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1.   More Poster Men Wanted

Due to the response received during the Purple Ribbon Campaign Against Violence, the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women will be continuing to create posters of men with the slogan “I stand with you to end violence against women and children.” All posters will be displayed during Family Violence Prevention Week, Feb 8–14. To participate men are asked to send a head-and-shoulders or upper body photo, in a high-quality jpeg format, to the PEI Advisory Council. Include name, occupation, and place of residence and email submission to Deadline for submissions is February 1., 902-368-4510

2.  Women’s Community Kitchen Events

As part of a Life Skills Project, funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnership Initiative, PEI Family Violence Prevention Services Inc. 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:

January 16: Preparing For Home Ownership
Kim Reddin, Reddin Mortgage Group

January 23: Habitat For Humanity PEI

Wendy Poirier, Executive Director

January 30: A Fun and Interactive Look at Images of Women in Advertising
Jane Ledwell, PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women

February 6: How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient
Office of Energy Efficiency
Marilyn Murphy, Margaret Gallant, and Jerrianne Mackinnon

February 13: Valentine’s-Chocolate and Candy Making
Chef Tammy MacDonald

February 20: What Islanders Need To Know About Family Law
Community Legal Information Association

February 27: Spring Gardening
Pauline Thompson

March 6:     Pet First Aid
Speaker TBA

These free sessions will be held Fridays from 11:30am-1:30pm and participants must register by Wednesdays at noon. A lunch will be provided at no cost. Call for the location and to register at 368-8658. Childcare is available upon request.

3. PEIBWA Upcoming Events

Maximize Your Appearance in Less than 5 Minutes – Montague

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:         Active Communities boardroom, 540 Main Street, Montague
Date:               Tuesday, January 13, 2009
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, January 9, 2009 at 4 pm.


Speed Networking – Charlottetown

Hosted by Melody Dover of Fresh Media

Speed Networking is a new and fresh way to build your business Rolodex in a time efficient manner.  Forty PEIBWA members will have an opportunity to quickly make numerous business contacts, perfect their 30-second pitch, all while having a great time.  Registration is on a first come, first served basis.  If you’d like to be part of this exciting event, be sure to sign up early.

Location:         Best Western Charlottetown, 238 Grafton Street, Charlottetown
Date:               Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Time:               5:00 pm  Registration
5:30 – 7:30 pm            Speed Networking
Cost:               No fee for PEIBWA members


Getting Your Financial House in Order – Summerside

Presenter: Jennifer Dunn, BFM Chartered Accountants

To achieve success in our complex business environment, proven financial skills are a must.  When you learn to get your financial house in order, you will increase performance and accountability in your business.  This session will focus on record keeping, taxation, business plans, dealing with your banker and surviving a tax audit.

Location:         Loyalist Lakeview Resort, 195 Harbour Drive, Summerside
Date:               Thursday, January 22, 2009
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: Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 4 pm.


Healthy Eating for the Busy Business Person – Souris

Presenter: Rachelle Wood, Positive Change Nutrition

Learn useful shopping and cooking tips to save you time and money in the kitchen. Learn about portion control and how to successfully achieve a healthy balanced diet. Rachelle will also speak about her favorite topic, weight loss. Enjoy this fun, interactive and informative event hosted by PEIBWA.

Location:         Community Room at Service Canada, Upper Level, Main Street Mall, Souris
Date:               Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Time:               12:00 – 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, January 23, 2009 at 4:00 pm.

4.  Volunteer Overseas – CUSO

CUSO-VSO offers a variety of overseas volunteering placements. Are you ready to make the journey?  Call CUSO-VSO Atlantic outreach staff to discuss your options at 1 800 676-8411 OR go directly to the website at
We provide comprehensive training to help you prepare for your work overseas, and you will receive personal, professional and financial support throughout your placement.   Our programs are listed below, each one with a link to a more detailed description, along with information on volunteer qualifications, skill areas being recruited for, and financial support.

Long-term volunteering
CUSO-VSO’s long-term volunteer program accepts volunteers from a wide variety of professional backgrounds. The length of these placements ranges from seven months to two years, and volunteers are required to have qualifications in their field and at least two years of related experience. As a volunteer you will provide strategic, technical and professional support often involving organizational development and capacity-building.
Short-term specialist assignments – Short-term volunteering positions are available for highly experienced professionals who can provide advice at senior levels. Given the limited timeframe of the placements (three to six months), short-term volunteers often act as troubleshooters.

Youth/recent graduate volunteering
CUSO-VSO’s Youth Program places skilled volunteers between 19 and 30 to work on six-month placements through the International Youth Internship Program (IYIP), with project funding provided by the Canadian International Development Agency.

Diaspora volunteering
CUSO-VSO recognizes that citizens of diaspora communities in Canada and the U.S. may have a particular interest in using their skills, contacts and knowledge to support development in their countries of origin or heritage.

