Provincial awards were presented at the recent WI provincial convention at the Rodd Royalty which saw close to 130 delegates representing the approximately 75 branches across the Island.
Jacquie Laird, past president of the PEIWI board, announced that Margie Stewart of East Point WI is this year’s recipient of the provincial Adelaide Hoodless Award of Honour for her tireless and ongoing commitment to Women’s Institute for P.E.I.
Audrey Glover and Frances Tremere were also honoured in receiving the Golden Book of Recognition Award at the convention. This award is presented to those who continually make major contributions to their branches.
Bruce Brine was presented with the provincial Erland Lee Award of Appreciation - an award granted from the Federated Women's Institute of Canada. This recognition is dedicated to a man who most exemplifies the qualities of Lee, who assisted in the founding of Women's Institute.
Also at the convention, a cheque for $13,388.06 was presented to Liz Maynard of the Prince County Hospital Foundation. The committee, led by Dr. Liz Spangler, appreciates the efforts of the numerous donations, ticket purchasers and volunteers.
The provincial board of directors also appreciates all Islanders and sponsors who were involved in the 45th WI Roadside Cleanup on May 12. Doreen Cole, environment convener and provincial board member, announced the following cash prize winners in four categories as part of the annual cleanup: Families and Individuals: It Takes Two (c/o Sarah Stewart), Pick Me Up (c/o Marlee Gregory) and Gram and Gramps (c/o Kay Wall); Organizations: Springbrook Pickers (Lola Meek Ogilvie), Northshore Guides (c/o Jennifer Bryson), Stratford Youth Centre, c/o Duane Pineau; Schools: Stonepark Intermediate Green Team (c/o Jill Burry), L.M. Montgomery Cleanup Machines (c/o Nancy MacKinnon); Business: Invesco Go Green (c/o Denise Arnold), Elanco (c/o Vanessa MacKinnon). Each receives $100.
The P.E.I. Women’s Institute exhibition committee is now accepting applications for the annual Premier’s Craft Education Award for exhibitors from across P.E.I. for the Old Home Week’s Handcrafts, Horticulture and Arts Competition. This award, presented annually since 2006, is used to enhance skill and proficiency in a chosen craft and to share experience with others. Three bursaries of $1,000 will assist in funding recipients to attend training within two years of presentation. For information, contact the provincial office at 902-368-4860 or online at peiwi.ca. The deadline for applications is June 29.
The board also encourages submission to the Old Home Week. For listing of the arts, horticulture and handcraft classes, call or drop by the PEIWI office for a printed copy of the handguide or view online at peiwi.ca.
In branch news, the Argyle Shore WI has three upcoming events in June and July: a P.E.I. Mutual Festival of Small Halls event was hosted on June 14 – Songs & Stories with Dutch Thompson, Donna Morrissey and musical guest William Prince. The WI will also host its annual strawberry and ice cream social on July 4, 6-8:30 p.m. Tickets for adults are $8 and $4 for children 12 and under. Both events will be held at the Argyle Shore Community Centre, 7654 Route 19.
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.