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1.   Persons Day Lunch-and-Learn

Please celebrate Persons Day by joining members of the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women and the PEI node of the Atlantic Social Economy and Sustainability Research Network for a brown-bag lunch-and-learn.

The PEI Status of Women will make a presentation on the 2009 Equality Report Card Process and Results: Learnings for the Social Economy

Thursday October 15, 2009
12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.
Faculty Lounge, Main Building
University of Prince Edward Island

All are welcome. No admission fee.

Every October, Persons Day marks the date when Canadian women were declared “persons” under the law. This year is the 80th anniversary of that event.

For more information, please call 902-368-4510 or e-mail

2.  New Toolkit for Rural Action on Poverty

The Rural Women Take Action on Poverty Committee have produced a fine new resource for social justice activists: Counting Women In – A Toolkit for Rural Action on Poverty.  The toolkit and an accompanying online resource kit are also posted on the following websites:

A limited number of hard copies are available as well.  If you would like a hard copy or if you have any questions or comments about this work, please contact:

Colleen Purdon, Coordinator

Rural Women Take Action on Poverty Committee

(519) 376-7145;

Congratulations to the Rural Women Take Action on Poverty Committee for publishing this product!

3.   The Witches Ball – October 31

The Lovely Witches Club (  is proud to announce our first event, The Witches Ball.  As an official launch to the club, we will be hosting an exciting, interactive, carnival-flavored event on October 31, Halloween night, at Memorial Hall at the Confederation Centre of the Arts.

We are reaching out to the dance and theatre community, inviting choreographers, dancers, acrobats, actors/actresses over the age of 19 to join us our troupe of entertainers for the evening.  Rehearsals will begin the beginning of October with 4 to 5 sessions/rehearsals planned. We are seeking both experienced dancers, acrobats and theatrical entertainers as well as those with a desire to gain experience. This troupe will have the choice to partake in performance and/or character roles at activity booths. Being part of the troupe will not mean you can’t enjoy the event, no one will be asked to do one thing all evening.

Any individual performers and performance artists interested in showing us what you’ve got are welcome too.   

Part of the beauty of the Lovely Witches Club is creative mentoring, where by established artists will be asked to guide and shape the talents of those uninitiated in their craft to create a collaborative event that everyone can be proud of. 

LWC directors Patti Larsen and Kele Redmond will assist in shaping the vision in conjunction with all interested parties. We are thrilled and excited to be hosting such a wickedly wonderful event and hope you can join us in making this night unforgettable.

Our first meeting is the evening of Friday October 2, 2009.

If you or someone you know would like to come by to see what we are about please call Patti at 566 4597  Or Kele at 894 5326 or email us at for location and time of the meeting.

Thanks, LWC Directors, Renee Laprise, Patti Larsen, Kele Redmond

4.  Award for the Advancement of Human Rights

The second annual Award for the Advancement of Human Rights on PEI is now open for nominations.   The PEI Human Rights Commission created this award to recognize individuals, groups or organizations that have made significant contributions to the advancement of human rights on Prince Edward Island.

The award will recognize exceptional achievement on a volunteer basis to promote human rights and equality in PEI as defined in the Prince Edward Island Human Rights Act. The Act states that every person is free and equal in dignity and human rights without regard to age, colour, creed, ethnic or national origin, family status, marital status, physical or intellectual disability, political belief, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or source of income.

The contribution to the advancement of human rights could be in the following areas: accommodations; employment practices; associations or organizations practices; publications, broadcasts, public displays, and advertisements; services and facilities; or volunteer services.

For more information on the grounds of discrimination please visit our website: Nomination forms are available on the website and at Access PEI sites.

The closing date for nominations is October 30 with the presentation of the award taking place during the celebration of International Human Rights Day, December 10.

For further information please contact Lorraine Buell, at 902-368-4180.

5.  PEIBWA Red White and Blues Fundraiser

Tickets are now on sale for the 6th Annual Red White and Blues fundraiser which will be held on Friday, October 16, 2009 at the Top of the Park Restaurant located at Red Shores Race Track & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.  This event is PEI Business Women’s Association’s (PEIBWA) premiere fundraiser.  Funds raised help PEIBWA achieve our mandate of assisting women by providing services and programs to meet their business objectives.

The evening includes a reception, buffet style appetizers and desserts, served plated dinner, entertainment, live auction and silent auction. Bourbon Street Blues Band will be performing.  The reception will start at 6 pm, and dinner will be served at 7 pm.  Entertainment will begin at 8 pm.

Tickets cost $75 + GST ($78.75) for members and $85 + GST ($89.25) for non-members.  Tickets will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.  Please note there are a limited number of tickets available.  Members are encouraged to purchase tickets early.  This event is open to everyone 19 years of age and older.