Business partnerships
This program enables partner companies to release their employees to take overseas assignments (averaging six to twelve months) and utilize their business and management skills while assisting organizations and communities throughout the developing world.

Are you a potential volunteer with a disability?
CUSO-VSO welcomes applications from people with disabilities and seeks to enable you to fully participate in our volunteer assessment process. For this reason, we request that you inform us of your needs prior to attending an assessment day. The assessment day requires some physical activity and we request that applicants with restricted mobility notify us in advance so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

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


Facilitated by Myrna Aylward,PRH Educator and Counselor, ,
(902) 892-6585

My Deep Beliefs and Their Impact on My Life
Jan. 19, Feb. 16, & March 16-Three Mon.begins 7pm
What you believe about yourself- you live. It either helps you move forward or prevents you from moving forward in life. PRH Sliding Scale of Fees. Register before Jan. 10 for a $10.00 discount.

Nurturing Self
Mon. Jan. 26, 28 & Feb. 2,    7pm
A workshop to help you reflect on your life in a positive way so as to nurture this life in you and come to a better under-standing of the benefits both for you and for others. Cost: $45.00.  Register before Jan. 20 for a $10.00 discount.

PRH –Info  Blitz Jan. 29, 7pm
What is Personal Growth education according to PRH? Come discover the tools that can work for you. Cost: Free!

6.  The Freedom Tour

Tuesday, January 20
City Cinema
Free Admission
Showings at 1:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

In August 2007, 16 men and women with intellectual disabilities and their friends travelled across the prairies in an RV to raise awareness about people still living in institutions and to speak to people who once lived in those institutions.  The resulting documentary, a co-production of People First of Canada and the National Film Board of Canada, is a compelling collection of stories told by survivors of institutions, recorded by  men and women labelled with an intellectual disability who are determined to put an end to institutionalization.  The Freedom Tour confronts the myth that for some people, institutions are an acceptable place to live, and it challenges us to think about how we treat our fellow citizens with intellectual disabilities.

For more information, call PEI People First at 892-8989 or visit

7.  FYI – Labelling of Cough & Cold Products for Children Under 6 Years of Age

Health Canada has released a public advisory on the labelling of cough and cold medicines for children under 12 years of age.

This announcement may raise questions for parents and caregivers. More information about Health Canada’s decision can be found at the following Web site or by phoning the public inquiries line at 1-866-558-2946.

8.  Art Access Classes

The Confederation Centre Art Gallery is offering Arts Access classes for young people with special needs ages 6 to 12 and their caregivers.

The program will run similar to other visual arts classes in the Schurman Family Studio, however, caregivers will accompany the child to the class and participate in the program as well. Brothers and sisters of participating youth are welcome to take part in the program at no extra cost.

These emerging artists will explore new materials, drawing, painting and sculpture through engaging hands-on workshops.

Classes will take place Saturdays 10:00-11:30 a.m., January 10, 17, 24, 31 and February 7 in Memorial Hall, a location easily accessible within the Confederation Centre of the Arts. The cost for the program is $80.

For more information please contact Siobhan Wiggans at 628.6112 or

9.  The Transition of Kindergarten into the School System

Following are the dates for the final six public information sessions on The Transition of Kindergarten into the School System.

* Thursday, January 8, Athena Consolidated School, Summerside
* Monday, January 12, Montague Curling Club, Montague
* Tuesday, January 13, Murchison Centre, St. Pius X Avenue, Charlottetown
* Thursday, January 15, Ecole Evangeline, Abram-Village, (Session in French)
* Monday, January 19, Bluefin Restaurant,  Souris
* Wednesday, January 21, Murchison Centre, St. Pius X Avenue, Charlottetown
(Session in French)

All sessions start at 7:30 p.m.



1. PEI International Women’s Day Committee is looking for public input

The P.E.I. International Women’s Day Committee is looking for public input.  We know there are many, many talented women artists in Prince Edward Island, and our aim is to celebrate all of their achievements on International Women’s Day in 2009.  During the first week of March, leading up to International Women’s Day, a show in Charlottetown will feature women artists from all corners of P.E.I. (email for more information).

Women in the arts will also be the theme of our annual International Women’s Day event, to be held on  March 7th in Charlottetown.  The theme in 2009, as it has been for the past two years, will be /Together in Courage; building, visioning, organizing, celebrating/.   The  organizing committee is inviting the public to suggest names of women who have been involved as artists in leadership for social change, and who have contributed to the growth and development of the P.E.I. arts community.  Seven of those women will be honoured at the International Women’s Day event on March 7th, and asked to participate in a “round table” discussion about women, art and solidarity.  Please send your suggestions, with a brief explanation, to

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 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!

Price: $40
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.   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, 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

5.  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

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

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