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1.    Women’s Worlds 2011 Congress – Atlantic Region event March 24-26, 2010, Dartmouth NS

In July 2011, Canada will host the Women’s Worlds 2011 Congress (WW2011) in Ottawa. This is an international event for women engaged with research and women active in their communities.  The theme is “Inclusions, Exclusions and Seclusions: Living in a Globalized World”.

Michelle Murdoch and Stephanie Hunter are regional network leaders, working with Congress organizers to engage women in the Atlantic Region. They are hosting an event [involving 16-20 women] from March 24 to March 26, 2010 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, to discuss issues related to fundraising, intergenerational spaces, diversities and the daily lives of women in community.  And to strategize to ensure funds are available for women to attend the world congress.

If you are interested in applying to attend the workshop in Dartmouth, N.S., please contact either coordinator at for further details and an application form. Acadian women may email Nancy Benoit .

 2.   Accountability Workshop for Community Groups

When:  Wednesday, January 27, 2010  9:30 – 3:30
Where: Richmond Room, Charlottetown Hotel, Kent St.
Cost:    $20.00
Registration: Call 368-3620

Part I:  9:30 am

Top Ten Things Every Not-For-Profit Organization Should Know
Presenter: Rachael Mella, Bradley Shea Handrahan


  • Fraud
  • Segregation of Duties
  • Directors Liability Insurance
  • Purchases and Payments
  • Policy Manual
  • Cash Controls and Receipts
  • Minutes
  • CRA Reporting
  • Budgets
  • Computer Systems

 Lunch on your own

 Part II:  1:30 pm

Project Evaluation
Presenter: Nishka Smith, Nishka Smith Consulting


  •  What is evaluation?
  •  Types of evaluation
  •  The importance of evaluation
  • General process for evaluation
  • Benefits of evaluation

For more info contact: Norm Finlayson, PEI Literacy Alliance
PO Box 20107, Charlottetown, PE   C1A 9E3
(902) 368-3620

3.   PRH Workshops Offered by Sr. Myrna Aylward, January and February 2010

I will be away from Jan. 7th to 22nd.
If you wish to register for any of these workshops please send in your registration right away to my contact email:


How well do you know yourself? This workshop invites you to come and explore a more positive perspective of yourself, which will introduce you to a New You. Dates: 1 weekend – Jan. 29-31, Time: Fri. 7-9:30pm, Sat. & Sun. 9am-4:00pm. Cost: $150.00.



 We have a powerful resource of positive life and strength that is us, yet, more than us. Come and explore this beautiful resource within you. You are in for a surprise. (Some experience of PRH education required)  Dates: 10 Wed. – Feb. 3-April 11, Time: 7-9:30pm. Cost: $300.00



We all want to make good decisions yet, often we second guess ourselves. This workshop introduces you to an effective tool for making decisions that really works and stops this second guessing. Dates:   4 Thurs. Feb. 4 -25, Time: 7-9:30pm. Cost: $100.00



Do you sometimes feel like you are just drifting through life without any thought of who you are or where you are going? Do you feel that your life is out of control and is passing you by?  This workshop is effective in helping you to take more charge of your life and what you really want to do with it. Dates:  2 weekends – Feb. 5-7 & 26-28, Time: Fri. 7-9:30pm, Sat. & Sun. 9am-4:00pm.  Cost: $300.00


LOCATION:   Mt. St. Mary’s Spirituality Centre, 141 Mount Edward Rd.  CONTACT:   Sr. Myrna Aylward, PRH Counselor and Educator   Please note that all workshops require pre-registration plus a $40.00 deposit.

4.    Out Now Speedy –  IBS – PEI Social Forum: Tuesday January 19, 2010
The Institute for Bioregional Studies Ltd. (IBS), invites you to join our Social Forums. Each event begins at 7:00 p.m. with a 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. There is no fee; however please bring a snack and/or refreshment to share during the discussion.

On August 10, 2008 a propane explosion at the Sunrise Propane facility in Toronto forced the evacuation of 12,000 people within 1.6 Km of the site. According to reports, nearby residents were terrified as flying metal from exploding tanks damaged houses, shattered windows and ripped doors off hinges as 200 firefighters struggled to contain nearby spot fires caused by the intense heat.

