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ELLEN MACPHAIL: March into spring with WI

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

The WI calendar highlights preparations for the upcoming months

The month of March was kicked off with a great response to February’s “Taking Care of Women’s Business. Period. 28-day campaign” with donations being dropped off to P.E.I. food banks.

It is too early to have a final exact value, but itis estimated that a minimum of $4,000 was collected in product or monetary donations to address the need for feminine hygiene products for P.E.I. food banks. The board of P.E.I. WI sends a sincere thank you to those who donated and to Murphy’s Pharmacy across P.E.I. and Main Street Pharmasave in Souris as drop-off locations.

Due to inclement weather Founder's Month celebrations were cancelled this year, but the fifth annual Island Product Cooking Contest for students was rescheduled to March 7. The final results of the contest will be announced in April’s column.

PEIWI agriculture convener Liz Spangler reminds volunteers to join in on reading farm-related stories to school children in Grades 3 in celebration of Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month. To check if more volunteers are needed, go to or call 902-892-1091.

PEIWI’s 19th annual Spring Is in the Air Gala Dinner is April 12 at the New London Community Complex in New London. The evening will feature live and silent auctions with proceeds going to the Lennon Recovery House. Tickets for the dinner are $75 each and may be purchased from P.E.I. WI 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 22.

Other important dates in the WI’s upcoming calendar includes award and scholarship deadlines, such as the WI Woman in Agriculture Recognition Award deadline on March 31. Also, watch for the annual Roadside Cleanup on May 11 and the Provincial WI Convention on May 11.

The provincial board of the P.E.I. Women's Institute is now accepting nominations for the Woman in Agriculture Recognition Award. This award, in the form of a plaque and framed photo displayed at the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, is presented bi-annually to recognize an Island woman making a major contribution to the P.E.I. agriculture industry within the last five years.

P.E.I. residents or fellow farmers are encouraged to contact their local branches to nominate women in the agriculture industry for this award. March 31 is the deadline for this and other scholarships and awards.

A complete list of P.E.I. WI awards and scholarships is available at or by contacting the WI office at 902-368-4860 or

Anyone interested in participating in Old Home Week’s Handcrafts, Horticulture and Arts Show taking place in early August is invited to prepare now by visiting the online version of the official handbook at A print copy is now available at the P.E.I. WI office in Charlottetown.

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

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