Codrington WI 100th Anniversary
Pictured (L-R) are Lillian Peister and Edna Cameron.
It was on September 15, 1909 when a group of 12 local women met around a kitchen table with the goal of establishing a Women’s Institute Branch. The Hamlet of Codrington (population 400) continues to be the home of the Codrington Women’s Institute (Trent Valley Area), now celebrating 100 years of service to Home and Country. This Branch has been a pillar of the community since its inception. Here are a small number of their accomplishments:
The Branch’s longest serving Member, Willa McCann, was a Member for 81 years at the time of her death earlier this year. As the Branch marked its 100th Anniversary, its current longest-serving Members are Lillian Peister (60 years) and Edna Cameron (59 years). The oldest Member is 88; all Members are friendly, hard-working, and vital to the success of the Branch.
On September 12, 2009, Members celebrated their 100th Anniversary in style with a beautifully decorated Open House. They were honoured with visits from the Mayor, MP and MPP, all of whom presented the Branch with plaques that recognized their longevity and importance to the community. They are inspired to get started on their next 100 years!
Past President, Liz Hunt, cuts the Anniversary cake.