For more than a century, Women’s Institute (WI) Members have actively worked together for family, home, community and country. The objective of the first Women’s Institute Branch, formed in 1897, was to improve women’s skills in the art of homemaking and childcare.
The Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario (FWIO) was organized in 1919 giving Members a stronger voice by working together as a united group. Through high-quality education and support programs and services, FWIO’s original focus expanded to include personal growth opportunities, government lobbying and health and community wellness initiatives. Today, FWIO has approximately 4,000 Members in over 300 Branches across the province.
SERVICES OF FWIO
- Access to displays, brochures, promotional items, program material, leadership workshops and other resources;
- Access to a variety of scholarships;
- Liability insurance coverage at WI events for the attending general public;
- Hospitality Homes List where Members can stay for $15 a night, including breakfast;
- Members receive 3 issues per year of FWIO’s provincial newsletter, the Home & Country ROSE Garden – 16 pages full of ideas and news about WI projects, activities and Members;
- Access to additional news and resources on the FWIO website available in the Members Login section;
- The opportunity for Branches to set up their own web page;
- The option to participate in District, Area and provincial level activities, conventions, workshops and conferences;
- A voice at the United Nations through representatives at various agencies, such as the Food and Agricultural Organization and the World Health Organization.
The Branch is the basic building block from which the organization has grown from its inception in 1897. Members belong to a network that connects Branches to Districts and Areas, as well as to the provincial (FWIO), national (FWIC – Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada), and international (ACWW – Associated Country Women of the World) levels of the organization.