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Updated: May 12, 2022

Margaret’s Message, Submitted by President, Margaret Byl

May 2022

Greetings on

behalf of the Board of Directors of the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada. I am looking out of my office window and seeing the green grass, birds that have migrated from the south and grape vines that have been dormant over the winter have been pruned in anticipation of the growing season. The recently tied vines are now ready for their buds to burst forth to begin the process of fruit production. FWIC/WI Canada reminds me of the sequence of events that brings fruit production and further develops it into a fine vintage wine. Covid-19 shutdowns were our dormant stage, and we are now into the part that brings about a renewed and fresh season of growth and production. Our” fruits” of labour - the Board of Directors and Provincial Presidents have produced some amazing programs: Leadership Modules; Membership Roundtable; Food Security Roundtable and the most recent Roundtable held on April 20th on Climate Change were well attended and brought positive feedback to the Board. Climate Change is here. Each province has seen the effects of Climate Change and the most recent one is the flooding in Manitoba. Think about what you can do to reduce the carbon footprint. Thank you to all of the participants in the Climate Change Roundtable and indeed, all of the programs. On the 15th of May, help celebrate the International Day of Families. Take some time to spend with your family. The memories you create will be your treasurers of the future. “Family isn’t an important thing. It’s everything” … author Michael J. Fox The Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada supports women and families in all nations. To our WI family across our nation, from coast to coast to coast, thank you for your community service. Your work has made our nation stronger and one of the best places in the world to live.

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