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1. International Women’s Day Celebration

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Celebrate Island Women Artistic Leaders in Social Change

7pm at Georgian Room, Charlottetown Rodd Hotel on Kent Street

Reception to follow.

Contact Committee member:
Marian White, c/o CUSO-VSO, Public Engagement Officer, 902 892-2610   902 393-4550 Cell

2. Parents – we need your stories!

Parents for Choice and Quality are very interested in hearing from Island parents about the issues they face while raising young children.  If you are the parent(s) of children from birth to eight years of age we would love to hear from you!  In 2009 we will be working to create an Island wide network for parents of young children.  In an effort to support the develeopment of this network, we are looking for families to share stories about their lives.

We are looking for some families/parents who would be interested in creating short videos clips that we can place on our website later this year.  Each video clip should  be 3-4 minutes long and include things such as:

    * Basic info about your family – (”We are the parents of 3 children ages…)
    * The joys and challenges of parenting young children (”The greatest joys we have are….”  “We find it difficult to…”)
    * What  you love about raising young children in PEI  (”PEI is a great place to raise a family because….”)
    * What you would like to see changed on the Island so that your family is better supported. (As a family our life would be so much easier if there was more of/less of….on PEI.”)
    * Info on community services you currently access (library, recreation programs, education, early learning, food bank, parenting education, play programs etc.)  (”Every week/day/month we go to the….”)
    * Your thoughts on how Parents for Choice and Quality can best support your family (”We are hoping that Parents for Choice and Quality can advocate for better/improved….” or “We are glad that Parents for Choice and Quality are working to give families with young children a strong voice because….”)

If you would be interested in working with us to share your family’s story please contact us at for further information.  If you don’t have access to a camera we may still be able to assist you in shooting your video story.

Selected video stories will be uploaded to our website later this Spring.

3. First Annual Diversity Week at UPEI

The Diversity Office at the University of Prince Edward Island will hold its first annual Diversity Week from January 19 to 24.  It is an opportunity to explore, share, and celebrate the increasing diversity of the university community.  A highlight of the week will be an address called “Working Across Cultures” by well-known speaker Ben Yang on January 22 at 1 p.m. in the W.A. Murphy Student Centre.

Yang is known throughout Canada for his insightful and inspirational talks on globalization and cross-cultural communication. He is currently director of the University of Toronto’s International Student Centre and an instructor for the International Educator Training Program at Queen’s University. He also serves as chair for the Canadian Bureau for International Education Immigration’s advising committee.

Other activities will include the official opening of UPEI’s new Aboriginal Student Centre, a poetry slam, movies, displays, cultural activities, sporting events,international foods, presentations and more.

Photographs submitted to the Diversity Office=E2=80=99s photo contest, which was held in advance of the week, will also be displayed. The top three
winners are Doreen Pippy, Shine Chung, and Leslie Holt-Dalziel.

All Diversity Week activities are free and open to the public. A schedule of events is available on the Diversity Office’s website at For further information, please contact Ruth Freeman at (902) 628-4332 or

4.  CUSO-VSO is Recruiting

CUSO-VSO is recruiting for overseas Volunteers.  Contracts vary from 6 months to 2 years.  Apply at

·  Education: Primary, Education Management, ELT (English Language) and Special Education 

·  Business and Management: Management Advisers, Monitoring and Evaluation, Fundraisers

·  Health and Disability: Health Management, GPs, Family doctors, Surgeons, Community Nurses, Nurse trainers, Midwives, Community Workers, Physiotherapists, Social Researchers
Marian White, CUSO-VSO, Public Engagement Officer, 81 Prince St., Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island,  C1A 4R3
1 800 676-8411  (Atlantic only), 902 892-2610, 902 393-4550 Cell, 902 368-7180 Fax,


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

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.


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!

5.  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

6.  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.

7.  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

8.  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.

* 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.

9.  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

10. 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

11. 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.

12.   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

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


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