The Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada has opened a website.
Located at www.nald.ca/fwic.htm, the site provides a short history of the organization formed in 1919. A series of buttons in purple and gold link viewers to facts, contacts and archived newsletters of the FWIC.
A special button holds information about the organization’s conference to be held in Brandon June 6-10. The national conference is held every three years and is expected to draw 500 women delegates. Issues on the agenda include financial security, international projects, elections and genetically modified food.
Meanwhile, at its annual meeting May 26-27 in Olds, the Alberta Women’s Institutes heard a two-hour panel presentation about GM food. President Maxean Brigley said the AWI delegates are still formulating their ideas about labeling GM food in time for the debate at this week’s national conference. She thought there would be more distinct lines between the speakers, but instead she heard mild discussion from a University of Calgary academic, a nutritionist and canola association and agricultural representatives. All four speakers spoke about the need to be careful and raised the issue of what would be required on a label.
The conference was opened by lieutenant governor Lois Hole, “a longtime friend of AWI.” Brigley said Hole spoke about the power of dedicated women in communities.
A speaker from the provincial archives reminded the 91-year-old AWI to be careful with its records.