The Manitoba Women’s Institute has received $10,700 from the province towards a centennial project focused on developing community leadership in rural areas, Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Minister Stan Struthers has announced.
“Through the past 100 years, the insight, fortitude and determination of the members of the Manitoba Women’s Institute created the firm foundation of an organization that has surpassed many in its ability to keep in step with the times, enabling it to respond to the changing needs and interests of rural women,” said Struthers.
The Women in Leadership Project’s goal is to strengthen young women’s capacity as potential leaders in their communities and organizations through education, exposure to other female role models and through networking opportunities.
Each of the 10 workshops in the program will feature a woman who is recognized for her leadership to inspire participants to make a difference in their communities and province. These events will also provide an opportunity to make contacts, exchange ideas and build networks.
Struthers also announced the Manitoba Women’s Institute is receiving a $1,000 Hometown Manitoba grant that will help fund a memorial bench in Morris, the community where the institute was first established in Manitoba 100 years ago.
The funds announced last week are in addition to the $35,300 annual operating grant the institute receives from the Manitoba government.