BY ELLEN MACPHAIL
SPECIAL TO THE GUARDIAN
Medal presentations, cooking contest results, gala preparations and a health campaign have made for a busy few months for the Women's Institute board and branch members across Prince Edward Island.
During Founder's Day celebrations on Feb. 13, Senator Elizabeth Hubley awarded medals to 12 recipients of the P.E.I. Women's Institute commemorating the 150th seating of the Senate. These members represented the entire WI membership across Prince Edward Island for their "enthusiasm, commitment and sheer hard work for making a real difference in the day-to-day lives of Islanders across the province". Recipients included Helen Nicholson, Joan Dawson, Betty Millar, Reta MacDonald, Iva Mutch, Margie Stewart, Marie Kenny, Carol MacLellan, Doreen Cole, Cynthia Mitchell, Jacquie Laird and Doreen Wall.
During the February celebrations, the final round of the fourth annual Student Cooking Contest took place. Kathleen Casey, MLA, as well as judges Chef Nathan Schoenfeldt and registered dieticians Miriam Lank and Bethany Vessey were on hand to mark the winners of the WI Island Product Cooking Contest Award.
Congratulations go to the winners in the following categories: Appetizer - 1st, Cassandra MacLeod Kensington Intermediate School, Grade 11; 2nd, Renee Gallant of Kinkora High School, Grade 11; 3rd, Fidel Wendt, homeschooled, Grade 8; Soup - 1st, Danyelle Azzopardi Charlottetown Rural High School, Grade 11; 2nd, Breahanna Callaghan of Montague Intermediate School, Grade 9; Main - 1st, Olivia Lewis of École François-Buote, Grade 9; 2nd, Janeise Benoit, Kinkora Regional High, Grade 11; Dessert - 1st, Demi Matheson/Megan Moase, Three Oaks Senior School, Grade 10; 2nd, Ingrid Wendt, Colonel Gray High School, Grade 11; 3rd, Ryan Murphy, Alex Campbell, & Connor Murphy of Three Oaks Senior High School, Grade 10. Appreciation is expressed to all who participated. Watch for the fourth annual Student Recipe book with all recipe entries listed. Prizes of $250, $100 and $50 were awarded in each of the categories.
The Taking Care of Women's Business Period campaign runs until March 28. WI branches, and members of the public can drop off feminine hygiene products to the WI office or direct to any Murphy Pharmacy locations for later distribution for women in need across Prince Edward Island.
PEIWI’s 18th annual Spring is in the Air Gala Dinner is April 13 at the Rodd Royalty Inn. The evening will feature live and silent auctions with proceeds going to the Prince Country Hospital. Dinner tickets are $75 each and may be purchased from PEIWI board members or from the WI office at 40 Enman Cres. in Charlottetown. A charitable tax receipt for a portion will be available. The deadline for ticket sales and donated auction items is March 23.
PEIWI is now accepting nominations for the Golden Book of Recognition. This is awarded bi-annually to one member of PEIWI at the provincial convention. Nominees must make continuous major contributions to their branch but never have served at either provincial or federated levels. March 31 marks the deadline for this and other scholarships and awards. A complete list of PEIWI awards and scholarships is available at www.peiwi.ca or by contacting the WI office.
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 www.womensinstitute.pe.ca, phone 902-368-4860 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.