Community Notices


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1. Memorial Services for Victims of Violence

UPEI – Victims of Gender Sexuality Violence
Friday, November 28, 2008, 12 noon
For more information: UPEI Diversity Office,

Charlottetown – Memorial Hall, Confederation Centre
Friday, December 5, 2008, 12 noon

For more information: PEI Status of Women office

Summerside – St. Paul’s Church, Notre Dame Street,
Friday, December 5, 2008, 12:10 pm

For more information: East Prince Women’s
Information Centre, 902-436-9856

O’Leary – United Church
Friday, December 5, 2008, 12 noon
For more information: West Prince Family Violence
Prevention, 902-859-8849

2.  Deadline is Monday, December 1st to get your photo in for the Poster Men Wanted Campaign

Wanted: As part of the 2008 Purple Ribbon Campaign Against Violence, the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women is creating a series of posters featuring men, from all walks of life, pledging their commitment to help end violence against women and children. Each poster will have the slogan “I stand with you to end violence against women and children.”

Why: We know that most men are not violent towards the women in their lives. We would like to give men the opportunity to take a stand with women against violence. Together, women and men can prevent our mothers, sisters, daughters, friends, or co-workers from being hurt or killed by the men in their lives.

What: The 8-1/2” by 11” posters will be featured on the Status of Women blog website throughout November and December and will be displayed during a tribute to mark the National Day of Action and Remembrance on Violence Against Women at the Confederation Centre on Friday, December 5, 2008.

How To participate:

·  send a head-and-shoulders or upper body photo to the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women
·  photos sent by email to should be in a high-quality jpeg format. Unfortunately, we will only be able to include submissions that meet the technical requirements.
·  hard copy photos that the owner would like returned need to be accompanied with a self-addressed, stamped envelope.  Our mailing address is Box 2000, Charlottetown, PE  C1A 7N8.
·  include name, occupation, and place of residence.

When: Deadline for submissions is Monday, December 1, 2008.

What else? In our call for participants, we know we will be missing some men who are committed to ending violence against women and children. Please help us engage as many men as possible by passing this invitation along and encouraging men to take part.

For more information please contact Sandy Kowalik, Coordinator of the Purple Ribbon Campaign Against Violence at (902) 368-4510 or email:

3. YWCA Canada Rose Campaign Calls on Federal Government to Form a National Action Plan to End Violence Against Women and Girls

OTTAWA, Nov. 25 /CNW/ – YWCA Canada, the country’s single largest provider of shelter services for women and second largest provider of childcare, launched the Rose Campaign today, calling on the federal government for a national action plan to end violence against women and girls. “Ending violence against women requires a major shift in our thinking as a society,” says YWCA Canada CEO Paulette Senior. “Violence must be treated as unacceptable behaviour whenever and wherever it occurs.” Senior pointed to the direct connections between poverty, lack of low-cost child care, and women’s ability to protect themselves against violence.  “Every woman needs a safe place to live, a door she can lock to shut out violence, whether she is fleeing an assaultive partner or struggling to get off the street,” says Senior. “Homelessness is never safe for women.”

Launched on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the Rose Campaign is supported by the Canadian Women’s Foundation, the Communications, Energy and Paper Workers Union of Canada, the Canadian Association of University Teachers, and YWCAs across the country.    “Emergency shelter, affordable long-term housing, access to a livable income and, for mothers, child care they can afford – these are the pieces that need to be in place for women across this country,” says Gisele Pageau, of the Communications, Energy and Paper Workers Union of Canada. “In our North, the need for emergency shelter and supportive counselling is particularly acute.”

“Ending violence against women requires a long-term strategy that empowers women and addresses the factors that lead to abuse,” says Maureen Adams, Vice-President at the Canadian Women’s Foundation. “This means we must address violence along its full continuum: helping children who have witnessed abuse, teaching teens about healthy relationships, and helping women to re-build their lives. If women continue to earn 73% of what men earn, and if 30% of mother-led families continue to live in poverty, then women and children will continue to be vulnerable to abuse.”

Taking its name from the original rose button that honoured the fourteen young women murdered at Montréal’s l’Ecole Polytechnique on December 6, 1989, the Rose Campaign commemorates December 6 as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. The Campaign outlines clear steps for action by individuals, communities and governments and is promoted through a button, bookmark, brochure and viral message to MPs.

By visiting, supporters can email a virtual rose to their MP on December 6th, asking for a national strategy to end violence against women and girls.  “Since December 6, 1989 a generation of university women has grown up in the shadow of the Montreal Massacre but with little or no memory of it,” notes Linda Rumleski, Professional Officer Gender & Equity for the Canadian Association of University Teachers. “Women on university and college campuses face high risks, especially women between the ages of 16 and 24, who are more vulnerable to sexual assault or abusive relationships.

