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 community. 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.
Remembrance Day 2014
This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of World War I.
Many women joined IODE during the war to find support and friendship while their male relatives were overseas. They found the strength and skills to raise money, fund projects and make a difference.
Special service bars were created for members to wear with their membership badges. The red 1914 bar was worn with the membership badge of a member whose son was a soldier.
IODE chapters donated ambulances, wheel chairs, stretchers and machine guns; established field kitchens and clubs for returned, disabled soldiers; and established centres in Canada for making hospital supplies and field comforts. Exclusive of the value of material used for comforts, a total sum of approximately $5,500,000 was raised and expended by chapters during 1914-1918. A remarkable achievement, second only to the contribution of the Red Cross.
Canada's total casualties were 67,000 killed and 173,000 wounded. We cannot forget their sacrifices. We need to continue to tell their stories.
Please take the time on 11 November to stop and remember the sacrifices of those soldiers. Remember, too, Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Corporal Nathan Cirillo, tragically killed on Canadian soil in October 2014. Remember their families.
Lest we forget. N'oublions jamais.
In Memoriam - Corporal Nathan Cirillo
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.
2015 IODE War Memorial Scholarship
As World War I ended, The National Chapter of Canada initiated a living memorial to 60,000 Canadians whose lives were sacrificed. This War Memorial, approved at the 1918 Annual Meeting in Montreal, provided bursaries for university studies in Canada to children of men killed or permanently disabled in the Great War.
Immediately, a campaign to raise $500,000 began and by 1920 the first bursaries were awarded.
Each province was assigned one award of $250 a year for four years (later increased to $300). Where there was no candidate, the bursary went to another province.
In 1929, the War Memorial Fund of the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire was enacted by special act (Bill 8) of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario.
The War Memorial Committee in each province chose candidates based on their school record, health and character, the war service of their father and the family’s financial circumstances. Both principal and interest of the Fund provided these bursaries until 1937. No awards were offered during the war years and bursaries ended in 1965. Scholarships based on academic excellence continued to be offered.
The War Memorial Post Graduate Scholarships began in 1921 for one college graduate from each province to spend one year at a British University. Among the first to hold this scholarship for 1922-1923 at King’s College, University of London, was Bertha M. Lawrence from Alberta.
The value of a scholarship was $1,400 until 1930 when it was raised to $1,600. Post Graduate Scholarship used only the Fund’s income. No awards were offered during the war years and when peace was finally declared, in 1946, the members of IODE decided to establish a Second War Memorial to honour the memory of forty some thousand men and women who lost their lives for Canada and in defense of freedom. The Post Graduate Scholarships from the two War Memorials Funds were originally offered in specific fields of study.
Today, there is no such restriction. Applicants must be Canadian citizens and in at least the second year of their doctoral program. Scholarships valued at $15,000 are now awarded to students attending Canadian or Commonwealth universities. A committee in the province of the candidate’s first degree makes selections and forwards nominations to the National Chapter where the final decisions are made. The National Selection Committee is comprised of five IODE members and three professors from different universities. The National Chapter of Canada IODE War Memorial Scholars have made important contributions to Canada and the world in medicine, science, business, politics and academia.
Applications for the 2015 IODE War Memorial Scholarships are now being accepted. For more information, please visit the IODE War Memorial pages on our website here or contact the IODE War Memorial Officer at IODE Canada.