Community Notices

Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Thursday, April 30, 2015

New listings this week:
1) Community Organization Registration Opportunity re Atlantic Crime Prevention Symposium
2) Mikinduri Children of Hope Annual Yard Sale and Book Sale
3) Camp Gencheff Variety Concert “A Night to Remember”
4) Living a Healthy Life Program
5) PEI Gay Tourism Association Monthly Meeting
6) A Mother is Born Film Screening
7) Addressing Household Food Security in PEI – AGM, PEI Food Security Network
8) Living with Stroke Program – Heart & Stroke Foundation
9) PEIBWA Upcoming Events
10) 2015 Parks Canada Seasonal Passes Available Mid-May
11) Renaming of a Section of University Avenue in Effect May 6

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Community Notices

Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Thursday, April 23, 2015

New listings this week:
1) News Release from the PEI Status of Women
2) Charlottetown Family Earth Expo
3) Soul Food is This Sunday
4) Seniors College Group Art Show
5) Charlottetown Family Forum 2015 – May 1
6) FundRaising Dinner for SpayAid PEI
7) Reading Town Week
8) Books2Eat 2015
9) An Evening with Zarqa Nawaz
10) New Play – Jemma’s Cookies and Workshop: We Are Here
11) Free Workshop: Intimacy after Breast Cancer
12) PEIBWA Upcoming Events
13) It Starts with One | Mon expérience, sa réussite
14) Families in Canada Conference – Ottawa

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Status of Women Council Looks for Election Promises to Support the Most Vulnerable / Le Conseil consultatif sur la situation de la femme s’intéresse aux promesses électorales pour venir en aide aux plus vulnérables

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Status of Women Council Looks for Election Promises to Support the Most Vulnerable

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – The PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women is closely following promises made during this provincial election campaign. The Council is looking for commitments that will support the most vulnerable Islanders. The nine-member Council is appointed by government to advise the government and educate the public on issues of concern to women and their families. Topping their current priority list are increased social assistance rates, more affordable housing, improved sexual and reproductive health services, and funding for front-line services.

“We consulted as a Council on what we see as the highest priorities, and we agreed on four policy areas that need immediate attention,” says Kelly Robinson, the Advisory Council’s Vice-Chairperson. “Action on these four priorities would help not only women but all Islanders who are vulnerable as a result of low income or disability or other factors.”

Robinson says, “Council members want to see social assistance rates that allow women, men, and families to meet their basic needs, especially for food and shelter.” She continues, “At the Leaders’ Forum on Women’s Issues, we were pleased to hear all four party leaders talk about exploring a Basic Income Guarantee. Until that can become a reality, it is important we make sure people are not cold or hungry.”

Housing is another priority for the Advisory Council. Says Robinson, “We are looking for commitments for more affordable and appropriate housing, especially for low-income individuals who are seniors, for people with physical and intellectual disabilities, and for people with mental health or substance use problems.”

Robinson also welcomes recent promises from party leaders to help seniors who want to live independently at home, “Government needs to consult with community on creative and cost-effective ways to keep people healthy and independent for as long as possible, while supporting caregivers to make sure they don’t burn out.”

Robinson reports that Council members were not surprised to hear the media’s emphasis on local abortion access following the Leaders’ Forum on Women’s Issues. “Sexual and reproductive health was a major theme at the Forum,” Robinson says, “and the pressure for local access to abortion care is not going to stop. The current out-of-province model for abortion care creates unnecessary barriers to health care for women. Women who are low income or unwaged are impacted the hardest because finding money for travel and accommodations can be impossible.”

One solution the Advisory Council sees to decrease vulnerability of women and their families is to increase financial support for front-line services, especially services that help victims and survivors of violence in all parts of PEI. “So many services and supports are best delivered by community-based organizations – by the front-line experts in our community who live and work side by side with families, friends, and neighbours. Their work is so valuable.” One-time additional supports to non-governmental organizations were announced prior to the election, and Robinson calls these “a good start that the new government can build on.”

The Advisory Council on the Status of Women is assessing government’s progress on these and other priorities to create the 2015 Equality Report Card. This will be released in June with input from both government and community.

Concludes Robinson, “The priorities our Council set may affect women and men differently, but they affect all Islanders. When women and families are doing well, we’re all doing well.”


Hand holding a heartLe Conseil consultatif sur la situation de la femme s’intéresse aux promesses électorales pour venir en aide aux plus vulnérables

CHARLOTTETOWN, Î.-P.-É. – Le Conseil consultatif sur la situation de la femme de l’Î.-P.-É. suit de près les promesses faites durant la campagne électorale provinciale. Le Conseil consultatif cherche à obtenir des engagements pour venir en aide aux Insulaires les plus vulnérables. Le Conseil consultatif, composé de neuf membres, est nommé par le gouvernement pour conseiller le gouvernement et sensibiliser le public sur les questions qui préoccupent les femmes et leurs familles. En tête de la liste prioritaire actuelle, on retrouve l’augmentation des taux d’aide sociale, un plus grand nombre de logements abordables, des services de meilleure qualité en matière de santé sexuelle et procréative, ainsi que du financement pour les services de première ligne.

