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ELLEN MACPHAIL: February an active month for WI members

['Ellen MacPhail']
['Ellen MacPhail']

The Women’s Institute February calendar showcases a wide variety of events, including Founder’s Month sessions and the Island Youth Product Cooking Contest Cook off. More on these will be coming in the March column.

Also on the go are district conventions and the 28 Day Campaign collection of feminine hygiene products.

Kicking off this month is the now WI annual “Taking Care of Women’s Business. Period. 28-day campaign”. Branches and members of the public are invited to challenge each other to collect products or make monetary donations to address the need for feminine hygiene products for P.E.I. food banks.

The 28 Day Campaign drop-off locations over the month of February include Murphy’s Pharmacies across P.E.I., Main Street Pharmasave in Souris and the WI Office at 40 Enman Cres. in Charlottetown. Online donations can be made online at URHM.org. Donators are encouraged to send in pictures of their collections for highlight on WI’s and the Taking Care of Women’s Business Facebook pages. Over $15,000 of product has resulted in combined efforts since 2015.

Throughout February, branches on Prince Edward Island will join in on their perspective district area conventions. Should members of the public wish to attend the district conventions, a complete listing of convention dates is available at the WI Office.

PEIWI agriculture convener Liz Spangler invites volunteers to read farm-related stories to school children in Grades 3 in celebration of Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month in March. To register visit online at www.peiagsc.ca. For further information, call 902-892-1091.

Other important dates in WI’s upcoming calendar include award and scholarship deadlines such as the prestigious WI Woman in Agriculture Recognition Award with a nomination application deadline of March 31. For a full list visit of events or awards please visit peiwi.ca.

Old Home Week’s Handcrafts, Horticulture and Arts Show takes place in early August and exhibitors are invited to prepare now by visiting the online version of the official handbook at peiwi.ca. A print copy will be available soon at the PEIWI office at 40 Enman Cres., in Charlottetown.

This article is prepared by Ellen MacPhail, executive director for the PEIWI, and appears in the Guardian every second Thursday of the month. For more information on the P.E.I. Women’s Institute, visit peiwi.ca, call 902-368-4860 or email wi@gov.pe.ca.

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