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  • 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 contacting the FWIO Provincial Office at 905-662-2691 or fwio@fwio.on.ca.
  • 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
  • Dec 15, 2016
  • Dec 12, 2016
    Thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket for the FWIO Raffle!  The draw took place during dinner on the evening of December 1, 2016 at the FWIO Annual General Meeting. We also thank all of our wonderful sponsors for their generosity! 1st Prize (Value: $1,325.85) - Congratulations to Ida Merkley of Guelph
  • Oct 11, 2016
    By Scott Wishart, Stratford Beacon Herald It helps to know where you came from when you’re figuring out where you need to go. Stratford’s Lindsay Pletsch-Parr appreciates that. It’s one reason why she’s so enthusiastic about launching a Women’s Institute branch in Stratford.
  • Oct 11, 2016
    By Bradford Times Staff The Tec-We-Gwill Women's Institute has a uplifting new project, and is looking for support from the community. It's a “Bra Amnesty” and donation drive, collecting new and gently used bras to be sent to women who can't afford the expensive apparel, both in developing countries and locally.
  • Sep 30, 2016
    Don't miss out on your chance to win some incredible prizes by purchasing a ticket for the FWIO Raffle! Tickets are available from your Regional Board Director or from the Erland Lee Museum Gift Shop. Tickets: $10 each or 3 for $25. The draw will take place on December 1, 2016 at 7pm at the Casablanca Winery Inn. Help support FWIO by purchasing a ticket!   1st Prize (Value: $1,325.85)
  • Jun 24, 2016
    Fidget blankets stimulate residents with Alzheimer’s at the Pines in Bracebridge Bracebridge Examiner By Mary Beth Hartill BRACEBRIDGE – Fidget blankets are now the rage in at the Pines Long-Term Care Home in Bracebridge. The Windermere Women’s Institute (WI) donated handmade fidget blankets to residents suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia.
  • Jun 17, 2016
  • Jun 17, 2016
    FWIO President, Margaret Byl, was joined by eight FWIO Past Presidents at the very table where the WI Constitution was penned in 1897. The Past Presidents were in Stoney Creek to attend a "Think Tank" at the Provincial Board Meeting on April 27, 2016 at the Erland Lee (Museum) Home.
  • Jun 17, 2016
    FWIO is pleased to announce that Emily Keenan of Navan, Ontario has been selected for this year's FWIC Peace Garden Scholarship. Emily will represent FWIO and will join other young women from across Canada at the International Peace Garden from August 21st - 27th, 2016. Congratulations Emily and we look forward to hearing about your experiences this summer!
  • Apr 11, 2016
    The Rural Women’s Health Support Initiative will be hosting 4 free training workshops in Grey and Bruce counties and invite those who are interested in becoming part of a peer support network to participate. 
  • Apr 01, 2016
    As of March 31, 2016 there is now an online platform to allow WI Members and the public to access the many documents the Women’s Institutes (WI) have created across the province since 1897, while the original documents remain within their communities.
  • Apr 01, 2016
    On March 8th, 2016 - International Women's Day - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced that the Bank of Canada is undertaking a broad public consultation to select an iconic Canadian woman to be featured on the first bank note of its next series - to be issued in 2018.The deadline for nominations is April 15, 2016
  • Mar 17, 2016
    The Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario (FWIO) is once again sponsoring a young woman on an educational opportunity at the International Peace Garden.  FWIO invites applications from eligible candidates who are interested in this learning experience and in representing our provincial organization.
  • Mar 10, 2016
    Wainfleet and Port WI Women in Niagara’s southern tier have a new opportunity to get involved!
  • Feb 25, 2016
  • Feb 25, 2016