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  • Jun 15, 2021
    It’s finally June and you’ve planted your flowers, but now you might be wondering – what next? Maybe you feel like your backyard or garden is missing that special touch, or you’d love to turn your green space into a quiet, peaceful sanctuary. If you’ve always dreamt of having your very own Secret Garden, read on to learn our tips for creating your perfect garden space!
  • Jun 07, 2021
    Reducing waste is an important topic these days. From making small changes to reduce their environmental footprints to living a completely zero-waste lifestyle, there are many ways that people all over the world are approaching this issue.
  • May 31, 2021
    Residential schools were part of a colonial policy that removed Indigenous children from their communities between the 1870s and 1996. Thousands of children were sent to these schools and never returned to their families. The families were often provided with little to no information on the circumstances of their loved one’s death nor the location of their burial. Children in residential schools were forbidden to speak their language and practice their own culture.
  • May 31, 2021
    We’re finishing off our gardening series today with a look at the gardens of the FWIO’s museum, the Erland Lee (Museum) Home! For those of you who may not know, the Erland Lee (Museum) Home was built in 1808 and later belonged to Erland and Janet Lee. It was the birthplace of the Women’s Institute and is also a National Historic Site of Canada! There are several garden areas on the Erland Lee Property including the house gardens, Memorial Garden, Volunteer Garden, and more!
  • May 28, 2021
    Job Title: Assistant to Museum Curator (2 positions) Job Summary
  • May 25, 2021
    Do you love to garden but only have a small space? Or are you interested in growing some vegetables but aren’t sure where to start? Container gardening might be a good fit for you! Read on to find out how to start your container garden today!
  • May 17, 2021
    When we think of gardening, many of us think about growing flowers to beautify our yards, or growing vegetables to eat and preserve. But what about growing plants for healing purposes? There are so many easy-to-grow plants that not only look beautiful; they also make a wonderful cup of healing herbal tea.
  • May 10, 2021
    Have you ever tried gardening with native plants? Did you know that in addition to beautifying your garden, native plants can help improve the environment, support biodiversity, and attract birds and butterflies to your garden? Read on to learn more!
  • May 04, 2021
    Spring is here, and many of us are finally starting to plan out our gardens! If you’re looking to switch things up this year, you could try planting a pollinator garden. Pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds are so important, since they sustain our ecosystems and help plants reproduce. So why not make your garden a pollinator’s paradise? Read on for tips to create a pollinator-friendly garden!
  • 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.