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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.  Creating Positive Change in our Communities: A Workshop for Women

Women interested in understanding how our government and communities support us when we face difficult times are encouraged to participate in a workshop on creating positive change in our communities.  This workshop is being held on Friday, October 16th at the Murphy’s Community Center in Charlottetown, 9:15am – 3pm.

This workshop hopes to empower women to work together to make our communities better places to live for everyone.  The agenda for the workshop will look at:

–   What is policy and how does policy affect our everyday lives?

–   How does our community respond to crisis?

–   How can we make things fair for everyone?

The workshop is free and lunch will be provided.  Some help for child/elder care and travel is available on a first-come, first serve basis.  To register or for more information, please call (902) 368-1128.

The event is hosted by Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence Coalition on Sustainability, in partnership with Women’s Network PEI and is sponsored by Status of Women Canada under the project – Women in Coastal Communities – Using easy tools to better understand finances. The Southern Gulf of St.Lawrence Coalition on Sustainability is a non-profit, charitable organization whose mission is to promote the social, economical and environmental sustainability within the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence.

3.  Stand Up, and Take Action to Make Poverty History

Hello all,

I am writing to invite you to *Stand Up, and Take Action to Make Poverty History* along with members of Canada World Youth, Katimavik, CUSO-VSO, WUSC, and Cooper Institute on *Saturday, October 17th at 2:00-2:30 p.m. in front of Province House*.

STAND UP Against Poverty is facilitated in Canada by the Make Poverty History coalition. It is a worldwide call to take action against poverty and inequality and to fulfill the Millennium Development Goals. STAND UP is a unique global mobilization which calls upon civil society, schools, businesses, and NGOs to band together with the same message – that we must MAKE POVERTY HISTORY.

In 2000, leaders of 189 countries signed up to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a global plan to halve poverty by 2015. The STAND UP campaign strives to remind governments and policy makers of their promise. The promise to end poverty inequality and hunger. The promise to stop children dying from preventable diseases. The promise to ensure basic education for all children, particularly girls. The promise to stop women dying during pregnancy and childbirth. The promise to
provide water and sanitation and to protect the environment. Together participants around the world STAND UP to make governments honour their commitments on more and better aid, debt cancellations, trade justice, climate actions, gender equality and public accountability.

This call to action has never been more relevant here in Canada. June 25-27 2010 are 3 big days for Canadians. When the world’s richest leaders gather at a resort in Muskoka, our Prime Minister will be the host. Host countires of G8 meetings have a lot of say in setting the tone of each meeting. This is our chance to show the world that Canada in intent on Making Poverty History. The more people that onboard, the more of us working together, the more noise we can make to ensure that
real and positive change comes out of the 2010 G8.

Please come out on Saturday, October 17th to help Make Poverty History. Share the message and encourage your friends to come join you! There will be live entertainment before and after we read the anti-poverty pledge. Together with millions of voices standing in solidarity, we will say, no more excuses – end poverty now.  Hope to see you there!

For more information, contact: Cotelle Mackintosh or Yesira Alhassan Alolo, (902) 894-4573,

4. PEIBWA 6th Annual Red White and Blues Fundraiser

You are invited to join us for PEI Business Women’s Association’s 6th Annual Red White and Blues fundraiser on Friday, October 16, 2009 at the Top of the Park Restaurant located at Red Shores Race Track & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.

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. This event is open to everyone 19 years of age and older.

Tickets cost $75 + GST ($78.75) for members and $85 + GST ($89.25) for non-members.  There are still tickets available. 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

We are pleased to offer our guests complimentary taxi service after the event within City limits.  A taxi voucher (valid for October 16, 2009 only) will be included in each event program.  In addition, Rodd Hotels and Resorts is offering a special room rate of $97 plus taxes based on single or double occupancy for a standard room at Rodd Charlottetown Hotel for the evening of October 16, 2009.  To book a room at this rate, call 1-800-565-7733 or (902) 894-7371 and be sure to request the PEIBWA Red White and Blues rate.  Please note rate is based on availability at the time of booking. 

We look forward to seeing many of you on October 16th.  Melody

5.  Board Members Wanted

The PEI Rape and Sexual Assault Centre is looking for persons who would be interested in serving as a member of their Board of Directors. For further information contact Sigrid at 566-1864.

6.  10th Anniversary Celebrations – The Institute of Island Architectural Studies and Conservation
October 16 – 17, 2009
Friday, October 16 at 7pm
Dr. Elizabeth Pacey
“Georgian Fantasies”

A lecture on the Background and Influence of Georgian-style Architecture
The Richmond Room, Rodd Charlottetown

Refreshments provided. Admission by donation.
Saturday, October 17, from 11am-3pm

Historic Inn Tour Fundraiser
Fitzroy Hall
Fairholm National Historic Inn
Hillhurst Inn

Tour tickets $10 adults; $8 seniors & students
Available at Beaconsfield Historic House, 2 Kent St. and BGHJ Architects, 233 Queen Street  (advance purchase required; cash purchase only, please)

7.  Launch of Deirdre Kessler’s poetry book October 20

What are afternoon horses?

The phrase comes from a poem in Deirdre Kessler’s poetry book, AFTERNOON HORSES, to be launched October 20th
at Beaconsfield’s Carriage House by Acorn Press.

