150 Years – Changing Roles, Changing Times

May 5 – 6, 2017
Russell, MB

For over 100 years, Manitoba Women’s Institute has worked for the betterment of women and their families. And there is still much work to do!! Come and join us for the MWI annual meeting and conference. The company will be great, and the speakers will inspire.

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Friday, May 5th

MWI and PCWM networking meeting

Registration opens

Panel: Women in Changing Roles, Changing Community

Speaker: Lynda Trono

Speaker: Ayla Hamilton

Keynote speaker: Laura Rance-Unger
Fashion show

Saturday, May 6th

Annual General Meeting

Lynda Trono

Poverty and its Impact in Our Changing World

Lynda is a Community Minister at West Broadway Community Ministry and a 2015 recipient of the Provincial Council of Women’s Not Afraid to Get Your Hands Dirty award. This award honours Manitoban women who work for social change. Lynda works for such things as better welfare rates, food allowances, housing, and human rights. She campaigned for the Shoal Lake First Nation’s road and is the past chairperson of the Make Poverty History Manitoba committee. Her motto is “Let’s make it happen.”

Ayla Hamilton

Making a Difference

Ayla has given a lifetime of citizenship work in 18 years. In addition to countless hours of volunteer time to her community, province and country, Ayla, along with her brother, started and maintain Kids Helping Kids, an organization that raises funds to assist in the reunification of families who are separated when parents come to Manitoba ( from Philippines and Jamaica) to work and to start a new life. Ayla was also one of 13 youth delegates who travelled across Canada to provide a youth perspective at the United Church of Canada’s General Council in 2015. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, and has been a guest and keynote speaker at many events and conferences. Ayla believes citizenship is a responsibility and lives this out in all the moments of her young life.

Laura Rance-Unger

Laura is an award-winning journalist who has been writing about farm and rural issues for nearly 30 years. She grew up on a farm in southern Manitoba and has lived in rural communities for most of her career. Laura is currently editor of the Manitoba Co-operator and a business columnist with the Winnipeg Free Press. She works from her home near Carman.