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The Women’s Institutes movement arrived in Manitoba in 1910 when a group at Morris formed an organization to provide an educational and lobbying forum for rural women.

Presidents

Period

President

Community

1911-1912

Mrs. A. H. Chisholm

Morris

1912-1913

Mrs. R. W. McCharles

Manitou

1913-1918

Mrs. J. W. Dayton

Virden

1918-1923

Mrs. David Watt

Birtle

1923-1926

Mrs. T. A. Cohoe

Pilot Mound

1926-1929

Mrs. W. H. T. Peake

Transcona

1929-1931

Mrs. George Simmie

Solsgirth

1931-1933

Mrs. T. A. Bulloch

Reston

1933-1935

Miss Mabel Childerhose

Rosser

1935-1937

Margaret Ethel MacTavish Armstrong (wife of G. T. Armstrong)

Manitou

1937-1939

Mrs. John L. Rose

Ochre River

1939-1941

Mrs. W. H. Hicks

Souris

1941-1943

Mrs. T. L. Townsend

Birtle

1943-1945

Mrs. R. J. Burgess

Clearwater

1945-1946

Mrs. George Langdon

Langruth

1946-1948

Mrs. R. Palmer

Waskada

1948-1950

Mrs. D. L. Cameron (wife of D. L. Cameron)

Manitou

1950-1952

Mrs. G. C. Catley

Sanford

1952-1953

Mrs. A. E. Underhill

Hartney

1953-1955

Mrs. W. J. Johnston

Swan River

1955-1957

Edna Ida McFadden Forrester (1888-1971), wife of W. R. Forrester

Emerson

1957-1959

Mrs. William Thomson

Souris

1959-1961

Mrs. R. J. Moss

Amaranth

1961-1963

Mrs. George Black

Pilot Mound

1963-1965

Mrs. Don Burton

Swan River

1965-1967

Mrs. E. V. Fulton

Birtle

1967-1969

Mrs. E. R. James

Grosse Isle

1969-1970

Mrs. S. D. Price

Warren

1970-1972

Mrs. A. J. Poole

Kemnay

1972-1974

Mrs. E. Weight

Douglas

1974-1976

Mrs. W. D. Warren

Great Falls

1976-1978

Mrs. W. E. Brake

Boissevain

1978-1980

Kathleen Alice “Kay” Hamblin (1923-2004)

St. Jean Baptiste

1980-1982

Lois Edie

Dugald

1982-1984

Marion McNabb

Basswood

1984-1986

Edna Hammond

Deloraine

1986-1988

Audrey Turbett

Lilyfield

1988-1990

Alice McLaren

Clearwater

1990-1992

Joyce Johnson

Rivers

1992-1994

Lois Neabel

Minnedosa

1994-1996

Audrey Grier

?

1996-1998

Barbara Stienwandt

Grandview

1998-2000

Helen Rigby

Oak Ridge

Chapters

Community

Organized

Charter No.

Charter Year

Altona

1936

172

1936

Amaranth

?

143

1932

Arborg

1961

305

1965

Arden

1939

187

1947

Arizona

1916

65

1922

276

1957

Arnaud

1915

25

1922

Arrow River

1922

119

1922

Arwood

1915

304

1968

Ashern

1910

5

1922

Austin

1915

26

1922

Avonlea

1922

117

1922

Baldur

1937

178

1940

Balmoral

1917

73

1922

Bardal

1940

239

1956

Basswood

1918

76

1922

Beausejour

1932

144

1932

289

1959

Belmont

1915

23

1922

Benito

1912

15

1922

Berton

1922

124

1922

Beulah

1916

52

1922

195

1950

Bield

1916

53

1922

Big Woody

1945

196

1950

Binscarth

1928

136

1931

177

1939

Birch River

1933

156

1934

Birchwood

1934

160

1935

Birds Hill

1916

54

1922

Birdtail

1923

132

1924

Birtle

1910

11

1922

Boissevain

1915

27

1922

Bowsman

1921

113

1922

282

1957

Brandon

1917

71

1922

307

1965

Broomhill

1951

240

1956

Brunkild

1931

140

1931

Camper

1939

179

1940

Cardale

1949

241

1956

Carman

1922

126

1922

Carroll

1933

157

1933

Cartwright

?

