Community Notices


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1.  An invitation

To all friends, and friends of friends, of PEI Citizen Advocacy,…and anyone else…to come out and dance at our fifth annual Valentine’s dance. With live music by Retro Statik, a popular Charlottetown rock-and-roll band.

In aid of PEI Citizen Advocacy.
Saturday, February 14th,
at the Charlottetown Legion on Pownal Street, Charlottetown.
Doors open at 9 p.m. Cash bar.
Only $8……………..and $5 for People First members and those living on low incomes.
It’s fun. Please bring along all your friends…Any questions, call the Citizen Advocacy office at 566-3523

2. PEI Food Security Network Workshop

Join the PEI Food Security Network for a workshop called Sowing the Seeds: Food Security on PEI.  The day will include a moderated panel discussion that will bring four different perspectives on what food security is and what needs to be done in our community.

There will be a mini-workshop to explore what we can do as a community to improve food security on PEI.

    * Tuesday, February 24th, 10am-4pm
    * Murchison Centre (15-17 St. Pius X Avenue, Charlottetown – off St. Peter’s Road)
    * Coffee break and lunch will be provided using mostly local, organic food.
    * To Register call Michelle or Sara at Women’s Network PEI 368- 5040 or email us at

Our panel discussion will be moderated by Marie Burge from Cooper Institute.

The panelists are:
    * Gerard Steele, Fisheries
    * Steven MacKinnon, Agriculture
    * Jennifer Taylor, Health promotion and food skills
    * Ann Wheatley, Livable income/access to healthy food

Hope to see you there!
Sara Roach Lewis

Women’s Network
Women for Environmental Sustainabilty (WES)
Work:  (902) 368-5040
Home: (902) 687-1768

3.  St. Valentine’s Salon – Delight in Your Senses
Saturday, February 14, 2-5pm in the inspirational elegance of the Dantzer’s Salon, whY Lofts, will be transformed into a celebration of the universal day of love, Valentine’s Day. A festival atmosphere offering relaxation and sensual arts, massage, Reiki, cranial sacral energy massage, Arbonne facials, and sea salt hand massages, intuitive readings for individuals and couples, and romantic bedroom design. Enjoy the sultry sounds of the Persian Entertainment Industry and Teresa Doyle’s sassy swing and Latin tunes from her Late Night Parlour album. Beverages and treats served.

Tickets $15 available at Timothy’s and Beanz and include samplings of all services and three draws: dinner for 2, desserts for 2 and a jewellery gift. A donation from proceeds will be made to SAGE towards production costs on their book, Beyond Silence, Voices of Childhood Abuse. For more information, please call, 368 8637 or 314 4678

4. PEIBWA Upcoming Lunch and Learns

The High Cost of Conflict to Your Business – Charlottetown

Presenter: Pamela Large-Moran, Conflict Resolution Services (CRS) Atlantic

Unresolved conflict can be very costly to a business or organization.  Conflict is inevitable and is a fact of life.  The key, however, is in how you deal with or manage conflict.  Join us for this session and learn constructive ways to deal with and manage conflict inside your business (among employees, between employees and management and between management/partners/shareholders) and with outside third parties such as clients, customers, suppliers and creditors.

Location:           Rodd Royalty Inn, 14 Capital Dr. (formerly Trans-Canada Highway)
Intersection of Highways 1 & 2, Charlottetown
Date:                Tuesday, February 10, 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, February 6, 2009 at 4:00 pm.


Tips for the Meeting Planner

Presenter: Michelle McAulay, PEI Convention Partnership

Planning a meeting? We can help! Learn all there is to know about hosting a meeting for ten to one thousand people. Learn what things have worked for past meeting planners who have hosted events both big and small on PEI. Topics include: bid processes, facilities, volunteers/committees, food & beverage, transportation, registration, hospitality and more. You will also find out more about the complimentary services available from the Prince Edward Island Convention Partnership to assist you in planning your event.

Location:           Loyalist Country Inn, 195 Harbour Drive, Summerside
Date:                Thursday, February 19, 2009
Time:                12:00 – 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, February 17, 2009 at 4:00 pm.

5. Handbook of Language and Literacy Development:  A roadmap from 0 – 60 months

FREE Online Resource – Available Now!

Handbook of Language and Literacy Development: A Roadmap from 0 to 60 Months
Edited by Linda M. Phillips, PhD

An evidence-based reference and guide for researchers, parents and caregivers to the milestones for children’s development in the areas of: Auditory, Narrative, Reading, Speech-Language, Spelling and Writing, Social-Emotional, Vision, Computer Use, Children’s Literature and Numeracy.

Childrens’ language and literacy skills evolve under the influence of a multitude of factors both within each child and within the environment.

The resources created by the Roadmap combine the best of what is known about each of the relevant factors and their interactions to provide the big picture of how children’s abilities as language and literacy learners develop from infancy onwards.

For more information visit:

6. FREE Swims for Individuals with Autism and their families and friends

There are regular weekly swims at the Cari pool at the UPEI. These swims are held every Saturday of the February (7th, 14th, 21st, 28th)  from 7:00-8:00pm at the Cari pool and are generously sponsored by D.P Murphy. The swims are free for all those with autism and their family and friends.  Everyone is encouraged to attend!



1.  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.

2.  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

4.  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.

5.  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:

 6.    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

7.  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.

8.   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.

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.  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.

11.  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 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.

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.

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.
2:30pm 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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