« Nous nous sommes consultés, en tant que Conseil, afin de nous entendre sur nos principales priorités, et nous nous sommes mis d’accord sur quatre secteurs qui exigent des mesures immédiates, a affirmé Kelly Robinson, vice-présidente du Conseil consultatif. La prise de mesures concrètes à l’égard de ces quatre priorités aiderait non seulement les femmes, mais l’ensemble des Insulaires rendus vulnérables en raison d’un faible revenu, d’une invalidité ou d’autres facteurs. »

Selon madame Robinson : « Les membres du Conseil veulent des taux d’aide sociale qui permettront aux femmes, aux hommes et aux familles de subvenir à leurs besoins fondamentaux, surtout en ce qui concerne la nourriture et le logement. Lors du débat des chefs sur les dossiers féminins, nous nous sommes réjouis d’entendre les quatre chefs de parti parler de l’exploration d’un revenu de base garanti. Jusqu’à ce que cela se concrétise, nous devons nous assurer que les gens n’ont ni froid ni faim. »

Le logement est une autre priorité du Conseil consultatif. « Nous cherchons à obtenir des engagements pour un plus grand nombre de logements abordables et appropriés, surtout pour les aînés à faible revenu, les personnes atteintes de déficiences physiques et intellectuelles, ainsi que les personnes aux prises avec des problèmes de santé mentale ou de toxicomanie, » a déclaré Kelly Robinson.

Madame Robinson a également accueilli favorablement les récentes promesses des chefs de parti souhaitant venir en aide aux aînés qui veulent vivre de manière autonome chez eux. « Le gouvernement doit consulter la communauté afin de trouver des moyens créatifs et rentables d’aider les gens à rester en santé et à maintenir leur indépendance aussi longtemps que possible, tout en appuyant les fournisseurs de soins pour éviter l’épuisement professionnel, » a-t-elle affirmé.

Selon Kelly Robinson, les membres du Conseil n’ont pas été surpris du degré d’importance que les médias ont accordée à l’accès local aux services d’avortement, après le débat des chefs sur les dossiers féminins. « La santé sexuelle et reproductrice était un thème important lors du débat, et les pressions exercées en faveur de l’accès local aux soins d’avortement ne vont pas s’arrêter. Le modèle actuel de soins d’avortement, accessibles uniquement hors province, crée des obstacles inutiles aux soins de santé pour les femmes. Les femmes à faible revenu ou sans-emploi sont les plus durement touchées, car il peut être impossible pour elles de trouver l’argent nécessaire pour les déplacements et le logement. »

Une solution qui permettrait de réduire la vulnérabilité des femmes et de leurs familles, selon le Conseil consultatif, serait d’augmenter le soutien financier aux services de première ligne, surtout les services qui viennent en aide aux victimes et survivantes de violence d’un bout à l’autre de l’Île. « Nombreux sont les services et les appuis qui sont mieux offerts par des organismes communautaires – par les experts de première ligne de notre communauté qui habitent et travaillent côte à côte avec leurs familles, amis et voisins. Leur travail est tellement important, » a déclaré Kelly Robinson. Un appui additionnel unique visant les organismes non gouvernementaux a été annoncé avant les élections, et selon madame Robinson, il s’agit « d’un bon début que le nouveau gouvernement pourrait exploiter ».

Le Conseil consultatif sur la situation de la femme évalue les progrès du gouvernement par rapport à ces priorités et d’autres afin de créer la Fiche de rendement sur l’égalité 2015. Celle-ci sera publiée en juin en collaboration avec le gouvernement et la communauté.

« Les priorités établies par notre Conseil peuvent avoir des effets différents sur les femmes et les hommes, mais elles touchent tous les Insulaires. Lorsque les femmes et les familles vont bien, nous allons tous bien, » a-t-elle conclu.

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Community Notices

Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Thursday, April 16, 2015

New listings this week:
1) Leaders’ Forum on Women’s Issues on Video
2) PEIBWA Upcoming Events
3) Save the Date – Federal-Provincial-Territorial Status of Women Forum: Sexual Violence Knowledge Exchange
4) Charlottetown Women’s Institute Variety Show
5) City of Charlottetown to Host Public Forum on Cosmetic Pesticides
6) ASI 2015 Symposium on Child and Youth Mental Health, August 17-19
7) Free Family Fun Night
8) Atlantic ConnecTions Conference
9) Parenting Coordination Workshop

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AFRICAN CRAFT FAIR with unique batiks, baskets, beads & more
Charlottetown Farmer’s Market on Saturday, April 18th, 9-2pm
In support of VSO volunteer, Mary Hickey who is returning to Rwanda to teach teachers to teach with Voluntary Services Overseas.
Your donation can also go directly to  http://www.justgiving.com/Mary-Hickey 
For more info call 902 368-7337.
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LEADERS’ FORUM ON ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

Tuesday, April 21 at 7 p.m.
MacKinnon Lecture Theatre
Holland College (Kent St. entrance), Charlottetown

With Green Party leader Peter Bevan-Baker, Liberal Party leader Wade MacLauchlan, New Democratic Party leader Mike Redmond and Progressive Conservative Party leader Rob Lantz.

