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Brooksdale WI member elected provincial FWIO president

LAURA GREEN FOR INGERSOLL TIMES

Oxford County will be on the map again, as the newly elected president of the Federated Women's Institute of Ontario travels across Ontario during her term of office.

"I didn't know what the Women's Institute organization was, until I took the position as County Home Economist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food (OMAF) in 1965 -67 in Oxford County" commented the newly elected Carol (Wood) Innes during her interview.

The County Home Economist worked closely with the local branches of the Women's Institute (W. I.) to implement the 4-H Homemaking programs for girls and adult short courses in the area of home economics. Local branches would provide the leaders and financial support to the local 4-H clubs.

After her marriage to Allan Innes -a dairy farmer from the Brooksdale area in 1973, she joined the Brooksdale branch. When asked why did she join? -Carol responded "I wanted to meet the neighbours". Now as provincial president, she will be meeting members from across Ontario.

Innes taught Home Economics at Woodstock Collegiate Institute from September 1969 to June 73. The next year, she taught and set up the home economics program at Zorra Highland Park School, Embro. After her marriage, Carol focused on raising their family of four daughters and a son and working on their dairy farm.

Besides her involvement with work of women's institute, Carol was a unit Guider with 1st Embro Guides and a District commission for Girl Guides of Canada. She is actively involved in programs at her church in Stratford.

Innes will be working with the board of directors on their strategic plan which can be found on the fwio. on.cawebsite. She encourages each branch "to continue working on their membership, partnering with other community groups and advocacy to better your community".

On May 2, Oxford District Women's Institute hosted a reception to congratulate their first member from the district to become provincial president.