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1.   Volunteers needed for UPEI Ten Thousand Villages Sale

Greetings:  In less than one month the Ten Thousand Villages Sale will be held again at UPEI.  We are moving to a new location this year, Schurman Market Square, Don and Marion McDougall Hall (i.e. the new School of Business Building).  We are again looking for volunteers and we look forward to have many of you back again.  Please also feel free to invite friends, family, and acquaintances.  New volunteers are always welcome.
Please let me know when you are available and I will put your name on a master list.  We will be setting up starting at 4PM on Monday, Nov. 30th and will need as many people at that time as possible.  Same thing for packing up on Thursday, Dec. 3rd at 2PM.  The more people to unpack and pack make those chores much easier.
We look forward to your replies and to a great sale again this year.  Last year we sold just under $30K of product supporting, in theory, 10 families of 4 for a year.  Let’s see if we can better that this year.
Thank you again for your great support.  John
John F. Burka, Ph.D.
Dept. of Biomedical Sciences
Atlantic Veterinary College, UPEI
550 University Ave.,
Charlottetown, PEI  C1A 4P3
Phone:  +1-902-566-0810 (w)

2.   Circle of Safety and Support Information Sessions Postponed

Please be advised that the Circles of Safety and Support Information sessions planned for November will be postponed until the new year.  Sessions will be held in Charlottetown, Montague, Summerside, and O’Leary. Notices will be going out to let people know when the session in their area will take place.

A Circle of Safety and Support brings together a woman struggling with issues of physical or emotional safety as a result of family violence with service providers and other supports to collaborate in developing a comprehensive plan for her safety and support.The Circle process is designed for women who are in need of a higher level of safety planning than would generally take place in situations of family violence.

For more information please contact Julie Devon Dodd at

3.   PEI Family Violence Prevention Services Inc.


Reporting to the Board of Directors, you will assume overall responsibility for providing leadership and direction towards the achievement of the organization’s mission, goals and objectives. Your management responsibilities encompass day-to-day operations, staff, financial, facilities and programs and funding opportunities.

As the ideal candidate, you must have a University degree in Social Work or
Psychology, or related discipline at the Masters level combined with extensive management and clinical experience. You have proven experience in the not-for-profit sector and have worked with a Board of Directors.

Operationally, you have well-honed skills in public relations, human resources, finance administration, policy development, program management and administration of collective agreements. As a senior level manager, you possess superior communication and relationship building skills. You can work co-operatively with all stakeholders as well as provincial and federal government representatives and the general public.

PEI Family Violence Prevention Services Inc. offers a competitive salary and benefit package for this position. Qualified candidates are invited to submit a detailed resume and cover letter in confidence by Friday, November 27th, 2009 by 12:00 noon to:

Fax: (902) 626-2532
1 Harbourside
Charlottetown, PE C1A 8R4

4.  PEI Federation of Labour – Monument Established, Unveiling December 6

As you are aware December 6th, 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of the l’Ecole Polytechnique tragedy in Montreal where fourteen women were murdered.  To commemorate this anniversary the P.E.I. Federation of Labour has established a monument. At the present time 25% of the cost of the monument has been collected from local unions. We thank those who have made a monetary donation and ask that locals who have not already done so to please consider helping out with this very important project.

We hope you will be able to attend the unveiling which will be held at the Summerside Heritage Park and Garden on Sunday, December 6th at 1:00 p.m. A reception sponsored by the City of Summerside will follow at St. Mary’s Anglican Hall, 74 Summer Street, Summerside.

Sincerely, Lori MacKay
VP Woman, P.E.I. Federation of Labour

5.   Diversity / Cultural Awareness Trainer Needed

The PEI Public Service Commission is planning to initiate a government wide training strategy on Diversity and Cultural Understanding and communicate our message to a wider, targeted audience within the PEI Public Sector. To assist with this, the PSC is currently seeking service from a qualified Diversity / Cultural Awareness Trainer to design three (3) workshops and deliver the workshops for selected employees. 

