PRESS RELEASE: Women’s Institute Members Raise Funds for Lyme Disease Research

Jun 1, 2018

Stoney Creek, ON – Lyme Disease has become a growing health crisis in Canada.  Unfortunately, the disease is difficult to diagnose in this country, with more education, proper screening and funding desperately needed to ensure that people do not have to suffer unnecessarily with a misdiagnosis.  When left undetected, the damage can be irreversible and potentially life-threatening.


Members of the Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario (FWIO) are concerned about the prevalence of Lyme Disease and have taken action.  For the past several months, WI Members have been holding educational programs and raising funds to support research.


On June 15, 2018, FWIO will be pleased to present a donation, on behalf of WI Members across Ontario, to the G. Magnotta Lyme Disease Research Lab at the University of Guelph.  Research done through the lab will lead to better diagnostics and treatment for Canadians.  This contribution is fitting as the Women’s Institute’s co-founder, Adelaide Hoodless, also co-founded the University’s Macdonald Institute over a century ago.


About the Women’s Institute

Formed in Stoney Creek, Ontario in 1897, the Women’s Institute (WI) is a unique organization dedicated to personal growth and community action.  It offers many opportunities for learning, leadership and advocacy for a broad range of issues.  The FWIO headquarters is located at the Erland Lee (Museum) Home in Stoney Creek, a National Historic site.


The Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario has over 3,000 Members in Branches across the province.  Through its connections with the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada (FWIC) and the Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW), FWIO belongs to a global sisterhood of women working to improve the quality of life for all women, their families and communities.


For more information, please visit or contact:


Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario

Phone: 905-662-2691