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1.  This Sunday:  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. TONIGHT:  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

3.  Ten Toddler Talking Tips sessions

“Speech Language Pathology Services from the Department of Health are
offering a series of parent information sessions called ‘Ten Toddler
Talking Tips’ in the month of October. Any parent is welcome to attend.
There is no cost involved.  Sessions will be held:

Charlottetown: October 5th, 6:30 pm in Public Health Nursing, Sherwood
Business Center; please call 368-4440 to register.
Summerside:  October 1st, 7:00 pm in the Northumberland Room,  Prince
County Hospital; please call 888-8162 to register.
O’Leary:  October 7th, 7:00 pm at O’Leary Hospital; please call
859-8720  to register. Lennox Island:  October 21st, 7:00 pm at Lennox Island Health Center; please call 831-3608 to register. Montague: October 29th, 6:30 pm at Department of Health Boardroom, 126 Douse’s Rd; please call 838-0762 or 838-0681 to register.

4.  Esther Finkle Walk for Kids

WALK, RUN OR BIKE – Bring the family and enjoy lots of fun while
helping fulfill the small dreams of children!

The Esther Finkle Walk for Kids is celebrating 10 years of helping
Island children achieve their small dreams! Esther Finkle was a
homemaker with Child and Family Services. She was dedicated to walking
and to helping children reach their small dreams as stepping stones to
achieving their bigger dreams. Her legacy continues through the fund
which has helped countless children, whose families have financial
limitations, with such dreams as a new bike, summer camp, art lessons, a
prom dress, their own guitar and much, much more (to a maximum of $150 per dream). Much joy and many smiles have been made possible because of the people who have supported this fund.

You are invited to join the Walk to raise funds for Island children. A
sponsor sheet is attached or any donation, big or small is welcomed! It
is a great opportunity to make walking really count – bring your friends
and family. Great draw prizes to follow and treat bags for kids.

When: Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009
Where: Gathering at the Miscouche Fire Hall
Time: 2:00 p.m. (registration starting at 1:00 p.m.)
Distance: 4.5 km

If you would like more information about the Fund or about our
Fundraising Walk, please call Paula Finkle at 436-2964.

5.  Workshops

This workshop will help you observe and analyze your relational experiences and improve your affective relationships. It will also shed light on difficulties in communication and the pitfalls to be aware of.
Place: Mount St. Mary’s, Charlottetown
Dates: Four Wed. beginning Oct. 7       
Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm 
from the best of me results in a happier me.  In order to know myself better and to live better, I need to become more aware of what helps me and what hinders me in my way of leading my life. This workshop will help me to make greater progress towards wholeness and happiness.
Place: Mount St. Mary’s, Charlottetown
Dates: Two Thurs. Oct. 22 & 29
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm 
DISCOVERING THE CORE OF MY IDENTITY is a one weekend workshop to help us: gain insights in naming and owning the goodness deep within us, increase our chances for personal progress and discover the meaning of our lives.
Place: Mount St. Mary’s, Charlottetown
Dates: Oct. 23-25               
Time: Fri. 7:00 – 9:00pm, Sat. & Sun. 9:am – 4:30pm  
A one evening workshop which enables us to look at the areas of our lives where we feel confident and self-assured and where we do not. we will explore ways in which we can grow in self-confidence enabling us to live freely in all areas of our lives.
Place: Mount St. Mary’s, Charlottetown
Dates:  Mon. Oct. 26th               
Time: Fri. 7:00 – 9:00pm
To register contact:
Myrna Aylward
PRH Educator & Counselor
(902) 892-6585

6.  PEI ADAPT Council

Official Launch of the new Canadian Agriculture Adaptation Program (CAAP)

Friday November 27, 2009

Mark Your Calenders,

Start -up Your Creative Thinking Juices and

Be on the Lookout for Additional Updates!

On Friday November 27, 2009 the PEI ADAPT Council will be hosting the internationally acclaimed, workshop: ‘THE FUTURES GAME – creating your preferred regional future’.

This highly interactive and participatory simulation game allows participants to tackle the challenges of community and economic development in a fun and engaging manner. The Game is played in a small team format, and the teams make a series of critical decisions that shape the future of a region over a 25 year period. The game integrates decision making across the community, economic and environmental dimensions, and challenges the teams to assimilate global, national and local issues in their decision making. The game includes a debrief session, where teams compare their outcomes and explore their critical decision-making pathways, and explore the connection to local economic and workforce development. This is a fast paced and thought-provoking session that will appeal to everyone, and will challenge even the most experienced regional experts.

We hope to see you there to help create a vision that seizes upon new opportunities, responds to emerging issues and pilots creative ideas to inspire a new chapter for the Island’s agricultural and agri-food economy.

For more information and/or to register (it’s free) contact:

Phil Ferraro, Executive Director PEI ADAPT Council, 902-368-2005;


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.     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.

7.  Ten Thousand Villages Sale dates

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

8.   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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