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1. A Night in Tasmania

Island author and UPEI professor Richard Lemm will give a presentation on his recent stay in Tasmania as writer-in-residence. His residency was part of the annual PEI-Tasmania writer-in-residence exchange.

His talk, in the UPEI Faculty Lounge, Main Building, on Tuesday, January 26 (Australia Day!), at 7:30 pm, will include a slideshow and poems written while in Tasmania.  Admission is free.

The writer-in-residence exchange is sponsored, on PEI, by the UPEI Dean of Arts and Department of English, the PEI Writers’ Guild, and the Institute of Island Studies.  The Tasmanian Writers’ Centre is the counterpart down under, with additional support for Dr. Lemm’s residency from the Lord Mayor of Hobart, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the PEI Council of the Arts.

2.  Rally

Canadians against Proroguing Parliament has organized a non-partisan rally for Saturday, January 23 at 1:00 p.m. at Province House, Charlottetown, University/Grafton side of building. This is part of a nation-wide series of rallies featuring spoken and musical protest to Stephen Harper’s decision to unilaterally suspend Parliament. All Liberals, New Democrats, Greens and unaffiliated Islanders are welcome — as well as any disgruntled Conservatives courageous enough to stand up to Stephen Harper.

Organized locally by “PEI’s Citizens Committee for Democracy – not Dictatorship”  . Contact Tony R 675-4093.

3.  New Organization Starting, Grandmothers to Grandmothers

We are starting a new organization in Charlottetown called Grandmothers to Grandmothers.  It is part of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. It was started by Stephen Lewis to support grandmothers in Africa who are taking care of their grandchildren because their own children have died from the HIV/Aids epidemic in that country. The organization raises awareness and funds to help these grandmothers feed and educate their grandchildren and other orphans in their care.

Our next meeting for the G’MA Circle in Charlottetown is Thursday January 28th at 7:00pm in the Community Room of Sobey’s on Allen St. We welcome any grandmothers or grandothers who are interested in attending this meeting and/or joining our group.

It would be greatly appreciated if you could pass this information on to your membership.  If you have any questions or would like more information please let me know. I can be contacted at this email address, .

Marlene Marshall, G’MA Group

4.  BONSHAW CEILIDH January 31 to Benefit The Salvation Army

The monthly Ceilidh/Concert in the beautiful Bonshaw Hills is set for 7-9 pm on Sunday, January 31st. Special guests are the popular band Bluegrass Revival: Alan MacRae, Cherie and Peter LeMoine, Gail Mullen, and Shirley Jay. There will also be regular performers, open stage time, a 50/50 draw, lunch, and more! Admission is by donation with proceeds this month going to the Salvation Army.

The evening’s program is the at Bonshaw Community Centre, 25 Green Road, in Bonshaw (next to the Bonshaw Hall, which is undergoing renovations). Please join us for a wonderful evening.  Everyone is welcome. For more information, please contact 675-4093 or 675-4282. also note, the Ceilidhs in February and March will be in the afternoon, from 2-4p

5.  Bioenergetics

Bioenergetics (a body/mind approach to health and well-being) Practitioners offer exercise classes and individual counselling.  Classes begin February 10th from 7-8 p.m. for 6 weeks.  Cost is $60.00.  For more info. call Margaret at 394-4386 or e-mail



1.  Family Literacy Day Celebration

Join us as we celebrate Family Literacy Day

on Saturday, January 23
at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery
from 12 to 3 pm.
This is a free event.

Come and enjoy the Music Man, Kindermusik, celebrity readers like Deirdre Kessler and David Weale, PEI Public Library Service’s flannel board stories, fun activities, snacks, prizes and giveaways.  This event is sponsored by the Confederation Centre of the Arts and Ocean 100 and hosted by the PEI Literacy Alliance.

For more information call Jinny at the PEI Literacy Alliance 368-1810.

2.  Caring for You and Your Baby On-line Resource

Check out this new resource!

