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1. UPEI Locavore Challenge Saturday February 6

On Saturday February 6 you are invited to participate in the University of Prince Edward Island’s 2nd Annual Locavore Challenge. This event is hosted by the Business School’s Executive MBA Program, in MacKinnon Auditorium, MacDougall Hall.

The day begins at 9:30 am with a brief introduction of the MBA Program and the emerging trends that are being explored for future business development on Prince Edward Island.

I will be making a presentation that challenges the business community to embrace a shifting economic paradigm from one based on innovation, competitiveness and efficiency to the emerging bioregional economy that places security, fair trade and ecological sustainability at the forefront.

Rob Patterson will be on hand to guide a discussion on what the future holds if we continue on the current path of global food trade and what may be possible in a more regional system.

The MBA students will present findings that their research identified as future business opportunities in local foods.

Last year the Locavore Challenge drew the attention of over 150 participants. This year we hope that you will contribute in the event that is sure to help influence ideas on the future of our food system and the region’s economic potential.

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2.  IMAC PEI Deadline Extension on This Place Matters Video Contest for Youth

Deadline Extended on This Place Matters Video Contest for Youth Hosted by IMAC PEI in partnership with Tourism and Culture PEI. Island Media Arts Coop, IMAC PEI, Executive Director, Corin McFadden, announced an extension to the deadline for their Historic Places Video Contest. Submissions will now be accepted until Sunday, February 14, 2010. Mr. McFadden explains, “Over the past month, we have been talking with youth and teachers across the province and have found many asking for more time to prepare their entries. As well, with continued interest from new sources, we wanted to provide additional time for all entry development.” . The Historic Places – This Place Matters Campaign is a partnership between IMAC PEI and The Department of Tourism and Culture.

All youth nineteen and under can individually or in groups up to four, can submit a 30-45 second video of their selection of a historic place that matters to them. The young person(s) who creates the winning video will have the opportunity to work with IMAC PEI professionals to re-produce their video to professional broadcast standards. As well, the winner(s) will be granted a cash prize of four hundred dollars, the runner – up, one hundred dollars. McFadden continues, “The contest provides the opportunity for all youth entrants to work through the step by step process of creating a video. For the winning entrant(s), we are eager to offer our professional, technical and artistic support. IMAC PEI is pleased to be part of such a great opportunity for Prince Edward Island youth.”

Entrants must be residents of Prince Edward Island and at least 19 years of age or under. For more information visit or contact

3. PEIBWA Workshops

Lunch and Learn – Workplace Wellness

Presented by:  Wendy Chappell, The Whole Way Health & Fitness Studio

The workplace is a favourable setting for promoting Active Living and Wellness, whether you have one employee or hundreds.  Discover why, through the presentation of some eye opening statistics, your workplace should promote a culture that values workers’ health and physiological needs.  Benefit from the time to explore the many options for addressing workplace wellness and get ideas about tweaking the initiatives you already have in place.   Enjoy some joint mobility exercises for your neck and your hands so your afternoon will be less stressful.

Location:       Maritime Room, Rodd Royalty Inn, 14 Capital Dr. (formerly Trans-Canada Highway)
Date:            Tuesday, February 16, 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, February 12, 2010 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.

4. The Centre of Excellence for Children and Adolescents with Special Needs (CECASN) Survey

The Centre of Excellence for Children and Adolescents with Special Needs (CECASN) is completing a research study on Parent Perspectives of Early Intervention Services in the Atlantic Provinces.  Parents of children with special needs from Newfoundland, PEI and New Brunswick are invited to complete a 30 minute on line questionnaire.

Parents can complete the survey online at until February 15, 2010.  or contact Emily King at 902-457-6585 or

5. Food For Thought Event – The Ampersand – February 11

Katimavik and the P.E.I. Food Security Network will host “Food for Thought” – an event to raise awareness in Charlottetown about food security and fair trade, on Thursday, February 11th at The Ampersand, 98 Water Street in Charlottetown from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.. The evening will consist of Fair Trade food and coffee, short films, live music and guest speakers from organic farmers to environmental activists. This is a free event, open to all ages.

Fair trade is about providing farmers with a decent income and a dignified living. It encourages co-operation in the global community between farmers, businesses and consumers, and seeks to prevent the exploitation of people who produce the food we eat.  For more information go to “Food for Thought” on Facebook  or call Stuart or Emily at Cooper Institute, 894-4573, or email

6.  Psychology Is For Everyone

February is Psychology month across Canada.

