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1.  IBS Forums and Calender for the Month of August

Join us for a forum on:

The Future of Agriculture & The Role for Urban Agriculture
The Farm Centre
420 University Avenue, Charlottetown Prince Edward Island
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
7:00 p.m.
Session Description
Lance Johnson entertains the audience with an informative and interesting presentation on what the future holds for agriculture.  Lance will explore how the recent global recession, peak oil and muli-national agriculture companies are changing the agriculture landscape.  He will explain how there is an unprecedented awakening of the human spirit and food consciousness emerging around the world and the role Urban Agriculture will play in our cities.
Participants will learn:
•        The truth about farmers – a journey of extinction or an impending renaissance?
•        5 global trends that will change Canadian agriculture forever.
•        Growing healthy communities in unhealthy cities.
•        Agriculture literacy – a need for greater understanding.
•        Why agriculture will be the hottest career choice among today’s children.
•        The food revolution – how it will impact the aging and the young.
•        How to connect in an unconnected world – the nature medium.
Lance Johnson is a strategic consultant with Drive Solutions Corp. a consulting firm that specializes in agriculture research, strategic planning, marketing and communications and organizational effectiveness.  Lance has spent his life connected to agriculture, from his upbringing on the family farm in northern Alberta to his work with multi-national agriculture companies, agriculture focused NGO’s and not-for-profits, municipal and provincial governments and local farmers.  He is an advocate for agriculture literacy and volunteers his time with organizations dedicated to fostering greater agriculture awareness and growing connected communities.

For more information, call Tom at the PEI Agriculture Sector Council (  902-892-1091  )


Sustainability – Are we worrying about the right problems?

Friday Night August 7; 7:00 p.m.

Basin Head, 2663 East Point Road, Kingsboro, at the home of Norm and Nancy Silber

(appx 7 lanes east of the Singing Sands Motel and Basin Head Beach turnoff)

Call: 357-2182

Jack Alpert directs the Stanford Knowledge Integration Laboratory (SKIL), in Stanford, California. Most recently, the work at SKIL has focused on finding and implementing a pragmatic way “to address the predicament caused by the human footprint crashing into global carrying capacity. SKIL proposes rapid population decline as implemented by very low birthrates to achieve human viability. Jack is currently visiting Prince Edward Island and will facilitate tonight’s discussion which will focus on recognizing and responding to ‘the global predicament’ and assessing realistic options as well as alternative solutions for achieving global sustainability.


Connected Intelligence: Social Networking and Its Impact on Culture

Monday August 10

7:00 p.m.

IBS Social Forum, 114 Upper Prince Street, Charlottetown

Guest host facilitator, Derrick de Kerckhove is the author of ‘The Skin of Culture’ and ‘Connected Intelligence.’ He worked with Marshall McLuhan for over ten years and later became Director of the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto. He is currently Professor in the Faculty of Sociology at the University of Naples Federico II and Professor in the Department of French at the University of Toronto.

Derrick has offered connected intelligence workshops worldwide, and now offers this innovative approach to business, government and academe to help small groups to think together in a disciplined and effective way while using digital technologies. Tonight Derrick will lead a discussion that addresses the differences between the effects of television, computers and hypermedia on corporate culture, business practices and economic markets.

For more info:
114 Upper Prince Street
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
C1A 4S3

 2.   Hiroshima Day Commemoration

Thursday, August 6 at 12 noon

Peakes Quay gazebo at base of Great George St.
Poetry, Music, Peace Cranes and more
Sponsored by Island Peace Ctte and Unitarian Fellowship

Contact – Olivia 368-7337

 3.  Don’t miss the Nigwek Organic Street Festival!

When: Sunday, August 9th, 12:00 noon – 11:00pm
Where: Victoria Row, Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Nigwek is a day to celebrate the Island’s current organic
agriculture, and a public exhibition for increased attention toward the
necessity of PEI becoming more organic: In the interest of our health, our land preservation, and our Island’s prosperity.

Featuring 15 of the Island’s premier musical acts, the day-long
concert/exhibition will also feature presentations by chefs and organic
farmers, local organic growers selling food in the street, and activities for kids and all ages.

For details on featured musicians, speakers and more:
– Check out:
– Contact Todd MacLean or Savannah Belsher by phone at  902-…,
  902-626-1242   (Todd’s cell) or  902-… (Savannah’s cell),
or by email at or

 4. Status of Women Canada Press Conference, Monday August 10

        to announce Circles of Safety & Support Funding:
        Monday August 10 2009 at 11:30
        Location to be announced

Please refer to next week’s email notice for the confirmed location.


The Abegweit Rainbow Collective is currently seeking interested parties to sit on their 2009-2011 board of directors.  Board members are expected to volunteer their time for a minimum of three hours per week on duties ranging from attending board meetings, volunteering at social events, networking with peers and other social networks and being a supporter and positive voice for the LBGT community in Prince Edward Island.
Interested parties should submit, in writing, a detailed letter of interest, listing any special skills and interest in the LBGT community.
Submissions can be sent to or at our new office location at 375 University Avenue, Unit 2 (AIDS PEI office).

6.   2009-2010 Call for Proposals – Status of Women Canada

The purpose of this Call for Proposals from Status of Women Canada is to solicit funding applications for the Women’s Community Fund of the Women’s Program, Status of Women Canada.

The call is open to eligible not-for-profit and for-profit organizations to carry out projects at the local, regional, provincial/territorial and national levels.

By determining funding priorities, Status of Women Canada ensures that the Women’s Program resources are invested where the need is the greatest and where there is a clear potential to make a concrete and direct difference. This means not all eligible applications will be funded.

The number of projects selected for funding will be based upon the availability of funds, and while all proposals will receive due consideration, preference will be given to those that fall within the 2009-2010 funding priorities.

Status of Women Canada will focus its support on projects that address its 2009 priorities:

  • Ending violence against women and girls
  • Improving women’s and girls’ economic security and prosperity
  • Encouraging women and girls in leadership and decision-making roles

Status of Women Canada supports projects that encourage action to bring about the advancement of all women in Canada.

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

For more details and the application process, see this website:



1. For your Information…

Some advance notice to let you know that we will not be sending out our email event/notice on two upcoming Fridays – August 21 and 28.  

2. Annual Child Restraint Safety Workshop and Refresher Course at Kids West Family Resource Centre

Register now for the Child Restraint Safety Workshop and Refresher Course  being held on:
September 15 and 16, 2009 (Child restraint safety workshop)
September 17 or 18, 2009 (1 day) for a Refresher Course for those who
have already taken the full workshop training.

Facilitator is Valerie Lee

To register and for more information, please contact Kids West Family
Resource Centre at       902-853-4066       or     902-85…   .

Through the Child Restraint Safety workshops, the Infant Toddler Safety Association (ITSA) provides participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to participate in meaningful injury prevention programs concerning correct child restraint use. The workshops also provide training for those who will be inspecting child restraints or others who teach parents and caregivers how to use car seats correctly.

3.  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

4.  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

5.  Cultivating Connection – National Family Literacy Conference

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

6.  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


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.


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


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