The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) recently announced the launch of an on-line resource for new mothers. Caring For You and Your Baby is a practical guide for new mothers with babies from infancy through to toddler age, developed by CPHA in partnership with Reckitt Benckiser Inc., the makers of Lysol® products.  If you work with new Moms (or are a new Mom yourself) —have a look at this new resource.

3.  Workshop by Think, Feel, Be – January 23

Charlottetown – Raising young girls today can be a challenge, especially if you yourself are battling thoughts of insecurity. Kelly Clements–Gennis, owner of “Think, Feel, Be…” in Charlottetown, knows firsthand the importance of being a positive role model for her daughter. On Saturday, January 23 at the “Think, Feel, Be…” office in Charlottetown, Kelly and her co-host (daughter Hannah) are presenting a special workshop for mothers and daughters on self empowerment, self confidence and the search for true beauty.

After seeing the effects of her lack in self acceptance begin to be played out by her daughter in the mirror – she knew there was a lesson to be learned. The result was a breakthrough program she calls “Be…BEAUTIFUL, Be…YOU! “A workshop for girls and their role models.  “Being beautiful is not about changing who you are, it’s about accepting who you are. When we learn to accept ourselves, we become free” says Gennis “When we let go of the pressure to change who we are and learn to love and accept ourselves, we become confident, empowered and beautiful.”

And as for Hannah, “I am so excited to be teaching with my mom! I am going to help all the little girls feel good about themselves and I can’t wait to show them how to make healthy smoothies and do all the fun activities we have planned for our special day!”   To learn more about this workshop or other services offered by “Think, Feel, Be…” contact Kelly at or 218-3713. Space is limited, early registration is recommended.

Contact:  Kelly Clements-Gennis, Phone: 902-218-3713  Email:   Web:

4.  Citizen Advocacy’s BEAT THE WINTER BLUES DANCE

Upcoming fund-raiser


with music by D.J. Douce.

It’ll be fun for all. It’s on Saturday, January 30th at the Charlottetown legion at 99 Pownal St.
9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Only $5.

Please let all your friends know about it. Anyone with a disability needing a ride, please let us know. more info 566-3523.

We can offer transportation.

Thank you all,
PEI Citizen Advocacy

5.  Ruth Mathiang to Headline International Women’s Day Celebration – March 6, 2010, 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Music, fun and food are on the bill at this year’s celebration of International Women’s Day, Saturday, March 6th at The Guild in Charlottetown.

Ruth Mathiang, now living in Toronto, will make a return visit to Charlottetown for the event. Ruth is originally from Sudan, but came to PEI in 2001 to attend university here. She moved to Toronto a few years ago to pursue a graduate degree.  Today Ruth is one of the rising stars of African music in Toronto. She has two CDs to her credit. The most recent,  “Butterfly,” is a mixture of her favourite styles of music, including Hip Hop, Reggae, Afrobeat, and Gospel.

For trivia buffs, the evening will feature a distinctly feminist game – “Eve’s Quest” – that will challenge participants knowledge of women’s history, arts, myths and wisdom. The game is sure to be entertaining and fun. So here’s a question: Do you know how often women appear in trivia games, really?  The answer: Only 4% of the content for an average trivia game deals with women.

Doors open at 7:30 pm. No admission cost. All welcome. Refreshments will be served and there will be a cash bar.  For more information, contact Cooper Institute, 894-4573 or

This event is organized and made possible by the following International Women’s Day PEI Together in Courage Committee Members/ Funders:  ACIC, Cooper Institute, CUPE Global Justice Committee, CUSO-VSO, PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women, PEI Federation of Labour, PEI InterMinisterial Women’s Secretariat, PEI Rape and Sexual Assault Centre, WUSC, and Women’s Network PEI.

6.  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

7.   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:




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.

8.  PEIBWA Workshops

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.


Community Events and Notices are forwarded to you by the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women for your information and interest.  The PEI Status of Women cannot guarantee the accuracy of notices or control re-postings, and does not necessarily endorse every notice or event posted.

For further information or questions specifically relating to any notices or events, 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
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