Community Notices


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1.  PENSIONS: A Community Forum, September 8th

What direction should Canadian pensions take? Join host Shawn Murphy and guest presenters from the Canadian labour Congress and the C.D. Howe Institute as we discuss this topic that is on the minds of so many during these difficult financial times.

All are welcome, please join us, your input helps make a difference.

Location: The Guild, 115 Richmond Street

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 8th

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Hosted by Shawn Murphy, MP for Charlottetown

Ph: 566-7772

2.  Representatives of Mexican Organic Markets,  September 16-19

From September 16 – 19, representatives of the Mexican Network of Organic Markets  – an organization that links organic, producer-operated markets across Mexico – will visit P.E.I.

The purposes of the network are to increase the availability of locally grown, organic produce to local Mexican consumers, and to increase the Mexican public’s awareness of organic products and their benefits to human health and the environment. The network promotes participatory organic certification, which is a system of peer evaluation that eliminates the need for a third party inspector and focuses on allowing producers to educate each other in sustainable farming practices.

Santiago Martinez Bringas is one of the visitors.  He comes from the Mexican state of Baja California del Sur, which is in the far west of the country, and is the Coordinator of the Organic Market in San Jose de los Cabos.  The other confirmed delegate, Juan Moran, is a coordinator of the Organic Market of Tlaxcala.

Two public events are planned for their visit:

On Thursday evening, September 17th at 5:00 p.m.,
you are invited to an organic pot-luck meal at St Paul’s Church Hall, 203 Richmond Street in Charlottetown.  This will be an opportunity to chat with our guests  informally over a meal.  Bring your favourite dish!

On Friday morning, September 18th from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.,
you are invited to Murphy’s Community Centre, Room 205 to hear a presentation about the Mexican Network of Organic Markets and to share your experiences and ideas about food security, organic production, marketing etc.

Email Cooper Institute for more information (but because we are on holidays still, you might not hear from us until after Labour Day . . . enjoy the last week of summer!)

3.  The Institute of Island Studies is pleased to present


you are invited to attend the launch
Emyvale Recreation Centre, Rte 235 – 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Reading, book signing, light refreshments,
entertainment, cash bar

and book signings by the author
SUMMERSIDE – 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Lefurgey Cultural Centre, 205 Prince St., Summerside

CHARLOTTETOWN – 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Carriage House at Beaconsfield, 2 Kent St., Charlottetown

4. Call for Creative People to Build an Action for October 24th

Attention all artists, musicians, organizers, interpretive dancers, activists, quiche-eaters, tree-huggers, locavores, and all around lovely people,

On Saturday, October 24th, millions of people around the world will use creative actions to show the world’s leaders that we want stronger targets on global emissions cuts.  There will be children in Bangladesh planting trees, banners hung from the statues on Easter Island, hipsters shaving their ironic mustaches in Brooklyn, everything you can and can’t imagine.

The event is called the International Day of Climate Action, and we want PEI to be a part of it.  We are looking for people with great ideas, influence, and/or enthusiasm to help us create and promote an action that will get as many people out as possible.

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Aaron Lewis or myself at (902) 566-9098 or / AND come to our planning meeting Tuesday, Sept. 8th at 5:30pm at the Voluntary Resource Centre, 81 Prince St, Charlottetown.

Yours truly, Becky Thomas and Aaron Lewis

5.  Local Food Plus Update

Hi All,

Again, our apologies for a form letter but the response to Local Food Plus has been too overwhelming to write to each of you individually.

If you are not a farmer, please forward this email to someone you know who can benefit from the LFP program. To those of you who responded with a request to sign up for LFP certification, thank you. We are thrilled to have you joining us.

We are writing to remind you to get your LFP application and worksheets filled out and mailed to LFP this week!

In order to take advantage of the free offer from WWF for free membership/certification you need to get your forms completed and mailed in soon.

Contact us for the forms or if you need assistance filling in the information. (902-367-0390 or 902-969-3111).

