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Note: Community Notices will return on Friday, January 8, 2010.
1. Take 30 for the Family Calendar now available
Education and Early Childhood Development
The 2010 Take 30 for the Family calendars are now available across the Island, says Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Gerard
“The Take 30 calendar is a major communications project of the PEI Children’s Secretariat,” said Minister Greenan. “It provides families with helpful tips and ideas on how to spend quality time together. It contains a concise guide to community resources for Island families. It also reinforces the important message of spending quality, unstructured time with young children every day of the year.”
The calendars are being provided to children at licensed early childhood centres during the next few weeks. They are also being made available in
English and French at public health offices, family resource centres, and public libraries.
The Children’s Secretariat is a network of representatives from seven government departments and twelve organizations that work on behalf of young Island children to ensure they have a healthy start in life.
The information and photos in the calendar are directly related to the 12 networks which address the following areas: family literacy; child protection; healthy lifestyles; environmental health; mental health; Aboriginal families; Acadian/Francophone families; injury prevention; parent support; pregnancy, birth and infancy; early childhood education and care; and children with exceptional needs.
For more information on Take 30 For the Family visit http://www.take30.pe.ca.
2. Call for Board and Committee Volunteers – Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund
LEAF invites community activists, lawyers, academics, and anyone else who cares about women’s equality in Canada to share your talents with us. We have Board and Committee vacancies to be filled in June, 2010.
LEAF is at a particularly dynamic moment in its history. It is rapidly expanding the many ways it works to enhance women’s equality in Canada. We have a number of exciting education, litigation, and communication plans underway and we need your help.
Who volunteers for LEAF? We are looking for energetic women who share a conviction in equality as a defining feature of Canadian society. Do you have experience/knowledge in any of the following areas?
• Human rights and equality litigation
• Fund development
• Law reform
• Non-profit governance
• Public education
Add your voice to ours – we need your ideas and your energy. LEAF offers a stimulating environment populated by others who share your passion for women’s equality. Please consider taking a place on the Board of Directors or on a committee:
• Education Program Committee
• Fund Development Committee
• Governance Committee
• Legal Program Committee
• Nominating Committee
Interested applicants please complete and email the attached volunteer application form with a cover letter and resume stating your board and/or committee(s) preference and relevant qualifications to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for applications is Monday February 8, 2010. Committee and Board appointments will begin June 2010.
LEAF encourages applications from Aboriginal women, racialized women, lesbians, women with disabilities and women from other marginalized groups.
LEAF is a national charitable, non-profit organization founded in 1985 to advance the equality of women and girls in Canada through litigation, law reform and public education using the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Visit http://www.leaf.ca to learn more about our work.
Director of Communications and Branch Relations
Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund Inc. (LEAF)
60 St. Clair Avenue East, Suite 703
Toronto, ON M4T 1N5
Phone: 416.595.7170 Ext. 224
Toll Free: 1.888.824.5323
3. SAVE THE DATE!
GIRL TALK: Responding to Violence Against Girls and Young Women
February 18-19, 2010
Keating Millennium Centre, St. Francis Xavier University
The GIRL TALK forum will be an opportunity to deepen our understanding of how violence affects the lives of girls and young women and to develop strategies for action through presentations, workshops, round-table discussions, and arts-based activities.
Keynote Speaker: Helene Berman, Centre for Research and Education on Violence against Women and Children.
More information coming soon!
Rural Girls Project – Site Facilitator
Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre
Suite 204, 219 Main St., Antigonish, NS B2G 2C1
Phone: 863-3624 ext. 229 Fax: 867-1144
4. A Little Gift Giving Goes a Long Way
December 10, 2009, Charlottetown, PEI, Prince Edward Islanders are known for their generosity and community spirit. Many local businesses sponsor, donate, lend their assistance to worthy causes large and small. Local artist and business owner, Nessya Neemron, is one of these. Ms. Neemron wants to remember and offer a gift of kindness to women living with, or recoering/escaping from sexual abuse and/or domestic violence. Owner of Nessya’s Gems & Jewels, donated 90 individually wrapped gifts for all clients, staff and volunteers of Anderson House and the PEI Sexual Assault Center. The total value of this donation is $2200.
Both Anderson House and The PEI Sexual Assault Center are life saving anchors for many women through providing shelter, support and confidential counseling. Each organization is distributing the gifts within their offices to protect confidentiality of all clients.
Christmas can be a time of stress for anyone, let alone a women dealing with trauma and stress resulting from abuse. Ms. Neemron has these women in their heart and mind. “We can’t forget women living with crisis. Although a small gesture, a gift of jewelry, we know will not solve their problems, but just might bring a bit of joy into their lives. We wanted them to know we are thinking of them and that we care.” says Ms. Neemron.
Nessya’s is a boutique showcasing Atlantic Canada’s finest, most eclectic collection of sterling silver and semi-precious stones jewelry. Nessya’s is located at 64 Queen St. in downtown Charlottetown.
Kele Redmond, Heart Centered Productions, To The Heart of The Matter Vision ~ Strategy ~ Communications
902 894 5326 h/o
902 314 4678 c
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