Giving Thanks Across Canada

A global pandemic, rioting, elections and more have made 2020 one for the record books. It's been a year of ups and downs - and unless we're vigilant, it's pretty easy to focus on those downs. Which is why reached out to provincial representatives to lift us back up.

With the scent of pumpkin spice in the air and the leaves turning colours on the trees, the WI Canada Board Executives share what their most grateful for.

I am thankful for the beautiful harvest weather.

~ Jill Copes, Representative for British Columbia Women's Institutes

I am thankful for good health, wonderful family and friends and a nice little home in the country where I can enjoy mother nature's handiwork every day.

~ Linda Mason, Representative for Alberta Women's Institutes

The question what are you thankful for… it’s nearly impossible to answer with just one thing. But I guess it has to be health. We take it for granted as young people but learn as we get older it is a gift to behold.

~ Angela Scott, Representative for New Brunswick Women's Institutes

I am thankful for technology (Skype, Zoom, etc.) that allows us to keep in contact with our family and friends around the world. When we can't travel and be there in person it is great to be able to see them and communicate so easily.

~ Karen Gerwing, Representative for Saskatchewan Women's Institutes

I am thankful for love, family, good health, and people who want to make a difference in the world.

~ Lynn MacLean, Representative for Women's Institutes of Nova Scotia

I am thankful we found a lakeside lot for our wee trailer for the season when travel was so difficult.

~ Mary Shortt, Representative for the Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario

I am thankful for family and friends and for our Chief Health Officer, Dr. Morrison, for keeping us safe and for all her work at giving us ways to keep us safe during this difficult time.

~ Miriam Lank, Representative for Prince Edward Island's Women Institutes

I am thankful for my family and good friends who helped to keep me sane through these last difficult months. And being able to enjoy the beauty of nature this fall.

~ Judy Page Jones, Representative for Quebec Women's Institutes

I am thankful that I am a Proud Canadian and that none of my family have been infected by the Corona Virus COVID-19.

~ Margaret Byl, President-Elect for the Federated Women's Institutes of Canada

I would say I am most thankful to have such joy and purpose in my life. That may sound corny, but neither health nor family, money or weather, have meaning without that spark of joy that can turn the mediocre into something sublime.

~ Joan Holthe, President for the Federated Women's Institutes of Canada