It is anticipated the trainer will cover following aspects into the course outline:
–  Human Rights in the workplace
– Gender based analysis
–  creating a multicultural and diverse workforce (gender, generational differences, ethnic differences, and other cultural and social identities including disabilities, sexual orientation, etc.)

The Diversity/Cultural Awareness Trainer is required to submit a detailed proposal including copies of all technical requirements and costs associated with this proposal.  For further information, please refer to the Request for Proposals for Diversity/Cultural Understanding Training for Public Sector Employees (PEIGOV-RFP #617) which is now posted on the governm


1.   The 2009 Purple Ribbon Campaign Against Violence
     20 Years after the Montreal Massacre: The PEI Story

The PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women’s annual Purple Ribbon Campaign is coming up. Beginning on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and culminating on December 6, the National Day of Remembrance and Action Against Violence Against Women, the Campaign urges all Islanders to wear a purple ribbon as a symbol of their commitment to end violence.

If your church, sports team, service group, or circle of friends would like to participate in the Campaign by pinning purple ribbons to information cards and distributing them, please call Sandy Kowalik, Purple Ribbon Campaign Coordinator, at 368-4510 or email

The purple ribbons are free of charge.

For information about the Purple Ribbon Campaign visit

2.   PEIBWA Upcoming Workshop

Lunch and Learn – Tignish

Impromptu Speaking:  Communication isn’t Optional!

Presented by:  Elsa Riley, Area Governor, Toastmasters PEI

The very thought of public speaking can strike terror in the hearts of many people. Join Elsa as she painlessly helps you learn to communicate more effectively.   Your confidence will grow and you’ll be more successful whether you’re a student preparing for your first job or established in your career. Learn to be more comfortable standing up and using your voice!

Location:    Holland College, Dalton Centre, Tignish
Date:        Thursday, November 19, 2009
Time:        12 noon – 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, November 17, 2009 at 4 pm.

Please note: If you register for a lunch and learn session and are unable to attend, please let us know 48 hours in advance. People who do not cancel in advance will be invoiced.

3.   Ten Thousand Villages Sale Dates

Church and community volunteers in Summerside, Cornwall, and Crapaud will make a difference in the lives of artisans around the world by selling exquisite, handcrafted gifts and home décor in three sales to be held this month. The first two sales will be on November 6th and 7th in Summerside and Cornwall, followed by one in Crapaud November 20th and 21st. Sale organizers Vicki Homes, Joan Melanson, and Shelley MacEwen believe they are giving customers in their communities a chance to buy unique products while helping people in developing countries meet basic needs for themselves and their families. Together we are making a difference.

Ten Thousand Villages works with artisans who would otherwise be unemployed, or underemployed. We provide vital, fair income to these Third World people by selling their handicrafts and telling their stories in North America. This income helps pay for food, education, health care, and housing. Ten Thousand Villages works with over 120 different artisans groups from more than 30 countries across the globe.

All proceeds of the sale support artisans partnered with Ten Thousand Villages, the oldest and largest Fair Trade Organization in North America, (over 60 years). The sale owes its success to dedicated local volunteers who you will meet at the sales. If you wish to volunteer, please call one of the organizers.

Details of the individual sales are as follows:

Summerside Presbyterian Church, 130 Victoria Road, (across from Three Oaks High School) on Friday, November 6th from 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM and on Saturday, November 7th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Cornwall United Church, 9 Cornwall Road (Behind Esso Station on TCH) on Friday, November 6th from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM and Saturday, November 7th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Englewood School (on the TransCanada Highway), Crapaud, on Friday, November 20th from 4:00 PM to 8:30 PM and Saturday, Novemer 21st from 8:30 AM to 4 PM.

For more information on the Summerside sale contact Vicki Homes at 569-4259; Cornwall: Joan Melanson at 892-3228; and Crapaud: Shelley MacEwen at 675-3519.


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

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