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Chair to the United Nations for ACWW
Premier with WI members at Government House
Premier Dennis King (left), WI Member Marie Kenny (middle) and Lieutenant Governor Antoinette Perry (right) commemorate Ms. Kenny's recent appointment as Chair to the United Nations with Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW).

In Australia, WI member Marie Kenny of Brackley WI was appointed as Chair to United Nations for ACWW. Lieutenant Governor Antoinette Perry, Premier Dennis King, PEI Women's Institute Board members and members of Brackley WI were on hand at Government House to celebrate this recent appointment.

PEI Women's Institute Handcrafts, Horticulture and Arts Show winners
Premier Dennis King presented the Premier's Craft Education Award to Kari Ferguson.

Since 1924, the PEIWI has played an integral part in Old Home Week. The PEIWI Handcrafts, Horticulture and Arts Show is an annual competition of arts and crafts submitted from Islanders artisans. The Premier’s Craft Education Award is comprised of up to $3,000 in a cash prize to fund training and skill development of chosen artists and craft on Prince Edward Island.

Period of Purple Crying campaign
Purple Crying campaign
Women's Institute members are invited to click your needles together for PEI babies

Period of Purple Crying® is a prevention program to help educate parents and caregivers about normal infant crying and the dangers of shaking an infant. Members are asked to support this program by knitting or crocheting purple baby caps. Hats are still needed. Please inquire or drop off at the WI office.


WHAT'S NEW?

Welcome to the PEI Women's Institute 

Since 1911: The first branch on PEI was established in 1911, the Prince Edward Island Women's Institute (PEIWI) has been creating positive change in our Island communities. Now, with over 70 branches and with over slightly over 1,000 members, members of the PEIWI focus on home, family, and culture through collaboration, education and sharing.

Our Mission:
PEI Women's Institute enrich, educate and revitalize women, families, and communities through actions taken by informed and inspired women.

Your Invitation:
We invite you to learn more about the PEIWI and find out for yourself how you can make a difference. Call 902-368-4860  or email today.

WI MASK PROJECT - BULK MASKS AVAILABLE & SEWISTS NEEDED!

PEIWI is now making masks for two projects: Health PEI's COVID-19 Response Team for across PEI, and the QEH Foundation.  For those seeking WI masks, the handcrafted masks are available for purchase in bulk quantities through the QEH Foundation Website. All proceeds will support the purchase of medical equipment required for the "Ease Back" phase of the QEH COVID-19 response. The mask efforts are the result of volunteer efforts from members of PEI Women's Institute and PEI Mask+Aide. 

For more information, and to purchase masks, please visit the QEH Foundation website: https://www.qehfoundation.pe.ca/wi-mask-project/    Sewists also needed - Please contact the WI office for more information and to receive your Mask Acessory Kit to assist in this great project.


COVID-19 UPDATES from PEIWI

The provincial board of the PEI Women’s Institute (PEIWI) is recommending branches to adhere to the Renew PEI, Together guidelines from the Chief Public Health Officer's office and to create operational plans for meetings and events. Please view the latest E-Newsletters, listed below, for the most current information.

Office staff are available by calling 902-368-4860 or by emailing wi@gov.pe.ca.  In keeping in line with safety practices of offices in our building, and to ensure contact tracing, we are requesting vistors to make appointments at the WI office. 

E-newsletters including LIVING WITH COVID-19 are now available online.

A complete list of WI related projects and E-newsletters for branches and members of the public related to COVID, including the Mask Project, are now available through the following links. Due to COVID-19 newsletters in print format resumed in September 2020.

WI Provincial Convention Business Meeting - October 17, 2020

The business meeting of the annual WI Provincial Convention has been re-scheduled for Saturday, October 17, 2020 at the Rodd Royalty Inn.  Please note Meeting Details and REVISED Guidelines and Agenda are subject to change based on current health directives.  Registration Form and mail in votes are due no later than Wedneday, October 14.  The current Consitution and Bylaws are available online only.

ACWW Women Walk the World Day - October 17, 2020

PEIWI encourages Islanders to take part in a virtual walk on Saturday, October 17 across PEI to coincide with the work of ACWW, and to commemorate three UN recognized occasions; International Day of Rural Women, International Day for the Eradication of Poverty; and World Food Day.   Those walking can choose their own location and assist in raising funds for ACWW by donating online at https://www.acww.org.uk/peiwi.html  Participants are invited to submit pictures and promote the event using #WillWalkForFood” online or by sending to PEIWI at wi@gov.pe.ca    #WillWalkForFood ACWW Poster

Fall Workshop:  Cultural Diversity and Inclusion - October 29, 2020

In partnership with the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada, PEIWI is pleased to host a public information session on welcoming and including newcomers in your community.  Speakers include Craig MacKie, Executive Director, and Lisa Dollar, Cultural Inclusion Trainer for PEI Association for New Newcomers to Canada.  This online session will be held October 29, 7pm.  To register, contact Sheila MacLean at maclean61@bellaliant.net or by contacting 902-651-2865   This session will be held online using Zoom and is open to the public and organizations.  Branches are also encouraged to gather in groups where they can be linked in to be a part!  Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Poster

A few of my favorite recipes! New Cookbook

During last year's fall workshops the board gathered recipes from members resulting in a new online cookbook!   To prevent over printing, and to ensure we have by the Christmas season, the WI office is taking orders by October 15.  Printed version is $10 or simply enjoy it online.

The WI Handcraft, Horticulture and Arts Show slated for 2021

The 97th Handcrafts, Horticulture and Arts Show at the Provincial Exhibition is presently schedule for August 2021.  In the meantime check out a video of highlights over the last few decades!
The 2020 Handguide can be used for 2021! and a new online fillable form can be downloaded and filled in, and sent via email to the WI Office.

Taking Care of Women's Business. Period.

The 28 Day Campaign is slated for February 2021.  Thank you to all contributing to 2020's collection of feminine products for foodbanks across PEI. An estimated $5,000 product is estimated so far to have been collected.

WI Woman in Agriculture Recognition Award

Jessica Reeves from Freetown, PEI was named recently for the WI Woman in Agriculture Recognition Award. Reeves’s has been instrumental bringing agricultural awareness in the education system, and promoting local produce in her culinary classes. Ms. Reeves has also served on provincial and national organizations through both Atlantic and Canada Young Farmers’ programs known for celebrating excellence in Canadian Agriculture. She has received numerous awards and has been featured as a spokesperson for promotion of agriculture. Ms. Reeves also sits on numerous other national committees, councils and boards within the Agricultural Industry. This recognition is for an Island woman making a major contribution to the PEI agriculture sector and is presented bi-annually by the PEI Women’s Institute.  This award will be presented again in 2021.                      

Ongoing Partnership

PEI Women's Institute is pleased to once again partner with the Department of Agriculture and Land to continue valued projects and programs. Thank you on behalf of all branches, members and communities across Prince Edward Island for the continued commitment and support.

Receive WI News at Home 
Please send an email request to receive monthly mailouts to your own personal email address.
New Branches For more information on applying to open a new branch or about a branch in your area please contact the office at wi@gov.pe.ca or 902-368-4860.

Speaker Series
A list of diverse speakers are now available for your branch meetings.

 

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Email: wi@gov.pe.ca

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