145

1932

Charleswood

1916

81

1922

Chatfield

1934

162

1935

291

1959

Clanwilliam

1946

197

1950

Clearwater

1918

88

1922

Cold Springs

1921

106

1922

Cordova

1961

301

1963

Coulter

1918

103

1922

Crandall

1915

28

1922

281

1957

Crestview

1952

242

1956

Crocus

1946

198

1950

Cromarty

?

146

1932

Crystal City

1920

107

1922

Culross

1922

125

1922

Cypress River

1916

105

1922

Dand

1949

243

1956

Darlingford

1922

110

1922

Davidson

1939

183

1944

Decker

1920

111

1922

Deepdale

1945

199

1950

Deloraine

1910

12

1922

Domain

1947

200

1950

Dominion City

1915

24

1922

Douglas

1948

210

1950

Dry River

1946

211

1950

Duck Mountain

1947

238

1950

Dufresne

1958

286

1959

Dugald

1915

30

1922

302

1965

Dumfries

1939

188

1947

Durban

1915

22

1922

Ebor

1927

203

1928

Eden

1950

245

1956

Edrans

1918

32

1922

Edwin

1915

33

1922

Egilson

1946

212

1950

Egremont

1932

151

1932

Elgin

1952

244

1956

Elkhorn

1915

35

1922

Ellenville

1919

36

1922

Elm Creek

1920

34

1922

Elphinstone

1921

37

1922

Elva

1918

38

1922

295

1960

Emerson

1910

7

1922

299

1962

Erickson

1937

190

1950

Ethelbert

1916

118

1922

Ewart

?

147

1932

Fairdale

1947

213

1950

Fairford

1947

246

1956

Fannystelle

1949

247

1956

Fisher Branch

1948

214

1950

Fisherton

1948

215

1950

Flee Island

1917

40

1922

Flin Flon

1935

168

1935

Fork River

1916

41

1922

Foxwarren

1916

42

1922

270

1956

Gilbert Plains

1914

16

1922

Gimli

1917

44

1922

288

1959

Gladstone

1915

21

1922

Glenora

1955

248

1956

Grand Narrows

1953

249

1956

Grandview

1915

46

1922

Graysville

1918

47

1922

Great Falls

1958

285

1959

Green Ridge

1935

164

1935

Gretna

1947

216

1950

Grosse Isle

1946

217

1950

Grunthal

1960

293

1960

Gunton

?

148

1932

Gypsumville

1921

48

1922

Hadashville

1958

284

1959

Hamiota

1910

14

1922

Hamiota Girl’s

1921

50

1922

Harding

1965

?

 

Harlington

1936

176

1937

Harmony - Fork River

1946

250

1956

Hartney

1915

31

1922

Hullett, Glendenning, Tisdale

1928

208

1928

Inglis

?

149

1932

Inwood

1919

85

1922

287

1959

Iroquois

1928

206

1928

272

1956

Isabella

1920

100

1922

Jaques

1956

274

1956

Justice

1951

251

1956

Kaleida

1936

173

1937

Kelwood

1947

218

1950

Kemnay

1960

294

1960

Kenton

1917

101

1922

Keyes

1930

138

1931

Killarney

1915

55

1922

309

1967

Kirkhams Bridge

1950

252

1956

Lake Francis

1922

114

1922

Langruth

1917

56

1922

LaRiviere

1915

57

1922

Lauder

1938

191

1950

Lavinia

1946

219

1950

Lenore

1915

58

1922

283

1957

Lenswood

1935

169

1936

Lidstone

1918

59

1922

264

1956

Linwood

1928

205

1928

Livingstone

1921

60

1922

Lowe Farm

1947

220

1950

Lundar

1916

61

1922

Lyleton

1918

62

1922

275

1957

MacGregor

1918

63

1922

278

1957

Magnet

1935

166

1935

Makaroff

1922

123

1922

Makinak

1921

64

1922

Manitou

1910

13

1922

Manson

1945

221

1950

Marchand

1938

180

1940

Marquette

1922

122

1922

Mayfield

1916

66

1922

McAuley

1919

67

1922

189

1949

McConnell

1946

223

1950

McCreary

1922

128

1922

277

1957

Medora

1919

68

1922

Melita

1915

69

1922

Melton

1916

79

1922

Miniota

1915

72

1922

266

1956

Minitonas

1914

17

1922

Minnedosa

1910

8

1922

Moline

1916

74

1922

Moore Park

1918

75

1922

Morris

1910

1

1922

Mountain Gap

1946

222

1950

Mountain Valley

1930

142

1931

Mt. Lildon

1946

224

1950

Mt. Vallent

1948

253

1956

Myrtle

1920

77

 

