By Mamta Lulla
Stony Plain Women’s Institute has been around for more than 100 years and throughout this time, they have supported women and organizations in the community.
Now they are hoping the community can support the group.
At the annual Cottage Crafters Christmas sale, the group attracts about 200 people. This year, the fundraiser is on Nov. 4 from 10 .m. to 3 p.m. The event will take place at the Stony Plain United Church at 51 Ave. in Stony Plain.
The money raised from the fundraiser goes towards running the institute but also to other organizations.
Willa Pederson, advertising coordinator for the annual crafts sale fundraiser said after the fundraiser the group meets and discusses which organizations can use some portion of the money. She said different organizations are chosen, but one organization that usually receives support consistently is the Stony Plain Public Library.
The organization’s mandate is to support women of all ages to achieve change, personal growth, communication and education.
Keeping the group’s vision in mind, the organizers host monthly meetings inviting speakers from other organizations to speak to women who attend the meetings. In the past, the group has hosted speakers who have talked to the group about various topics like estate and wills for example.
Pederson said the women’s institute acts as a support group for women of all ages. Those attending meetings will find information about other groups in the community and get to meet women in the community.
Although, the group is open to women of all ages, it attracts more senior members.
Pederson said that’s something the group members haven’t figured out.
“We don’t know why, I guess it’s hard to attract younger people because they are so busy,” she said.
She said there are women’s institute all across Canada and also internationally. Group meetings are held in other cities like Red Deer and also internationally.
For more information on the Christmas Craft sale and information about the vendors find the group on Facebook @Stony Plain Women’s Institute.