Fonds - IODE Mississauga Chapter fonds

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IODE Mississauga Chapter fonds

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  • Multiple media

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Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire Mississauga Chapter fonds

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  • 1964 - 2000 (Creation)
    IODE Mississauga Chapter
    Mississauga (Peel)

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2 scrapbooks

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(1962 - [ca. 2000])

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The IODE Mississauga was a chapter of IODE Canada and IODE Ontario, registered women's charities. Their focus is on quality of life for children, youth, and people in need. Programming funded centres around education, social service, and citizenship. As a primary chapter, IODE Mississauga was within the Toronto municipal chapter. Charter #3129 was bestowed to the members of the chapter in 1962.

The Mississauga chapter was created at the time of the organization's peak, for both members (17,125 in 1965) and Primary Chapters (415 in 1960). The period was also marked a trend to focus on service, dropping previously entrenched formalities like white gloves.

Beginning operation in 1900 by social reformer Margaret Polson Murray, spurred on by patriotism in the British Empire following the Second Boer War, and benefitted veterans and the dependants of the war dead. Largely, its original aims focus on commemoration of connections with the Motherland and maintenance of those connections. While many efforts might be construed as challenging a distinct Canadian identity, their protectionist efforts often took aim at American influences, like campaigning against the publications of media baron William Randolph Hearst. Since the 1960s, various programs by IODE Ontario have benefitted Canada's Aboriginal and Inuit people's, including the construction of community halls, donation of hearing aids, and an emergency fund to benefit Northern Ontario schools.

IODE was incorporated by Act of Parliament in 1917; they became a charitable organization in the 1970s. Parallels internationally include South Africa's Guild of Loyal Women, and elitist English organization Victoria League, which was confrontational to the Canadian and South African equivalents. The provincial organization predates the Federated Ontario Women's Institutes, established in 1919.

IODE Ontario, the provincial chapter, was chartered in 1920. As of 2016, it has four municipal chapters, and 79 "primary chapters". Many primary chapters are named after women of note, such as Sybil Bennett, namesake of the Oakville chapter and a one-time Churchville (Toronto Township) resident. No chapters remain in operation in Peel, but another Oakville chapter is active enough to operate a charity thrift shop. At least one chapter operates in each province, as well as the Yukon Territory.

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Fonds consists of two scrapbooks detailing the activities of the Mississauga chapter of IODE, formerly known as the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire. The scapbooks detail the activities of the local chapter, municipal chapter, and the IODE provincially and nationally. The local chapter was involved with organizations including the Senior Citizen's House of the Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital, Titchfield High School in Jamaica, Sheridan College, Square One Shopping Centre, Sheridan Mall, Credit Valley Hospital, and others.

Many pages focus on the Mississauga Citizenship Court of the Canadian Ministry of Multiculturalism and Citizenship. During the 1980s and 1990s, they were active in providing catering for the ceremonies. Judges presiding over the court in that era include Kamal Akbarali and Joanne Robertson.

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