Once you send your information to LFP, send us an email so we can confirm that the information was received.

If you are still unsure about LFP and the benefits it offers, check out these articles and comments:

For more info:  contact (902-367-0390 or 902-969-3111).

6.  Upcoming Lunch and Learn Events for PEIBWA

The Seven Steps to Small Business Marketing Success– Summerside

Presenter: Nancy Beth Guptill, Sweet Spot Marketing

Eighty percent (80%) of small businesses fail.  Improper marketing is often cited as one of the top three reasons for failure.  During this Lunch and Learn, participants will learn the 7-Steps to Small Business Marketing Success and how to build and Ultimate Marketing System that brings all the business a company can handle.  The presentation will include information on how to build a powerful marketing program that puts your business directly in front of your ideal client.  Participants will also learn the ten most common marketing mistakes made by most small businesses.

Location:       Loyalist Country Inn, 195 Harbour Drive, Summerside
Date:            Thursday, September 10, 2009
Time:            12:00 – 1:30 pm
Cost:            $15 + GST for members, $20 + GST for non-members

To register, contact Elizabeth Noonan by e-mail at or by phone at (902) 436-0386.  Registration deadline:  Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at 4:00 pm.


The Importance of Business Image – Charlottetown

Presenter: Margaret Gallant, Fresh Image 360

Branding products and services is part of marketing.  Branding ourselves in terms of our business image also goes a long way.  How the world sees us (image) can actually assist in selling our products and services.  When business people are perceived to have it all together, this translates to their customers and can result in increased sales.  Join us for this entertaining and informative presentation to learn more about styling rules for business.

Location:       Provinces Room, Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, 75 Kent Street, Charlottetown
Date:            Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Time:            12:00 – 1:30 pm
Cost:            $15 + GST for members, $20 + GST for non-members

To register, contact Paula Laybolt by e-mail at or by phone at (902) 892-6040.  Registration deadline:  Friday, September 18, 2009 at 4:00 pm.


An Introduction to Building your Personal and Business Brand – Summerside

Presenter: Corey Poirier, Island Business News

In today’s competitive business landscape, determining and defining your personal and business brand can sometimes be the difference between success and failure. Participants will learn:

* How to truly stand-out from your competitors
* How to have customers coming to you first
* How to build and/or become brand that people will pay a premium for
* How large global companies build brands and how you can incorporate this information into your brand building approach
* How your customer service, marketing, sales process, interaction with customers, communication and leadership skills all impact the brand your customers, co-workers and staff see and experience

Location:       Loyalist Country Inn, 195 Harbour Drive, Summerside
Date:            Thursday, October 8, 2009
Time:            12:00 – 1:30 pm
Cost:            $15 + GST for members, $20 + GST for non-members

To register, contact Elizabeth Noonan by e-mail at or by phone at (902) 436-0386.  Registration deadline:  Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 4:00 pm




Women’s Network now has a toll free number  1-888-363-7373  .  This line is generously provided to us by Aliant for us to operate a referral service for women who are having trouble finding and accessing the programs and services they need in PEI.  We can help find the appropriate contact information and provide some direction on what to expect from different service providers.  Please note that this line is not a crisis line.

2.  PEIBWA has moved

The PEI Business Women’s Association (PEIBWA) office moved in late August from the Jean Canfield Government of Canada Building, 191 University Avenue to the Sherwood Business Centre, 161 St. Peter’s Road (formerly known as Ellis Brothers Shopping Centre).  Our new space is larger and has plenty of free parking.

Telephone, fax and email addresses remain the same.

We have been in our new location as of August 24th.  Our office hours are 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.  The easiest way to find our new space is by using the entrance between Sandra’s Hair Salon and All Occasion Florist.  PEIBWA is located three doors in on the right hand side.  The space used to be the Sherwood Conference Centre.

Phone:   (902) 892-6040

3. 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:


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


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