The FWIC News for October 2014

About The FWIC News.

Our Social Media Coordinator is keeping an eye out for internet news items that feature WI’s across Canada. As the articles are published in online newspapers, we will share the links via Facebook and Twitter. Once a month we will send out a compilation of the news stories. The journalist’s name as well as links to the original website are at the end of each article. An abbreviated version of the compilation will be posted here, which in turn will be posted on Facebook and Twitter.

If you have any comments or questions, or any news stories that we’ve missed, please let us know!


This week’s article will not preface with a local event that hundreds attended. It will address a local organization that has worked tirelessly as part of the local fabric of our community and, much like many of our service organizations, is in great danger of becoming obsolete unless younger citizens come forward to continue the work it has provided for almost a century in the South Okanagan, BC.

The Oliver Women’s Institute celebrated its 90th birthday last year with a community picnic and spent time reminiscing back in 1922 when the area was opened up for agriculture for veterans of the First World War and other people hoping to find a better life for their families.

Helen Overnes, longtime president of the Women’s Institute, said that the group, exclusively women, would meet once a month to discuss concerns and issues about the community and what they could do about it.

Oliver WI

To read more of this article written by Marji Basso as a special to the Chronicle, click on the image above.

Memory set in stone; Cenotaph unveiled in Wainfleet, Ontario

About a year and a half ago the Wainfleet Women’s Institute sent a delegation to council to yet again push for a cenotaph. Council referred the request to the Wainfleet Historical Society, a committee was formed and fundraising got under way.

Trivia nights, walkathons, pledge drives, business and community donations poured in for the $60,000 monument. Construction began in May.

“This is a momentous part of our history,” said Cummings, who was joined in making remarks by MP Malcom Allen, MPP Cindy Forster and Mayor April Jeffs before a traditional ceremony of remembrance featuring a moment of silence and laying of wreaths.


To read more of this article written by Steve Henschel, Port Colborne Leader clcik on the image above.

London ON Area Women’s Institute begins next century

In 1914, Canada was at war and London Area Women’s Institute held their first convention.

In the minutes it was recorded that all branches were very busy knitting for the Red Cross war effort, they were encouraging everyone to “buy goods made in Canada”, sponsored prizes at the local fairs to encourage children to stay in agriculture and gave their boys to their country.

In 2014, London Area Women’s Institute held its 100th annual convention Oct. 9 at the Southwold Keystone Complex, Shedden, Ontario. Elgin District hosted the event and chose the theme “Back 2 Basics”.

London Area WI

Ready to start the next 100 years of London Area Women Institute are the new executive w ho were installed at the 100th annual convention held in Shedden Oct. 9. In the back row are Tweedsmuir History Helen White (Denfield), Provincial Bd. Director and R.O.S.E/Education Rie Van Steeg (Strathroy), Treasurer Sharon Smith (Embro), Children’s Hospital Rep. Berniece Harris (Denfield), P.R.O. Edythe Petrie (St. Marys), Area Voting Delegate Glenna Ladell (Ilderton) and Assistant R.O.S.E./Education Eleanor Williams (St. Marys). In the front row are Tweedsmuir History -Marlyn Brady (Arva), Secretary Ilene Chesterman, Past President Shelia Greason (St. Marys), President Margaret Ogar (London) and Assistant Secretary Marion Urquhart (St. Marys)

To read more of this story by Laura Green, click on the image above.

Women’s Institute Annual Christmas Craft Sale

The Blackville Women’s Institute, New Brunswick, will host their annual Christmas Craft and Bake Sale on Saturday, November 8 from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Blackville Community Centre, located at 12 South Bartholomew Road.

As in previous years, hot dogs, pop, tea, coffee and doughnuts will be available for purchase in their “lunch room”.

Local vendors will be selling everything from handmade knitted goods and homemade candles to children’s books, baked goods and Christmas wreaths and crafts.

This event is a great opportunity for crafters to showcase their products and allows patrons to get a head-start on their Christmas shopping!

Blackville craftsale

Click on the image above to see the online version of this story. Click here to view photos from last year’s sale.

Provincial honour for Chesley resident

She may be small in stature but she has the heart of a small town hero.

That’s how Linda Murray described 85-year-old Mae Smith of Chesley, one of only 20 people in the province of Ontario to receive the 2014 Senior Achievement Award in a special ceremony at Queen’s Park. [Mae is secretary for the Louise Women’s Institute, in Ontario.]

The award is presented in recognition of significant contributions to your community after the age of 65.

“Most people slow down in later years but not Mae,” Murray wrote in her nomination letter. “She just keeps going and going, quietly working at her various volunteer positions.”

Mae  Smith Chesley

To read more of Mary Golem’s article, click on the image above.


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About WI Women’s Institute is a local, provincial, national and international organization that promotes women, families and communities. Our goal is to empower women to make a difference.

About FWIC

The idea to form a national group was first considered in 1912. In 1914, however, when the war began the idea was abandoned. At the war’s end, Miss Mary MacIsaac, Superintendent of Alberta Women’s Institute, revived the idea. She realized the importance of organizing the rural women of Canada so they might speak as one voice for needed reforms, and the value of co-ordinating provincial groups for a more consistent organization. In February 1919, representatives of the provinces met in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to form the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada.

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