WI presents schol­ar­ships

Group is also get­ting ready for busy sum­mer

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - COMMUNITY | FEATURES - Ellen MacPhail

The PEIWI board awarded schol­ar­ships over the past few weeks and is now gear­ing up for a busy sum­mer with prepa­ra­tions for the an­nual hand­craft, hor­ti­cul­ture and arts show dur­ing Old Home Week.

Plans for fall events are also well un­der­way.

The P.E.I. WI Ed­u­ca­tion Schol­ar­ship for 2017 was awarded to Josee Smallman of O’Leary. She is en­rolled at Univer­sity of Prince Ed­ward Is­land. The Louise MacMil­lan Memo­rial Schol­ar­ship was awarded to Grace Coles from North Mil­ton. She is en­rolled at the Univer­sity of New Brunswick. The board ex­tends best wishes to both win­ners and all ap­pli­cants in their con­tin­ued stud­ies.

The P.E.I. Women’s In­sti­tute re­minds all stu­dents there are sev­eral schol­ar­ships of­fered through­out the year. The next op­por­tu­nity is for the He­len Her­ring Schol­ar­ship for stu­dents en­ter­ing their third year of univer­sity. The dead­line is Sept. 30, and de­tails are avail­able on­line at www.peiwi.ca.

The pro­vin­cial board and WI mem­bers across P.E.I. con­grat­u­late Marie Kenny on her most re­cent an­nounce­ment of re­ceiv­ing the na­tional Sov­er­eign’s Medal for Vol­un­teers from Gov. Gen. David John­ston in June.

Old Home Week is slated for Aug. 10-19, and Islanders are in­vited to sub­mit en­tries to the WI’s Hand­craft, Hor­ti­cul­ture and Art Show. Var­i­ous classes in art, crafts, food, flow­ers, pho­tog­ra­phy and veg­eta­bles can be en­tered and items will be on dis­play dur­ing the pro­vin­cial ex­hi­bi­tion. The dead­line to reg­is­ter is July 28. Ad­di­tional de­tails are on­line at www.peiwi.ca.

P.E.I. Women’s In­sti­tute and 4-H P.E.I. will be team­ing up at Old Home Week this year. With hands-on work­shops and demonstrations for all ages, mem­bers of the pub­lic are in­vited to join WI and 4-H vol­un­teers in learn­ing about needle­work, sewing, card-mak­ing, glas­setch­ing, knit­ting, jew­ellery mak­ing, felt work and much more. Demonstrations will be of­fered twice daily in the 4-H booth area on the main level at the 4-H Ex­plo­ration Cen­tre.

Vol­un­teers are still needed for this year’s Hand­craft, Hor­ti­cul­ture and Art Show of Old Home Week. Any­one in­ter­ested, in­clud­ing stu­dents, are in­vited to par­tic­i­pate dur­ing sched­uled times. Stu­dents need­ing vol­un­teer hours are en­cour­aged to sign up. Con­tact Carol Jenk­ins at 902-367-4738.

In branch events, the Ar­gyle Shore WI will host a con­cert with He­lene and Louise Arse­nault (for­merly Bara­chois), and Jonny Arse­nault on July 26. In­for­ma­tion and tick­ets are avail­able by call­ing 902-675-3221 or by email­ing cawlar@bellaliant.net.

A va­ri­ety of themes will be part of this year’s fall work­shops, in­clud­ing a ses­sion with John Robert­son known for his “The But­ler is In” seg­ment reg­u­larly aired on CBC ra­dio’s Is­land Morn­ing; An­nie Lee Mac­Don­ald for P.E.I.’s Cana­dian Hard of Hear­ing As­so­ci­a­tion with “Par­don Me? What did you say?” and a food-re­lated demon­stra­tion. The evening work­shops are sched­uled for Oct. 11 in Sum­mer­side, Oct. 17 in Char­lot­te­town and Oct. 19 in Montague. Pre-reg­is­tra­tion will be re­quired.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the above items or to join a WI branch, go to www.peiwi. ca or con­tact the pro­vin­cial of­fice at 902368-4860 or wi@gov.pe.ca. This ar­ti­cle is pre­pared by Ellen MacPhail, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for the PEIWI, and ap­pears in The Guardian the sec­ond Thurs­day of ev­ery month.

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