Women’s Institutes located in the Peace region want to keep their brand and membership going.
“We want to move forward and are looking for a bit of a call to action,” says Landry WI member Ruth Veiner. The group, with locations throughout Canada, is for women interested, informed and involved in building a better tomorrow. The B.C. chapter has been active since 1909 while the group has existed since 1897. Peace Region groups are Baldonnel, Doe River, Landry, Nor’ Pioneer, North Pine, Rolla, and West Saskatoon. Veiner says groups take on the motivations and concerns of its members.
“Whether that is something wide like general health, specific like the a hospital or roads, we’d like to hear from women, members and potential members.”
Doe River member Judy Russell says she is interested in the more individual skills and passing them on.
“This like how to quilt, how to can. Producing and preserving food,” she said.
Veiner says members are the WI’s strength.
“We have had four provincial presidents from the area which has helped and enriched ours as well,” she says.
There are more than 100 members in the north and south Peace regions. Veiner notes new members help the cause.
Russell says monthly meetings or more frequent get-togethers happen during events.
“We can let people know where we are going what we are up to,” she says. “The meetings are key to exchanging ideas, information and even speaker ideas.”
Ethel Dyck is a five-year member with the Doe River group. When asked why she wanted to be associated with the group, her answer was simple.
“I wanted to help out.”
If you would like to help out, contact 250-782-5041.