Psychologists work in a variety of settings such as schools, hospitals, mental health clinics, universities, and private practice.  They provide assessment and treatment for a wide variety of difficulties including depression, anxiety, relationship or parenting difficulties, learning disabilities, behavioural difficulties, addictions, autism and other developmental disorders, physical illness, cognitive impairments, Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Psychologists can help you make positive changes in your life!

As part of National Psychology Month the Psychological Association of Prince Edward Island is pleased to provide the following free public events.

Mr. Mitchell Colp and Dr. Jason Doiron
“The Illusion of Inclusion: Experiences of Learning Disabled Students on PEI and Beyond.”
Confederation Centre Library, Thursday, February  11th at 7:00p.m.

Dr. Christine Beck  “Treating Depression in Adulthood”
Saturday February 20th 2pm Confederation Center Library

Caroline LeBlanc  “Driving (is making) Me Crazy”
Tuesday February 23rd 7pm Confederation Center Library

7.  Walk In Silence For Victims of Family Violence

12 to 12:30 pm, Thursday February 18th (Snow Date Friday February 19th)
Reception (12:30 ) to follow at the Charlottetown City Hall

The Walk in Silence for Victims of Family Violence will be a symbolic gesture by those of us determined to give a voice to those family violence victims who remain silent out of shame or fear. The time has come for community members to join together to end the tragedy that exists in many PEI homes. Every Islander should know that a truly safe community is one in which citizens are safe not only on the streets but especially in their homes. Community members have an essential role to play in supporting each other through challenging times and helping each other to find nonviolent ways to relieve stress and resolve conflict. Community members engaged and working together is essential for a healthy, thriving community.

The walk will bring together Islanders and representatives from many interested groups and professions to show their commitment and fellowship in the betterment of PEI homes by preventing family violence. The impact of family violence is not limited to those directly experiencing the violence. The effects are felt by the immediate family as well as extended family members, friends and neighbors, with the consequences being devastating for all. Victims who continue to live in dangerous situations will be given hope that a peaceful home is attainable.

The silent walk will begin at Province House in Charlottetown ending with a reception at Charlottetown City Hall. The intention is to raise the public awareness of the presence of family violence in our homes and to show solidarity of all groups and entities of PEI who are committed to making our communities safer. With a united effort, Prince Edward Island can lead Canada in the reduction and prevention of incidents of family violence and enjoy safer, healthier communities Island-wide.

Come walk with other Islanders and with professionals working to end the violence.
Let us know you’re coming by registering by e-mail at:
Cathy McInnis Phil Matusiewicz
or phone: 894-3354
Resource information will be available.

8.  Women’s Organization Grant

The Interministerial Women’s Secretariat is requesting project proposals from non-profit women’s organizations in Prince Edward Island whose mandates align with the promotion of the legal, health, social and economic equality of women.  To access a copy of the application form and the funding guidelines, please call (902) 368-6494.  Application forms and copies of the funding guidelines can also be picked up at the Access PEI locations across PEI, as well as the Island Information Centre, located at 11 Kent Street, Charlottetown (Jones Building).  All project proposals must be received by 5:00 pm, February 26, 2009. Please call (902) 368-6494 for more information.



1.  ACLE February Meeting – Mentor Training Session

A day of training for charities is taking place at the Delta on Monday, February 22, 2010.  The session is free of charge and will include a complimentary lunch.  As well, there will be a travel subsidy.

You can register on line at

You can be a Mentor!

Community Services Council is pleased to offer the Atlantic Charities Learning Exchange (ACLE) Mentor Training Session!   ACLE is offering in person regional sessions on how to accurately complete the T3010B. This “Train the Trainer” clinic is open to all those who wish to learn more about the T3010B and share that information with members of other local charities.
All sessions are from 10am to 3pm, include a free lunch and are free of charge.

Monday, February 22nd 2010- Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Delta Prince Edward, 18 Queen Street
Facilitator: Jean-Valmond LeBlanc

Register Now

Open to board members, staff and volunteers of registered charities.
NB. Seating is limited so it is suggested that you register early to ensure a place.

Feel free to call me for more information.
Kind regards,
Sylvie Arsenault, Manager
Voluntary Resource Centre
81 Prince Street
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 4R3
Phone: 902.368.7337
Fax: 902.368.7180

This project is led by the Community Services Council Newfoundland and Labrador ( in partnership with Community Links (, Centre de Bénévolat de la Péninsule Acadienne Inc (, Volunteer Centre of Southeastern New Brunswick ( and Voluntary Resource Centre. Financial contribution is provided by the Canada Revenue Agency.

2. 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

3. 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.

4.   PRH Workshop Offered by Sr. Myrna Aylward, February 2010

If you wish to register for any of these workshops please send in your registration right away to my contact email:


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.


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