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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.   Montreal Massacre Memorial Services/ Events

Wednesday, November 25

  • Charlottetown – Gender Diversity and Sexuality Violences exhibit
    W.A. Murphy Student Centre, concourse, UPEI, 10am – 2 pm.  Contact: 628-4332

Friday, December 4

  • Charlottetown – Memorial Hall, Confederation Centre of the Arts, 12 noon – 1 pm
    Featuring a commissioned performance piece by spoken word poet and musician Tanya Davis. Contact: 368-4510
  • O’Leary – O’Leary United Church, corner of Main & Brackley, 12 noon – 1 pm
    Contact: 859-8849

Sunday, December 6

  • Summerside – Summerside Heritage Park and Garden (Ottawa Street entrance), 1 pm. Unveiling of PEI Federation of Labour’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women monument. Reception to follow at St Mary’s Anglican Hall, 74 Summer Street.
    Contact: 436-9856
  • Wellington – Old Mills Park, 12 noon – 1 pm, lighting of candles to victims of violence, blessing by priest, release of balloons, lighting of a tree.
    Contact: 854-3584

3.  PEI Social Forums Resume; Tuesday November 17

Haiti: It’s getting late

Don Norman, may be known on PEI as the Dept. of Education Science Coordinator. He also spent 3 tours with the Red Cross in Haiti, coordinating food distribution to 300,000+ people. His topic ( with slides) is his experience in Haiti, the dire situation there with massive unemployment, poverty, crime and disease and the hopes he has for Haiti to survive and hopefully prosper.

Tonight’s discussion is meant to raise awareness of the ‘North-South Divide,’ put into perspective our own struggles and inspire action for overcoming adversity.

The Institute for Bioregional Studies Ltd. (IBS), invites you to join our Social Forum, ‘Haiti: It’s getting late,’ on Tuesday November 3. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. with a potluck dinner, presentation and informal discussion. The intent is to share ideas and inform each other about social issues affecting our future.

Each forum is held at 114 Upper Prince Street, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

For more information call:902-367-0390; Email:; Internet:

Note: Our next forum will be Thursday evening November 26. Our guest facilitator, David Beurle, creator of ‘The Futures Game,’ is presently on an international tour. The Game will engage people, organizations and communities to balance economic, environmental and community well-being while developing goals and actions to shape the future of Prince Edward Island.

4.   Island Studies Press Book Signing!

Leonard Cusack, Author
will be on hand to sign copies of his recently published book of Island history:

“A Magnificant Gift Declined: The Dalton Sanitorium of Prince Edward Island 1013-1923”
Indigo Book Store, University Ave., Charlottetown
Sunday 15 November, 3 – 5 PM

5.    Book Launch

My Mi’kmaq Mother by Julie Pellissier-Lush

Julie Pellissier-Lush is an exciting new Aboriginal writer whose writing will capture the imagination of readers from nine to 109 years of age. Her unique writing style will engage both female and male readers who wish to reflect on simpler times.

My Mi’kmaq Mother will be launched on Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 11:30 a.m. in Studio One, at the Confederation Centre of the Arts. The general public and the media are invited to attend. There will be an opening and closing prayer and a smudging ceremony performed by the author’s close friend, Elder Judy Clark. The author will then read three excerpts from her book. Media interviews and book signings will follow.

This is a flavourful account of a young Mi’kmaq girl’s life without her Mi’kmaq mother. Searching for the essence of a mother she barely had a chance to know, the reader is drawn into the world of the Mi’kmaq people. Written about the past with a modern sensibility, the writer’s unique approach brings meaning and warmth, even much humour to her challenges and joys of everyday life.

My Mi’kmaq Mother takes readers to Lennox Island Reserve on Prince Edward Island where the author’s sister is currently Chief of Lennox Island First Nation, and to Charlton, Massachusetts where the author spent much time with her granny and grandpa. Two different countries, two very different lifestyles and two different cultures, serve as the backdrop for this very comfortable book.