“Violence against women is the largest and most persistent human rights violation, and Canada is no exception. Over 50% of Canadian women will experience violence at some point in their lives, the majority before they turn 25. In most cases, women know their abuser. “While youth violence is a priority issue for service at the federal, provincial and territorial levels, the discussion is only about guns and gangs,” says Tony Pacheco, President and CEO of YMCA-YWCA National Capital Region. “Young women are worried about physical and sexual assault, discrimination and harassment, and sexuality and gender issues.”

“Canada is not yet a safe country for women,” says Senior. “The government should not wait until the twentieth anniversary of December 6th to take steps toward a coordinated national action plan. Implementation now will save lives.”

4. Public Service Announcement

Make Poverty History PEI Ctte will acknowledge Buy Nothing Day on Friday, November 28.
It is a day to examine overconsumption and the resulting waste as a result of unnecessary purchasing.
Buy Nothing Day is celebrated annually the day after American Thanksgiving – a day that is one of the busiest shopping days in the US.

5. Book Dates for Women’s Speaker Series

Here is information on Resilience and Dreams: Women as Global Citizens speaker series at UPEI, with some amazing speakers in January to March 2009.
UPEI, January 7, 2009, in Don and Marion MacDougall Hall
Speaker: Frances Moore Lappé, Founder of the Small Planet Institute

UPEI, February 5, 2009, in McMillan Hall, W. A. Murphy Student Centre
550 University Avenue, Charlottetown
Student Symposium
Keynote Speaker: Victoria Tauli Corpuz of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous issues

Rodd Royalty Inn, February 6
14 Capital Dr. (formerly TransCanada Highway)
Fundraising Luncheon for the UPEI International Scholarship Fund
Speaker: Victoria Tauli-Corpuz of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
Information on purchasing tickets (or a table of 10) will be posted in January.
Noon to 1:30pm

Women’s Speaker Series Finale, March 5, 2009
UPEI, Don and Marion MacDougall Hall
Speaker: Maude Barlow, National Chairperson, Council of Canadians
Included is a book launch of Maude Barlow’s latest work, Blue Covenant.

and the photo exhibit “Resilience and Dreams” will be moving to Eptek Centre in Summerside, with an opening there in early January. The opening speaker at Eptek will be Kristin Roe. For more information visit

6.  PEIBWA Workshops

Presenting with Confidence – Charlottetown
Presenter: Margaret Campbell Armsworthy, Toastmasters PEI

If you are like most people, public speaking is not your favorite pastime. Join us for this presentation and learn how to improve your presentation and public speaking skills.  You will learn tips on how to prepare for a presentation and how to deliver your message with greater confidence.  Improved public speaking skills build confidence in every area of business from marketing your company to improving interview skills.

Location:           Delta Prince Edward (Consbrook Room), 18 Queen Street, Charlottetown
Date:                Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Time:                12:00 noon – 1:30 pm              
Cost:                 $15 + GST for members, $20 + GST for non-members

To register, contact Paula Laybolt by e-mail at or by phone at (902) 892-6040. Registration deadline: Friday, November 28, 2008 at 12 noon.


Maximize Your Appearance in Less than 5 Minutes – Summerside

Presenter: Jenepher Reynolds, About Face Inc.

Part of your career success is dependent upon how you are perceived.  A significant part of that perception is based on your professional image. It takes less than 60 seconds to make a first impression. Professional make-up artist Jenepher Reynolds of About Face Inc. will discuss and demonstrate tips and tricks of the trade that will boost your confidence and help you create an impactful and professional image.

Location:           Loyalist Lakeview Resort, 195 Harbour Drive, Summerside
Date:                Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Time:                12:00 noon – 1:30 pm              
Cost:                 $15 + GST for members, $20 + GST for non-members

To register, contact Elizabeth Noonan by e-mail at or by phone at (902) 436-0386. Registration deadline: Monday, December 8, 2008 at 12 noon.

Please note:  If you register for a lunch and learn session and are unable to attend, please let us know 48 hours in advance.  People who do not cancel in advance will be invoiced.

