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1.  Women in the News – New “Gender Wire” Newsletter
Inter Press Service News Agency (IPS) wants to redress a huge imbalance that exists today: only 22% of the voices you hear and read in the news are women’s. Elections, health, education, armed conflicts, corruption, laws, trade, climate change, the global financial and food crises, and natural disasters. IPS covers these frontline issues asking an often forgotten question: What does this mean
for women and girls?
You can subscribe to IPS’s free weekly “Gender Wire” newsletter here:

2.   East Prince Family Violence Prevention

Cordially invites both men and women once again this year to our…
Seventh Annual

Mother’s Day Banquet & Woman of Excellence Award
Wednesday, May 6th, 2009
Location: George R. Pearkes Legion – Summerside
6:30 – 9:15 p.m. Dinner, Entertainment & Great Door Prizes!!!
$30.00  per person / Corporate tables of eight available.

Bring your parents, spouse, boss, sibling, friends or co-workers!!
You will have a great evening while supporting our local community-based service with its major fundraiser for year-round programs & services to victims of family violence.

Reserve your banquet tickets NOW!

Serving Honey Glazed Chicken
Reserve banquet tickets by: Thursday, April 30th, 2009
Call our office to reserve your tickets 888-3310.
Tax receipts available upon request.
Charitable Taxation Number 853718880 RR0001

PO Box 1478 Summerside, PE C1N 3H2
McNeill Mall, 2nd Level 251 Water Street, Summerside
Administrative Line 888-3310 Confidential Line 436-0517

Ticket Locations:
EPFVP Office – Address and Telephone Number Above
Consolidated Credit Union – Summerside

3.   Personnes aidantes des régions de Charlottetown, Rustico Souris et environs

Êtes-vous une personne qui offre des soins physiques ou du soutien à un proche ou à un membre de la famille atteint d’une maladie chronique (la vieillesse peut être acceptée) et ce, depuis au moins un mois? Êtes-vous la personne aidante principale? Êtes-vous âgé de 19 ans et plus? Est-ce que vous comprenez et vous parler le français? Êtes-vous une personne qui ne reçoit pas de salaire pour les soins physiques ou le soutien offert?  Si oui, nous aimerions discuter de votre intérêt à participer à un projet de recherche, coordonné par l’Alliance des femmes de la francophonie canadienne en collaboration avec l’Université de Moncton, campus de Shippagan.

Ce projet de recherche vous permettra de participer à une intervention de groupe d’environ 8 à 12 personnes aidantes et d’une personne professionnelle pour animer les discussions. Cette intervention comportera 10 sessions de deux heures par session, soit une rencontre par semaine. Chaque session ou rencontre portera sur un thème spécifique qui touche le vécu ou les besoins des personnes aidantes.

L’objectif du projet de recherche est d’évaluer et comparer les effets de deux types d’intervention de groupe sur la compétence des personnes aidantes à prendre soin d’eux.

Le Collège Acadie Î.-P.-É.  est à la recherche de personnes aidantes des régions de Charlottetown, de Rustico et de Souris et des environs pour participer à un groupe de soutien. Les thèmes dans ce type d’intervention seront déterminés par les participants, au fur et à mesure que les sessions seront offertes. Ce type d’intervention est orienté sur le partage entre les aidants, où l’animateur ou l’animatrice favorise la discussion entre les participants et les participantes.

Toutes les informations obtenues dans cette étude seront gardées confidentielles, de même que les noms des participants. Aucun nom ne sera écrit sur les questionnaires et sur les cassettes d’enregistrement. Lors de la publication d’articles scientifiques, seuls les résultats compilés seront présentés. On demandera aussi aux participants de garder confidentiel les noms des participants et leurs témoignages lors de ces rencontres.

Pour plus de renseignements ou pour vous inscrire au groupe de soutien, veuillez communiquer avec Colette Arsenault au (902) 854-7287 ou par courriel à

4.  PEI Business Women’s Association Workshops

An Introduction to Creating Customer Experiences – Charlottetown

Presenter: Corey Poirier, Island Business News

In today’s competitive business landscape, it seems that sometimes customers are treated like commodities. This Lunch and Learn will touch on steps one can take to help create a positive customer experience to avoid the loss of customer loyalty and loss of profit typically associated with the “treating customers like numbers” approach.

