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ELLEN MACPHAIL: P.E.I. Women's Institute celebrates Founder’s Day

Diane Griffin (centre) stands with Senator Elizabeth Hubley (left) and Senator Peter Harder before being sworn in during a ceremony in the Senate on Parliament Hill, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
P.E.I. Senator Elizabeth Hubley, left, will give a special presentation to the P.E.I. Women's Institute this month in honour of Founder's Day. Hubley is pictured here with Sen. Diane Griffin and Sen. Peter Harder. -Justin Tang/Canadian Press

Sessions on abstract art, fad diets and chocolate making among activities

The WI February calendar highlights Founder’s Day celebrations, special presentation by P.E.I. Senator Elizabeth Hubley and a long list of spring activities.

On Feb. 13 the P.E.I. Women’s Institute board of directors will be celebrating Founder's Day, as part of Founder’s Month in Charlottetown. This special day is set aside to welcome Islanders to Women’s Institute and highlight the formation of WI in Canada.  

The event is comprised of afternoon information sessions open to both WI and non-members, while in late afternoon all members of the public are invited to the Founder’s Day reception for P.E.I. WI being held at the Farm Centre, 420 University Ave., 5-6:30 p.m. During the reception, a special medal presentation will take place by Hubley, followed by awards presented to the WI Island Product Cooking Contest Cook-Off winners. Complete details on the medal presentation will be announced soon.

Starting at 1:30 p.m., participants will sign in for the following short afternoon sessions - Alice Taylor, Health and Wellness; Marie Kenny, an abstract art session; Bethany Vessey, RD – on fad diets and how to choose the right path for optimal health; and Jana Shaw, chocolate making demonstration. Members should pre-register for the day session by today by emailing or by calling 902-368-4860.

As part of Founders Day, the final round of the fourth annual Island Product Cooking Contest for students will also take place. Chef Nathan Schoenfeldt of Sobeys, Chef Andrew Smith from Red Shores and Miriam Lank, registered dietician, will be on hand as the official judges.

Throughout February, branches throughout the Island will host 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.

P.E.I. WI convener Liz Spangler and member of the P.E.I. Agricultural Awareness committee invite volunteers to read farm-related stories to school children in Grades 3 and 4 in celebration of Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month. For further information, email or call 902-892-1091.

Other important dates in WI’s upcoming calendar include: Taking Care of Women’s Business-28 Day Campaign throughout March, Spring Is in the Air gala dinner with proceeds going to the Prince County Hospital on April 13; Island Roadside Cleanup, May 12; Provincial WI Convention on May 26 and various award and scholarship deadlines, including the Golden Book of Recognition Award with a deadline of March 31.  

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 will be available soon at the P.E.I. WI office at 40 Enman Cres., in Charlottetown.

This article is prepared by Ellen MacPhail, executive director for the P.E.I. WI, and 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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