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NEW LISTINGS THIS WEEK
1. Memorial Services for Victims of Violence Taking Place Today at NOON
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
2. Atlantic Council International Cooperation member breakfast
at Murphy Community Centre, Room 205, 8:30, Friday, January 23rd
Special guest, Winston Johnston of Farmers Helping Farmers who recently visited Kenyan projects.
Open to new members
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information
3. PEI Literacy Alliance Presents: Sing-a-Long Sound of Music – A Fundraiser for Literacy
Host: Wade Lynch
Time: 7:00 pm
Date: January 31st 2009 (Storm date February 7th 2009)
Place: The Carrefour Theatre
Yes, it’s been around the World and now it’s coming to Charlottetown!
Sing-a-Long Sound of Music is a screening of the classic Julie Andrews film musical in glorious, full-screen technicolor, complete with subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along!
Then of course there is the famous costume competition in which everyone who has come in costume is invited onto the stage to show off their fantastic tailoring skills. Prizes will given to some of the best costumes!
Costume is not mandatory but highly recommended!
Tickets are available at the following locations:
Metro Credit Union – 281 University Avenue
Timothy’s World Coffee Shop – 54 University Avenue
PEI Literacy Alliance – 161 St. Peter’s Road
Please call (902) 368-3620 if you would like to make arrangements to have tickets mailed to you.
4. Healthy Living Talk at CHANCES
If You Are A 20-34 year old Mom or Dad … We Want to Hear From YOU
We want to talk to Moms and Dads about healthy living.
Date: Monday, December 8th, 2008
Time: 6:30pm * 7:30pm
Place: C.H.A.N.C.E.S. Family Centre
16 Brighton Road, Charlottetown
**Please register with the Centre** at 892-8744
Childcare & refreshments provided
SOME PREVIOUS LISTINGS
1. 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 www.rosecampaign.ca, 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.”
2. 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
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 http://upei.ca/internationalization/
3. PEIBWA Workshop
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 email@example.com 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.
4. 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 www.canadianwomen.org – 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. 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
6. 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,
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.
PLEASE WEAR A PURPLE RIBBON
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 : www.gov.pe.ca/acsw
Purple Ribbons available at: EPWIC, 243 Harbour Drive, Summerside or call 436-9856
7. 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.
Family Violence Prevention Services
8. 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!
9. SWEET DEAL!
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: email@example.com 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.
For further information or questions specifically relating to these notices, please contact the individual or organization hosting the community event.