Alberta Women's Institutes

Convention Agenda

Greetings all,

The AWI Provincial Convention Agenda is now available on our Convention page! Just click on our Agenda Fellow to open the full detailed agenda to read or download.

I have also included the Agenda below for your reference. You will be receiving it in an email along with the minutes from last year’s AGM before Monday. Additionally hard copies will be mailed out for those who are not on email.

If you have questions do not hesitate to contact the Provincial Office. I am back in my office Tuesday – Thursday for AWI.

Alberta Women’s Institutes

Building on Our Strengths


3:00 PM Pre-Convention Tour #1, “Camrose Highlights”
6:30 PM Card-Making Workshop with Hilda Tomaszewski
8:00 PM Creative Writing Workshop with Linda Toews

8:30 AM Registration opens
10:00 AM Opening ceremonies
10:15 AM Speaker – Kari Cameron, Changing Ways, “Elder Abuse”
11:15 AM Newsworthy Notions
11:30 AM Lunch
1:00 PM Business
4:00 PM District meetings
5:30 PM Banquet doors open
6:30 PM Banquet
Witty Writings & Embarrassing Events

8:00 AM Registration opens
9:00 AM Business
10:30 AM Speaker – Margaret Lyseng, Maplewood Acres Market Garden and Greenhouse
11:30 AM Wrap up
Closing Ceremonies
12:00 PM Adjournment
Pick up of handicrafts
1:30 PM Post-Convention Tour #2 “Shopping Plus Tour”
(This agenda is subject to change without notice.)

Updated News and Notes

Greetings all,

I have added in an update from our Handicraft Coordinator to the May edition of the News and Notes. There are reminders and tips regarding the Handicraft Competition.

May News and Notes

In this issue:

  • Convention Info and reminders.
  • New Things to Note at Convention: Newsworthy Notions, Embarrassing Events, and Witty Writings.
  • Jewelry Swap is back!

Remember to book your room at the Norsemen in Camrose, mention AWI Provincial Convention to get the preferred rate $99+tax/ night.

Anyone from Calgary coming to convention let the Provincial Office know, as we have a member looking for a ride.

Get Your Handicrafts Entries In!

The 2022 Handicraft List and entry forms are available to download. The Provincial Office will be sending out an email with the direct link to these as well. Watch your inbox for these. But if you cannot wait or want to get a jump on gathering your submissions, simply down load the full Handicraft List, Information sheet and entry forms from our website.

You can find the link to our Handicraft Page under the Awards & Competitions menu. Or click here!

Remember that all articles entered into the competition have to have been made since January 2020. Each submitted entry MUST be completed by the person submitting the entry. Each branch can have two articles in the same category, but of those articles, each must be submitted by a different member.

If you have any questions, please contact Marilyn Wattenbarger, Handicraft Coordinator. All her contact information can be found on the Handicraft Information sheet and entry forms, as well as in the Handicraft List.

Happy Crafting!

Provincial Convention – Early Bird Registration open!

Greetings all,

The Provincial Convention date is set for June 7 and 8th, 2022. We are so excited that once again we can hold an in-person convention!

The them this year is Building on Our Strengths… and boy do we need this. Check out our designated Provincial Convention page to download your registration package and get all the full details!

April News and Notes

  • In this Issue:
    • Invitation to Stony Plain Constituency Conference
    • Update from Handicraft Coordinator
    • In Memory
    • News from FWIC

Women Inspiring Women

To Learn More

This is the Government of Canada’s Theme for International Women’s Day, which is today, Tuesday, March 8th. Take a moment to show your appreciation of the women in your life!

This theme: Women Inspiring Women: “celebrates all the women and girls who inspire us by demonstrating leadership in the choices they make in their day-to-day lives to contribute to the social, economic, cultural, and political spheres.

In Canada, unlike in many other countries, women are free to study and be leaders in the field they choose, care and provide for their family, express who they are, and fight for their beliefs.” To learn more about what Government of Canada is doing visit their website.

Personally, I am forever grateful for all those strong, inspiring women who came before me, who forged a path for me to walk so much easier. I am proud of the strong roots they planted and the guidance they provided. Additionally, I am inspired and humbled by those young women coming up behind me. I hope that in some small fashion, I can give them something to look up to and to be inspired by as well.

Amnesty International Canada provides some Reflections on International Women’s Day as we celebrate women. To learn more visit their website.

March News and Notes

  • In this Issue:
  • Reminders of upcoming deadlines: Resolutions, Creative Writing
  • Learning Opportunities – FWIC, District 3 Event, Hobbies & interests

Spring 2022 Home and Country


The Spring Issue of the Home & Country is now available! In this issue:

  • Celebrating 125 Years
  • District Reports
  • Volunteer Opportunity – Be our Editor!
  • Remembering WI

Human Trafficking Awareness: Joint Statement Issued

The House of Commons proclaimed February 22 as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day to help bring awareness to the magnitude of modern-day slavery in Canada and abroad and encourage Canadians to take steps to combat human trafficking.

Today a Joint Statement was issued from Alberta’s Acting Minister of Justice and Solicitor General Sonya Savage, Children’s Services Minister Rebecca Schulz, Community and Social Services Minister Jason Luan and Status of Women Associate Minister Whitney Issik on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.

““Human trafficking is a dehumanizing and predatory crime that violates a person’s most basic human rights and dignity. Traffickers exploit their victims and rob them of their freedom – all for their own gain. We must do everything we can to fight this heinous crime and stand up for victims and those at risk of human trafficking.”

Read full statement here

Project Maple Leaf, supported by Courage 4 Freedom (, is taking the next step in bringing greater awareness to human trafficking in Canada.