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Welcome to P.E.O., a philanthropic educational organization where women celebrate the advancement of women; educate women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans, and stewardship of Cottey College; and motivate each other to achieve their highest aspirations.

P.E.O. was founded in 1869 in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Today, P.E.O. has a membership of over 235,000 women in chapters throughout Canada and the United States. In Manitoba, P.E.O. has about 400 members.

The P.E.O. Sisterhood is passionate about its mission to promote educational opportunities for women. Our organization proudly makes a difference in women’s lives through six international philanthropies and our local Manitoba P.E.O. Foundation.

The Manitoba-Northwest Ontario Provincial Chapter

Manitoba Provincial Chapter was organized in Selkirk, Manitoba on June 22 and 23, 1951; the first provincial president was Evelyn Simpson.

In 2008, our provincial chapter territory was enlarged to include Northwest Ontario, and thus Manitoba-Northwest Ontario P.E.O. was born. Occasionally, you will see the abbreviated reference to Provincial Chapter shown as “MB-NWON.”  

As of March 1, 2019, we have 379 members in 17 chapters.
Our Chapters are A, B, C, F, G, H, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, and V.