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  • 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.
  • Sep 13, 2018
    A great way to enjoy the early fall weather! Spend a fun filled morning on a 5 km leisure walk with your family and pets to help raise awareness of Lyme Disease. All net proceeds from this event will go directly to the G. Magnotta Foundation for Vector-Borne Diseases to benefit Canada's first translational Lyme Disease Research Lab at the University of Guelph. Sunday, September 23rd, 2018  Vaughan City Hall Registration: 8 am to 10 am
  • Jul 06, 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 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
    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 CuratorSalary: $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 15, 2017
    The FWIO Provincial Board and staff wish all WI Members, volunteers and friends a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy Holiday Season! Please note that the Provincial Office will be closed from December 22, 2017 - January 2, 2018, while the Museum will be closed December 18, 2017 - January 3, 2018 (all dates are inclusive). We look forward to seeing you in the New Year!
  • 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.
  • Dec 01, 2017
    For the month of December, the Canada 150 Book, "Ordinary to Extraordinary" is on sale for $21.00 (tax included).   Please send your order and payment to the FWIO Provincial Office (post marked by December 31, 2017) and your order can be picked up in January 2018.  You may also place an order online.  An ebook is also available.
  • Aug 25, 2017
    With regard to the recent controversy concerning the removal of Sir John A. Macdonald’s name from schools and other public places in Ontario, it is time for pause to reflect upon the possible outcome of this action. He was one of Canada’s Fathers of Confederation and our first Prime Minister. He was a part of our history and history cannot be changed. Statement issued by the FWIO Board of Directors
  • Aug 16, 2017
    Thank you to everyone who purchased a Women's Institute Rose. We hope you were able to plant and enjoy them throughout the summer. Many were planted at the Provincial Office/Erland Lee (Museum) Home and they have bloomed beautifully!  
  • Jul 28, 2017
    After a very successful book launch at the FWIO Provincial Conference in Pembroke, the book, Ordinary to Extraordinary: 150 Stories as unique as the women who lived them, is now available to purchase online or by completing the book order form and sending it with payment to the FWIO Provincial Office.
  • Jun 15, 2017
    “A place for young people to wonder and learn, and for the old to reminisce.” Robert Carbert (Museum General Manager), 1975 Wellington-Halton District Women’s Institute decided to publish a book about Mountview Women’s Institute Hall at Country Heritage Park in Milton, Ontario as its Canada 150 Project as they, along with the other two districts in Guelph Area, currently maintain and support it.
  • Jun 02, 2017
    The Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario (FWIO) are pleased to announce funding from Library and Archives Canada through their Documentary Heritage Communities Program. FWIO has been preserving, digitizing and making accessible its many Tweedsmuir Community History Collections (commonly called Tweedsmuirs) and record books found across Ontario.
  • Apr 06, 2017
    The Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario (FWIO) wishes to address an article published on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 in the Simcoe Reformer.  The article describes events in 2011 involving a former Member of the Walsingham Women’s Institute (WI), a Branch of FWIO.
  • Mar 17, 2017
  • Mar 01, 2017
    Your book now has a name - Ordinary to Extraordinary: 150 Stories as unique as the women who lived them.  Thanks to those who sent their story – 350 in all. It was difficult to choose only 150 stories, as most were very worthy.    The length of the book will be about 300 pages, with some photos. Besides the traditional book, there will also be an e-book. The book launch will be on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, the first night of the Provincial Conference.  
  • Jan 03, 2017
    Pictured: FWIO President, Margaret Byl, with The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell. Happy New Year to all WI Members and friends!  FWIO President, Margaret Byl, celebrated 2017 by representing the Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario at the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario's New Year's Levee.
  • Dec 16, 2016
    Advocacy Update