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Annual WI Roadside Cleanup
Premier with WI members at legislative assembly
Premier Wade MacLauchlan (left) and Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy Minister Paula Biggar are joined by WI members along with Gerry Moore of Island Waste Management Corporation at the Legislative Assembly of PEI.

Each spring, the PEI Women's Institute asks Islanders across the province to help with efforts to clean roadsides of litter. This year, the campaign includes specially marked yellow bags to recognize the 45th anniversary of the annual roadside cleanup. Residents and businesses can pick up bags at Access PEI or IWMC sites.

PEI Women's Institute Handcrafts, Horticulture and Arts Show winners
Premier Wade MacLauchlan presented the Premier's Craft Education Award to (left to right)Pradeepa Mahawattage and Netnmini Siriwardane during Old Home Week. Missing from the photo is Michelle Holland.

Since 1924, the PEIWI has played an integral part in Old Home Week. The PEIWI Handcrafts, Horticulture and Arts Show is an annual competition of arts and crafts submitted from Islanders artisans. The Premier’s Craft Education Award is comprised of three $1,000 prize to fund training and skill development of chosen artists and craft on Prince Edward Island.

Period of Purple Crying campaign
Purple Crying campaign
Women's Institute members are invited to click your needles together for PEI babies

Period of Purple Crying® is a prevention program to help educate parents and caregivers about normal infant crying and the dangers of shaking an infant. Members are asked to support this program by knitting or crocheting purple baby caps. Hats are still needed. Please inquire or drop off at the WI office.


Welcome to the PEI Women's Institute 

Since 1911: The first branch on PEI was established in 1911, the Prince Edward Island Women's Institute (PEIWI) has been creating positive change in our Island communities. Now, with almost 80 branches and with over slightly over 1,000 members, members of the PEIWI focus on home, family, and culture through collaboration, education and sharing.

Our Mission:
PEI Women's Institute enrich, education and reviatlize women, families, and communities through actions taken by informed and inspired women.

Your Invitation:
We invite you to learn more about the PEIWI and find out for yourself how you can make a difference. Call 902-629-5989 or email today. 

Online Calender of Events

View WI events by month at a glance. Send details of your branch activities and events by email to be added to the online calendar.

Founder's Day & Women’s Institute Island Product Cooking Contest

The fifth annual Cooking Contest aimed at students in grades seven through twelve takes place in February 2019. Students are invited to send in recipes which contain at least three agri-based or fishery ingredients. Top entries in those categories will be selected to prepare appetizer size portions of their recipe during the final cook off during WI’s Founder's Day Celebrations on February 13, 2019 (details on Founder's Day coming soon).   Deadline to apply for the cooking contest is December 15, 2018.  Recipe Forms and Entry forms available.

New Year's Day Levee

Join PEIWI board members for their 6th annual Levee at the Farm Centre, 420 University Avenue.  10:30am-noon.  Light refreshments will be served.

Community Builders - Your Story

Women’s Institute branches have always provided a layer of connectivity across the Island and is hoped to capture this essence through a community builder book project. Past National President Marie Kenny is looking to combine a collection of stories of past and present WI members who have created legacies on Prince Edward Island. The short stories are to be a maximum of 500 words with the following: a brief bio about yourself, where you are from, where you came from, about your family; how you came to be part of the Women’s Institute movement; what community means to you, some of your involvement and how it has enriched your life; what have you learned from being a WI member, and how being a community builder has changed or inspired you. Submission deadline is January 1, 2019. View online for further details or contact Marie Kenny at   

The year of 2018 - Highlights included Senate Medals

12 Senate medals were handed out to the current and past Presidents.  During Founder's Day Celebrations in Februay, The Honourable Elizabeth Hubley awarded medals to twelve recipients of the PEI Women's Institute commemorating the 150th seating of the Senate. These recipients represented the entire WI membership across Prince Edward Island for their "enthusiasm, commitment and sheer hard work for making a real difference in the day-to-day lives of Islanders across the Province".  View here for a full list of recipients and details on this latest accolade. 

Festive Country Christmas

Alan Preston of Hearts and Flowers demonstrated various Christmas arrangements recently.  View images on WI's page on Facebook for some great ideas!

2019 WI Handcraft, Horticulture and Arts Show

The 95th Handcrafts, Horticulture and Arts Show at the provincial exhibition will take place August 8 to 17, 2019. The official guide will be out in early in 2019. For reference for the next year's show please refer to the online to the 2018 handbook.

Check out the 2018 list of demonstrations including Results for Week 1!   Results for Week 2Special Awards and Prizes!  Congratulations to Dianne Coffin for winning this year's Premier's Craft Education Award! 

Annual Roadside Cleanup

See details and winners from the cleanup held in spring of 2018: Cash contest winners!  Next Roadside Cleanup in it's 47th year will be held May 11, 2019.

WI Provincial Convention

The next WI Provincial Convention will be held at Slemon Park in Summerside on May 11, 2019. Check back for details. 

Ongoing Partnership

PEI Women's Institute is pleased to once again partner with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries to continue valued projects and programs. Thank you on behalf of all branches, members and communities across Prince Edward Island for the continued commitment and support.

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New Branches For more information on applying to open a new branch or about a branch in your area please contact the office at or 902-368-4860.

Speaker Series
A list of diverse speakers are now available for your branch meetings.


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Phone: (902) 368-4860

40 Enman Crescent, Room 105
Charlottetown, PE  C1E 1E6
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