Our Roots Run Deep - A Brief History of IODE
IODE was founded in 1900 by Margaret Polson Murray of Montreal, and was known then as the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire.
She saw a need for a federation of women to promote patriotism, loyalty and service to others. By personally sending telegrams to the Mayors of major Canadian cities, she urged them to call together the women of their communities.
The first Chapter was formed in Fredericton, New Brunswick, on January 15, 1900. Primary Chapters were formed in quick succession across the country. The Head Office was established in Toronto and the federation was incorporated in 1901. ECHOES, the IODE magazine, was first published in 1902.
Today, IODE has adapted itself and responds generously to meet the changing needs of all Canadians from coast to coast to coast.
For a more in-depth look at the National History of IODE, please visit our national website - www.iode.ca.