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1.   Media Advisory – Short Video Release – Twenty Years After the Montreal Massacre: The PEI Story

In celebration of Family Violence Prevention Week, February 14-20, the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women welcomes members of the public to attend the release of a 5-minute video overview of the actions and occurances around violence against women that have taken place on PEI since 1989.

Twenty years ago, on December 6, 1989, 14 women were murdered at l’École Polytechnique in Montreal. Only weeks before that a 27-year-old mother of three was shot dead by her estranged husband in Summerside, PEI. These deaths, and those of the seven other PEI women that have been murdered since 1989, have led to many positive community and government initiatives to end violence against PEI women.

The short video, produced by Sustain Creative Consultants, is a montage of voice, collage, and photographic images that give a sample of some of the violence against women activities that have occurred on PEI.

Date:   Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Time:    10:00 a.m.
Location:   PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women office, Sherwood Business Centre, main level (use entrance by florist)
161 St. Peter’s Road, Charlottetown

Special Notes:

  • Advisory Council Chairperson Isabelle Christian will be available for comment
  • Video will be up-loaded to website after media conference

Website —
Blog —

Storm date: Friday, February 19, 2010, 10:00 a.m.

For further information contact:
Sandy Kowalik, Purple Ribbon Coordinator, (902) 368-4510 (office)

2.  Red Earth Women Reading Series

Put your face, to the sun, like a tulip,
let it be red…

Please join
the red earth women presents reading series for:

open mic story, poem,  or song
guest-local-artist  margie carmichael

and special guest mc erica stanley
thursday, february 18
at the upei faculty lounge, main building
doors 7, sign up for open mic 7:30

A songwriter, storyteller, and musician, margie carmichael is well known and respected in the various entertainment circles of PEI.Her full length play “Raining Cats and Daughters” which toured Nova Scotia and PEI in 2002, is part of the 2010 season at King’s Playhouse in Georgetown.  Since launching “And My Name Is….Stories from the Quilt” in 2006 (Acorn Press)  Margie has been digging and uprooting; giving her muse some fresh air.  You can expect a few new draughts of Margie’s at red earth women presents.

We also have first time special guest mc Erica Stanley joining us.
Some interesting things about Erica are:

– Born and raised in Charlottetown
– 5 year hiatus in US and Mexico
– Graduate of UPEI (Psychology)
– Currently employed at UPEI as International Student Advisor, since 2008
– Lives with her two children, Marianne and Fineas, ages 5 & 7

AND AS ALWAYS, the night will start off with OPEN MIC.  Doors @ 7.  Sign-up @ 7:30.

you got 5 minutes
UPEI Faculty Lounge, Main Building
Thursday, February 18, 2010

3.  IBS/PEI Social Forum, Monday March 8, 2010, 7:00 p.m.

Irresistible Resistance: Art Confronting Issues of Our Time

The current economic, socio-political and ecological unraveling, has moved many artists to gather and share stories of resistance. We make the invisible visible, provoke dialog in polarized communities, awaken those who are asleep and help envision a more just and sustainable world. This slide talk and discussion will highlight art being created about environmental issues, war, racism and cultural identity, body image, labor issues and global justice. The community-based and eco-art movements and socially engaged art pedagogy will also be discussed.

Our guest facilitator, Beverly Naidus is a socially engaged artist and educator whose distinguished career has taken her from the dynamic atmospheres of the NYC and LA activist art worlds to a more rural, community-based arts practice on an island in the Pacific Northwest. She maintains active networks globally and exhibits her work, lectures and leads workshops internationally. Her audience-participatory, intermedia work has been exhibited in major museums, university galleries, alternative spaces, subway cars and city streets. Her work has been discussed in books by Suzi Gablik, Lucy Lippard, Paul Von Blum and Lisa Bloom. She received her BA from Carleton College and an MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She has taught art for social change at the Institute for Social Ecology, Goddard College, Carleton College, Hampshire College, California State University Long Beach and is currently on the interdisciplinary faculty of the University of Washington, Tacoma. She is the author of Arts for Change: Teaching Outside the Frame (New Village Press, 2009). She lives with her partner and collaborator, Bob Spivey (founder of SEEDS, and their teenage son, Sam. More information can be found about current projects, collaborations and upcoming lectures and workshops at

“My people will sleep for one hundred years. When they awake, it will be the artists who give them their spirit back.” Louis Riel

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.

For more info:

4.  Gender & Sexual Identity in Youth Workshop – Moncton & Halifax

Offered through the Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute Inc.

Gender and Sexual Identity in Youth
Moncton – March 22-23, 2010;     Halifax – March 25-26, 2010

Gender and sexuality are central features of identity development in adolescence. When a person’s internal experience of gender and/or sexuality does not match with what would typically be expected based on their external appearance, it can cause great distress and difficulty. Caregivers can also struggle with knowing how best to respond and support youth in these situations. Participants of this workshop will develop an awareness and understanding of what this experience can be like, and how to create more accessible and welcoming environments for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, two-spirited, transsexual, queer and questioning individuals.

Some of the topics covered

* Gender and Sexuality Development
* Distinctions Between Gender and Sexuality
* The Experience of Being Different
* The “Coming Out” Process
* Caregiver Responses

A registration form can be downloaded from our website at

Other workshops coming up in your area:

De-escalating Potentially Violent Situations – Moncton – Feb. 22-23;  Halifax – Feb. 25-26

Self-Injury Behaviour in Youth – Issues and Strategies – Dartmouth – May 25-26;  Moncton – May 27-28

Violence Threat Assessment – Planning and Response – Moncton – June 15

Mental Illness Awareness and Support – Moncton – June 16

$160.00 – Early Registration (3 weeks prior to workshop date)
$190.00 – Regular Registration
$260.00 – Early Registration (3 weeks prior to workshop date)
$320.00 – Regular Registration

ON-SITE TRAINING – Call or email to receive a fee structure.

WEBINARS – No matter where you live, you can easily access many of CTRI’s workshops right from your desk.

For more information:
Phone: 204-452-9199
Toll Free: 877-353-3205

Cindy Rublee
Public Workshop Coordinator, CTRI Inc.

5.  PEIBWA Workshops

Lunch and Learn – Charlottetown
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.  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.


Lunch and Learn – Wellington
What is Your Networking Edge?
Presented by:  Sherry Pelkey, Get Real Results, Training and Coaching

Knowing how to carry on a conversation with people you meet at business and networking functions is an important skill.  Some people seem to do this effortlessly. Join us and learn the art of conversation for networking.  You’ll leave better prepared for the next business function you attend.

Location:       Access PEI, 48 Mill Road, Wellington (Back Entrance)
Date:            Thursday, February 25, 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, February 23, 2010 at 4 pm.


Lunch and Learn – Charlottetown
Designing and Selling Your Sponsorship Package
Presented by:  Kerry-Anne MacDougall, Insight Marketing

Finding sponsorship today is a challenge and at times may seem impossible. By learning how to approach potential sponsors effectively and developing a great sponsorship package, you can gain the competitive edge you need to distinguish yourself and win over sponsors.

Location:       Maritime Room, Rodd Royalty Inn, 14 Capital Dr. (formerly Trans-Canada Highway)
Date:            Tuesday, March 23, 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, March 19, 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.



1.  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

2.    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

3.  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

4.  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.

5.  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.

6.  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.


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.

Notices will also be posted shortly on our blog, Women’s Equality PEI at .

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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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