Board Members

BCWI President

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Colleen Hooper

I joined Northside WI in Vanderhoof in 2005. The next year I became our Branch President followed by the Central Interior District President in 2008.  I remained in both positions until we moved to Aldergrove in late 2009.  Currently, I am a member of the Atchelitz WI in Chilliwack.

At the 2009 AGM I was asked by the members to be part of the newly formed Action Committee. After the 2009 FWIC Convention, I was asked to be on the FWIC planning committee as tech person for the 2012 Sidney Convention.  In 2011 I was very honoured to be asked to run and was elected to serve as a Director.


BCWI Vice President

 Brenda Devauld

I have lived in Vanderhoof, in the Central Interior, for 34 years. Originally I lived on the BC coast. A girlfriend and I both left Victoria years ago and were on our way to Whitehorse (why Whitehorse, I have no idea) . To make a long story short, we decided to spend some time in Vanderhoof along the way, we both met our future husbands and needless to say neither of us ever lived any further north.

When my children were growing up I operated a seasonal greenhouse business and earned a certificate in Horticulture through correspondence courses. I was very busy like anyone raising children and working. Just recently I have obtained my Master Gardener Certificate, through the David Douglas Society in Prince George.

It is not until my children left, that I became involved in the local WI Branch. I am now holding positions on both our local and district branches. I am also the Registration chairperson for the FWIC 2012 Planning Committee. I think the Women’s Institute is a great organization and I am proud to be a part of it.



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Wanda Mason

I am a member of the South Hazelton WI in North West BC, Hazelton area.  I joined WI approximately 1980 in South Hazelton and have been Secretary, Director and President on the South Hazelton WI Board in past years.

The South Hazelton WI is under the Bulkley Tweedsmuir District and I have been a Director and President on this District Board.  At this time I am President of the South Hazelton WI, a Director on the District and now am pleased to be a Director on the BC Provincial Board.


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Norma Tilgner

As a member of WI in Rock Creek I am thankful for having been introduced to this wonderful organization when I first arrived a “city girl,” into my new rural community. Here I met a strong network of friendly, talented, generous women who became my friends and mentors and who encouraged me to participate with them in building a vibrant community.

While I was born and raised in Ontario, my family moved to the lower mainland in 1966 while I was still in high school. I attended SFU, becoming a teacher. Then I married and enjoyed raising three girls in Maple Ridge and teaching elementary school in Coquitlam for the next 35 years. Upon retirement my husband and I moved to a life of ranching in Boundary Country where we garden and have Highland cattle, Fiord horses, chickens and several large dogs.
For two years I served Rock Creek WI as secretary, and am currently in my third term as Kettle River District President. During the past three years, I partnered to write up the Education and Cultural Activities Convenership report to FWIC.  I read avidly about WI’s history both locally and in the larger community and am impressed with the past initiatives that my WI predecessors have taken in improving life for all Canadians. I am looking forward to serving on the Provincial Board as the new Chair for the Victoria Salliss Creative Arts Legacy.


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Shelly Simrose

I have been a member of Sinkut WI since 1987. In 1990 I took 11 years off with the birth of our youngest child. In 2001 I rejoined and have been a member since. During this time I have been President for the past 13 years at Branch level. Plus District President for the past 5 out of 6 years.



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Cathy Inskip

I am a 37 year member of Overlander WI in Kamloops, BC. I am currently Overlander WI President and have served as a Director for Kamloops District. My mother from Ontario was a WI member and held several positions and WI was always very important in our family. I have attended Triennial Conventions and the FWIC Convention in Sydney, BC. I am a widow and have 3 children and 1 grandson. As my kids grew up I was involved with my daughter as a Brownie Leader and then carried on as a District Commissioner. I always had brought my Brownies to WI Meetings to earn their hostess and baking badges for 18 years. Last year our Overlander WI hosted the BCWI AGM and we were able to billet our Provincial Executive and able to have their meetings at my home. I thoroughly enjoy WI and with our own Branch we have done amazing projects. I feel I am able to offer myself to the Provincial Board and looking forward to the opportunity to help out!!



Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada Executive Officer & President Elect






Joan Holthe

I am very proud to become the Executive Officer for BCWI on the Federated Women’s Institute of Canada Board.  I will have big boots to fill.  Previous Officers during my 21 years as a WI member have been Isolde Longe, Patsy Nagel, Susan Hoszouski and recently, Janet Atkins, all talented, hard working members.  I am thankful for my experience as Peace District Secretary for many years, (and presently) as your Provincial President during the years 2003 – 2005 to provide the knowledge and patience for WI business.  My husband and I are full time ranchers on the Alberta side, near the BC border of Dawson Creek, with 100 plus cows and calves to babysit, and haying and other work involved with the operation.  We still find time to travel, have family and friend gatherings and being involved in other organizations.




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