The meeting is being sponsored by over 20 Island organizations with an interest in the environment.   Everyone is welcome.
For more information, contact Ann Wheatley at 894-4573 or Catherine O’Brien at 569-4449, or look for ECOPEI on Facebook.

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Community Notices

Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Thursday, April 9, 2015

New listings this week:
1) Leaders’ Forum on Women’s Issues
2) Home and School to Hold Leaders Debate on Education
3) April Council Meeting to Open with a Poem
4) The Rhyme of History: 150 Years of Writing About the Island
5) CFUM Charlottetown’s April Meeting
6) PEIBWA Upcoming Events
7) Workshop It’s Not Right! Neighbours, Friends & Families for Older Adults
8) Invitation to LAMP Workshop
9) Spring Into April in the Town of Cornwall
10) Status of Women Call for Proposals: Working in Partnership to End Violence Against Women and Girls
11) Bonshaw Ceilidh (Updated)
12) New Toolkit: You Are Not Alone – A Toolkit for Aboriginal Women Escaping Domestic Violence
13) “The Time of Our Lives”- Seniors College Group Art Show
14) Benefit for PEI Family Violence Prevention Services: Ash & Bloom with Special Guests Amy & Rachel Beck

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Community Notices

Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Thursday, April 2, 2015

New listings this week:
1) Sad News from the Advisory Council
2) Catherine Potvin and Acting on Climate Change
3) PEI Gay Tourism Monthly Meeting
4) Bonshaw Ceilidh
5) Turn Your Radio On!
6) Dramatic Reading in Georgetown
7) Save the Date – Leaders’ Forum on Women’s Issues

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Sad News from the Advisory Council

diane-kaysIt is with overwhelming sadness that the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women reports that our Chairperson Diane Kays died yesterday, March 28, 2015, after a brief illness.

Appointed to the Advisory Council in March 2011, Diane took up the role of Chairperson in August of that year. During her term as Chairperson, she devoted incredible time and energy to the Council’s work, taking an active part in the life of the office and of the Council, seeing the Council through a restructuring in 2012, and maintaining a strong and respectful relationship with Minister Responsible for the Status of Women Valerie Docherty. Diane represented the Advisory Council on the province’s Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Council and the Victim Services Advisory Committee, offering her irreplaceable knowledge and experience to these groups.

Diane Kays grew up in Charlottetown, a first-generation Canadian of parents born in Lebanon. She was proud of her Lebanese heritage. She graduated from St. Dunstan’s University and then received a Master’s of Social Work at Dalhousie’s Maritime School of Social Work. She spent more than 30 years in social work (in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island) and eight years as a small business owner.

Her social work career focused on individual and family therapy, community development, and program development. Diane was also a Lecturer and Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University School of Social Work and worked in private practice (therapy and consulting).

Diane retired from social work in 2009 and moved home to Charlottetown, first to help care for her mother, Esma, in the last years of her life, and then to live with her beloved sister Doreen.

Throughout her career, Diane focused on issues of violence against women and children, adult survivors of childhood abuse, poverty and women, women in conflict with the law, mental health and women, and multi-service systems (analysis, development, and delivery).

Islanders will remember the special grace she brought to emceeing the annual Montreal Massacre Memorial Service, especially her moving speech “Her Name Was Eleanor…” at that service in 2011. Her strong voice for vulnerable women and families will be missed during the upcoming spring election.

“Our hearts are broken,” says Advisory Council Executive Director Jane Ledwell. “We have lost a beacon of feminist experience and a strong voice for all Island families, but most of all we have lost a friend and counsellor.” Council staff Ledwell, Michelle Jay, and Becky Tramley met with Diane weekly, sharing their accomplishments and goals with seriousness, but also with fun and laughter. “There was so much more that Diane wanted to accomplish to support women and their families in Prince Edward Island, and she had so much more to contribute,” says Ledwell. “We are devastated to lose her so suddenly and so soon. We will miss her with all our hearts.”

The Advisory Council on the Status of Women sends love and sympathy to Diane’s family, especially her sisters Doreen and Hazel, her niece Susan and her partner David Veniot, and her great-nephew Griffyn Sam, and to all her extended family, related by blood or by choice.

Note: Funeral arrangements are now made: http://www.macleanfh.com/Obituaries/96887/ 

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