Four young women were awarded a scholarship to spend the last week of June at the International Peace Garden on the Manitoba and North Dakota border. Their visit was part of an exciting new initiative between The Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada (FWIC) and the Peace Gardens. The delegates chosen* to attend were:
Holly Bus from Ontario, Hayley Campbell from Quebec, Sonja Mueller from Manitoba, and Bethany Saunders from Prince Edward Island who was unfortunately unable to attend.
In order to be eligible for the scholarship, young women must meet the following criteria:
- Between 17-19 years of age as of January 1
- Demonstrate an interest in tourism, retail, horticulture, photography, creative writing, and music
- Have community and volunteer experience
As part of the application, a candidate writes an essay describing her interests and detailing how the experience would benefit her.
This scholarship program is designed as an opportunity for a young women from each province across Canada to participate in a one week educational program which includes
- The history of the International Peace Garden
- Public Relations: engaging with the visitors to the gardens
In her recent correspondence with WI members, Marie Kenny reported that the young women enjoyed the week-long experience under the direction of the CEO, Doug Hevenor.
Doug was so wonderful! He kept us busy and made us feel comfortable! He was a great tour guide and definitely made the gardens show their true beauty.
Holly Bus, Ontario
Sonja Mueller of Manitoba, recalls her most memorable moments as
those spent with the other girls laughing and sharing stories. After a week at the garden I really realized how great an organization WI is; we can come together and teach each other from our own experiences.
Besides getting to know one another as Canadians, the young women also had the chance to meet international music students who were there to participate in the International Music Camp. Emily Jones, an Exchange Student from Australia staying in Manitoba, was also thrilled about her week at the Peace Garden and will have wonderful memories to share with the World President, Ruth Shanks, when she returns home.
At the end of her stay, each delegate prepared and submitted a report in a media of her choice to her provincial Women’s Institute office. She will also make at least one presentation to a Women’s Institute group or conference. You can view Part 1 and Part 2 of a video presentation available on YouTube. More images and reports are found on this site, prepared by Emily Jones,
Everyone should experience the International Peace Garden at least once in their lifetime
Hayley Campbell, Quebec
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*Due to scheduling conflicts or funding issues, WI’s from New Brunswick, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland, and Nova Scotia were unable to send a delegate.
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.
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.