Executive Officers (2015-2018)

Meet our Executive Officers (2015-2018)FWIC Linda-Hoy

Linda Hoy
FWIC President
Committee Chair: Education and Extension;

I have been a member of the Ascot Women’s Institute for over 30 years. I have held all executive offices at the branch, county and provincial levels. In 2003 I became Quebec WI provincial president and also co-chaired the FWIC Convention in 2003. For the past 15 years I have been on the FWIC Board/Executive and chaired the Citizenship & Legislation Committee, Resolutions, Editorial & Publicity and Finance. Now I am your National President for the next three years.

I have attended FWIC Conventions in Hamilton, ON (1997), Lennoxville, QC (2003), Red Deer, AB (2006), Charlottetown, PEI (2009), Sidney, BC (2012), Fredericton, NB (2015) and ACWW Conferences in Tasmania, Hot Springs, AK and Chennai, India.

It is a real honour to be elected as President and to work along side Wendy, Executive Director and Joan, President-Elect and the rest of the Executive and Board for the next triennium. I value your support and communication and will work to strengthen our organization and the ties we have made with government agencies, International Peace Garden and Vesey’s Bulbs.

Let us all continue to work together “For Home & Country”.

Joan Holthe
FWIC President ElectFWIC Joan-Holthe

Executive Officer, British Columbia
Committee Chair: Finance

I am pleased to have been elected the President Elect for this term. I look forward to working with President Linda Hoy and the other officers to make our organization the choice for ladies who want to serve Home and Country, and to reap the enjoyment and satisfaction from it.

It was my honour to be BCWI President in 2002-2005, and to have completed a term as their executive officer. Of course, I am still active at the local branch and district level.

In between all this, my husband, Larry and I are actively farming, raising organic beef cattle, gardening, traveling and enjoying family and friends. Most enjoyable are the times we spent traveling to our ACWW world conventions, and we are looking forward to attending the 2016 session in Warwick, UK.

My concerns are universal: finances, membership, communication, worthwhile projects, and ties to government. I also want to celebrate our FWIC Centennial 2019 in a real bang-up fashion. Any ideas out there?

Those concerns will become the focus of the work to be done on the convenorship committees that I share, Finance, Projects, and Triennial. With the help of you, the membership, I know that we will have a memorable, successful three years.

Yours for Home and Country.

Diane DammannFWIC Diane-D
Executive Officer, Alberta
Committee Chair: Canadian Industries & Environment; Unity

I am really happy to serve a second term as Alberta’s Executive Officer. I joined the Argyle Branch in Alberta in 1982 and have served in most positions in the branch, at constituency, district and provincial levels. Argyle Branch is at Alliance Alberta 100 miles east of Red Deer. We celebrated 100 years in 2013 and are going strong.

I live on a farm, drive school bus, sell Avon and Watkins products, write a local social news column for two local papers (of course I mention WI a lot) I am truly blessed with good health for my age.
I continue as the chair of the Unity Committee and I think that it is going well but there is much room for growth and communication.

I also chair the Canadian Industries and Environment Committees and look forward to partnering with some Canadian industries to raise the awareness of WI and of course learn about our Canadian Industries.

Karen Gerwing
Executive Officer, Saskatchewan
Committee Chair: Agriculture

I was born in Australia and immigrated to Canada in 1984. The following year I joined the Kelstern Branch of the Saskatchewan Women’s Institute (SWI). I joined this organization because my mother and grandmother were members of the South Australian Country Women’s Association (CWA) which is affiliated with the Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW).

I currently live in Lake Lenore, Saskatchewan where I farm with my husband Jim. I also work part time as bookkeeper for our local Co-op Grocery store.

My involvement with WI has increased since joining the provincial board in 2004. I was the SWI representative on the University of Saskatchewan Senate for 6 years and I am currently the Provincial Vice President and Newsletter Editor.

Liz ChongvaFWIC Liz-C
Executive Officer, Manitoba
Committee Chair: International Affairs; Convention 2018

I joined the Women’s Institute in November 2001, became the Eastern Region Representative on the Manitoba Women’s Institute Provincial Board in April 2002, and held that position for five years. I was co-convenor for the 2005 MWI Provincial convention.

