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  • Apr 09, 2021
    Spring is in the air and you know what that means...spring cleaning! But have you ever wondered how to make your cleaning routine more environmentally friendly? Read on to find out more!
  • Mar 09, 2021
    What is self-care? Self-care has become a popular buzzword lately that seems to simply mean “treat yourself!” You’ll see images of people doing face masks, getting massages, or going for pedicures labelled as self-care. Of course there is nothing wrong with any of these things. If you love getting your nails done, that’s great! However, self-care is about so much more than just the occasional treat. It’s about taking good care of yourself – your mind, body, and soul.
  • Mar 02, 2021
    Welcome to our new series talking about...tea! Join us every Tuesday from February 2nd to March 2nd for a new article! A Brief History of Afternoon Tea
  • Feb 25, 2021
    Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is another buzzword you might have been hearing lately! What is it? Hygge is a Danish word that has no exact English translation, but is defined as “a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being” by the Oxford dictionary. Sounds nice, doesn’t it?
  • Feb 19, 2021
    In celebration of WI Day on February 19th, the Prince Edward District WI donated bags filled with books stuffed toys and blankets to local Hospitals. These blankets and bags are made by Prince Edward District WI Members, to be used by children who come into the emergency room for an extended period of time. Since 2017, the District has donated an estimated 175 bags.
  • Feb 19, 2021
    February 19th 1897. The weather was cold and the snow piled high on the Niagara escarpment. Women from across the community made their way through the hilly rural landscape to their meeting place for the evening – Squires Hall. Over 100 women piled into the hall to hear the inspirational words of Adelaide Hunter Hoodless; words which would spark a movement and spread across the globe.
  • Jun 27, 2020
    Click here to check out the latest issue of FWIO's provincial newsletter, the Home & Country ROSE Garden. INSIDE:
  • May 29, 2020
    By Michelle Rich, Tec-We-Gwill WI My life is full of routines. After the first week of emergency legislated self-isolation when I felt anxious and nervous and read news online for an average of 5 hours, I self-regulated myself to reading only the Government of Canada/Ontario websites every couple of days, for the highlights only and got off my computer. I also put a routine in place that I need to follow.
  • Mar 24, 2020
    It is with disappointment that we announce the June 2020 FWIO Provincial Conference has been cancelled.  This was not an easy decision for the committee but, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was the responsible one.   The committee has worked very hard and looked forward to welcoming WI Members from all across the province to beautiful Muskoka.  We are so grateful to each and every member of the committee for volunteering their time and talents to plan a conference for everyone’s enjoyment.    
  • Mar 16, 2020
    In view of the COVID-19 pandemic and out of concern for our Members, staff and volunteers, FWIO would like to share the following with you: 
  • Jan 22, 2019
    Take advantage of great prices on books published by the Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario. Order online or contact the Provincial Office at 905-662-2691 or   
  • Nov 28, 2018
    Click here to check out the latest issue of FWIO's provincial newsletter, the Home & Country ROSE Garden. INSIDE:
  • Nov 26, 2018
    The Erland Lee Museum was honoured to be featured in the Remembrance issue of Maclean's Magazine.  Alyssa Gomori, Museum Curator, gave an interview where she shared information on Gordon D'Arcy Lee, the oldest son of Erland and Janet Lee, who lost his life in France during World War I.  Alyssa also shared a photo of Gordon and a touching letter he sent to his mother shortly before his death.  You can view the article online.
  • Oct 19, 2018
    The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in partnership with the Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario has announced the winner of its Woman of Excellence in Agriculture Award for 2018. Retired sheep breeder Gail Irvine of Selwyn, Ontario is this year’s winner.
  • Jun 29, 2018
    A challenge is being issued to WI Members in the creation of a graphic/picture design to be placed on a T-Shirt, but also may be used for a poster or sign to help with the celebration of our upcoming 125th Anniversary in 2022! The design must include: The number "125" The name "Women's Institute" Home & Country logo The design may be the colour of your choice and should commemorate what you feel the Women’s Institute has accomplished in the last 125 years in your Branch, District, Area or provincially. 
  • Jun 28, 2018
    By Jeremy Jagusch   WHO: Live History, A Governor General's Award nominated international touring theatre company who produces site specific customizable mysteries around the world.
  • Jun 28, 2018
    Congratulations to Fred Hyde and Bruce Zavitz, the 2018 Ontario recipients of the Erland Lee Award of Appreciation, presented by the Federated Women's Institutes of Canada (FWIC). Fred Hyde was nominated by the Navan WI (Russell District, Eastern Area) and Bruce Zavitz was nominated by the Brant District WI (Hamilton Area). The Erland Lee Award of Appreciation is presented to a man who most exemplifies those qualities of Erland Lee, which led to the founding of the Women’s Institute. 
  • Jun 21, 2018
    Pictured above: FWIO Members with researchers at the University of Guelph.
  • Jun 12, 2018
  • Jun 01, 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.  
  • May 17, 2018
    Assistant to Museum Curator Summer Student Position 2 positions available Job Title: Assistant to Museum Curator Salary: $14.00 per hour for 30 hrs/weekly for 8 weeks Job Summary
  • Mar 31, 2018
    Is your WI Branch hosting a ROSE Session between September 1, 2018 and April 1, 2019? If so, let us know how a ROSE Program grant would make a difference in the outcome of your ROSE Session! WI Branches are invited to apply for a ROSE Program grant of $100 to put toward costs associated with an upcoming ROSE Session.  This is a new opportunity in 2018 with one grant currently available.
  • Mar 09, 2018
    Edith Colling, others hope to form new group for community-focused efforts
  • Dec 16, 2017
    The 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario (FWIO) was held in Kingston at the Ambassador Hotel on November 30th and December 1st. It was a time to reconnect with old friends, celebrate recent accomplishments and elect Provincial Officers who will serve FWIO in the coming year. FWIO is excited to welcome both new and familiar faces to the Provincial Board. Congratulations to our new President, Linda Zelem of Brantford (Hamilton Area) and President-Elect, Mary Shortt of Codrington (Trent Valley Area). 
  • Dec 12, 2017
    Let the Erland Lee Museum come to you! A new Virtual Tour was recently created and it is now available on DVD for $15.00. It can be purchased online, through the Provincial Office or from the Museum Gift Shop. The DVD would make a great gift for a local historian or a WI Member.