From the President’s Pen – February 2017

It has been said that November and January are the longest, darkest and loneliest months of the year for many who face mental health issues. The commercials for Bell Let’s Talk on the TV bring a ray of hope to those who are suffering. Reach out to family and friends every single day – they may need an encouraging word and your voice could be the ray of sunshine for the day.

President Linda Hoy holding a sign that reads "#We are WI"We have just had our Executive Officers participating in the second Skype call on Saturday, January 21st for 4 1/2 hours. They have come out of their comfort zone to hook up to modern technology and I think you are awesome!

Discussion included finances, moving forward with the Board Restructuring Ad Hoc Committee, IPG Scholarship, FWIC 100th Anniversary, WI Logo, rebranding and launches. As you can see, we have lots of exciting things being worked on. Our next Skype call will be March 4th.

President Linda Hoy holding a sign that reads "February WI Month"I declare February as WI Month. How will your branch celebrate February 19th, Founder’s Day or Adelaide’s Birthday on February 27th? Send us your photos and we will display them on our website and Facebook pages. Tie blue & gold ribbons to your mailbox or vehicle antenna for the month of February.

Linda Hoy
FWIC President

#IAmWI #Addie160

P.E.I. WI recipe for success: Beet Cake

 

After months of work, Helen Dawson, argricultural convener, left, and Miriam Lank, home economics and health convener, and show the results of their project – the Women’s Institute Island Product Cooking Contest Cookbook.
After months of work, Helen Dawson, agricultural convener, left, and Miriam Lank, home economics and health convener, and show the results of their project – the Women’s Institute Island Product Cooking Contest Cookbook.

If you have a surplus of beets in your garden, you might want to consider this prize-winning recipe. It was awarded “Best of” The Women’s Institute Island Product Cooking Contest Cookbook.  Copies are available at the WI office, 40 Enman Cres., Charlottetown, or by calling 902-368-4860.

Winning recipe: Beet Cake from the June 19th article in The Guardian, by Sally Cole.

3 egg yolks
1 ½ cup white sugar
1 cup oil
1 tsp. vanilla
3 tbsp. hot water
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup shredded raw beets
½ cup raisins or nuts
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt

Mix egg yolks, sugar, oil, vanilla and hot water together. Add shredded carrots, shredded beets, raisins, flower, baking powder and salt. Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites. Pour in tube pan. Bake at 350 degrees C for one hour.

Icing

¼ cup margarine
4 oz. cream cheese
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup icing sugar

Blend together in a bowl.

If you have a super surplus, give this recipe for Chocolate Beet Cupcakes a try, too!

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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.

 

FWIC January – June 2015 Calendar

We’ve (that’s the editorial “we”) been busy learning MailChimp. Thanks to a stormy day yesterday, Kate had the office to herself so she put together the first publication of Federation News that will be delivered electronically. To subscribe, click on the image below. There you will also find a link to 12/12/2014 – FWIC FED BULLETIN JAN 2015. You will want to set aside some time to update your calendar with all of the events this year, including the Triennial FWIC Convention in Fredericton, New Brunswick in June.

Calendar of Event 2015
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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.

Peace Garden Scholarship 2015

Exciting news!

FWIC announces The Peace Garden Scholarship program at the International Peace Garden June 21-27, 2015. This amazing opportunity is available again next summer due to the wonderful work undertaken by the 2014 delegates on behalf of our organization and the great efforts of the Manitoba Women’s Institute. 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.

International Peace Gardens

The application deadline for this year will be set by each province separately and is yet to be announced, so stay tuned. Printed below is a copy of the application and brochure for your perusal. Please, if you know of any dynamic young women who would be interested in this opportunity with WI, please encourage them to apply.

PDF Files you may download:

Peace Garden Scholarship 2015 brochure

2015 FWIC Peace Garden Scholarship Application

APPLICATION DETAILS 

The Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada in partnership with the International Peace Garden invited applications for the FWIC Peace Garden Scholarship Program.  This exciting initiative will provide an educational opportunity for a young woman from each province across Canada to participate in a one week educational program at the International Peace Garden (located on the Manitoba and North Dakota border). All expenses covered (travel, accommodation, meals).

DATE: June 21-27, 2015

ELIGIBILITY:           

  • Young women between 17-20 years of age as of the application year
  • Interested in leadership, marketing, social media, horticulture, public relations, arts, inspiring others and positive social change
  • Community and volunteer experience

HOW TO APPLY:

  • Submit a type-written essay (minimum of 500 words, maximum of 1000) describing your interest in the areas listed and why this experience would be beneficial to you
  • Submit a current resume
  • Submit one letter of reference

The candidate selection will be by paper application only.

Applications must be submitted to your Provincial Women’s Institute Office.  Please contact the Office in your province for their submission deadline date and the address your application should be forwarded to. A list of the offices is under the “Provincial WI’s” button on FWIC’s website.

RESPONSIBILITY:

  •  Prepare and submit a report on your experiences during your week at the International Peace Garden to your provincial Women’s Institute office. Make at least one presentation to a Women’s Institute group or conference.
Delegates to the 2014 International Peace Garden spruce up the Maple Picnic Area, a park that has been sponsored by the Manitoba WI and FWIC since 1951.
Delegates to the 2014 International Peace Garden spruce up the Maple Picnic Area, a park that has been sponsored by the Manitoba WI and FWIC since 1951.

 

planting annuals

2014-2015 Peace Garden brochure

Everyone should experience the International Peace Garden at least once in their lifetime

Hayley Campbell, Quebec

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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.

Mince Meat Hermits

Click on image for source
Click on image for source

Carol MacLellan, FWIC Executive Officer from PEI writes:

Realizing I still had some mince meat left over, I came across this recipe of my Mother-in-laws and decided to try it. They were delicious, hearty, and made a big batch!

Mince Meat Hermits

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Mix in the following order:

½ cup butter
½ cup shortening (I used the yellow shortening for the combined cup)
½ cup brown sugar packed
2 eggs
1 ¼ cup mince meat
1 cup chopped nuts
3 ½ cups flour
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. nutmeg
¼ tsp. cloves

Drop by spoon onto cookie sheet. Bake for 12 minutes.

Enjoy!

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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.

 

Peace Garden Scholarship 2014

International Peace GardensFour 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.

 FWIC Ann Mandziuk (Manitoba) with Peace Garden scholarship recipients at the Gardens.
FWIC Ann Mandziuk (Manitoba) with Peace Garden scholarship recipients.

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
  • Horticulture
  • Retail
  • Public Relations: engaging with the visitors to the gardens
  • Photography
  • Wildlife
Delegates to the 2014 International Peace Garden spruce up the Maple Picnic Area, a park that has been sponsored by the Manitoba WI and FWIC since 1951.
Delegates to the 2014 International Peace Garden spruce up the Maple Picnic Area, a park that has been sponsored by the Manitoba WI and FWIC since 1951.

 

planting annuals

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.

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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.