  Though Kessler has been writing poetry for more years than she has been writing fiction and nonfiction and has had poems published in chapbooks and in a number of collections and journals, Afternoon Horses is her first
book of poetry.

  “Deirdre Kessler enfolds us in her sense of wonder for friendship, for history, for the endless revelations of nature,” writes poet and UPEI professor Richard Lemm. “Fierceness and sadness also appear, when a desert is sown with land mines, when we slaughter other species. Yet, so much of life surprises with beauty, and our ‘hands find the right places / in dark rooms or under stars in middle of nowhere.’ These are poems that find the right places, that surprise us with us joy.”

  Poet Laureate David Helwig writes: “Deirdre Kessler’s Afternoon Horses…pays its homage to the bright images and shapely tales collected in travel. It goes abroad, but it also follows the vital rhythms of language inward. Then her lean, taut lines offer lessons in how to take flight while standing perfectly still.”

  Peter Hay, Taswegian poet and visiting scholar to UPEI this fall, says: “Here is a poetry of quiet power,a poetry of deep, all-gathering compassion, a poetry that reaches out in love to all that swims and swarms upon the face of the earth.”

  Deirdre Kessler is the author of a dozen novels and picture books for children, including Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice Award-winning Brupp Rides Again, a children’s novel, and Lobster in My Pocket, a perennially best-selling picture book. Her Island history book, a work that combines a fictional narrative with informational text, Exploring the Island, is now part of the P.E.I. grade six curriculum.

  Kessler is recipient of the Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Literary Arts on Prince Edward Island and a P.E.I. Museum and Heritage Foundation Writing Award for A Century on Spring Street. She has freelanced for CBC Television and Radio. Her poetry has appeared in several collections, including Landmarks: An Anthology of New Atlantic Canadian Poetry of the Land (Acorn 2001).

She lives in Charlottetown and teaches children’s literature and creative writing with the UPEI Department of English.

Wondering what afternoon horses are?

  Come to Beaconsfield’s Carriage House on Tuesday evening, October 20th, 7 to 9 p.m., and all will be revealed. There will be a poetry reading, music, refreshments, book signing, and one terrible joke.

8.  Dare to Remember

Hi Everyone!
     I am from Katimavik, and as some of you may be familliar with Katimavik, we usually have a community project that we work on during the trimester that we are in PEI for. Our community project that we are working on this year is called A Dare To Remember. There is more information posted below. This year we need your help in making this possible! 

What is a Dare to Remember?

     A Dare to Remember is a nationwide challenge taking place from October 17th – 25th, 2009. During this week, thousands of Canadians will overcome challenges, fears, and obstacles, and undertake dares to raise money for the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa, in correlation with the Stephen Lewis Foundation.  The idea of a Dare to Remember is choosing a dare that is a challenge worth overcoming for a great cause. You could run ten kilometers, learn to dance, or host a dinner for a group – and then ask everyone you know to sponsor and support you in this dare. You can also dare your family, friends and community to get involved too.  The idea is that each of us can do something big or small, and that when ordinary people come together, extraordinary things happen. The money raised will go to community-based organizations that are striving to change the course of the aids pandemic across the Sub-Saharan continent.  Across Africa, grandmothers, women, children, and everyday ordinary people are forced to overcome obstacles and push to their limits in order to change the AIDS pandemic.  A project like this encourages a personal challenge that you have always wanted to do, but have never had the courage, motivation, or time, so here the chance to do it, and be a part of something big.

     A Katimavik group of eleven youth from all across Canada, along with Canada World Youth, are taking a part in doing something big for the AIDS pandemic in Africa, and they need your help

 Doing a dare is simple! Here’s what you need to know:

• Choose your dare: host a dinner, run 5K, or come up with your own idea!

• Set up your personal fundraising page at

• Tell your family and friends, and ask them to sponsor you.

• Spread the word through Facebook, Twitter and e-mail, and dare others to take on challenges of their own!

• Do your dare during the Dare to Remember week: October 17-25, 2009 along with thousands of Canadians coast to coast.
 Or, dare your partner, colleague, boss or friend to rise to the challenge.

     If you’re unable to do a dare yourself, join the movement in any way you can. Dare a friend, donate to someone else’s Dare and spread the word to everyone you know. Challenge yourself to be part of A Dare to Remember and keep in mind that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. They’re doing it in Africa, every day. This is the moment to stand with them and do something big.

For more information, or take to take on a dare, visit or contact: (902) 892-9443

 9.  Public Service Announcement

October 1, 2009

The IWK Health Centre will be holding Grief and Bereavement Support Group sessions starting in October 2009 for children and teens who have lost a loved one. Participants will be given the opportunity to express grief through group exercises and expressive arts, led by trained facilitators and volunteers who have been screened by the IWK.

The children’s support group, for ages six to 12 years, will meet on Wednesdays from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., from October 21, 2009 to December 9, 2009. The teen support group, for ages 13 to 18 years, will take place as a retreat during Winter 2010 (date to be determined).

Pre-registration is required for participation in these sessions. For registration or referrals, please contact Nick Zwaagstra, Bereavement Coordinator, IWK Health Centre, by phone at 902-470-8942 or via email at



1.  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.

2.  Workshops

CHALLENGING MYSELF TO LIVE MORE FULLY 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

3.  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;

4.  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!

5.   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

6.  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.

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.


8.  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


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


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