War Work in Western Canada – Christmas 1916

Although 5000 miles from the Motherland, the women of Calgary work as arduously and are quite as enthusiastic as those in England. It would take a great deal of time and paper to describe the war-work that all the different societies are accomplishing here day by day; but I thought it might interest you to hear what our branch of the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire are doing.
No doubt only a few of you know when this Order was first formed. Towards the end of the Boer War the Guild of Loyal Women was started in South Africa to care for the graves of the fallen. In conjunc­tion with this, shortly afterwards Mrs. Clerke Murray organised the I.O.D.E. in Toronto to increase patriotism in Canada, and to provide an efficient organisation by which prompt action might be taken by the women and children of the Empire in time of need. It is affiliated with the Navy League and the Victoria League.
There are four Primary Chapters I.O.D.E. in Calgary, and I belong to the Tan-nis-uk (Indian word=the daughter) Chapter, which obtained its charter in February, 1914, and is composed of young women of the City.
This Chapter was the first organisation to take up Red Cross work in Calgary, and since then that work has been its chief ambition. By diligent and faithful efforts material averaging monthly in value from $150 to $200 has been purchased from the Red Cross, and returned to it made into thousands and thousands of articles, required by that Society. The sum of $350 was also presented to the Red Cross to purchase seven beds in the Duchess of Connaught Red Cross Hospital, at Cliveden, England, the sum of $50 was given to buy towels for the above, and also to assist in purchasing a motor ambulance and medical supplies for the Society’s work at the Front. $70 was sent to Lady Jellicoe’s Fund for the North Sea Fleet.
There are numerous other ways in which our Chapter has been carry­ing on its war work, such as assistance to the Belgian Relief Fund, and the visiting of the dependents of the soldiers for the Patriotic Fund.
All the money expended by the Chapter has been raised by voluntary contributions, Cinderella dances, afternoon teas, and concerts.

E. R. BURNE. (Wolley-Dod).