To book your tickets, please complete the attached ticket order form and return to PEIBWA office by fax at (902) 892-6050 or by e-mail at  If you have any questions, please contact Paula by phone at 892-6040 or by e-mail at

6.  Bonshaw Ceilidh

Bonshaw’s monthly ceilidh is coming up Sunday evening September 27th at 7:00 at the Bonshaw Hall. Our regulars welcome special guests Charlie Hansen, Doug Young and friends, and fiddler Janeen McGuigan.  There is open stage time, a 50/50 draw, and lunch.  Proceeds this month go to the Arthritis Society.  Everyone is welcome.  675-4282, 675-2855

7.     Information Sessions

The East Prince Women’s Information Centre is hosting information sessions on:

– Canada Pensions – Old Age Pensions
– Credit, Money Management, Debt
– Energy Efficiency Grants and Programs

on Wednesday,  October 7 and 14, 2009 at 7:00PM
at Credit Union Place, 511 Notre Dame Street , Summerside, PEI 

October 7, 2009 – Canada Pensions 
Presenter: Wendy McGrath, Citizen Service Specialist for Canada Pensions and Old Age Pensions, Service Canada.  There are new changes taking place with the Canada Pension Act and this would be an opportunity to receive accurate information needed to make informed decisions, such as: Do I       take my Canada Pension at 60 or 65? What are the benefits?

October 14, 2009 
Credit Counselling , Money Management 
Presenter: Sandra Henderson, Credit Counsellor, Credit Counselling PEI( service is free of charge). Topics : managing your credit, proper use of credit, understanding your credit bureau, and saving for the future.

Energy Efficiency Grants and Programs
Presenter: Margaret Gallant , Energy Programs Assistant , PEI Office of the Energy Efficiency- Programs and Grants available for home owners. This is an opportunity to learn directly from the service provider what programs and grants are available. Don’t miss out on opportunities to save money because you didn’t know about them! 

For more Information: Andy Lou Somers, 436-9856
These sessions are free of charge. 



1.  Sisters in Spirit Vigil

Sunday, October 4, 2009
Province House, Charlottetown
10am – 12pm

To participate in the Remembrance Walk meet at Peakes Quay Wharf, end of Great George Street, at 9am.

The Aboriginal Women’s Association of PEI, in conjunction with the Native Women’s Association of Canada are pleased to announce the 4th annual Sisters in Spirit Vigil. Each year, concerned citizens and Aboriginal community members gather nationally on October 4th to honour the lives of murdered and missing Aboriginal women in Canada.

As for PEI, we will be gathering at the Peakes Quay Wharf in Charlottetown where we will begin our “walk for remembrance” to Province House. The SIS event will proceed with our speakers, including the AWAPEI president, Judy Clark, who will deliver a brief address to the public. The vigil will conclude with a balloon release and a public BBQ for all to attend.

The Aboriginal Women’s Association of PEI, as well as our supporting partners: Native Council of PEI, Familt Pride Program (Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI), Abegweit Wellness Centre, Chief Mary Bernard Memorial Women’s Shelter (LIFN Health Centre), LIFN Cultural Program, the PEI Interministerial Women’s Secretariat, and the PEI Advisory on the Status of Women are proud to show our support and are committed to raising awareness for our “Stolen Sisters” and to “Stop the Violence” in Prince Edward Island.

For more information please contact June K. Lewis or Madlene Sark at the AWAPEI office:      (902) 831-3059     or for information on the Sisters in Spirit initiative (NWAC) visit or email:

2.   Sound Yoga

Teresa Doyle offers Sound Yoga on Tuesday’s at The Guild at noon time. Sound Yoga is gentle sound exercises and chants that calm the busy mind and center individuals in calm and clear state of mind and being. Chants and exercises are selected from Sanskrit, Celtic, and Latin traditions. No experience or registration necessary. All are welcome. The Guild is at the corner of Queen and Richmond in Charlottetown. Classes are $12. For more information, call Teresa at 838 2973


Singing Instruction for Children and Adults

Juno nominated celtic, jazz, and childrens music singer songwriter Teresa Doyle will be offering classes for children ages five to eleven years beginning on Saturday, October 3, at 1:30pm at The Guild, at the corner of Queen and Richmond in Charlottetown. Classes will run on Saturdays till December. Registration is required and can be done by calling Teresa at 838 2973. Teresa also teaches private voice lessons for youth and adults. Contact Teresa to book a session.

