Calabogie WI ROSE Session

Apr 8, 2013

Pictured: Members of Calabogie, Burnstown, White Lake and Balsam Hill-Horton Branches and
other community members gather for a photo with author Carol McCuaig (seated second
from right), Branch ROSE Program Coordinator Sara MacKenzie (seated in centre) and
Margie MacKenzie, President of Renfrew South District WI (seated second from left).

Each October is Women’s History Month in Canada – an opportunity for Canadians to educate themselves about women’s valuable contributions to our country’s history – and to the quality of our lives in the 21st century. Women, history and education go hand-in-hand with FWIO and one Branch decided that a ROSE Session was a great way to celebrate women and their contribution to the area.

On October 11, 2012, the Calabogie WI of Renfrew South District (Eastern Area) held an evening with author Carol Bennett McCuaig. Carol is well known in the area, authoring over fifty books, many of which are regional histories that help people who are researching their roots in the Renfrew and Lanark counties.

About thirty guests from other Branches as well as the community came to hear Carol describe the hardships faced by the women as they settled in the Ottawa Valley. She also shared stories of real women pioneers from the Ottawa Valley that she researched for her book “Invisible Women”. The evening ended with a quiz where guests determined how they would have faired as a pioneer in 1800’s Ontario.

The evening ended with ROSE Program Coordinator for the Calabogie WI, Sara MacKenzie, thanking all the guests before they enjoyed tea, coffee and homemade desserts of pumpkin pie, carrot cake and other Fall goodies.

If you would like to find out more about the guest speaker and her books, please visit her website: