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1.  Reminder:  May Day Rock Rally today
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

 2.  2nd Annual Voluntary Resource Council Breakfast and Banter “Fun”Raiser

The 2nd Annual Breakfast and Banter will be held in the Confederation Centre’s Memorial Hall on Saturday May 9th at 9:00 – 10:30 am.  Doors open at 8:30 am.  Marlane O’Brien, star of “A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline” and “Maritime Star”, will be Master of Ceremonies.

Enjoy a great breakfast and partake in some wonderful morning banter with some of PEI’s Very Interesting People including Marie Burge, Mildred Dover, Daphne Dumont, Regis Duffy, 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.

The ‘Fun’-Raiser is in support of the Voluntary Resource Centre which has been providing support to Prince Edward Island’s Volunteer Sector for over 30 years!  Tickets are $30.00 for a full buffet breakfast.  A charitable receipt of $15.00 will be issued.

The event will also include a live and silent auction of art, crafts and other items.  Come early to view the auction items and make your bids.

Please join us for this wonderful event.  Phone  902.368.7337  for tickets and information.  See you there!!!

3.  3rd Annual Family Expo

Family Place is pleased to announce their 3rd Annual Family Expo 2009
which will be held on May 3rd, 2009 from 12 noon until 4pm at the Three
Oaks Senior High School in Summerside, P.E.I.

The focus of our 2009 Expo is to showcase the various family services
available provincially. There will be something for everyone including
music and entertainment by Scotty and the Stars, Gigantic playtime
inflatables: Dragon Castle and Dalmatian Firehouse, Information and
display booths on programs and services for families, Dress up emporium,
Dinky Town Junior and Supreme, Arts and Crafts for all ages and play
activities, Mother Goose reading corner and puppet shows, face painting,
cookie decorating, races, Toddler World play center for children under 3, friendly princess, pirate and clown mascots.

Come join us on May 3rd, 2009 at Three Oaks Senior High School for a
fun filled day of food, fun, contests, door prizes and freebies galore
and more! Take: 30 for the Family at the Family Expo 2009!

Admission is $1.00 per child, $2.00 per adult, or $5.00 per family,
children one and under free. All proceeds go to support the Little
Readers hospital based literacy program.

4.  Save These Dates…Women’s Work(s) Art Promotion and Fundraiser

July 7, 2009, 2 pm: Art Show Opening, Concourse of the Confederation Centre of the Arts
July 7 to 12, 2009: Art Show
July 12, 2009, 3 pm: Auction, Memorial Hall, Confederation Centre of the Arts
At July 12, 2009 Auction: Raffle draw for Island Roses, Arranged


  • Art Promotion showcasing 40 female visual artists of PEI
  • July 12, 2009 Women’s Work(s) Art Auction Fundraiser benefiting artists and raising funds for Anderson House, PEI Family Violence Prevention Services Inc.

Raffle Draw
Island Roses, Arranged
by Dianna Shyne
Acrylic – 30 x 24 inches
Retail value

Patrons and Sponsors are:  Senator Catherine Callbeck, Patricia Schurman, Anne Smith, Louis W. MacEachern, PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women, Interministerial Women’s Secretariat, PEI Family Violence Prevention Services Inc, Confederation Centre of the Arts, Bergmark Guimond Hammarlund Jones Architects, Details Past & Present, The Morse Team, and RBC Dominion Securities.

For more information contact Women’s Work(s) at 368-4510, email:    blog:



1.  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.

 2.  Breakfast and Banter with Very Interesting Persons

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) 8…   ou par courriel à


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.

9. 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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