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Preview the beautiful artwork created for the Women’s Work(s) Art Promotion and Fundraiser at

Women’s Work(s) will showcase 40 female visual artists of PEI and will both benefit the artists and raise funds for Anderson House.

Raffle tickets for the beautiful framed painting “Island Roses, Arranged” by Dianna Shyne (retail value $2,500) will be on sale at the
Festival of Lights June 27 to July 1, Charlottetown

Be sure to join artists and supporters on these dates:
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

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

2.   New Website Signals Countdown to Global Feminist Conference

17 June 2009, Ottawa

Today’s launch of – a trilingual website devoted to a 2011 global feminist event – signals the start of a countdown to what will likely be the largest women’s conference in Canada’s history: Women’s Worlds 2011 (WW 2011).

“Inclusions, Exclusions, and Seclusions: Living in a Globalized World” is the theme of the international and  interdisciplinary gathering of and about women to be held in Ottawa-Gatineau, Canada from July 3-7, 2011.

The event will convene a diversity of minds and experiences to delve into some of the most pressing issues of our time. Outreach is underway to draw a rich cross-section of people from around the world into the conversation – from academics to activists and researchers to policy-makers.

In the lead-up to the gathering, the website will serve as a hub where people from around the world can connect and converse on issues related to globalization and women’s equality, and more. To stoke that conversation, organizers will roll out a range of interactive components and unveil content and registration information as it becomes available. Site visitors
are encouraged to sign up for e-bulletins to receive up-to-the-minute information about website content and the conference.

This online portal is part of a broader new media strategy that organizers hope will attract unlikely participants to the conference and related discussions, a key conference objective being to encourage intergenerational exchange.

WW 2011 organizers also plan on using social media like facebook, flickr, youtube, and twitter to stimulate connections and conversations.

Ottawa-Gatineau plays host to this 11th edition of Women’s Worlds – a triennial global women’s conference most recently held in Madrid in 2008 and Seoul in 2005 – with the University of Ottawa and Carleton University partnering as lead coordinators.

For more information:

Lise Martin, Executive Director
Women’s Worlds 2011
   (001) 613.562.5800    extension 6600

 3.   “Front Page Challenge”

The Early Childhood Development Association of PEI is looking for submissions of artwork and or photos from children aged 2-6 to feature on the front cover of the Early Childhood Development Association newsletter “Early Learning Knowledge Exchange”.

Four submissions will be selected for upcoming newsletter publications. The contest theme is “Children at Play”.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, July 31, 2009.

Many other great prizes to be won! Please visit and click “Latest News” or call
   (902)368-1866    for more information.

4.   Membership for the Children’s Secretariat networks

Do you have an interest in healthy child development on PEI?  If you do, then why not join one of the networks of the Children’s Secretariat?  There are 11 active networks which concentrate on various aspects of healthy child development.  If you are interested in one of the networks, please contact the network chair for that network.

Acadien & Francophone – Chair:  Francine Bernard
contact:   854-2123

Aboriginal Network – Chair:  Sharon O’Brien
contact:  892-0928

Childhood Injury Network – Chair:  Jan Rankin-Collie
contact:   368-5182

Children With Exceptional Needs Network – New Chair:  Julia Wright
contact:    894-5032

Children’s Environmental Health – Chair:  Marion Copleston

Children’s Mental Health Network – New Chair:  Roma Arsenault

Parent Support Network – Chair:  Laura Graham
contact:    436-1348

Family Literacy Network – New Chair:  Nora McCarthy
contact:   628-4356

Healthy Lifestyles Network – New Chair:  Diana MacLennan
contact:     620-3881

Pregnancy Birth & Infancy Network – New Chair:  Sara Roach-Lewis
contact:     368-5040

Early Childhood Care & Education – Chair:  Sonya Corrigan
contact:   368-1866

5.  Nominations Have Opened for the 2009 Taste Our Island Award

The Taste Our Island Award is given to a chef or restaurant on PEI that purchases and promotes locally grown agriculture.  PEI agriculture’s exceptional quality, taste, and freshness are driving the growth of this emerging industry. 

Each year one winner and 4 finalists are selected from nominations.  Past winners include Chef Shirleen Peardon from the Merchantman Pub and Chef Dianna Linder from the Maplethorpe Cafe.  Both these chefs have, as their main culinary focus PEI’s delicious local products. 

Past finalists for this award include, Victoria Village Inn, Dayboat, Dalvay by the Sea, The Pearl, The Delta, The Landmark Cafe, The Merchantman Pub, and The Inn at Bay Fortune.  By supporting the local agriculture community these fine establishments help to keep our rural community alive and viable. 

Nominations come from the general public.  If you know of a restaurant or chef that uses and promotes PEI agriculture in their restaurants or food service operations, we invite you to nominate them for this award.

The winner of this award receives a full page ad in the 2010 PEI Visitors Guide and the winner and finalists each receive a personalized, hand made award plate from PEI’s Victoria Glass Studio. 

Nomination forms can be found on line at  Nominations will be accepted from now until August 21, 2009.  Finalists are announced during Fall Flavours at the Roving Feast and the winner is announced in March 2010.  For more information on this award please contact Barb MacLeod at 367-4410 or


1. USC Shine a Light Campaign

Education is a powerful tool and without it few of us would reach our full potential. In refugee camps very few girls have the opportunity to pursue their education beyond primary school and without education these young people have no way out.

For over 30 years, the WUSC Student Refugee Program has been providing opportunities for young refugees to pursue higher education in Canada. Among the students sponsored by WUSC, men greatly outnumber women because few girls finish high school. This is a situation they aim to change.

Expected to help with domestic chores and the care of siblings, the girls in the camps often miss school or discontinue their studies altogether. Many girls can only find time to study after dark in camps that lack electricity. The first phase of our campaign focuses on raising money for safe, cost-effective solar lamps to enable girls to study at night. Once we’ve reached our goal of providing 1000 girls with access to solar-powered lamps, your donations will help the girls obtain remedial training to make up the schooling they missed out on, provide them with needed school supplies and finally offer scholarships for promising young refugee girls in Kenya and Malawi.

WUSC is working to Shine a Light on what girls can achieve if they overcome the challenges they face in accessing education in the refugee camps. With the help of many, they are planning to provide these girls with the tools they need to learn, to strive, and to succeed.

Watch for local fundraising events to raise awareness and funds about the Shine a Light project.


Due to high demand, the cupboards at Anderson House Women’s Shelter are empty. Anderson House staff say they especially need the following items:

* Coffee (instant and drip)
* Tea
* Hot chocolate
* Breakfast cereal
* Ketchup & Mayo
* Cheese Whiz
* Jam
* Juice boxes
* Pack lunch supplies
* Peanut butter
* Canned veg & fruit
* Tuna
* Hamburger Helper
* Kraft Dinner
* Spaghetti sauce
* Shake& Bake
* Cleaning supplies
* Diapers (size 4 & 5)
* Baby wipes

If you are able to donate, please call 368-8658 to arrange drop off.
Thank you.


The AIDS Walk for Life is an annual event held by AIDS service organizations all across Canada. All proceeds support direct services for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in your community.

We are seeking walkers for the Charlottetown leg of the walk on September 20, 2009. You can pick up a pledge form at AIDS PEI at 375 University Ave (the Midtown Plaza) or request one by e-mailing You can also engage your friends, family or coworkers by registering a team with AIDS PEI. There will be fantastic prizes for top walker and top team!

All funds donated are tax-deductible.

Please consider walking for a great cause – the walk will do us good!

Yours in the fight against HIV/AIDS,
Mark Hanlon

Executive Director, AIDS PEI
375 University Ave, Unit 2
Charlottetown, PE C1A 4N4
Ph:        (902)5…       Fax: (902)626-3400 Toll-free:  800-…


The Autism Society of PEI is holding a 2 Day Behaviour Workshop: Understanding and Intervening with Challenging Behaviors on Friday and Saturday, June 26th and June 27th.

Time: 8:30 – 4:30 each day
Location: Centre Belle-Alliance on 5 Ave Maris Stella, Summerside
Presenter: Heather Sheen
To register or for any other details contact Nathalie at the Autism Society
of PEI office at 566-4844 or via email at

Heather Sheen is a Board Certified Associate Behaviour Analyst (BCABA) with 10 years experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. She holds an Honors degree in Psychology from Carleton University and is currently enrolled in Brock University’s Master of Arts in Applied Disability Studies program with a specialization in Applied Behaviour Analysis.

This workshop is designed as an introduction to addressing problem behaviour demonstrated by children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It has been created for parents, childhood educators, educational assistants, resource teachers, and instructor therapists who have, or are involved with children affected with ASD. Topics of instruction will include assessment and treatment procedures based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis.

Fees for the two full day workshop are as follows: (Lunch Included both days)
$50.00 for Family Members (2 people) of the Autism Society of PEI
$65.00 for Students
$75.00 for Professionals

(Please Note: Lunch for both days is included in workshop price and will be provided onsite at Centre Belle Alliance. Please be sure to notify when you register if you have any food allergies or special food requirements.)


Freeing Life in Me – a workshop in creative expression using paints, crayons, ink and pastels.
Place: Spirituality Centre, Mount St. Mary’s, Charlottetown.
Dates: July 13-17, Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Register before July 1 for $20.00 discount
Cost: The fee is the PRH sliding scale of fees. Pre-registration with a $50.00 deposit to reserve
your place is required before July 6. Workshop is limited to 12 participants.
Contact: Sr. Myrna Aylward:        902 892-6585        or email:

Constructive Approach to My Problems and Sufferings – you will become more aware of what you experience in the face of your suffering and problems, become attentive to some warning signals to watch for and learn to take the necessary means to lessen your sufferings and resolve problems.
Place: Spirituality Centre, Mount St. Mary’s, Charlottetown
Dates: July 21, 23, 28, & 30, Time: 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Cost: $150.00. Pre-registration is required. Register before July 4 for a $20.00 discount.
Contact: Sr. Myrna Aylward:        902 892-6585        or email:

Coping With Stress – a 2 ½ hour workshop which looks at stress, what it is and how we handle it.
Place: Spirituality Centre, Mount St. Mary’s, Charlottetown
Dates: July 22, Time: 7:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Cost: $20.00. Pre-registration is required before July 1.
Contact : Sr. Myrna Aylward:        902 892-6585        or email:

Discovering The Core of My Identity – the core of my identity is that deep core of goodness and potential within each of us. It contains a treasure of untapped potential and giftedness. This workshop will give you a more positive view of yourself and who you are.
Place: Spirituality Centre, Mount St. Mary’s, Charlottetown
Dates: July 24 – 26, Time: July 24, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. July 25 & 26, 9:00 am- 4:00 pm.
Contact: Sr. Myrna Aylward:        902 892-6585        or email:
Cost: the PRH sliding scale of fees. Pre-registration with a $50.00 deposit to reserve your place
is required by July 2. Register before June 26 for a $15.00 discount.

6. VOLUNTEER in Africa or South America

CUSO-VSO is seeking experienced Math and Science teachers for Guyana and Namibia Are you ready for one of the most challenging and inspiring experiences of your career? Volunteer overseas in education with CUSO-VSO.

CUSO-VSO is recruiting experienced educators to fill volunteer placements with partners overseas. Our volunteers work directly with local organizations – including community-founded schools, regional school boards and Ministries of Education. Volunteers work to help ensure that the most disadvantaged, including girls, those with disabilities, ethic minorities and children affected by HIV and AIDS, are also able to go to school. Placements are 1-2 years in length and CUSO-VSO volunteers receive a comprehensive training and support package.

Featured placements starting Fall 2009*:

Chemistry Lecturer – Guyana
Math and Science Teacher Trainer – Guyana
Math Teacher, Junior Secondary Level – Namibia

Visit for more information or to apply online today. Or email Nana at

Maths Teacher Trainer in a Junior Secondary School (2) – Namibia (Sept 6)
Professional qualifications and experience:
Mathematics degree and/or teaching qualifications, plus at least 2 years’ secondary

Mathematics teaching
Teacher Training and school management experience
Chemistry Lecturer – Guyana
Teacher training experience at the tertiary level.
Professional qualifications and experience:
Graduate level qualifications in the area of Chemistry.
Trained teacher, at secondary school level, with a minimum of three years teaching experience. Preferably with experience of working with adults.

Maths/Science Trainer
Teacher training experience at the tertiary level.
Professional qualifications and experience:
Graduate level qualifications in the area of Natural Sciences/Mathematics.
Five to ten years experience is required in the teaching of Mathematics and Science at the secondary and post secondary levels.

For more information contact:
Marian White, CUSO-VSO
Public Engagement Officer
81 Prince St., Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4R3
    902 892-2610    
    902 393-4550        Cell
    1 800 676-8411        (Atlantic only)

7. Eating Between the Lines

A team of early childhood researchers at UPEI have created a wonderful on-line resource for early childhood educators to use with the children in their centres. This resource – Eating Between the Lines – was created to foster an interest in nutrition issues and food awareness in a fun and information environment while emphasizing early literacy. This resource also offers many activities that parents can do with their
children at home.

Eating Between the Lines was created with kindergarten children but any of the activities can be adapted to work with all young age groups.

Check out the website at and have fun.


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


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