Location:       Provinces Room, Rodd Charlottetown, 75 Kent Street
Date:                Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Time:                12:00 – 1:30 pm       
Cost:                $15 + GST for members, $20 + GST for non-members
To register, please contact Nina Costain by e-mail at  or by phone at (902) 892-6040.  Due to the Easter holidays the registration deadline is Thursday, April 9, 2009 at 4:00 pm. 

Please note:  If you register for a lunch and learn session and are unable to attend, please let us know 48 hours in advance.  People who do not cancel in advance will be invoiced.

April Business Mixer – Charlottetown

Hosted By Nessya Neemron of Nessya’s Gems & Jewels

Nessya Neemron, owner of Nessya’s Gems & Jewels, invites you to mix, mingle, and dress up in her Sterling Silver Gems and Jewels while enjoying the sultry sounds of the Persian Entertainment Industry.  Make new connections while giving and receiving feedback on jewelry that best suits you.  Nessya will demonstrate how to use jewelry as a confidence builder and tips on care for your collection.  In adition to door prizes, all guests will receive Nessya’s Guest Card, a 20% discount valid for one month.  Take care of Mother’s Day and Graduation gifts while treating yourself!  Tastes from the Middle East, along with refreshments and wine, will be served.

Location:           Nessya’s Gems & Jewels, 64 Queen Street, Charlottetown
Date:                Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Time:                5:00 – 7:00 pm
Cost:                No fee for PEIBWA members

To register, please contact Nina Costain by e-mail at or by phone at (902) 892-6040  Registration deadline:  Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at 12:00 pm.


Speed Networking – Summerside

Facilitated 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:       Lakeview Loyalist Resort, 195 Harbour Drive, Summerside
Date:                Thursday, April 30, 2009
Time:                5:00 pm – Registration
5:30 – 7:30 pm – Speed Networking
Cost:                No fee for PEIBWA members

To register, please contact Nina Costain by e-mail at or by phone at (902) 892-6040.  Registration deadline:  Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 4:00 pm.

5.  Health Canada advisory on improper use of single-patient lancing devices

Health Canada is advising people who use single-patient blood lancing devices (also known as blood-sampling devices), which are usually used by diabetics to monitor blood glucose levels, not to use them in more than one person. Using these devices in more than one person poses a risk of transmitting serious blood-borne infections like hepatitis B and C and HIV.

The advisory is available on the Health Canada Web site at

Health Canada continues to receive reports of improper device use, including reports of individuals sharing their single-patient device with others, suggesting the need to increase awareness of this risk among device users.



1.  Women’s Happiness Group: Potluck Get-Together for Women Thursday, April 16th

To All Women:

You are invited to the first meeting of the Women’s Happiness Group.
This is a group for and by women to share and enjoy moments together.
What: Potluck – bring food to share (recipe from your country of origin)
When: April 16th, 6:00 p.m.
Where: 3rd Floor, PEI ANC offices

Feel free to bring your children along!

For more information please contact:
Nancy Clement
Francophone Settlement Worker
(902) 628-6009 ext. 217


Walk a Block for Lupus will be taking place on May 9th at 10am at the Friendly Pharmacy located on Water St. Everyone is welcomed to register and join in the walk. For more information on how to register or donate please visit or call Christina at 651-2861 with any questions.

3.  Suzanne O’Callaghan Returns to Beanz Café with Exhibition

Suzanne O’Callaghan returns to Beanz Café in Charlottetown the first week of April with a new solo show of works celebrating women and spring on Prince Edward Island.

The exhibition of all new paintings is called “Danu” and features large, colourful works depicting the elements that the artist associates with rebirth, renewal and the end of winter in Atlantic Canada. Each painting will be accompanied by a short piece of verse or prose written by the artist describing the painting or piece, what inspired it and how it relates to how the artist experiences spring on the Island.

