The provincial board of WI and its over 70 branches are meeting in the new year with caution yet renewed optimism with planning in various areas over the next few months.
Health directives permitting, the next provincial WI event will take place on Founder’s Month in February. This day and month is set aside to celebrate the formation of WI, where PEI will be celebrating over a century of service from when the first branch began in PEI in 1911. It is anticipated the annual celebration will take place simultaneously on Tuesday, February 16, from 1-3pm, at three locations (Vernon River, Charlottetown and Summerside). The event will be both in person and online. Topics include agriculture, starting a new life in Canada from a newcomer perspective, and a presentation by The Great Wisdom Buddhists Nuns. Registration deadline is February 5.
February will see the “Taking Care of Women's Business! Period. 28 Day Campaign” resume for its sixth year. PEIWI is once again collecting feminine hygiene products in the month of February. Drop off locations include Murphy's Pharmacy and Mainstreet Pharmasave in Souris. Murphy’s Pharmacies is pleased to once again match donations with those purchasing their Atoma brand. These collections will go to food banks across Prince Edward Island.
The PEI Women’s Institute is developing two scholarships in honour of Prince Edward Island’s Famous Five from sales of Prince Edward Island’s Famous Five. These scholarships highlight both the Women’s Institute’s roots in agriculture, and the leadership and team effort displayed in health care during COVID-19 in Prince Edward Island. Published by the Interministerial Women’s Secretariat, the book tells the story of how five women made political history, holding five of the most influential positions of government in the province in 1993. Books are $20 available through select stores and the PEI Women's Institute office.
PEIWI is now taking nominations for the WI Woman in Agriculture Recognition Award. This award is recognition for an Island woman making a major contribution to the PEI agriculture sector and is presented bi-annually by the PEI Women’s Institute. This award will be presented in the spring of 2021. Branches can submit nominations using details available online or contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. March 31 is the deadline for nominations.