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ELLEN MACPHAIL: P.E.I. Women's Institute board organizing activities, including a new book

The PEIWI board of directors is gearing up for WI Fall Workshops, a Festive Country Christmas, WI Youth Cooking Contest and branch events happening this fall.
The PEIWI board of directors is gearing up for WI Fall Workshops. - SaltWire Network

The P.E.I. Provincial Board invites members and non-members to the WI’s Fall Workshops.

Sessions will be given by WI member Norma Pasatieri on Resolutions and Robert’s Rules of Order, Lt.-Col.  Trevor Campbell from the Department of Veterans Affairs and a craft-related activity with provincial board members. These will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m., at Sherbrooke Community Hall in Summerside, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m. at the Farm Centre in Charlottetown and Thursday, Oct. 25, 1 p.m. at Cavendish Farms Wellness Centre in Montague. You can pre-register by calling the WI office at 902-368-4860, or email Friday, Oct. 12.

Ellen MacPhail
Ellen MacPhail

Intermediate and High School Students are invited to enter the fifth PEIWI annual cooking contest. Organized by PEIWI, and sponsored by Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, this event will again feature four categories: appetizer, soup, main dish and sweets. Recipes must feature Island agricultural and fishery-based products. In working with the Public School Branch recipes may be chosen for further development and featured on school menus. Winners will receive cash prizes. Final judging will take place during February 2019. Deadline for students to enter is Saturday, Dec. 15. Visit for further details.

Alan Preston, of Hearts and Flowers, will be once again be leading the annual WI Festive Country Christmas event on Monday, Nov. 19 at the Farm Centre. This popular event is an evening of celebration ideas and demonstrations for the holiday season. Pre-registration is required by Thursday, Nov. 8 by contacting the WI office at 902-368-4860 or email Cost is $10 per person.

Planning for the 2019 Handcrafts, Horticulture and Arts Show has begun and will contain additional classes. The prize list handbook will be available early in the New Year and online at Individuals, businesses or WI branches wishing to donate a prize, increase prize donations or to volunteer, contact Farida Chishti before Oct. 31 by email at or call 902-368-2360.

New this year is a community builder project. Past National President Marie Kenny embarks on a book of stories of past and present WI members who have created a legacy on Prince Edward Island. She is seeking short stories of maximum 500 words. Story themes to include: a bit about yourself, where you are from, where you came from, about your family; how you came to be part of the Women’s Institute movement; what community means to you, some of your involvement and how it has enriched your life; what have you learned from being a WI member, and how being a community builder has changed or inspired you. Submission deadline is Jan. 1. For further details contact the WI office at 902-368-4860, or Marie Kenny at

Lastly, in individual branch news, the Greater Charlottetown WI will be selling fresh Christmas wreaths this year as a fundraiser. Each wreath will be around $30 and will include an assortment of colourful ribbons and bling decorated by Branch members. There are a limited number available, and pre-ordering is encouraged by November 15 emailing Carla at

This article is prepared by Ellen MacPhail, executive director for the PEIWI, and appears in the Guardian every second Wednesday of the month. For more information on the P.E.I. Women’s Institute or to comment on this column, visit, call 368-4860 or email

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