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Don’t Miss the Women’s Work(s) Art Promotion and Fundraising Auction at the Confederation of the Arts

Be sure to join artists and supporters on Sunday at 3:00 pm for the Art Show reception and auction.  Both are open to all at no charge.

Tuesday, July 7 to Sunday, July 12, 2009
Art Show

Concourse, Confederation Centre of the Arts
Bid on 25 plus artworks at the Silent Auction from July 7 to July 12 until 4:00 pm

Sunday, July 12, 2009
3:00 pm – Reception and Auction

Memorial Hall, Confederation Centre of the Arts
Live Auction of 25 artworks begins at 4:00 pm

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.

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

2.  International Symposium on Poetic Inquiry Deadline September 1

The registration deadline for the 2nd International Symposium on Poetic
Inquiry, to be held in Charlottetown, October 15-18, is September 1. The
three-day symposium includes academic sessions, presentations, poetry
readings, and informal discussions, as well as social gatherings. It is open
to anyone interested in the topic of Poetic Inquiry.

Many of PEI’s literary scholars and poets will be showcased with
international poets and scholars, creating a culturally rich, international
event. The symposium is being co-hosted by the UPEI Centre for Education
Research and the Centre for Arts-informed Research, OISE at the University of Toronto, in cooperation with the UPEI Faculties of Arts and Education, the Confederation Centre of the Arts, the League of Canadian Poets, the UPEI Department of English, and the PEI Writers’ Guild.

Full conference rates, as well as specific day rates, are available. For
more information, please contact Christine Gordon Manley (;
566-6784) or visit the CER website at

3.  Handle with Care Train the Trainer Program 

When:  August 18, 19 and 20, 2009
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Royalty Centre, 40 Enman Crescent, Rm. 236
Fees: ECDA Members $180.00
          Non-Members $280.00
Facilitated by:  Alice Taylor & Denine McCormack
To register: Call Heather Walker @ 368 1866.
For more info call: Alice @ 963 2882 or Denine @ 368 6331
Registration deadline July 24, 2009
Register on-line at

4.  Cultivating Connection – National Family Literacy Conference

Date:  July 15 * 17, 2010
Location:  Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Shaw Conference Centre
For more information:  Please visit:

5.  ADVANCE Program for Women Entrepreneurs

Have you been in business for at least five years?  Do you have a well-developed business plan in place and are looking to take your business to the next level?  Have you identified opportunities for growth, or have specific growth objectives, but need some assistance to plan that next step?  If you answered yes to these questions, the ADVANCE program may be just the answer.

Commencing in September, the Centre for Women in Business, with support from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and TD Canada Trust Small Business Banking, will offer the Advance Program to high-impact women business owners throughout Atlantic Canada, with a delivery in Charlottetown, PEI.  The PEI Business Women’s Association is participating in the program by helping to promote ADVANCE to women in PEI.

The ADVANCE program offers women business owners the opportunity to take their business to the next level of growth by strengthening their management and business skills and providing professional business support to reach their growth objectives.  Five workshop sessions facilitated by accomplished, dynamic speakers including Toni Newman, Susan Sweeney, Debi Peverill, Brenda Fair and Judith Richardson will be followed by 25 hours of one-to-one consulting for each participant.

The application form is attached or can be downloaded from the website.

View more details online:

The deadline for applications is August 15, 2009.  For more information about the program’s delivery in PEI, to obtain an application form, or to discuss your eligibility, please contact Melody Beck, PEI Business Women’s Association by phone at   (902) 892-6040   or by e-mail at

6.  Positive Practices in Behavioural Support

Kings Regional Rehabilitation Centre is very pleased to announce an
excellent training opportunity, “Positive Practices in Behavioral Support” ,
presented by the International Institute of Applied Behavior Analysis, Los
Angeles from September 15-18, 2009 taking place in Berwick, Nova Scotia.

For more information, contact   1-800-457-5575  Carol Bowlby, Sifton Consultant Occupational Therapist Kings Regional Rehabilitation Centre.



Beyond Silence: Voices of Childhood Sexual Abuse

14 Women, 14 Stories, 1 Reason to Listen

For everyone who cares about children. Whether you are a parent, care-giver, relative, family friend, teacher, doctor, nurse or a coach, all who read Beyond Silence can become better equipped to collectively protect children

To order your copy, please email us and we will send you an order form.

