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2019 Highlights

In Australia, WI member Marie Kenny (above) of Brackly WI was appointed as Chair to United Nations for ACWW. Lieutenant Governor Antoinette Perry (left), Premier Dennis King (right), PEI Women's Institute Board members and members of Brackly WI were on hand at Government House to celebrate this recent appointment. Kari Ferguson (below) of Greater Charlottetown WI receives the Premier's Craft Education Award from Premier Dennis King (left).

2018 Highlights



12 Senate medals were handed out to the current and past Presidents of PEIWI.  During Founder's Day Celebrations on February 13, retired Senator The Honourable Elizabeth Hubley, awarded medals to twelve recipients of the PEI Women's Institute commemorating the 150th seating of the Senate.  Recipients included (back l-r: Margie Stewart, Doreen Cole, Doreen Wall, The Honourable Elizabeth Hubley, Helen Nicholson, Joan Dawson, Marie Kenny.  Seated (L-R_) Carol MacLellan, Jacquie Laird, Reta MacDonald, Betty Millar, Iva Mutch. Missing from photo: Cynthia Mitchell.


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The Honourable Elizabeth Hubley recognized Women’s Institute members with Senate Medals
Charlottetown, PEI—Former Island Senator Elizabeth Hubley recognized Women’s Institute on PEI with twelve Senate Medals to WI representatives for the contributions to Island rural life in February 2018.  One remaining recipient, Cynthia Mitchell, received her medal during a short presentation during the recent WI Fall Workshops in October. 
The medals were awarded to Canadians who are deeply involved in their communities and whose generosity, dedication, volunteerism and hard work make their hometowns a better place to live.
“I am honoured to recognize all WI branches across the province through these twelve extraordinary members of PEI Women's Institute with Senate 150 Medals,” said Mrs. Hubley.   The work of WI and all its provincial Presidents over the years have been led with enthusiasm, commitment and their sheer hard work have made a real difference in the day-to-day lives of Islanders across the province. The organization deserves our thanks and gratitude”.
The twelve representatives are:
Helen Nicholson, New Haven
Joan Dawson, Borden-Carleton
Elizabeth (Betty) Millar, Kensington
Reta MacDonald, Ebenezer
Iva Mutch, Vernon Bridge
Margie Stewart, South Lake
Marie Kenny, Brackley
Carol MacLellan, Hunter River
Doreen Cole, Kensington
Cynthia Mitchell, Village Green
Jacquie Laird, Hunter River
Doreen Wall, Harrington
“The work these women have done is invaluable” said Hubley.  “There is no doubt these members and all members of Women’s Institute are to be congratulated for their many years of dedicated and ongoing service.”

 “We were humbled to accept these medals on behalf of all of our past presidents and members and delighted the last one presented by Mrs. Hubley, a member of the Famous Five on PEI, which just happens to coincide with their 25th anniversary celebrations this month” stated WI President Doreen Wall. 

 The medals mark the 150th anniversary of the Senate’s first sitting, which took place on November 6, 1867.  The obverse (front) side features the Senate’s emblem.  The reverse side depicts the Senate chamber. The medals are made of Muntz metal, an alloy comprised of bronze, copper and zinc, and have been cast by the Royal Canadian Mint.

2017 Highlights

Annual Levee and WI Youth Cooking Contest were early 2017 highlights.


2016 Highlights


President Jacquie Laird (R) and Ellen Cudmore during the ACWW Day at Government House. Ellen Cudmore spoke on projects by Farmers Helping Farmers in Kenya.

A total of $16,836.15 was raised during the annual dinner - proceeds go to the PEI Ground Search and Rescue. Helen Dawson, Board member presents cheque to Ken Hall and Scott Stevenson of PEI GSAR. 

2015 Highlights

Prestige Kitchens led the 2015 Festive Country Christmas with gorgeous one of a kind Christmas decoration ideas.

2014 Highlights

The Royal Stitch

The Royal Stitch - On May 19, 2014 Her Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall (left) placed a stitch in a PEIWI commemorative keepsake representive of the 2014 Signature Quilts to which PEI Branches had developed. Holding the now famous stitch for the Duchess was National FWIC President, Marie Kenny.

WI Cooking Contest

During the Festive Country Christmas held on November 6, the final round of the first annual WI Cooking Contest for Grades 7-12 took place. Winners are shown with Minster George Webster.
Special thanks to the Department of Agriculture and Forestry for sponsoring the Contest.

Spring Is in the Air Gala Dinner

A total of $15,306.47 was raised during the annual dinner - proceeds go to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.


Past President Doreen Cole, right, and FWIC President Marie Kenny, center, showcase items from their fall 2013 attendence at the ACWW conference held in Chennai India on April 29, 2014.

90th Anniversary of the Handcrafts, Horticlture and Arts Show of the PEI Provincial Exhibition.

(R-L) Chair Liz Spangler, Bethany and Dominik Pineau along with Chair-in-training Doreen Wall prepare for the annual provinial exhbition.

PEI Convention - Jack Blanchard Hall, May 31.

