The United Nations and Women’s Institutes

Everyone knows the United Nations was formed in 1945 when 51 countries from six continents joined together in this world body. Today the United Nations has 193 member nations, and works in many fields around the world. Through the Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW), the Women’s Institutes have Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status withContinue Reading

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Madge Watt and Metchosin

Madge Watt and Metchosin

In 1910 a pamphlet was published on the Goldstream, Highlands, Colwood, Happy Valley, Albert Head, Metchosin, Rocky Point, Sooke and Otter Point.  It was written by Margaret “Madge” Watt and  an introductory segment is re-printed here. A copy of the full text is in the care of the Metchosin Museum, and we are grateful forContinue Reading

90 Years and Counting

The 1918 Flu pandemic infected approximately 500 million people – or about 1 in 3 of the world’s total population at that time. Of those infected, between 20 and 50 million died. In the aftermath of the Great War and this horrific flu disaster, people were understandably concerned that the future of the next generationContinue Reading

Seed Catalogues and Dreams

In the early years, across Canada’s snow belt  women who possessed a green thumb often found the winter months slow and boring. But with the arrival of March, the post office delivered those wonderful books that brought colour to their bleak surroundings, and with that colour, hope and renewal! This magical book was the seedContinue Reading

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