FWIC Triennial Convention

From July 12-15, 2018, the 21st National Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada Convention was held in Winnipeg, MB at the Fort Garry Hotel and Conference Centre. Registrants were warmly welcomed by our hosts, the Manitoba Women’s Institute. Thank you to the Manitoba Convention Committee members, led by Joan Clement and Lynne Hopley, who worked tirelessly planning a wonderful event that highlighted our theme of ‘Women Inspired to Make Change Count’.

Attendees were continuously ‘inspired’ throughout the four days from outstanding speakers, panel sessions, a tour of the National Human Rights Museum at the Forks to a showcase of multi-cultural, ethnic and generational entertainment and network opportunities. Through all of these activities, many friendships were re-kindled and new ones formed. (Photo A)

Highlights of the 2018 Convention:

  • The launch of a new WI Canada logo which unites all WI members across Canada as a unified movement of women inspired to make change count in their own communities, provincially, nationally and worldwide
  • Outstanding speakers from Keynote Speaker, Brenda Shoepp who travels the world to work with women to empower themselves to grow food, protect environments and secure financial independence for themselves, their families and their communities to three outstanding young women – Loizza Aquino, Praise Oluwafemi and Ayla Hamilton – who inspired us so much to know our future is in good hands with them spearheading programs from human rights, clothing those in need to mental health realities for youth (Photo B)
  • A showcase of local Manitoba talent from aboriginal hoop dancing to a local band called JD & the Sunshine Band, who are a group of individuals who have turned their lives around
  • The winner of the beautiful & thoughtful ‘WI Story Quilt’ made by Donna Henderson, AWI member, was Fern Holmes of Ontario. (Photo C)
  • Greetings and a message were made from ACWW Worldwide President, Ruth Shanks and ACWW Canada Area President, Sheila Needham (Photo D)
  • Approval of FWIC By-Law changes to the acceptance of a resolution for the Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead to begin the process of incorporating and acquiring its own charitable status (Photo E)
  • During the closing ceremonies, the 2019 FWIC 100th Anniversary Celebrations were kicked off and new WI Canada flags were distributed to the provinces
  • Provincial President, Delores Jones with all the NLWI attendees invited everyone to the next Convention to be held on ‘the rock’ (of course, Newfoundland) in 2021
  • Farewell to Linda Hoy as she becomes Past President and retires from the FWIC Board after 18 years of volunteering for WI across Canada, and passing of the gavel to new President, Joan Holthe. (Photo F)

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