7. Announcing: Multi-year WOMEN’S economic development GRANTS

The Canadian Women’s Foundation (CWF) is pleased to inform you that we are now accepting Letters of Intent for our multi-year Economic Development grants. The multi-year economic development grants will support organizations working in one of three areas of women’s economic development: self-employment training programs; social purpose enterprises; and women in trades and technology programs. Under this initiative we expect to select approximately 10 grants for five year funding of up to $75,000 per year. The Letter of Intent is now available online at – click on ‘Apply for a Grant’ and then ‘How to Apply’. Please download both the Funding Guidelines and the Letter of Intent Application. The deadline to submit your Letter of Intent is Friday, January 16, 2009. If you have any questions about the Letter of Intent or your application, please contact Chanel Grenaway, Director of Economic Development at 416-365-1444 ext 231 or 1-866-293-4483 ext 231 or

8. Fair Trade/Ten Thousand Villages Sale
Please support this Fair Trade sale and volunteers are still welcome to help pack up from 2-5 pm on Thursday, December 4 but most of all spread the word and tell your friends
This fair trade sale starts next week at the W. A. Murphy Student Centre (UPEI)
Last sale of season – 25% off already great prices
Tuesday, December 2      –    9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Wednesday, December 3 –    9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thursday, December 4     –    9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Ten Thousand Villages and Farmers Helping Farmers

9. EPWIC hosting Service in Summerside

East Prince Women’s Information Centre is hosting a service for the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Day:  Friday, December 5, 2008
Time:  12: 10 PM
Place: St. Paul’s Church, Notre Dame Street,  
Summerside, PEI

Guest Speaker: Norma McColeman, Regional Outreach Coordinator, PEI Family Violence Prevention Services Inc.   This day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at L’Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal.

They died because they were women.
Purple Ribbon Campaign this year is:
Men, Take a Stand with women against violence.
Together, women and men can prevent women we care about-our mothers, sisters, daughters, friends,  or  co-workers – from being hurt or killed by men in their lives.  For more info on the  purple ribbon campaign :
Purple Ribbons available at:   EPWIC,  243 Harbour Drive, Summerside or call 436-9856



1. An Invitation to the Purple Ribbon Unveiling in Montague

Family Violence Prevention Services is pleased to let you know that the Town of Montague is installing a large metal Purple Ribbon on the Hall. It will be a permanent fixture – to remind us all that violence is preventable and that we as a community acknowledge the serious problem of violence against women and children.

On Saturday, December 6, 2008, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, there will be the unveiling of the ribbon at 12:00 noon. Premier Robert Ghiz will officiate at this ceremony.

Refreshments will be served. Please join us.

Gwyn Davies
Family Violence Prevention Services

2. You Are Invited to CLIA’s Open House

We hope you will join CLIA (Community Legal Information Association of Prince Edward Island) for its annual holiday gathering on December 16th, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  You can find them in Room 158, Sullivan Building, 16 Fitzroy Street in Charlottetown.  Munchies will be provided!


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Award-winning documentary filmmaker and performance artist Quinn is taking her politically charged film, The U.S. and Us, to Charlottetown.  The Film Premiere is co-sponsored by CUPE Local 1870, UPEI-WUSC, CUSO-VSO, CUPE PEI Global Justice Ctte and Council of Canadians.

Following a successful premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival, Quinn is to screen her documentary about Canada-U.S. relations at the Duffy Amphitheatre at UPEI on December 1st at 7 pm. Admission free. Filmmaker Q&A to follow. Other cities on the tour include Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Montreal, Halifax, Whitehorse and Dawson City.

“I can’t imagine a better time to screen my film and discuss the issues it presents than now – in the wake of both the Canada and U.S. elections,” says Quinn.

The U.S. and Us is an intellectual romp through the changing landscape of Canada-U.S. relations. Featuring interviews with Canada’s best known activist Maude Barlow and best-selling political authors Linda McQuaig and Mel Hurtig, among others, the film documents growing Canadian concerns over everything from the impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to the fine print of the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP). Vignettes of Quinn’s performance art humourously illustrate mounting tensions over serious issues of energy, water and national security to question the future of Canadian sovereignty when American interests are at stake.

“A concise, informative, amusingly illustrated film on a topic that should be of concern to everyone in North America, ” says Mark Achbar, co-director of multi-award-winning Canadian documentaries, Manufacturing Consent and The Corporation.

Quinn’s previous documentary short, Standing Still, was a touching piece about her relationship with four elderly women from Vancouver Island. This film won Best Western Canadian Short at the 1996 Vancouver International Film Festival and a Golden Sheaf Award at the Yorkton Short Film & Video Festival in 1996.

For more information about The U.S. and Us, or to arrange a media interview, request advance copies or photo stills, please see contact information below.