3.  Ten Thousand Villages is returning to downtown Charlottetown

… with a sale at St. Paul’s Anglican Church Hall (corner Richmond and Prince) Friday, September 25th, 9AM to 8PM, and Saturday, September 26th, 9AM to 3PM.  It is co-hosted by St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Trinity and Park Royal United Churches, and Zion Presbyterian Church.  The sale will showcase a beautiful assortment of musical instruments, pottery, jewellery, baskets, toys, crèches and Christmas ornaments, hand loomed textiles, and food items.  All items are Fair Trade and help over 150 artisan groups from 33 countries earn a decent living.  All are welcome and admission is free.  For more information visit or contact Barb Cairns at (902) 894-9656.

Please spread the word about it and come and see the what is available this year.  It happens to coincide with the PEI Jazz and Blues Festival, so come to the sale at St. Paul’s if you are taking in the music.  Subsequent sales will be held in Alberton (Oct 16-17), Cornwall and Summerside (both Nov. 6-7), Crapaud (Nov. 20-21), and UPEI (Dec. 1-3).  Note that we will be moving to a new location this year at UPEI:  the Market Square in MacDougall Hall (the new School of Business Building).

Have a good fall and we look forward to seeing you at the UPEI sale again. Cheers,  John Burka

4.  CUSO-VSO Circle Soiree & Live/Silent Auction

Food, Drink, Entertainment
Proceeds support volunteers overseas working in areas like education

Brackley Beach, Prince Edward Island
The Dunes Gallery & Cafe
Friday October 2nd 2009, 6pm

Tickets – $135 per person
($100 tax receipt)
Tickets at: 892 2610 or  1 800 676 8411

5.  Are You Interested in Being Part of Feminist Legal and Policy activism in Canada?

 If so, NAWL wants YOU!!

The National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) is looking for young women who are engaged in thinking about and acting on issues related to law and public policy as it affects women in this country.

If you are a law student or are engaged in public policy or legal studies about women¡¦s equality, we invite you to apply to participate in our Think Tank/Strategy Session on November 7-9 in Toronto, with all your expenses paid by NAWL.

The goal of this strategy session will be to engage in focused discussions and strategic planning regarding what it would take to re-invigorate local and vibrant NAWL caucuses across the country. We anticipate a lot of work – and a lot of fun!

Our History

NAWL has historically worked closely with law school caucuses, but in recent years the capacity to facilitate and assist in organizing these caucuses has decreased. With renewed energy and internal capacity, we are hoping to revitalize this important part of NAWL by facilitating a focused discussion with young women about your interests and issues. What would it take to actively engage you in creating a vibrant NAWL caucus on your campus?

How to Apply for the Think Tank/ Strategy Session

We will select 10-12 women to participate in the strategy session along with the young women members of NAWL’s National Steering Committee.

If you are interested, please send us a letter, no longer than 2 pages, telling us about:

– your background in public policy/legal studies, feminist activism, social justice or lobbying work; AND

– what you think you would bring to this meeting, why you want to come and how you could follow up at your own campus.

– If you are a recent graduate, please tell us how you remain connected to your faculty.

Please provide us with the name and contact information of someone we can talk to so that we may learn more about your passion and involvement in policy/legal studies, feminist activism, social justice or lobbying work.

We will be selecting women who reflect the diversity NAWL seeks to reflect as well as who have experience with feminist organizing. Please note that while the meeting will be held in English, we encourage Francophone women to apply and participate in French. [While we are not able to offer English to French interpretation services throughout the meeting, a NAWL Steering Committee member will provide French to English interpretation services for women who are most comfortable expressing themselves in French. Special moments during the meeting will also be planned for conversations in French only.]

For more information about NAWL, visit our website:

Application deadline is: October 2, 2009

Applications from current, recent undergraduates and graduate students are welcome! If you have any questions or to submit an application, please contact:

Pamela Cross, Director of Strategic Planning at

6. Upcoming Lunch and Learn Events for PEIBWA

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


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


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  1. “Fair Trade sports balls (soccer, football, basketball, rugby, volleyball, and more) are a tangible proof point to educate US consumers on the benefits of Fair Trade and the fight against child labor, with all after-tax profits go to charity.

    Fair Trade Sports joined the battle against Child Labor by only selling products made by adult stitchers who are paid a third-party certified living wage, certified by the Fair Trade Labeling Organization International, for their work.

    Fair Trade Sports has also joined the battle against Child Labor with their practices.
    Fair Trade Sports RESPECT® sports balls are certified for quality by several third party agencies, including NFHS, FIFA, and SA8000. With the capacity to produce 4MM sports balls annually, you can be assured that the adults who hand- stitch these quality balls are paid a certified living wage and ensured healthy working conditions. “

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