Is a similar accident waiting to happen, in Charlottetown, at Speedy Propane, on Allen Street? Starting January 1, 2010 the municipality is offering a tax incentive for undesirable industrial development to move out of Charlottetown. While the incentive might be a nice gesture, perhaps Speedy needs a slight budge.

On Tuesday evening January 19 come join us to discuss this immediate concern as well as other issues (i.e cosmetic pesticides, street lighting, and noise pollution) that threaten the health, safety and well being of our city.

Watch an amateur video of the Toronto propane explosion
Read the story of the aftermath

114 Upper Prince Street
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
C1A 4S3  Canada

5.  PEIBWA Workshops

Workshop in Partnership with Profit Learn PEI – Charlottetown
Financial Statement Analysis for Small Business
Facilitator:  Lloyd Compton, MRSB Chartered Accountants

Build understanding of your true financial picture, and you will be better at managing your marketing, inventory, customer service, staff and more!   You will learn:
    * How to analyze and understand key messages within your financial statements
    * How management decisions are connected to your financials

Location:      Cabot Room, Best Western, 238 Grafton Street, Charlottetown
Date:           Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Time:           1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost:            $50 plus GST

To register, contact Paula Laybolt by e-mail at or by phone at (902) 892-6040. Registration deadline: Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 12 noon.  Note:  Minimum 10 participants required to hold session


Open House at PEIBWA Office – Charlottetown

The January business mixer will be hosted by PEI Business Women’s Association at our new office.  It’s been a few months since we moved, and we’d like to invite all members to come see our new space which is much larger than our former location.  We thought this would be a great way to kick off the 2010 business mixer calendar!

Location:      Sherwood Business Centre*, 161 St. Peter’s Road, Charlottetown
Date:           Friday, January 22, 2010
Time:           3:30 – 6:30 pm
Cost:            No fee for members to attend

 To register, please contact Paula Laybolt by phone at (902) 892-6040 or by e-mail at Registration deadline: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 12 noon.   *If you use the entrance between All Occasion Florist and Sherwood Styling Salon, our office is located three doors in on the right hand side.


Lunch and Learn – Montague
Impromptu Speaking: It’s Essential!
Presented by:  Gertrude DeBoer, Toast Masters PEI

We all know people who can get up in front of any group of people and speak, seemingly effortlessly. They are also the people who get things done, who advance in their careers, and who seem to have an edge over those who are less secure in their communication skills.  You can become one of those who speak freely. You, too, can develop the necessary skills to help you advance in the business world and have better communication with your clients. Join us and learn tips on thinking quickly and speaking freely.

Location:      Perrin’s Marina Villa, 115 Sackville Street, Montague
Date:           Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Time:           12 noon – 1:30 pm
Cost:            $15 + GST for members, $20 + GST for non-members

To register, please contact Paula Laybolt by phone at (902) 892-6040 or by e-mail at Registration deadline:  Friday, January 22, 2010 at 4 pm.


Lunch and Learn – Summerside
Present Yourself and Your Business in a Professional Manner

Panel Presentation by:

JoAnn Doughart – Olivia’s Fashions
Andrea Stewart- Mary Kay- Professional make-up consultant
Ronda Bellefontaine – Like Nobody’s Business

Join our panel of women business owners as they share their knowledge and experience on professional style to reflect your personal and business image.  Be the best you can be in 2010! 

Location:      Loyalist Country Inn, 195 Harbour Drive, Summerside
Date:           Thursday, January 28, 2010
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, January 26, 2010 at 4 pm.



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

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?

• Communications
• 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 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 to learn more about our work.

Nicole Curling
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
Fax:  416.595.7191


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!

Wyanne Sandler
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


Community Events/Notices are forwarded to you by the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women. You will also find them posted shortly on our new blog, Women’s Equality PEI at

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

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PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women
PO Box 2000 (161 St. Peter’s Road), Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
tel: 902 368 4510
fax: 902 368 3269

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