2.    Call for Proposals from Status of Women Canada

The Status of Women Canada -Women Community Fund 2009-10 Call for Proposals is now posted on their website:

Key Timelines

June 29, 2009 – Status of Women Canada issues Call for Proposals

September 30, 2009 – Deadline for submission of proposals

October 1, 2009 – January 26, 2010  –  Review/approval process

January 27, 2010 – Final results communicated to applicants

 3.   EPWIC Hosting Public Information Sessions

Media Release
June 29, 2009

Re: Public Information Sessions

The East Prince Women’s Information Centre is hosting public information sessions in October/2009 on various topics related to budgeting, money management, credit counselling, financial services and programs available for low income and seniors; and, how to choose when you start your Canada Pension- 60 or 65?

Coordination of these sessions, creating a resource booklet, and website resource upgrades are part of a project the Women’s Centre is presently working on.  This project has been funded by the Prince Edward Island Interministerial Women’s Secretariat.

This project aims to address barriers faced by women on PEI when seeking help with finances, budgeting, credit and setting priorities.  The goal of the project is to empower women needing assistance with their financial situations to take action and responsibility for themselves and their families.  The objective is to increase awareness and access to resources and services to assist women in making informed decisions by overcoming barriers they face related to their lack of knowledge about financial matters and programs available to them.

EPWIC realized the need for these resources to be offered and felt that by providing qualified professionals for learning sessions and guidance on these matters is necessary for women of this area.  EPWIC will then put together all the resources available in one resource booklet and website that will be available by the end of the project (March 31, 2010).

The requested sessions will provide information on: how to manage your money, credit, budgeting, bankruptcy (is there any other choices), programs/grants for low incomes re: home improvements, deferred property taxes for seniors, Canada Pension (how do I decide when to take it 60 or 65?)

If anyone is interested in these sessions please call or email.

Dates and times will be announced by September 14, 2009.

For more information:
Andy Lou Somers
East Prince Women’s Information Centre
109 Water Street
Summerside, PEI, C1N 1A8
Phone: 436-9856 Fax: 888-2344

East Prince Women’s Information Centre has re-located to:

109 Water Street
Summerside, PEI
C1N 1A8
(Old Regional Service Centre next to Subway)

Summer Hours
(June 29- September 4, 2009)

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
9:00AM – 4:00PM

September 8 ( regular hours )
Monday – Friday
9:00 AM – 4:00PM

4.  Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case

The Honourable Helena Guergis, Minister of State (Status of Women), is pleased to announce the Call for Nominations for the 30th Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case.

The awards were instituted by the Governor General in 1979 to honour the 50th anniversary of the “Persons Case” and the five Alberta women whose determination led to a landmark victory in the struggle by Canadian women for equality. The Famous Five achieved not only the right for women to serve in the Senate, but also paved the way for women to participate in other aspects of public life.

“Equality for women and their full participation in society are important for women, their families, their communities and our country. More than ever before, we need women leaders of all ages to help keep our country strong, economically, socially and democratically,” said Minister Guergis. “The Government of Canada is proud to recognize those who work to promote the equality of girls and women in Canada. Recipients of these awards continue the tradition of dedication and determination that the Famous Five inspired to enrich their communities.”

Five awards in addition to one Youth Award are presented annually to candidates chosen from across Canada. To be eligible for nomination, candidates must be Canadian citizens over 30 years of age, or between 15 and 30 years of age for the Youth Award.

Deadline for nominations is July 31, 2009.

For more information about the awards criteria and for a nomination form, contact:
Status of Women Canada 123 Slater Street, 10th floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1H9

Status of Women Canada is a federal government agency working to promote the full participation of women in the economic, social and democratic life of Canada.
For more information on Status of Women Canada, visit

For more information, please contact:

Sherine Mansour
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of State (Status of Women)

Nanci-Jean Waugh
Director General, Communications and Strategic Planning
Status of Women Canada

 5.  “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.

6.  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

7.  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.


Mount St. Mary’s, Charlottetown
Contact:  Sr. Myrna: 892-6585 or

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.
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.

Coping With Stress – a 2½ hour workshop which looks at stress, what it is and how we handle it. Dates: July 22, Time: 7:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Cost: $20.00.

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. Dates: July 24 – 26, Time: July 24, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. July 25 & 26, 9:00 am- 4:00 pm. Cost: the PRH sliding scale of fees. Pre-registration with a $50.00 deposit to reserve your place is required by July 2.

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


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