Women

Adelaide Hoodless dedicated her life to ensuring women had educational opportunities. Adelaide Hoodless was called “one of the most famous Canadian women…yet one of the most obscure.” She is credited as being co-founder of the Women’s Institute, the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), the National Council of Women, the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON), and a major force behind the formation of three faculties of Household Science. The search for nominees is under way! We are looking for inspiring Canadian females. Tell an extraordinary woman how inspiring she is by nominating her for this year’s award. Or go ahead and put yourself forward! To nominate yourself or a friend, please complete our online nomination form. Nominees will be judged based on the leadership they have exhibited and the ways they have given back to community by mentoring or supporting other women. Nominations will close at midnight on February 1, 2021 and the winner will be announced in time for W.I. week, Feb. 15, 2021.

To nominate someone for Woman of the Year, visit our WI Canada Awards page.

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