Mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the com­mu­nity

South Berwick Women’s In­sti­tute has been a bless­ing to many

Annapolis Valley Register - - OBITUARIES - SUB­MIT­TED BY JOANNE HILL

The South Berwick Women’s In­sti­tute has had a very busy sum­mer.

Dur­ing a re­cent meet­ing, a num­ber of items were dis­cussed.

Carolyn New­man made a sug­ges­tion that in­stead of ex­chang­ing Christ­mas gifts, we would each pro­vide a new teddy bear to the Teddy Wishes So­ci­ety.

Also, some mem­bers re­cently at­tended Mar­garet West’s 106th birth­day. West was a mem­ber of South Berwick WI for many years and has resided for the past 10 years at Ever­green Home for Spe­cial Care.

Terry Dra­hos from Un­com­mon Com­mon Art was the guest speaker. Dra­hos is orig­i­nally from Chicago, where she re­ceived a Bach­e­lor of De­sign from South­ern Illi­nois Univer­sity and a Bach­e­lor of Ed­u­ca­tion from Aca­dia Univer­sity and NSCAD Univer­sity in Hal­i­fax.

Un­com­mon Com­mon Art (UCA) is a not-for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion gov­erned by a vol­un­teer board of di­rec­tors. Dur­ing the past 11 years UCA has grown from an ad hoc group of artists in­stalling ca­sual art­work and print­ing 3,000 fold­out maps to a fully ju­ried ex­hi­bi­tion of lo­cally, na­tion­ally, and in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned artists, as well as print­ing 10,000 copies of a 52page guide­book that is dis­trib­uted through­out the prov­ince. In 2013 they ex­panded to ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram­ming in­clud­ing two weeks of sum­mer camp at the Irv­ing Cen­tre and an art ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram in Kings County Ele­men­tary Schools in Oc­to­ber.

The group’s next meet­ing will be Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. Eleanor Ernest and Karen Chute are on the pro­gram.


The Lakeville Women’s In­sti­tute also re­cently met. Keith De Vries was pre­sented with the provin­cial Er­land Lee Award of Ap­pre­ci­a­tion. This was a sur­prise to De Vries and he was over­come with emo­tion. The Er­land Lee award is pre­sented an­nu­ally by the Fed­er­ated Women’s In­sti­tutes of Canada to a man who has con­trib­uted his time and tal­ent to help the lo­cal women’s in­sti­tute. Er­land Lee was a farmer, teacher and govern­ment em­ployee in Stoney Creek, Ont. He was the pres­i­dent of the Farm­ers’ In­sti­tute in the late 19th cen­tury. Af­ter hear­ing Ade­laide Hood­less speak at the agri­cul­tural col­lege in Guelph, he in­vited her to come speak at the Farm­ers’ In­sti­tute Ladies night. Ade­laide was a wife and young mother who had lost her 18-mon­thold son to un­pas­teur­ized milk. She felt women needed to or­ga­nize an in­sti­tute and learn food safety, nu­tri­tion and good health for rais­ing and feed­ing their fam­ily.

In a day when women had lit­tle say, Er­land lent his voice, his po­si­tion, his con­tacts and his in­flu­ence, and to­gether with Ade­laide’s ideas, the first women’s in­sti­tute was formed in Stoney Creek in 1897.


Front, from left, Eleanor Ernest, Mar­garet West at 106 years of age and Mary Walsh. Back row, June Sceerey and Joanne Hill.


Ju­lia Llewellyn, in front, and from left, Dr. Roger Blatt, Er­land Lee, South Berwick Women’s In­sti­tute award re­cip­i­ent Keith De Vries, and Monty Hall.


Mar­i­lyn Kenny, pres­i­dent of Lakeville Women’s In­sti­tute, Keith De Vries, and Judy Parks, Kings West district direc­tor.

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