225

1950

306

1965

Napinka

1921

78

1922

Narcisse

1923

201

1925

310

1969

Neepawa

1910

2

1922

Newdale - Ravens Glen

1955

256

1956

300

1962

Niverville

1949

254

1956

1949

296

1961

North Durban

1944

226

1950

Northcote

1928

207

1928

Norwood

1923

134

1929

159

1929

Oak Bluff

1954

255

1956

Oak Lake

1910

4

1922

Oak Point

1927

204

1928

Oak Ridge

1936

170

1936

Oak River

1921

83

1922

Oakburn

1915

80

1922

Ochre River

1919

82

1922

Onanole

1946

227

1950

Osprey-Stoney Creek

1947

228

1950

Pelican Lake

1937

175

1937

Pembroke

1922

121

1922

Pierson

1921

84

1922

297

1961

Pilot Mound

1910

3

1922

130

1922

Piney

1939

186

1945

Pipestone

1920

86

1922

Pleasant Valley

1947

229

1950

Plum Coulee

1919

87

1922

Portage la Prairie

1915

39

1922

279

1957

Pretty Valley

1939

184

1944

Rathwell

1939

194

1950

Regent

1951

257

1956

Reston

1919

89

1922

Ridgeville

1939

193

1950

Rivers

1917

90

1922

273

1956

Riverton

1948

230

1950

Roblin

1915

91

1922

Rochedale

1925

202

1928

Roland

1915

92

1922

Rorketon

1929

209

1931

Roseisle

1922

127

1922

Rossburn

1921

94

1922

269

1956

Rosser

1915

93

1922

298

1961

Rothesay

1947

231

1950

Ruby-Durban

1938

182

1944

Russell

1915

95

1922

280

1957

Sanford

1930

139

1931

265

1956

Shell River

1940

181

1942

271

1956

Shellmouth

?

96

1922

Shoal Lake

1915

97

1922

263

1956

Shortdale

1919

108

1922

Sidney

1926

135

1931

Sifton

1916

98

1922

Silverton

1948

232

1950

Sinclair

1935

163

1935

Solsgirth

1915

29

1922

Somerset

1921

101

1922

Souris

1914

18

1922

Sperling

1915

43

1922

Sprague

1920

102

1922

Springvale

1949

258

1956

Square Plains

1935

167

1936

St. Andrews

1946

233

1950

St. Norbert

1951

259

1956

St. Vital

1929

137

1931

Steele

1935

165

1935

Steinbach

1931

141

1931

Stockton

?

104

1922

Stony Mountain

1914

19

1922

Strathclair

?

150

1932

Swan Lake

1915

45

1922

Swan River

1910

6

1922

290

1959

Swan Valley

1939

185

1944

268

1956

Sylvethe

1936

174

1937

Taras

1932

154

1932

Teulon

1949

260

1956

The Pas

1934

161

1935

Tilston

1921

109

1922

Tolstoi

1915

303

1965

Transcona

1915

49

1922

Treherne

1915

51

1922

Tummel

1921

112

1922

Two Creeks

1938

192

1950

267

1956

Union

1946

234

1950

Valender - Lady Hubble

1956

292

1959

Valley River

1965

?

 

Virden

1910

10

1922

Vista

1955

261

1956

Vita

1933

155

1933

Warren

1922

120

1922

Waskada

1920

115

1922

235

1950

Whitewater

1915

79

1922

Willen

1948

236

1950

Wilson River

1910

9

1922

152

1932

Winkler

1922

128

1922

Winnipeg

1914

20

1922

Winnipegosis

1916

116

1922

Woodmore

1945

237

1950

Woodville

1952

262

1956

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Women’s Institutes Plaque (Main Street, Morris)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Fisher Branch Women’s Institute Monument (RM of Fisher)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Ranchvale Women’s Institute Monument (RM of Rossburn)

Sources:

The Great Human Heart: A History of the Manitoba Women’s Institute, 1910-1980 by Manitoba Women’s Institute, 1980.

The Great Human Heart II: A History of the Manitoba Women’s Institute, 1980-2000 by Manitoba Women’s Institute, 2000.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 August 2020

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