The works in the exhibition feature elements of spring and rebirth as pictorially represented by the activities of Islanders, from wpmen sustaining the Island’s fishers to women in cafes; through nature, from shells to gardens; and through the eyes of those people and places most loved by the artist, including a portrait of the artist’s son, Island fiddler Connor O’Callaghan (currently studying at Dalhousie University).

For more information about Danu, the artist or her work please contact the Suzanne O’Callaghan at her studio gallery, 902-676-2091, or Beanz Café at 38 University Avenue,  892-8797.

4.  Conference:  Nurturing Responsibility & Resilience among Children and Youth

The Tri-PD committee of the PEI Association of Social Workers, the PEI Counselling Association and the Psychological Association of PEI will host a workshop entitled “Nurturing Responsibility and Resilience among Children and Youth.

Date:  September 24-25, 2009
Location:   Rodd Charlottetown

The workshop speaker is Dr. Michael Ungar, author of We Generation: Raising Socially Responsible Kids and Too Safe for their Own Good: How Risk and Responsibility Help Teens Thrive.  Mark your calendars now!

Email address:

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:

Friday, April 17th:
Dining Etiquette
Rose Hines of The Culinary Institute of Canada

Wednesday, April 22nd:
How To Maximize Your Look In Five Minutes Or Less
Jenepher Reynolds of About Face

Wednesday, May 13th:
A Naturopathic Approach To Coping With Stress
Dr. Lana McMurrer, ND of Simmonds-McMurrer Naturopathic Medicine

These free sessions will be held from 11:30am-1:30pm. Call for the location and to register (one day prior to each event by noon) at 368-8658. Childcare is available upon request.

6.  Family Fun Workshop

The PEI Literacy Alliance Presents:  Family Fun Workshop for Parents

Learn some fun simple activities you can do with your children to help them learn.  Participants will receive a fun family literacy package. There is room for 10 people so register soon.

Date: April 15, 2009
Time: 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Where: Holland College (Kent Street entrance) CHARLOTTETOWN PEI
Cost:  FREE
To register: call Jinny at  1-800-827-3620  or email her at

PEI Literacy Alliance will also be hosting a Family Literacy Workshop for parents in each of the following locations:

* Alberton – April 22 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am at Westisle Composite High School, Alberton
* Summerside – April 22 from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm at Family Place Resource Centre (75 Central Street), Summerside
* Montague – April 6 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am at Holland College (in the Down East Mall), Montague

All workshops are FREE
To register: call Jinny at  1-800-827-3620  or email her at



MAY 27-29, 2009

Initiated in 2004, the Atlantic Seniors Housing Research Alliance (ASHRA) is a 5-year, federally funded project that encompasses all four Atlantic Provinces and includes representatives from five universities, seniors’ groups and other community-based organizations, housing developers and planners, service providers, and government departments.

The Conference is intended to bring together seniors’ groups and other community-based organizations; architects, housing developers, and planners; service providers; policymakers and government departments; academic researchers; and interested members of the general public.

The Atlantic Seniors Housing Needs Conference will feature an exciting combination of speakers, panels, and discussions. Five short films highlighting solutions from around the world for seniors housing will be premiered. Workshops will focus on the policy implications of these results on seniors’ housing.

Speakers will include ASHRA researchers and guests from both within Atlantic Canada and outside of the country.

Conference Themes

• PLACES: How can building design and technology help people to age within their familiar communities?

• POLICIES: How can policy, rules, and regulations ensure access to safe and affordable housing for seniors?

• PEOPLE: How can we understand and prepare for the changing housing needs of aging Atlantic Canadians?

The Conference will include workshops that are set up to assist participants with examining policy barriers, and to facilitate the development of recommendations and policy solutions designed to meet seniors’ housing needs.

INTERNATIONAL “AFFORDABLE SENIORS HOUSING IDEAS DESIGN COMPETITION” will be taking place at the conference, and will be judged by a panel of experts from within and outside of Canada.

For registration information contact:  Conference Coordinatorr at  902.457.6322  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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