Quebec Women’s Institute Celebrates 100 Years
Thefirst Women’s Institute in Quebec was founded on January 27, 1911 by Elizabeth Ann Beach in Dunham in the Eastern Townships. The purpose of the Women’s Institute then, was to educate rural women on how to cope with the many problems of caring for home and family and the needs of the community, such as health, education and agriculture.
The movement spread across Canada becoming the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada, crossed the ocean to England and then to other countries. In 1933 the international organization, Associated Country Women of the World, was formed. The ACWW is known as the largest women’s organization in the world, and has consultative status with the United Nations and links with United Nations agencies.
Many issues from agriculture, education, literacy and violence against women are now studied at the Federated level. Resolutions are generated by local branches and county groups.
At the QWI’s 100th Anniversary there will be food, entertainment, craft demonstrations, history displays and special guests. You are cordially invited to celebrate with the QWI on Saturday, June 4, 2011 in the ballroom of the Centennial Hall. Macdonald Campus—McGill University in Ste Anne de Bellevue. The day’s program is from 10 am to 3 pm.. To cover the price of the buffet lunch there will be a charge of $10 at the door. Please notify us by May 12, if you are planning to join us--please call 514-695-2030, or e-mail email@example.com. Sylvia Hopps, a member of the Austin Branch of the Quebec Women’s Institute, on her 97th birthday.