Annual Women’s Day takes over Mono Centre

November 10, 2016   ·   0 Comments

The Dufferin-Peel chapter of the Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario held their annual Women’s Day on Nov. 5, at the Mono Community Centre.

The Dufferin-Peel District Women’s Institute is a member of the largest women’s organization in the world, that works for the betterment of all women, regardless of race, creed or political beliefs. They are Women Interested,Women Informed and Women Involved, to quote their pamphlet and use a wide range of programmes to forward these goals.

They hold educational meetings on current topics, advocate on a broad range of issues, interpret and record local histories and offer post secondary scholarships to graduating students, to list but a few of their initiatives.

Saturday’s event was attended by some 150 ladies and saw both the Mayor of Mono, Laura Ryan and Dufferin-Caledon MPP Sylvia Jones welcome the assembled members and their guests. Both contributed  door prizes after their welcoming speeches.

One of the ladies, manning the registration desk, explained that this was the third year for the event and already it had had to be moved, from Monora Park to the Community Centre due to the dramatic increase in member attendance.

Following the opening addresses, the ladies heard an inspirational presentation by Joy Foster, a recording artist and motivational speaker.

Coffee and muffins baked by members followed, before two ladies from HomeSense, Carol-Anne from the Orangeville store and Lisa from HomeSense in Bolton, demonstrated two holiday table arrangements

The group then broke for a much-appreciated lunch of chicken and rice supplied by Marie’s Catering from Marie’s Valley Inn Restaurant in Grand Valley, which was followed by a selection of member-supplied cakes for dessert.

After lunch a 50/50 Draw in support of the Choices Youth Shelter was held and the lucky winner of $325 was Annette Overland. April Nash from the Choices Youth Shelter, then gave a short talk about the opportunities presented to youth at the shelter, before Sue McCutcheon  from BDO gave a talk on the fine art of balancing your financial affairs and the many options available to accomplish that.

Once the women had accomplished their financial planning, Kendra Anderson from Just Be, on Broadway in Orangeville, gave them a chance to dispose of their disposable income, with a fashion show, featuring Canadian designed fashions worn by four models, provided by Kendra and eight members models who graced the runway.

Joy Trimble then delivered the closing remarks and thank-you’s to all the guests and members.


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