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1.  ACSW Releases Video – 20 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 has created a 5-minute video overview of the actions and occurrences 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. To view the video visit the ACSW website at  and click on the 20th Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre logo. Additional 20th Anniversary materials are also available there, including an overview timeline of many of the anti-violence initiatives that have taken place and profiles of the women murdered on PEI from 1989-2009.

2. Parent Support Kits – A new resource is available to parents!

The Parent Support Network, a network of the PEI Children’s Secretariat, is launching a series of kits for parents of young children. The Parent Kits will be available to borrow beginning the week of February 15 at Family Resource Centres across the province, family services centres, and through the P.E.I. Public Library Service.

There are three different kits; one kit for parents of children from birth to 18 months, another for children 18 months to five years, and a third on work-life balance for the parents themselves. The types of items in the kits include DVD’s, toys, books, information books, booklets on community resources, ideas on age-appropriate activities, and tools for being a healthy and effective parent.

Kits housed at the Family Resource Centres include an educational toy the borrower can keep (a Revel and Romp multi-sensory toy for the birth – 18 month kit and Discovery Toys Measure Up Cups for the 18 month – 5 year kit).

3. Bonshaw Ceilidh

Bonshaw’s monthly ceilidh is Sunday February 28th at the Bonshaw Community Centre (next to the Bonshaw Hall at the bridge)  in the afternoon from  2 – 4pm.  Our regulars welcome special guests Floyd Stretch (harmonica), Ian Stretch (story-teller), and the BUGS (Baptist Ukulele Group Singers). There is a 50/50 draw, lunch, and open stage time.
Admission by donation with this month’s proceeds going to Heart & Stroke Foundation of PEI. Please note that the March 28th Ceilidh will also be from 2-4pm.  For more information please call 675-2855, 675-4282, 675-4093.

4.  Show, Share & Sell: The give & receive ultimate marketing tool

Workshop: Two half-day session series

The power of face-to-face interactions is one of the best strategies for any business. This session is designed to help you present with confidence using one of the most underutilized marketing tools available. From Lunch n’ Learn sessions, service clubs, to association meetings there is opportunity to create awareness and have direct contact with a targeted market. Does the idea of presenting in front of a group sound just a bit scary? Don’t know where to begin? This session will help. Learn where opportunities are, present yourself with confidence, develop valuable content and information for audience, learn skills to authentically promote, includes action plan to get you there.

Two Half-Day Sessions
Summerside: Lefurgey Cultural Centre, 205 Prince Street

March 16 – 1 to 4pm and March 23 – 1 – to 4 pm.

Charlottetown: Rodd Royalty Inn

March 10th – 1 to 4pm and March 17th – 1 to 4pm

Only $149.00 for series

Registration deadline: March 1, 2010

Space is limited to ensure best learning experience.
Call or email me today if you have any questions and to book your special seat!
Cheers, Sherry



1. 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:

2.  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.

3.  PEIBWA Workshops

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.

4.  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.

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

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.

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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