Women's Institutes of Nova Scotia

Mandate: The Women's Institutes of Nova Scotia continue to provide opportunities to enhance the quality of life, through education and personal development, allowing us to meet the changing needs of our local and global communities.

Vision: "Learning, sharing and improving the quality of life for all."

Motto: "For Home and Country"

These four words outline the purpose of the organization. "Home" is the first priority, assisting women to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to meet the demands of home, family and work.

"Country" starts with the community of which the organization forms a part, and extends throughout the nation and into the international field.

Aims and Objectives

  • To help rural and urban women acquire knowledge and skills needed to meet the demands of life in the 21st century, including food and nutrition, education, consumer awareness, environmental issues, balancing family and working life;
  • To encourage and assist women to become aware of issues affecting them;
  • To discover, develop and train potential leaders;
  • To encourage good citizenship through informative and stimulating programs and projects;
  • To preserve traditional arts and crafts and to encourage learning of new skills;
  • To foster concern and cooperation among women for the betterment of home and country and the world-wide community.

These objectives are accomplished through programs, projects, information exchanges, leadership training courses, national and international affiliations, submissions to all levels of government, and service on boards and agencies--all with an effort to promote and improve the role of women in our society.

Interests and Concerns

The Women's Institutes of Nova Scotia are concerned with:

  • Leadership Development
  • Quality of Family Life
  • Farm Health and Safety
  • Status of Women
  • Nutrition and Health
  • Education and Literacy
  • Domestic Abuse
  • International Understanding
  • The Environment
  • Promotion of the Nova Scotia Agricultural Industry and Agri-food products
  • Preserving Traditional Crafts