A packed house was in place for this year's provincial convention.
Highlights include a drug panel featuring Honourable Provincial Judge Nancy Orr, Michelle Dorsey, parent (and Deputy Minister of Envionrment, Labor and Justice), and Constable Earl Woods, RCMP, of the Drugs and Organized Crime Awareness Service.

Scholarship and Award Winners

Various scholarships and awards were presented over the year.  Below are a few of those presentations. Left, Board Member Evelyn Ford presents a special prize to the winner of the 2014 Heritage Awards. Right, Past President Doreen Cole presents a acheque to Lisa MacLean. Bottom Image - Bethany Saunders accepts the Peace Garden Scholarship. L-R, FWIC Executive Officer Carol MacLellan, FWIC National President, Marie Kenny, Ms. Saunders, and PEIWI President Cynthia Mitchell.

2013 Highlights

During the Cenenntial Year of 2013 numerous activites took place. Highlights are included in the following images and descriptions.


Throughout the summer PEIWI's float entered parades with several WI Branch and community members aboard.  Show below are members of the Good Luck Alliston WI (top right) who took part in Northumberland Fisheries Festival Parade. (L-R): Donna Butler, Ruth Beck,Florence Carver, Janet Higginbotham, Katie Beck, Elva MacLeod. Missing: Carey HopkinsPEI Potato Blossom Parade in O'Leary Back top left (L-R) Betty Sweet  Joan Smallman (adele hoodless) Front Row L Fairley Yeo not shown Susan Smallman Isabel Harris. Seated on side (L-R) Emma Smallman, Briar Smallman, Great-Grandchildren on Knutsford WI member Orell Smallman.

PEIWI thanks all participating Branches.
Adelaide Hoodless Hunter, WI founder, was featured on each float, and joining her were several women of the day representing various activities including community involvement, education and family life with children dressed up as fruit and vegetables denoting WI`s commitment to Agriculture. One important educational theme WI still supported by WI today is Environment which can be seen by the backdrop of recycled trees made from cans collected from various branch members.The float decorated in blue, white and gold depicted the colors of the WI emblem. The Bridge in the center of the float is the connection of 1913-2013 to today. Let "The Legacy Continue".

Centennial Tea

July 18, Government House
Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Rose Dedication Ceremony on the grounds of Government House; President Cynthia Mitchell, National President Marie Kenny, His Honour Frank Lewis, ACWW Global President, May Kidd of Scotland.

ACWW President visits PEIWI and local WI Branch

The PEI Women's Institure of PEI was recognized for their 100 years of service to the Province of Prince Edward Island recently at the home of Honary PEIWI Member Fairley and Alvin Yeo prior to the PEI Potato Blossom Banquet. R-L: Jacquie Leard, Empress Macdowell, ACWW Global President May Kidd, FWIC National President Marie and Fairley Yeo.

Provincial Convention

Held Saturday June 1. Top: New Board Installed; Guest Speaker Kimberly Rashed with Models Glenn Younker, Donna Kitson (Missing - Katie Doiron). Bottom: Memorial Service, Centennial Trees for each Branch.

40th Anniversary Roadside Cleanup

This year marked a contest with cash prizes of $500 being selected in four categories.

Centennial Founding Gala

Decades of Fashion along with highlights of WI service were part of the Founding Gala on April 2, 2013

Centennial Book Launch

March 28 marked the History Book Launch at the Farm Centre. 
Top Row L-R: Myra Scott was the first to purchase a book. President Doreen Cole welcomes members representing tip to tip of PEI - attendees include Margie Stewart from East Point WI and members from Knutsford WI from the western part of the Island. George Doughart (lower left) shares his research and highlights to a packed house. 


Founder's Day


Workshops on February 29, 2013 included John Barrett from Veseys Seeds and Rotary Member on Marketing a Non-profit Organizations and navigating the new PEI WI website. 

2013 Levee  kicks off Centennial Year

Special Guests included Premier Robert Ghiz (top left), Hon. Marion Reid (top right) greeted President Doreen Cole and her husband Bill (far top right) at the Farm Centre on January 1, 2013.
Board members were also on hand. Guests numbering into the 100's took part of of this first ever inaugral event.

2012 Highlights

Murphy's Pharmacies and WI teamed up to present a Health Expo in September

An outstanding crowd viewed and participated in the interactive health displays. Many particpants took part of the fitness presentation featuring Stephanie Knickle of iMotion while others enjoyed demonstrations such as Belly Dancing.  

The Red Dress Gala celebrating the success of the Triennial Project "The Heart Truth" at the National Convention in Sidney, BC - June 2021



Left-right: Hon. Marion Reid, Annie MacPhail, Myrna Murray, Jacquie Laird, Florence Carver,
Carol MacLellan, Marie Kenny, Doreen Cole, Elva MacLeod, Margaret MacKinley,
Audrey Farquharson, Reta MacDonald.


President Doreen Cole is Flag Bearer during the Opening at the National Convention in Sidney, BC - June 2012

President Doreen Cole, flag bearer, leads PEI Delegates during Opening Ceremony.


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