BMWI to hold Christmas Fundraising Auction for local Hospice and Lazarus House


Submitted by Jeanne Lambert

The Bishop’s Mills Women’s Institute will be hosting their annual fundraising auction on December 13 at 7 pm in the Community Hall. This year, the proceeds will go to two local organizations – Lazarus House and Beth Donovan Hospice. Auctioneers Jane and Vicki Graham will be volunteering their time once again. If you are interested in attending, or donating something for the auction, please see contact info below. Check out the BMWI Facebook page and the Facebook event for the auction ( )

Naturopathic Doctor Shawn Yakimovich was the guest speaker at our October meeting and he shared up-to-date information about Ticks and Lyme disease. This meeting was an open meeting and a ROSE session. Several members of the community joined members for this presentation.

The November meeting included Catherine Johnson organizing a cookie and baking exchange, which was held at the Community Hall. The goodies that were exchanged included ginger and snowball cookies, cranberry, Skor bar, butter-tart and brown sugar pecan squares, walnut kisses, and lime-pistachio drops. Catherine also provided the supplies and direction for each attendee to paint and create a necklace. Thanks to Catherine for her time and talent shared with members.

Nine members attended the regular meeting, and reports from the Annual WI Area meeting were shared, along with plans in the works for our Christmas Auction. Liz Streight shared a photo she found of school children in the village from the mid-1920s. Included in the photo is a young Mildred Adams, founder of our local WI branch.

The Bishop’s Mills Women’s Institute has been involved in the community since 1985, and has been documenting the history of the village and encouraging positive change – sharing stories and building community. The Bishop’s Mills Women’s Institute holds monthly meetings and welcomes new members interested in meeting their neighbours and getting involved in their community.

The next meeting – the annual auction – will be held on Thursday, December 13 in the Community Hall. For information about attending local meetings, please contact President Linda Desroches 613-258 2115, or Jeanne Lambert at

If you are interested in finding out more about WI, see the Provincial organization’s website:


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