CONTACT:  Local: Phone: 604.687.8944   Email: Web:

Marian White
CUSO-VSO Public Engagement Officer
81 Prince St., Charlottetown, PE  C1A 4R3
1 800 676-8411  (Atlantic only)
902 892-2610
902 393-4550 Cell
902 368-7180 Fax

4. World AIDS Day Service and Prayer

AIDS PEI and St. Paul’s in Charlottetown as well as ARC (Abegweit Rainbow Cooperative) are for the third year partnering for a service of fellowship and Prayer as we celebrate World AIDS day on December 1, 2008.

The service is being held on Monday, Dec. 1 at St. Paul’s  (corner of Prince and Grafton) at 7:00 P.M.  It will be a time of remembrance and of hope. Every person, no matter their faith will find Comfort in the readings from Christian scriptures, The Quaran, Ghandi, Martin Luther King,Jewish scripture as well as a host of other great comforters. There will be an open mic where people attending may offer their own readings, etc. In their own language. Then we will truly hear the voices of many nations.  Music will be a special feature and while we have some prepared we would also encourage any one with talent who would like to offer music which originates in their country of origin to contact us.

Here’s where we need your help. All of you are key people in the community and interact with people who are Canadians with origins in countries riddled with AIDS. Please send out this notice far and wide and hopefully we can fill the house on Dec. 1. A time of fellowship will follow.

Contact AIDS PEI or call  or e-mail me at 894-4571 ASAP if you have a recommendation for someone who might offer their gift of music or to read.

Also, the week of Nov. 24 to 28 a section of the AIDS quilt which has been made by Canadians coat to coast will be on display at the Parish Hall, 101 Prince Street during regular daytime hours 9:30- 4:30.

Thanks for your support in the past and looking forward to seeing many of you at the service.

Blessings to all in your work,
Madonna Fradsham


Purchase Your Holiday Plum Pudding from our Plum Pudding Fairies and Help Support the P.E.I. Humane Society

Get ready for the holidays and help the Island’s only animal shelter at the same time!


Handmade from a traditional family recipe, Pat Robinson’s famous plum pudding is so good, you can almost taste the love! These puddings are vegetarian-friendly, low in fat and low in sugar – talk about a guilt-free treat!

Better still, Pat (and her trusty assistant, daughter Kelly Robinson) tell us that all proceeds from the sale of these plum-perfect puddings will be donated to the P.E.I. Humane Society again this year!  This year’s campaign has been created as a memorial to Lance, the Robinsons’ beloved cat that lived a long and happy life, despite his severe diabetes.
At just $12 each or 2 for $20, these puddings are the perfect way to end a holiday meal and make excellent last-minute gifts to keep on hand in the freezer.

Each pudding is beautifully gift-wrapped with a recipe card for the sauce attached.  Customer feedback has indicated the puddings are diabetic friendly so instead of sauce, you can warm up a slice and serve it with a spread of butter or a dollop of yogurt or frozen yogurt!

To place an order or to get further information, please call: (902) 566-4388.

Or send an email to: with your name, contact number and the number of puddings you’d like to order. PLEASE NOTE: Puddings will be available for pick-up at the P.E.I. Humane Society between December 1 – 15th.

6. Domestic Fair Trade Workshops Planned for December

The National Farmers Union and Cooper Institute will be holding three workshops in early December to explore possibilities for a Domestic Fair Trade system for food products on Prince Edward Island.

Tuesday, December 2 (1:00-4:00) – O’Leary Community Centre, O’Leary

Wednesday, December 3 (1:00-4:00) – Kinata Club, Kinkora

Thursday, December 4 (1:00-4:00) – Murphy Community Center, Charlottetown

These workshops are open to anyone who has an interest in how food is grown, processed, marketed, distributed, and/or consumed.

The workshops are free of charge and the deadline for registration is November 21st, 2008. For more information, or to register for one of the workshops, please contact Cooper Institute at (902) 894-4573 or 1-887-894-4573 (toll free) or by emailing

These workshops are part of a two-year project of the National Farmers Union, in partnership with Cooper Institute, funded in part by the PEI ADAPT Council.

For more information about this announcement, please call Ann, Marie, or Susan at 894-4573

7.  Women’s Community Kitchen Events

As part of a Life Skills Project, funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnership Initiative, Transition House Association is offering a series of Women’s Community Kitchen Events. Women will come together once a week and participate in an open forum to learn, share and discuss topics that may be helpful to their situations. The sessions are as follows:

December 3:Christmas Decorating Workshop with Elizabeth Ghiz (Please register for Christmas workshop by Thursday, November 27)

These sessions are free and will be held at Anderson House women’s shelter. Call for times and to register at 368-8658.  Childcare available upon request.

For further information or questions specifically relating to these notices, please contact the individual or organization hosting the community event.


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