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The 2022 Tale of 125 Trees

Beginning in early spring of 2022 the Branches and Provinces started reporting trees planted in honour of the 125th anniversary of WI. It seems as if the challenge to plant trees was the more popular of the two projects, and I fear that the reporting will miss some provinces, because they may not have realized they were supposed to send them in to the WI Connections. That being the case we can always update in coming months. For those provinces who have not reported your tree planting yet, please send your writeup and pictures directly to me at

Huron Perth District WI have donated to “The Footprints to Forest” program run by the Maitland Valley Conservation Authority. It is a tree planting program that allows people to donate money to plant trees to help compensate for greenhouse gas emissions.

Our donation will have 125 trees planted in honour of WI's 125th Anniversary.

This presentation took place at our WI 125th Anniversary Celebration held on Wednesday, June 15th at Atwood Lion's Park.

Huron Perth District WI committee members Darlene Harding and Ronna Lee Johnson presented the cheque to Jayne Thompson, Maitland Valley Conservation Authority representative along with District President Barb Grube.

Evelyn Peck and her son Harold planted this Ivory Silk Lilac tree on April 27, 2022, at her home in Prince Edward County, Ontario.

Evelyn is a Past President of FWI

O and former Board Member of FWIC.

On June 8th, 2022 members of the South Vancouver Island WI attended a tree planting ceremony in McAdam park in Duncan, BC to plant a Brandywine maple tee commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Women’s Institute.

On left - Donna Jack , President of SVI WI . On left - Ruth Fenner, BCWI Historian. Ruth gave a brief history of the WI and the significance of the tree.

Submitted by Ruth Davis, Vice President SVI WI

Members of the Fordyce Women’s Institute, of the Missisquoi County Women’s Institutes, joined with a selection of students outside Heroes’ Memorial School on Wednesday morning. A red MacIntosh tree was planted to celebrate two momentous occasions.

This year marks the 125th Anniversary of the founding of the Federation of Women’s Institutes in Canada. Next September begins the Centennial of the building of Heroes’ Memorial School , which was first called Cowansville High School. Its name changed when Massey-Vanier opened. Next year the celebrations at Heroes’ Memorial will continue starting in the fall.

While at the school on Wednesday, Missisquoi County President Louise Smith and Past Provincial President Elizabeth Milroy handed out county and provincial certificates and prizes to winners in the Quebec Women’s Institutes annual story writing contest.

After a two year hiatus the graduating class will have a graduation ceremony and a prom dance on Friday, June 17th. It is just another indication that we are slowly getting back to “normal”.

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