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1.  Presentation, Monday April 27, 2009

Investing in Conflict:  Our Pension Plan and Mining in the Americas

Honduran environmental leader Carlos Amador and Rights Action’s Francois Guindon will be in Charlottetown on Monday, April 27th as part of a tour of the Maritime provinces to speak out against Canada’s involvement in unethical mining practices in Guatemala and Honduras.  They will speak at UPEI, Lecture Theatre B at the Atlantic Veterinary College at 7:00 p.m.

Amador, a community leader and environmentalist from the mining-affected Siria Valley region of Honduras, and Guindon, a Quebecois activist working on mining and human rights issues in Guatemala, want to engage Canadians in discussions on mining conflicts, an issue all too familiar in Atlantic Canada. They aim to uncover the environmental and health harms and human rights violations by Canadian mining giant, Goldcorp, in Central America, and to draw critical attention to key investors in the company (including the Canadian Pension Plan and numerous pension funds across the country).
The tour will eventually make its way across Canada and arrive on the West Coast in time for Goldcorp’s annual shareholders meeting on May 22nd in Vancouver, B.C. Amador and Guindon hope that Canadian shareholders and others will raise their voices to demand transparency, accountability and free prior and informed consent with respect to mining issues.       

Visit the Rights Action website at for more information on mining issues in Central America, and please contact Sophia Horwitz at  902-429-6753  or for more information on the speaking tour.

 2. The Accessible Channel (For your information)

The Accessible Channel is a national, english language, descriptive, closed-captioned HD digital TV specialty service for the vision impaired and hearing impaired that is inclusive of the whole family.

More than 700 films, countless television programs and entertainment will be accessible to all cable subscribers on The Accessible Channel.

Beginning January 29th, all cable and satellite companies across Canada will have TACtv on their basic digital packages.  Our broadcasting partners currently include Rogers Media, CTV Globemedia, Canwest, CBC, Audiovision, CTS, and the Channel Zero group.



A May Day Rally featuring young local musicians and artists will be held on Friday, May 1st at Province House on University Ave at 4:30pm.

This event will offer an opportunity for youth to engage with the community on career choice issues for youth. The issues of a lobby movement for a separate minimum wage for young workers and the consequences of youth serving in the Armed Forces will be presented.

Come out to speak your mind, listen to local musicians, enjoy some free food, art, and show public engagement in action – show that our Canadian Democracy includes a voice for youth workers! Demand that youth be provided options to work for healthy communities and peaceful, rewarding career paths.  (Watch for details on May Day All-Ages Rock event later in the evening) This event is presented by the PEI Youth Coalition.
For more information: or 368-7337


On Saturday, May 9, 2009 from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. in Memorial Hall,
Confederation Centre, the Voluntary Resource Council (VRC) will hold its
second annual Breakfast & Banter with Very Interesting Persons (VIPs).

The Voluntary Resource Council operates the Voluntary Resource Centre,
a home for numerous small community organizations located at 81 Prince
St., Charlottetown.  The Breakfast & Banter with VIPs is the only annual
VRC fundraising event.  The funds raised by the event are essential to
the continued operation of the VRC.

Marlane O’Brien, star of “A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline” and
“Maritime Star”, will be Master of Ceremonies this year.

PEI has many Very Interesting Persons.  This year’s VIPs, who have
each agreed to host a table, include: Marie Burge, Mildred Dover, Regis
Duffy, Daphne Dumont, Doug Gallant, Jane Ledwell, Kirstin Lund, Sandy
MacMillan, Bruce MacNaughton, Karen Mair, Keith Milligan, Dr. Heather
Morrison, Brenda Penak, Sylvia Ridgway, James Rodd, Erskine Smith, Hank
Stinson, Rob Thomson, Ann Thurlow, and Christine Trainor.

Confederation Centre has promised to provide an excellent breakfast
buffet.  Silent and live auctions of art, crafts, and other items
donated by VRC supporters will add to the fun and conviviality.

Tickets are $30.00 each.  Charitable receipts for $15.00 will be issued
for each ticket purchased and for all donations of $10.00 or more.
Tickets are available by contacting Ellie Reddin at 368-6619 or or Sylvie Arsenault at the VRC, 368-7337 or .

3.  Circles of Safety and Support Volunteer Facilitator Training
Justice Options for Women is offering a free 9-day training opportunity for volunteer facilitators who will be trained to use interest-based skills in a new process called Circles of Safety and Support, to help women at risk for violence to participate in a collaborative planning process with service providers and other supporters. The first 3-day training block is June 10, 11, 12, 2009, from 9:00 – 4:00. For further information contact Kirstin Lund,,  (902) 569-1894 .

4.  Transformational Journal Writing, facilitated by Dianne Morrow

July 6 – 10, 2009
PEI School of the Arts
Gulf Shore School in North Rustico

Journal writing is the only writing form that encourages total freedom of expression. It is the best way to develop your true voice.

Using the journal/diary as a basic tool, workshop participants will explore writing devices and techniques to transform journal entries into other forms of writing of their choice such as: memoir, poetry, fiction, non-fiction,and/or plays.

Participants will also have the opportunity to read from their own writing projects, for group feedback.

Registration fee is $300 for the 30 hours. For more information please go to or contact

5.  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:

6.   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

7.   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

8.  PEI Business Women’s Association Workshops

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.


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.

10. 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:

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.

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


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