The Haney Women's Institute was established in 1915, arising from the Women's Institute movement established in Ontario in 1897. Women's Institutes were founded to advocate for "domestic sciences" and "home economics", with the institutes in early Maple Ridge greatly involved in community service. The Women's Institute cared for the needy throughout the Great Depression and established a Well Baby Clinic, which provided immunizations and care at no cost to the community, before Public Health assumed responsibility for this activity in 1965.
The early records of the Haney Women's Institute were lost to a fire at the Oddfellows building in 1936. The organization was active until its 68th year, when it was disbanded.