Que­bec Women’s In­sti­tute Cel­e­brates 100 Years

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion

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 jazz­bet­ty­bob@aol.com. Sylvia Hopps, a mem­ber of the Austin Branch of the Que­bec Women’s In­sti­tute, on her 97th birth­day.

photo pro­vided by Women’s In­sti­tute

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