IODE Chapters in the News
IODE Chapters, members, and their good works are in the news. Click on the image to view the most recent stories here.
IODE Calendar of Events
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Echoes is the official publication for IODE members across Canada. Published continually since 1902, it is issued twice each year. View past issues of Echoes.
The Joys of Membership
By joining IODE Canada, you will become part of a growing community of women who play an important role in making a difference in the lives of children, youth, and those in need. Become a Member!
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Founded in 1900, IODE Canada is a national women's charitable organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals through education support, community service, and citizenship programs.
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IODE Canada is a national women's charitable organization. Women of all ages, from all walks of life and educational backgrounds, meet in local chapters for fun, friendship and community volunteerism.
Members volunteer with and for people, focusing on Children, Education and Community Services. Each IODE chapter has the independence to choose and support projects in their own neighbourhood. If you have just a few hours to spare monthly, you can make a difference and form lifelong friendships.
IODE membership is many things to many people. It is this diversification that holds the interest of the members and attracts others to it. What other organization has so much to offer to so many and in such different age groups?
The main benefit of belonging to IODE is being part of a like-minded group of women who work together to improve the quality of life for those in need.
Heritage and Traditions
IODE is proud of its heritage and traditions. In 1900, Margaret Polson Murray of Montreal encouraged the formation of a federation of women to promote patriotism, loyalty and service to others.
The first chapter, Federation of the Daughters of the Empire, was formed in Fredericton, New Brunswick on 05 January 1900. Primary chapters were formed in quick succession across Canada as were junior chapters.
In 1901, the Federation was incorporated as Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire and Children of the Junior Branch. IODE was incorporated as a Canadian women's organization by a special act of the Parliament of Canada in 1917.
IODE Founder's Day Message 2014
Teamwork. We have one person to thank for organizing the team of like-minded individuals who rallied together in 1900 to create IODE. In the book Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire, Golden Jubilee 1900 – 1950, we are reminded “Mrs. Clark Murray was in England at the outbreak of war where she met many women who were anxious to help on the home front but were handicapped by lack of channels through which to work. Upon her return to Canada she resolved to form an organization based on the foundations of Patriotism, Loyalty and Service.” Those foundations are still relevant today.
Teamwork is defined as the combined effort of a group of people towards one goal in mind. When you participate in teamwork, the workload for everyone is much lighter.
Margaret Polson Murray may have been just one person but she had a vision to create an organization based on patriotism and charity. Her campaign to gather women together under these ideals resulted in thousands of women working together across Canada for a common goal.
The IODE team is composed of members across Canada in primary, municipal and provincial chapters, all combined together into one National organization. In each chapter there are leaders (the president, officers and convenors) and followers (chapter members who comprise the committees in each department and help fulfill the goals of the chapter). One cannot successfully accomplish those goals without the other. Each team member has a significant impact on the success of a project. Maintaining a positive attitude and overcoming the challenges are essential components of that success.
There are opportunities within IODE for the leaders and followers to gain new experiences by taking on different roles within the organization at other levels. This is a healthy way to generate new interest in a department and can provide a new challenge for all members of a chapter.
Another valuable part of the IODE team is the network of community partners and associates that has been developed over years of the good works accomplished in the towns and cities where IODE has played a part in community life. Take the time to express appreciation to those members of the community who benefit from our presence.
Together, as a team, we can continue our founder’s vision for a unique organization, sharing her goals with those around us.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Helen Keller
Under the jurisdiction of the National Chapter of Canada IODE are Provincial, Municipal and Primary chapters across Canada. With approximately 4,000 members across Canada in more than 200 chapters, the IODE tradition of serving children, youth and those in need continues. The name IODE was officially adopted in the 1970's. We are a federally chartered charitable organization.
IODE Canada and our members across Canada undertake an extensive variety of charitable and philanthropic projects every year. These include financial assistance and contributions of time and effort to students, educational institutions, hospitals, the under-privileged and those in need.
IODE 100th Anniversary Grant Program
IODE Canada President E. Anne Mason and Honorary Vice President Pamela Gallagher, Chairman of the IODE 100th Anniversary Grant Program have announced that details for the 2015 Grant Program are now available. Please click here for more information.
The IODE 100th Anniversary Grant Program is aimed at the prevention and rehabilitation of children and youth at risk of abuse and neglect. The Grant was created for IODE’s centennial year in 2000 as a financial gift from IODE members. It is intended to benefit children as well as to celebrate the longstanding commitment IODE has to Canada’s youth. The Grant was first awarded in 2001 and continues in alternate years.
Applications are accepted between 01 September and 31 October 2014. The winner will be announced on IODE Founder’s Day, 13 February 2015.