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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 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.
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Remembering the Past and Looking Ahead
IODE’s founder, Margaret Polson Murray, worked enthusiastically and tirelessly to establish an organization in 1900 based on the pillars of patriotism and charity, values that are still relevant today. IODE members continue to show and take pride in their love of their country and record thousands of hours each year volunteering to make a difference in their communities.
In his installation speech in 2010, Canada’s 28th Governor General David Johnston announced three focus areas for his term of office; the third focus was to encourage philanthropy and volunteerism. Then, in 2013, His Excellency launched “My Giving Moment”, a national multimedia campaign to encourage Canadians to discover and seize their “giving moments” and then act on them.
This is something that IODE members have been doing very well for 116 years. While many chapters were formed to assist in the war effort, their focus has changed over the years to reflect the changing needs of our society. The contributions of members to the well-being of individuals in their communities makes a difference in their lives: equipment and furnishings for hospitals, assistance for day care centres or seniors’ centres, scholarships at all levels, assistance to veterans and to the men and women of our Armed Forces and support for transitional housing centres. IODE has been involved in all aspects of community life.
Many chapters were formed during the period 1914 – 1918, initially to help with the war effort. Those chapters who are celebrating their 100th Anniversaries during this time period are an important part of Canadian history.
We are a part of Canadian history. World War Women is a temporary exhibit on display now at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa until 03 April 2016. It tells part of the story of the women who served in the military or volunteered their time during World War 1. IODE is recognized in the display but more work can be done to honour and record the tremendous efforts of IODE members during that period of our history. If you are ever given the opportunity to assist with research into women’s efforts during wartime, I encourage you to do so. It is important to maintain this history and ensure that future generations are educated about IODE’s significant contribution during wartime.
Yes, our history is important. So, too, is our future. What lies ahead? IODE volunteers are still needed in our society. Chapter members will continue meeting the needs of others by supporting students; recognizing police officers, firefighters and other outstanding community service workers; increasing awareness to help alleviate child abuse and neglect; providing clothing, bedding, food and hygiene products for local and remote communities; assisting victims of disasters; and by welcoming new Canadians and celebrating all Canadians. Keep Mrs. Murray’s legacy alive.
Under the jurisdiction of the National Chapter of Canada IODE are provincial, municipal and primary chapters across Canada. With approximately 3,000 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.
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