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 War Memorial Doctoral Scholarships
IODE War Memorial Scholarship Applications for 2014-2015 Are Now Being Accepted Online * Deadline 01 December 2013
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.
New National President E. Anne Mason
E. Anne Mason was installed as 43rd in the long line of remarkable women who have served as President of The National Chapter of Canada IODE at the National Annual Meeting in Calgary, Alberta, on 01 June 2013.
Anne is a charter member of IODE Holland Landing, Holland Landing, Ontario, and has held numerous positions in that chapter since its bestowal in 1987, including Secretary, Membership Officer, Services Officer, Treasurer and President.
She was elected to the Executive Committee of the Provincial Chapter of Ontario IODE in April 1989. Anne served the Provincial chapter as Assistant Education Officer, Education Officer and Membership Officer, Annual Meeting Convenor, War Memorial Convenor, 2nd and 1st Vice-President.
In 2007, Anne was elected Provincial President, a position she held for two years. By virtue of this office, Anne was a National Vice-President of IODE Canada. Anne was elected to the National Executive Committee in 1990 and has served as Office Administrator, Echoes Officer, Secretary, Co-Chairman of the National Annual Meeting, 2nd and 1st Vice-President. She has been a member of all National sub-committees since 2007, travelling on a regular basis to take an active part in committee meetings. She has served on the following committees: Echoes Editorial, Labrador Bursary, Nominating, 100th Anniversary Grant Program, 110th Anniversary, IODE Violet Downey Book Award, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, War Memorial and Website. Anne has also been the representative of IODE Canada to the Canadian National Exhibition Association. During her time as 2nd Vice-President and 1st Vice-President she represented the National President at special events and annual meetings of chapters at all levels.
She has given freely of her time and talents and has generously donated quilts for the early registrants of National Annual Meetings. Her quiet, gracious manner and sincere interest in members and chapter activities has generated enthusiasm for our outstanding women’s organization.
Anne grew up in the small farming community of Zephyr, ON, close to her birthplace of Newmarket, the town in which she lives today with her husband Roy. She completed her formal education at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she received a BA in Psychology and Physical Education. Roy and Anne have one son, Ryan, who lives in Vancouver with his wife, May.
In her career, Anne worked at the Newmarket Court House for nine years in various capacities including secretarial for the criminal court and as court room clerk in the family division. She also acted as a Volunteer Probation Officer for one year. An avid quilter, Anne belongs to two quilters’ guilds. She enjoys downhill skiing, travelling, gardening, kayaking, digital scrapbooking, reading and spending time at the family cottage on Bass Lake, just outside of Orillia, Ontario.
Anne is honoured to have been presented with IODE life memberships at both the primary and provincial levels. She is proud to have been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. As she assumes the leadership of IODE Canada, Anne continues to be a strong advocate of IODE's values and goals. She is committed to strengthening the organization’s presence and involvements in communities throughout Canada.
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.