Branches busy pre­par­ing for Founder’s Day, district con­ven­tions

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FOOD/COMMUNITY - Ellen MacPhail

The board of PEIWI and its branches across P.E.I. re­cently kicked off the New Year with their fourth lrevee and are pre­par­ing events for the up­com­ing year.

In a joint ef­fort be­tween both the board of di­rec­tors of the Farm Cen­tre and WI’s pro­vin­cial board, Is­lan­ders were greeted at the Farm Cen­tre in Char­lot­te­town on the morn­ing of Jan. 1.

The next event in the WI year is Founder’s Day, or Founder’s Week as it’s some­times re­ferred to, com­mem­o­rates the for­ma­tion of WI. On P.E.I., it will be cel­e­brated on Wed­nes­day, Feb. 17, with a num­ber of cre­ative and unique pre­sen­ta­tions for WI branch rep­re­sen­ta­tives. The af­ter­noon ses­sions will be fol­lowed by an open house re­cep­tion and the WI stu­dent cook­ing con­test fi­nal round. This por­tion of the day is open to all, start­ing at 4:30-6:30 p.m. at The Farm Cen­tre, 420 Univer­sity av­enue in Char­lot­te­town.

Branches across the Is­land are in fi­nal prepa­ra­tions for their district con­ven­tions in Jan­uary through March. Con­tact the of­fice at 902-368-4860 for a full sched­ule for events in your area.

Plan­ning is un­der­way for the “Spring Is in the Air” gala an­nual din­ner. It will be held on Fri­day, April 15 at Red Shores/Top of the Park Restau­rant. Live and silent auc­tions will be in­cluded with all pro­ceeds go­ing to P.E.I. Ground Search and Res­cue. Tick­ets are avail­able from PEIWI board mem­bers and the WI of­fice. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, con­tact He­len Daw­son, chair, Jac­quie Laird, Donna But­ler or Pat MacKin­non.

In en­sur­ing care and education as a con­tin­ued WI fo­cus, there is a re­newed call for pur­ple hats as a part of the Pe­riod of Pur­ple Cry­ing Cam­paign. Th­ese hats as­sist in ed­u­cat­ing about nor­mal in­fant cry­ing and dan­gers of shak­ing an in­fant. Any­one wish­ing to knit or cro­chet pur­ple baby caps can view pat­terns on­line at www.peiwi.ca. Hats can be given di­rect to the QEH or PCH Hospi­tals through their vol­un­teer ser­vices of­fices or di­rectly to the ma­ter­nity units with a note, For the Pe­riod of Cry­ing Ba­bies Pro­gram.

Lastly, for par­tic­i­pants pre­par­ing for Old Home Week, an on­line ver­sion of the of­fi­cial hand­book for the hand­crafts, horticulture and arts show of the Pro­vin­cial Ex­hi­bi­tion is now avail­able at www.peiwi.ca. The print ver­sion will be avail­able in Fe­bru­ary.

In branch news, a chal­lenge has been is­sued. Ca­noe Cove Women’s In­sti­tute re­cently do­nated $500 from their fall bulb sale to Trin­ity United Church, Sum­mer­side, to help with their Syr­ian Refugee fund-rais­ing ef­fort. The Ca­noe Cove WI branch chal­lenges other In­sti­tutes to con­trib­ute to this im­por­tant need in our prov­ince and coun­try.

To join or open a Branch near you, visit www.PEIWI.ca, con­tact the Pro­vin­cial Of­fice at 3684860 or email wi@gov.pe.ca. This ar­ti­cle, pre­pared by Ellen MacPhail, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for the PEIWI and ap­pears in the Guardian the se­cond

Wed­nes­day of each month.

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