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.
The I.O.D.E. (Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire) was founded February 13, 1900 by Margaret Polson Murray. She Recognized the need for loyal support for Canadians departing to fight with the Empire forces in South Africa. She formed a women's organization based on the foundations of Patriotism, Loyalty, and Service in New Brunswick.
It has changed over the years, losing its cumbersome name of Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire to be known now as simply IODE. It now stands for "women dedicated to a better Canada". Instead of sending parcels to soldiers fighting over seas and taking care of their families at home, chapters now fight modern causes like literacy, child abuse, and try to meet the needs of women and children. We particulary focus on children. IODE is in every province and territory of the country.
It is a Canadian Women's charitable organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children, youth and those in need through social service, citizenship and educational programs.
Our Patron is HER Majesty the Queen. Queen Elizabeth 11 Honorary Patron - The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario-The Honourable James K. Bartleman.
The Preston Chapter IODE was founded in 1920. Our mission is to imporve life for children, youth and those in need, through educational, social services and citizenship programs.
We meet on the second Tuesday of the month (nine months of the year) to hear reports, enjoy a speaker and partake in a social time. In keeping with the times, afternoon meetings have been replaced by evening meetings to accommodate working members. Meetings start at 7 p.m.
Our first Regent (now known as President) was Mrs. Frank Pattison. Thirty-five members met and the name of the Chapter and Motto "Lest we Forget" were chosen. Within a year the membership grew to over 100.
The early years saw members raising funds to furnish the Preston wing of the Old hospital, doing relief work during the depression, offering sewing classes, distributing seeds, holding nutrition classes, organizing home nursing classes, and starting the Girl Guides in 1929. During the Second World War Christmas boxes were assembled and sent to the troops and for needy families, members knit items for those in need and operated salvage operations to collect steel and reusable items for the war effort.
Nationally IODE members across Canada were able to purchase hospital, ships, ambulances and aircraft for our troops. One unique wartime gift was the purchase of 87 bridal gowns, which were worn by hundreds of British War Brides. After the war, Memorial funds were established to aid children of veterans to study in Universities.
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