As well, I was committee member on the MWI Centennial Provincial convention held in 2010, chair of the 2013 MWI AGM Rural Convention, and was committee member on the 2008 ACCW Canada Area Conference held in Winnipeg. Currently I am the Regional President and FWIC Executive Director of Manitoba.
My 4H involvement included being a 4H Program Assistant, Head Leader and District President of the local 4H District, and judging numerous speaking competitions and achievements. I strongly support the 4H program for youth as they prepare to become tomorrow’s leaders in whatever endeavours they pursue. I have strong organizational skills and the flexibility to make last minute re-arrangements as needed.

My husband and I have three children, 4 grandchildren and one great grandchild, living east of Winnipeg, Manitoba. I enjoy travelling and meeting people from different parts of the world especially when I travel by train.

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. I look forward to working with the FWIC Board and intend to follow this mandate.

Evelyn Peckevelyn
Executive Officer, Ontario
Committee Chair: Editorial & Publicity; Recruitment & Extension

I am delighted to have the opportunity to work at the national level with women from across Canada to strengthen and promote WI. As Executive Officer to FWIC from Ontario, I will be chairing the Editorial and Publicity Committee as well as the Recruitment and Extension Committee.

I have had a long association with WI. My interest was first sparked when I began taking part in 4-H presentations at Branch meetings as a wrap up for their sponsorship of our 4-H Homemaking Clubs. When my sons were off to university, my mother-in-law decided it was time for me to rejoin WI and paid my dues. I soon took on leadership roles in our branch and district and then became a Provincial Board Director.

After a short hiatus, I returned to the provincial level to serve as provincial president of the Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario. During my recently completed term, we reopened our Erland Lee (Museum) Home and moved our provincial office from Guelph to Stoney Creek to consolidate our workplaces. It was a great privilege to travel across Ontario and meet so many dedicated and enthusiastic members while I attended conventions and celebrations.

I am the mother of three married sons and grandmother of twelve grandchildren and have been a widow for seven years. I am a lifelong resident of beautiful Prince Edward County in southeastern Ontario. I am a retired elementary school teacher and spent many years teaching hearing impaired children.

I have a keen interest in history particularly genealogy. I am constantly working on crafts such as knitting, crocheting and quilting. I relish the chance to socialize during a good game of euchre, cribbage or scrabble. But, I also enjoy sitting quietly to read or solve crossword or sudoku puzzles, or working in my vegetable and flower gardens. I get great satisfaction in preserving much of my own produce. In summer I like to swim at our many local beaches while in winter I enjoy skating and snowmobiling. I also sing in our church choir and am on a church historical committee as well as serving as a board member on our community cemetery board and a local educational museum and archives.

Norma SherrerFWIC Norma
Executive Officer, Quebec
Committee Chair: Credentials; Projects

In January 1973, following the death of my husband and with young children, my mother felt I needed to get out and be with people so she invited me to a W.I. meeting. That March, I joined the Fordyce branch and immediately was asked to be secretary. Over the years, I have held convenorships as well as President (a few times), and am still President of the Fordyce Branch. I have also been involved at the County level, having held convenorships as well as President of Missisquoi County. At the Provincial level, I held the Health and Community Living Chair, and later President-Elect. In June 2012, I was installed as President of the Quebec Women’s Institutes. What a privilege and honour to work with W.I. members across this vast Province.

On a personal side, I was secretary of our local Pastoral Charge (United Church) for 26 years, retiring in 2005. I have been involved with Sunday School and sing in the local church choir. For many years I worked with Girl Guides and Brownies, both as a leader and commissioner. I am also on the handicraft committee of our local County Agricultural Fair. I enjoy sewing, knitting, crocheting, quilting, smocking, making iris folding and quilling cards. Every two weeks, I take my little dog to a Senior Residence for Zoo therapy.

Family is very important and I enjoy spending time with my son and daughter and their families. With seven grandchildren and two little great-grandaughters, my spare time is well occupied.

Holly HerseyFWIC Holly-Hersey
Executive Officer, New Brunswick
Committee Chair: Tweedsmuir History; Nominations

New Brunswick is very busy getting ready for the up coming FWIC 2015 Convention. We hope that many of you will be able to join us.

