Community Notices


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1.  Public Meeting Re Complementary Medicine and Holistic Healing, Tonight at 7:30 pm

Host:   Mary Baglole, RHN and Dr. Marilyn Yap-Yu, ND
Location:  Holland College Lecture Hall (Kent Street Entrance)
140 Weymouth Street, Charlottetown, PE C1A1Z1 Canada

When:  Friday, January 23, 7:30PM

Two Charlottetown professionals, Dr Marilyn Yap-Yu, Naturopathic Doctor, and Mary Baglole, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, are inviting the public to an open meeting to be held at Holland College Lecture Hall (Kent Street Entrance), Charlottetown, PEI, on Friday, January 29, 2009 at 7:30 PM.

The meeting will be of interest to those who have been using complementary medicine in Prince Edward Island and who are interested in learning more about holistic healing . The thrust will be centered around how the public can move forward in a more collaborative direction regarding the existing health care system. Participants’ input and ideas are welcome. “The open discussions will touch on how cost effective health prevention is not only at the present time but in the future as well”.

Facilitators for this event will be Dr. Yap-Yu who has been in her profession in Prince Edward Island for 19 years,  with 25 years of combined practice as medical and naturopathic physician,  and Mrs. Baglole who has 26 years experience with complementary alternatives. For more information about this event, please contact Mary Baglole at (902) 566-5587 or Dr. Yap-Yu at (902) 628-1501.

2.  Family Literacy Day Celebration – Saturday January 24, 2009

The PEI Literacy Alliance invites you to its 2009 Family Literacy Day Celebration

Saturday January 24th
Confederation Centre Art Gallery
from 12 Noon to 3pm

• Live music
• Scavenger hunt
• Celebrity readers
• Word Monster
• Puppet show
• Reading tent
• Snacks, giveaways
and MORE!

Call 368-3620 for more information.

3.  2009 International Women’s Day Events


International Women’s Day Celebration

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Celebrate Island Women Artistic Leaders in Social Change

7:00 pm 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


Public Input needed by Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 4:00pm

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.

Women in the Arts will also be the theme of our annual International Women’s Day event taking place at 7:00 pm at the Charlottetown Hotel on Sunday, March 8.  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. Please send your suggestions, with a brief explanation, to  Deadline for suggestions is Thursday, January 29 at 4:00 pm.


Openings in a Women’s Art Show at Beanz Espresso Cafe for March 2009

Female artists are invited to participate in a month-long non-juried art show and sale at BEANZ Café in celebration of United Nations-declared International Women’s Day (March 8).

On Saturday from 1 to 5 pm, February 28th, please drop off ready-to-hang small to medium-sized art pieces, at BEANZ Espresso Café, University Avenue, Charlottetown. Each artist may drop off a maximum of two pieces. Pieces will be accepted as long as space allows. Clearly attach your name, contact information, title and dimensions of artwork, and desired price to the back of the artwork.

This is a volunteer art promotion event organized by the 2009 IWD Planning Committee, who gratefully thank Lori Kays, Owner of BEANZ, for her support. Neither BEANZ Espresso Café nor the IWD Planning Committee is liable for artwork.

Committee volunteers will hang the pieces so they will be ready for viewing and sale beginning Monday, March 2, and ending Tuesday, March 31. Artwork sold will be provided to the buyer at point-of-sale. Artists will be expected to pick up unsold pieces on Wednesday, April 1, between the hours of 1 and 5 pm.

Please contact IWD Planning Committee member Lisa Murphy, ED for PEI Status of Women, for further details about this event. Her phone number is 368-4510. Her email address is

 4.  Family Literacy Websites

Check out the following websites for more family literacy activities
and information on literacy.

Early Literacy and Babies

Talk To Your Baby is a campaign run by the National Literacy Trust in the United  (UK). Talking and listening to young children helps them develop good language and communication skills, which enables them to express themselves, listen, learn, read, write and socialize better. It also helps children feel valued, builds their confidence and helps parents and children to bond.

Language and literacy start long before children enter school, in fact there are many wonderful things you can do to enhance language and literacy with your babies very early on. Talk To Your Baby has produced a series of quick tips for parents and practitioners to help children develop good talking and listening skills. Each sheet is available in
thirteen languages. Copies can be downloaded below and photocopied free of charge, click on the following link and feel free to share these with anyone who you might think is interested:

5.  Public Service Announcement
Transition of Kindergarten into the School System

Charlottetown Meeting Rescheduled

Pat Mella, Public Kindergarten Commissioner, invites the public to an information session on the Transition of Kindergarten into the School System.

Wednesday, January 28, at 7:30 p.m.
Murchison Centre, St. Pius X Avenue, Charlottetown

For more information, please visit

6.  Scrabble Tournament – Open to all

Saturday, February 14th

8:00 a.m. at the Seniors Active Living Centre

in the CARI Complex at UPEI

Fee $5.00

Pot Luck Lunch

To register call Linda Pierce at 628-1755, please leave a message

Registration deadline Feb 10th.  For more information call Michele at 368-7452

7.   Women’s Secretariat Grant
The Interministerial Women’s Secretariat is requesting project proposals from non-profit women’s organizations in Prince Edward Island whose mandates align with the promotion of the legal, health, social and economic equality of women. To access a copy of the Application Form and Application Guidelines, please call (902) 368-6494. Application forms and copies of the funding guidelines can also be picked up at the Access PEI locations across PEI, as well as the Island Information Services centre, located at 11 Kent Street, Charlottetown (Jones Building).  All project proposals must be received by 5:00 pm, February 16, 2009.  Please call (902) 368-6494 for further information. 

8.  FREE Family Skate

The Sharp Group is hosting a free family skate on:

Date:  Sunday, January 25th
Time:  4 pm – 5 pm
Location:  Charlottetown Civic Centre (South Side Entrance)

9.  Regional Conference on Learning Disabilities – PEI

The Learning Disabilities Association of PEI is pleased to present a Regional Conference on Learning Disabilities on April 22 and 23, 2009, featuring Dr. Steven Feifer, D.Ed., NCSP, ABSNP.

Dr. Feifer is a renowned speaker in the United States and Canada in the field of Learning Disabilities.  The workshops that he will present will focus on the Neuropsychology of Reading Disorders: Diagnosis and Intervention and the Neuropsychology of Written Language Disorders: Diagnosis and Intervention.

For more information, please contact the LDAPEI office at (902) 894-5032 or via email at

10.  Final Two Events for Diversity Week at UPEI

If you have missed out on Diversity Week events so far, there is still
time. There will be a Faculty/Staff Sound-Off at the Wave Friday
afternoon from 4:00-6:00. Each participant will be “sounding-off”
for two minutes on some aspect of diversity and/or political
correctness.  The event will be emceed by Tamara Leary of Student
Services (who will also sound-off) and participants include: Malcolm
Murray, Ann Braithwaite, Kate Bride, James Reddin, Nola Etkin, Julie
Bull, Colleen MacQuarrie, and Mike Arfken. Everyone welcome (19+).
On Saturday evening, the Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre will be
celebrating Diversity Week during two home games as the UPEI men’s and
women’s basketball teams take on Dalhousie University. Free diversity
pins and ribbons will be given out, and the  aboriginal group Eagle
Island Singers will perform during half-time of the men’s game. There
will also be a slide show available in the upper level lobby of all
entries to the Diversity Office Photo Contest. For further information
about the games, please contact Mike Redmond (566-6054).



1.  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.

2. 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

3.  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,

4. 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

5.  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 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.

6.  PEIBWA Upcoming Event

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!

8.  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.

9.   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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