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Women interested, informed and involved in building a better tomorrow.

The BCWI is an educational organization for women and families since 1897, and active in BC since 1909.

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Merry Christmas to All

What is Christmas? To a man of the cloth it ‘s looking out at the upturned faces of his congregation as he reads once again the Christian world’s most beautiful story and to pray as men have been praying for over 2000 years, that in the coming year perhaps we shall at last see “PeaceContinue Reading

1919 – Women’s Institute, Coast to Coast

1919 – Women’s Institute, Coast to Coast

In 1897 the first Women’s Institute was formed in Ontario and by 1914 there was either a Provincial Women’s Institute entity in each of Canada’s nine provinces, or a parallel organization of rural women. Saskatchewan’s rural women were known, until 1972, as the Saskatchewan Homemakers Clubs. After Newfoundland and Labrador joined the Canadian family inContinue Reading

Adelaide’s Dream – Then & Now

Adelaide’s Dream – Then & Now

In 1897, at Stoney Creek Ontario, Adelaide Hunter Hoodless’ dream of an organization to help women learn to better manage their homes and be more effective in preparing their children for the future came to fruition with the founding of the first Women’s Institute. Designed as both a place of learning and a source ofContinue Reading

“Women of Conscience United”

A modern day salute to the Women’s Institute is reprinted here with the permission of the author, Laurie Gourlay, Nick Longo, as well as the magazines Take 5 and Island Woman. We thank them for their cooperation.                              Ruth Fenner, BC Women’sContinue Reading

And So To Christmas

The festive season serves to being out the better aspects of humanity, and sometimes, even the more creative side of people! Such was the case with one member in the Bulkley-Tweedsmuir District in British Columbia when she wrote the following poem: “HOW DRIFTWOOD ALMOST LOST SANTA” “T’was the week before Christmas and all ’round theContinue Reading

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