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VIDEO: Jim recognizes Federated Women's Institute of Ontario

(March 4, 2015) Today, Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson made the following statement in the Ontario Legislature to recognize the excellent work of the Federated Women's Institute of Ontario:

"This year marks the 118th anniversary of the Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario. It marks 118 years since Adelaide Hoodless first began her campaign for domestic science education, inspired by the tragic death of her 14-month-old son; and 118 years since Erland Lee, a local farmer , saw Hoodless's vision, and with his wife supported the foundation of the Women's Institute. It was because of Hoodless's tireless efforts and vision for reform that domestic science and sewing were first added to the school curriculum.

Today, the Federated Women's Institutes have over 3,500 members in 290 branches across Ontario.

I know through my very good friend Donna Jebb, who serves as president of the Women's Institute for Simcoe county and has been a member of that branch for over 30 years, that this organization has become much more than just about improving the homemaking skills of women. While still firmly entrenched in its beginnings, today the Women's Institute, as well, runs education and support programs and services, offers personal growth opportunities, health and community wellness projects, and engages in government lobbying.

In my riding, the Women's Institute sponsors two scholarships each year, awarded to students pursuing post-secondary education who are active volunteers in the community.

Let me take this opportunity to congratulate the Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario on the excellent work that they have done and on the many things they have achieved.

I look forward to seeing the great things that the institute will accomplish in the next 118 years and being a part of their growing success."

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