While this memoir is creative nonfiction, the 90 engaging mini-chapters will elicit a range of emotional responses. A few of the chapters found in My Mi’kmaq Mother are The Indian Princess Meets Her Sir Galahad, Colic and the Spiritual Visit, An Aboriginal Woman Driving, The Night She Died, The Crows and My First Kiss, Granny’s Beautiful Hair, But It’s Only Beer in My Lunch!, Saturday Nights and the Smoke Rings in the Study and Who Was My Mom?

My Mi’kmaq Mother is available online at   for $24.95, plus taxes and shipping. It is also available at Indigo, Chapters and Coles bookstores across Canada.

6.    National Child Day – November 20, 2009

National Child Day is on Friday, November 20th.  This year marks the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
(UNCRC).  This Convention spells out the basic human rights that all children under the age of 18 are entitled.

This is year the Government of Canada created a National Child Day kit celebrating the event.  This is a bilingual kit that includes fact sheets on
National Child Day and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a copy of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and an Activity Guide with
Teacher’s guide for activities around the Rights of the Child.  The children activities range from kindergarten to grade 8.

You can order the kits at or contact me, as I have a number of kits in my office.  The french site is
These site also offers information for children, youth, parents, caregivers and educators regarding National Child day and suggestions on how you can
celebrate this special day.


A Charlottetown event on National Child Day:
Children’s Parade
Date:  November 20th

Time:  10 am
Where:  Starting at the Fire Hall on Kent Street, proceeding up Kent Street, then right on University to Province House and then to Memorial Hall,
Confederation Centre.

Come out, line up on the streets and cheer on our children as they parade downtown on this very special day.

If you would like more information about the children’s parade, contact Sonya Corrigan at the Early Childhood Development Association at 368-1866 or

7.    Directeur/trice exécutif/tive

Faisant rapport au bureau de direction, vous assumerez l’ensemble des responsabilités de leadership et de direction dans la poursuite de la mission, des buts et des objectifs de l’organisme. Vos responsabilités de gérance incluent les affaires journalières, le personnel, les propriétés, les programmes et le financement.

Comme candidat/e idéal/e, vous devez posséder un diplome universitaire en service social ou en psychologie ou bien une maîtrise dans une discipline connexe avec une vaste expérience en gérance et en clinique. Vous devez avoir une expérience valable dans le secteur du but non lucratif et avoir travaillé avec un bureau de direction.

Comme candidat/e, vous avez des habiletés en relations publiques,en ressources humaines, en administration des finances, en développement de politiques, en gérance de programmes et en administration d’ententes collectives. Comme gérant/e de niveau supérieur, vous possédez des qualifications supérieures en communication et en habiletés relationnelles. Vous pouvez travailler en collaboration avec les parties prenantes autant qu’avec les représentants des gouvernements provincial et fédéral, et le public en général.

Le Service de prévention de la violence familiale de IPÉ Inc offre un salaire compétitif et des bénéfices sociaux pour le poste. Les personnes qualifiées sont invitées à soumettre un curriculum vitae en anglais avec lettre couverture, en confidence, pour vendredi midi le 27 novembre 2009 à :

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

8.    BONSHAW CEILIDH November 29 to Benefit Diabetes Association

The monthly Ceilidh/Concert in the beautiful Bonshaw Hills is set for 7-9 pm on Sunday, November 29th. Special guests are Herbie MacDonald and Fraser Squires, Tim Hamming and Ed Estabrooks, and singer, fiddler and stepdancer Paige LeClair.
There will also be open stage time, a 50/50 draw, lunch, and more! Admission is by donation with proceeds this month going to the Canadian Diabetes Association, PEI Division.

The evening’s program is the at Bonshaw Community Centre, 25 Green Road, in Bonshaw (next to the Bonshaw Hall, which is undergoing renovations), and will begin at 6 pm with a special presentation by a PEI representative of the Canadian Diabetes Association.  For more information, please contact 675-4093 or Sheldon MacNevin at 675-2855. Please note, there will be no Ceilidh in December, as usual.



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 government website

6.   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.

7.   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 and Cornwall sales have already happened.

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 contact 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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