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1. Deadline is February 1 to Receive Photos for Poster Men Wanted Campaign

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.  Tomorrow is January 31, the PEI Literacy Alliance Presents: Sing-a-Long Sound of Music – A Fundraiser for Literacy

Tickets are available at the following locations:

Metro Credit Union – 281 University Avenue
PEI Literacy Alliance – 161 St. Peter’s Road
Charlottetown Farmer’s Market on Saturday, Jan 31:  9:00am-1:00pm
Timothy’s World Coffee Shop – 54 University Avenue

Host:    Wade Lynch
Time:    7:00 pm
Date:    January 31st 2009 (Storm date February 7th 2009)
Place:   The Carrefour Theatre

Price:   $40

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!  Please call (902) 368-3620 if you have any questions.

3.   Attention: All PEI Women Artists

Call for Submissions

Women’s Work(s) Art Promotion and Fundraiser is calling for submissions of artwork from PEI Women artists. This juried art promotion will feature:

·   Art supplies commissions paid to 50 women artists
·   An art auction – artists receive 50%
·   Fundraising for Island-wide Family Violence Prevention Services Inc capital building fund
·   Celebration of women’s paid and unpaid work
·   Promotion of women’s contribution to art

The art created for Women’s Work(s) will thematically reflect the nature, scope and reality of women’s work in all its diversity. All fine art work will be considered, i.e. painting, sculpture, photography, fabric, printmaking, etc.

Please include in your submission:

    * Contact information
    * 3 – 5 good quality images (JPEG format) or photographs of recent art work
    * curriculum vitae or resume (2 page max)
    * a brief description (50 words max) of the proposed artwork and how it relates to the theme of women’s work

Deadline for submissions: March 16

Selected artists notified by: April 1

Artwork must be completed by: June 22

Artwork will be auctioned in July.

Mail submissions to:

Women’s Work(s)
c/o PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8

Or by email to:

For more information call Sandy Kowalik, Artistic Coordinator at 902-368-4510.   The Women’s Work(s) blog is presently being set up…more information will be added soon. Check it out at

Women’s Work(s) has been made possible through the generous support of Senator Catherine Callbeck, E Anne Smith, and Patricia Schurman.

4.  International Development Week

A Little Bit Of So Much Truth

Film Screening for IDW
7pm on Feb. 3rd at the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC),  Theatre A
Sponsored by CUSO-VSO, WUSC, CUPE Global Justice Ctte and UPEI IDW Ctte

Award winning documentary portrays how oppressed Mexican women overtake a discriminatory media outlets to get their message out. The organized people of Oaxaca, Mexico overcome insurmountable odds to overthrow their governor.  More Information contact Marian White, CUSO-VSO, 902 892-2610

5. East Prince Women’s Information Centre (EPWIC) is Moving!

We are moving – effective Wednesday, Janaury 28, 2009 we will be located at 109 Water Street, Summerside, PE  (old Regional Services Centre ) across from the Waterfront Mall. Everything else remains the same:
Tel: 902-436-9856, Fax: 902-888-2344, email:

The PEI members of a group now back from a month of solidarity studying & volunteering in Cuba are holding an information session to report on their visit. Pictures will be shown, tea & juice served, and information on our next project given.

It will be Sunday afternoon from 2:00 – 4:00 on February the 8th at the Bonshaw Community Centre in Bonshaw.  For more information: 675-4093  or 675-4282

7.  SAS House Incorporated is Accepting Housing Applications

A waiting list is being created for housing with SAS House Incorporated.  SAS House Incorporated is a not-for-profit social housing project for mother-led families and non-elderly single women under 65 years of age.  The apartment building is quiet and located in Charlottetown consisting of 9 units (1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments).  Applicants considered for housing, will be required to meet the program eligibility criteria.  Monthly rent is geared-to-income (25% of gross income) and includes: heat, laundry facilities, fridge/stove, security building, parking, snow removal service, and storage.  No pets. 

Damage deposit required.  Housing application forms are available at the Voluntary Resource Council (VRC), 81 Prince Street, Charlottetown, PE C1A  4R3.  Please phone the VRC at 368-7337 prior to picking up an application form.  All housing applications will be kept on file for future consideration.

8.  Lifestyle Makeover Contest

Welcome to the About Face New Year, New to You Contest presented by About Face Cosmetics by Jenepher, K-Rock 105.5 and Ocean 100.3.

Contest ends on February 18 so check out the contest details at this link soon:

9.  PEIBWA Upcoming Workshop

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:     Silver Threads Seniors Club, 78 Main Street, Souris
Date:         Tuesday, February, 3 2009
Time:         12:00 – 1:30 pm
Cost:         $15 + GST for members, $20 + GST for non-members

To register, contact Nina Costain by e-mail at or by phone at (902) 892-6040.  Registration deadline:  Friday, January 30, 2009 at 4:00 pm.



1.  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 the Georgian Room
Charlottetown Rodd Hotel on Kent Street

Reception to follow.

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


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 thanks 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 and email address is

2.  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.

3.   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.

4. 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

5.  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.

6.  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:

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.

7.   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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