Happy Birthday Adelaide!
One hundred & sixty-one years ago was the beginning of a life path that would eventually inspire women to join together to educate themselves for their families’ well-being and in turn, become a national network of Canadian women making a positive difference in their own communities. So it is fitting today that the Women’s Institute of Canada (FWIC) recognize the extraordinary efforts of Canadian women who continue to live the legacy that Adelaide Hunter Hoodless inspired in us all 121 years ago!
Announcing the 2018 Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Canadian Woman of the Year Award Winner!
Congratulations to the 2018 Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Canadian Woman of the Year Award recipient – Ruth Fenner, BCWI!
“Ruth is admired for her knowledge of the WI organization and the ability to professionally conduct meetings but to include sense of humour.”
“Ruth remains an excellent ambassador for the Women’s Institute.”
Her outstanding accomplishments and leadership to other women and their families as well as her extensive community involvement is remarkable and truly represents the legacy of Adelaide Hunter Hoodless.
WI Canada (FWIC) would also like to recognize the great work and accomplishments of the other worthy nominees: Christine Reaburn, FWIO and Irene Robillard, FWIO
WI – Making Change Count
WI Canada (FWIC) President
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.
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
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!
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!
Denise Code – BC
Ruth Fenner – BC
Louise Hall – QC
Brenda Johnson – ON
Christa Jonathan – ON
Betty Lacey – NB