NBWI feels we are at a crossroad regarding our direction for the future. With aging and declining membership we think the choice is to continue on as we have been, doing good deeds and drinking tea or to take a hard look at ourselves, make drastic changes, and reformat in order to become a viable and attractive option for the woman of today. We have been making small steps in this direction. We hope to get a clearer picture and make much more progress resolving our issues, as a result of the 2014 NBWI REFLECTION AND ACTION SUMMIT taking place at our Provincial Convention in June.

We have been working closely with a new government department, Healthy and Inclusive Communities. Many Branches are involved with various projects in the Food Mentoring Program. We also continue our relationship with and support for the crew of the HMCS Fredericton.

NBWI would like to introduce and welcome our new Administrative Officer Rose D’Amour. While it was sad to lose Debbie Johnson Rose has been taking admirable care of us.

Coni MurrayFWIC Coni-Murray
Executive Officer, Nova Scotia
Committee Chair: Citizenship & Legislation

I am the Executive Officer for Nova Scotia. I have been a member of the North River branch of Women’s Institutes of Nova Scotia since 1990 and have held all executive offices at branch level as well as District Director for Cumberland –Colchester District, President of Colchester District and Cumberland –Colchester District and Provincial President. I have enjoyed WI very much especially the friendships made near and far.

On a personal note I have been married to Don for 41 years. We are 3rd generation dairy farm owners with a purebred Holstein herd having the prefix Loleaf. We have three daughters and one son as well as four grandchildren – three girls and one boy. Along with helping on the farm I am responsible for the bookkeeping and am the designated “go-fer”. My hobbies include reading, crafts (most anything but my favourite is rubber stamping cards and scrapbooking) and travelling. Some of the places I have been able to travel to on WI business include Iceland; Finland; Jacksons Mills and Charleston, West Virginia; Hot Springs, Arkansas; many places across Canada and from Yarmouth to North Sydney and all places in between in Nova Scotia. Two highlights afforded to me due to this travel were visiting Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead and the International Peace Gardens.

As we begin another 100 years of learning, sharing and improving the quality of life for all I look forward to meeting more friends and exploring new destinations.

Doreen ColeFWIC Doreen-Cole
Executive Officer,
Prince Edward Island
Committee Chair: Education & Cultural Activities; Fundraising

I am a dedicated life member of Spring Brook WI where I play an active role in all activities of my branch. I joined the Board of Directors as Provincial Environment Convener in 2003 and served for two terms before moving up to the position of Vice-President. As President, I had the privilege of leading the membership into our 100th Anniversary of Women’s Institute on Prince Edward Island. In preparation for the exciting year, I chaired the Centennial Committee and we declared to devote the entire year to celebration. Several new special events were Held, including the Levee and the first launch of a Centennial history book, “Recognizing, Responding, Reflecting”. The highlight of the year was our Founding Celebration at Confederation Centre with many in attendance. It was a special year for Women’s Institute on PEI.

I have Chaired the Education and Cultural Committee – activities included the Tweedsmuir Competition – as well as the Chair of the Fundraising Committee. During my 12 years on the PEI Provincial Board, I balanced my WI duties with those of a business owner, as manager of The Presently Dunes Studio Gallery in Brackley Beach.

I live in Spring Brook with my husband Bill, and we have been married 41 years. We have three children and two grandchildren.

I look forward to working with Linda Hoy and the Board of FWIC.

June YoungJune Young
Executive Officer,
Newfoundland & Labrador
Committee Chair: Home Economics & Health

I first became a member of W.I. in 1968 as a charter member of Twillingate Branch when this branch was established. However, it wasn’t long before I moved away because my husband’s job was being moved to another Province. We had many moves due to his employment and when we came to Gander in 1976, it wasn’t long before I was once again a member of W.I.

My first employment was in banking, and where ever we went, there was a job waiting for me. However, as time went on, I needed a change. While my children were young I studied Interior Design by Correspondence School and obtained a Diploma. I soon set up a small business in design; this helped me keep an eye on my children and have a career as well.

I have been an active member of Gander W.I. for over 20 years, and have served many of these years in an executive position. I also served as District Representative for the Central District.

In addition to my W.I. activities, I like to quilt, paint, and take photographs. I am always willing to share these things with others. I have discovered over the years that nothing stays the same, there is a learning curve around every corner, and we must accept change.

I have been appointed Chairperson of Home Economics & Health; along with my committee I look forward to the work ahead.