Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Canadian Women of the Year Award

Marie Kenny, PEIWI, winner of the 2017 Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Canadian Woman of the Year Award

Congratulations to the 2017 Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Canadian Woman of the Year Award recipient – Marie Kenny, PEIWI! Through Marie’s outstanding leadership, inspiration and commitment to her communities at home and afar, she exemplifies those attributes held highly by the WI’s co-founder, Adelaide Hunter Hoodless!

The FWIC would also like to recognize the great work and accomplishments of the other worthy nominees who too showed their leadership and commitment to women and their families.

2017 Nominees
Ruth Fenner, BCWI
Roma Hicks, NLWI


The collective impact of our country’s female leaders cannot be understated.
The Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Canadian Woman of the Year Award is the premier national award of Women’s Institute celebrating the achievements of the most successful in this inspiring group. This annual award recognizes a woman for demonstrating excellence—from leadership to social change, from local to global reach, across multiple sectors. We are honoured to shine a spotlight on her.

Nominations Now Closed

Dr. Ellen McLean, the premiere recipient of the Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Canadian Woman of the Year Award 2014-2015 receiving the award in her home in Nova Scotia. Presenting the award is Eleanor Lilley of the Women’s Institutes of Nova Scotia.
Dr. Ellen McLean, the premiere recipient of the Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Canadian Woman of the Year Award 2014-2015 receiving the award in her home in Nova Scotia. Presenting the award is Eleanor Lilley of the Women’s Institutes of Nova Scotia.

We have a wonderful opportunity to recognize some of the top female leaders in Canada through the Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Canadian Woman of the Year Award. These women do not have to be members of Women’s Institute.

This Award seeks to acknowledge dedicated women whose contributions make their communities and our world a better place to live.

Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Canadian Woman of the Year Award recognizes the hard work, dedication, and support that these women have offered and continue to offer as they give leadership, inspire others, and make a difference while exhibiting the qualities of Adelaide Hunter Hoodless, the founder of the Women’s Institute Organization.

Adelaide Hoodless dedicated her life to ensuring women had educational opportunities. Adelaide Hoodless was called “one of the most famous Canadian women…yet one of the most obscure.” She is credited as being co-founder of the Women’s Institute, the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), the National Council of Women, the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON), and a major force behind the formation of three faculties of Household Science.

Adelaide Hoodless exemplified women supporting women, through education, encouragement, and social action.

To nominate yourself or a friend, please complete our online nomination form (please click “online nomination form” and install Adobe Reader to view this form). Nominees will be judged based on the leadership they have exhibited and the ways they have given back to community by mentoring or supporting other women.

Nominations close on January 15th of each year and winners will be notified in February.

The Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Canadian Woman of the Year Award will be awarded each year to an outstanding woman, and all three winners will be showcased at the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada Triennial Convention.

The search for nominees is under way! We are looking for inspiring Canadian females. Tell an extraordinary woman how inspiring she is by nominating her for this year’s award. Or go ahead and put yourself forward!


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Left to Right: ACWW Canada Area President Sheila Needham; Florence Ellerton, Hemmingford WI; FWIC President Linda Hoy

Congratulations to Florence Ellerton, our 2016 Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Canadian Woman of the Year Award winner! FWIC recognizes Florence’s lifetime of volunteerism and leadership. She is Past President of the QWI, a leader in community campaigns, and a great mentor for children and youth.

We congratulate and thank all nominees and nominators for their honourable submissions. Their great involvement and voluntarism in their own communities is a reflection of the work and leadership embodied by Adelaide Hunter Hoodless!

2016 Nominees
Denise Code – BC
Ruth Fenner – BC
Louise Hall – QC
Brenda Johnson – ON
Christa Jonathan – ON
Betty Lacey – NB