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1.  Tomorrow, March 6 – Ruth Mathiang will Headline International Women’s Day Celebration, 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm, at The Guild

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 an entertaining and distinctly feminist game – “Eve’s Quest” – that will challenge participants knowledge of women’s history, arts, myths and wisdom. 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. Refreshments will be served and there will be a cash bar.  For more information, contact Cooper Institute, 894-4573 or

This event is organized by the International Women’s Day Committee, which  includes Cooper Institute, Women’s Network P.E.I., the Advisory Council on the Status of Women, CUSO-VSO, P.E.I. Federation of Labour, the InterMinisterial Women’s Secretariat and the P.E.I. Rape and Sexual Assault Centre and the support of the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation and CUPE.

2.  Challenges and Opportunities: Creating a Vision for the Next 50 Years

The Institute of Island Studies and MP Shawn Murphy of Charlottetown are co-hosting a public engagement event “Challenges and Opportunities: the Next 50 Years” as a way of engaging Islanders in the process of envisioning a future where our society, environment and economy can be more vibrant, progressive and sustainable. To get there from here necessarily involves coming to grips with some serious challenges, notably the inevitable near term fiscal constraints of all levels of government in this period of burgeoning health care and education costs; our ageing population; and the vulnerability of Island life to impacts of climate change and other environmental threats. On the other hand, we have enviable human, cultural and natural resources, not least of which are the vision and energy of young people and the wisdom of our elders, that will help us cope with future challenges and capitalize on emerging opportunities.

This public forum, will be held on 16 March, 2010, beginning at 6:30 PM, in the theatre of the Carrefour de l’Isle-Saint-Jean, 5 Acadian Drive, Charlottetown.

A panel of exciting speakers have been invited to envision the future of the Island and will identify current strengths and future opportunities for building a more vibrant, progressive and sustainable Island society. They will speak on the themes of economy, environment, health, education, arts and culture, taking into consideration some of the challenges we face on Prince Edward Island : fiscal constraints, an ageing population, and environmental change.

Forum participants will then have an opportunity to work in small groups to discuss and enrich these themes, and then report back with key ideas that can move the Island forward. We look forward to an exciting and productive event that will provide food for thought and action.

For further information please contact coordinator Dianne Porter 892-4923,



1.  Environment Minister Richard Brown to speak at Meeting

Environment Minister Richard Brown will be the guest speaker at the Annual General Meeting of the PEI Environmental Health Co-op on Tuesday March 9th, 7pm at Colonel Grey High School in the lecture theatre (use the south entrance).  Minister Brown will speak on the topic of the new lawn pesticide legislation and regulations which will come into effect on April 1st. There will be ample time for questions. The presentation will be followed at 8:30 by a brief annual meeting of the PEIEHC. Storm date will be Wednesday March 10th.  For more information call 675-4093 or email

The PEI Environmental Health Co-op was founded in 2002 to provide support to people with environmental sensitivities, to do public education on related issues and to work for public policy that enhances public health and the health of the environment. Yearly membership is $10.  Visit our web site at

2.  The RCMP has a need for female Mounties!

RCMP Career Presentation for Women

La version française suit.

The RCMP is hosting a Career Presentation tailored to women on March 11, 2010 at 6:00 PM at the University of Prince Edward Island.  As an employer of choice for more than 27,000 women and men, the RCMP offers a career like no other.

The event will feature a number of female RCMP members from a variety of specialized units and backgrounds who will share real-life experiences. This will be a great opportunity for women who attend to speak with members of the RCMP about work/life balance, roles/responsibilities, application process, training, Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (PARE) and opportunities.

Women interested in a challenging career with vast opportunities should not miss the RCMP Career Presentation.

When? Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 6:00 PM
Where? University of Prince Edward Island, McDougall Hall, Room
242 (School of Business Centre), Charlottetown, PE

Information and Registration (seats are limited):
Constable Dan
RCMP Proactive Recruitment Officer
Tel.: (902) 566-7243
Cell: (902) 393-5158
Web site:



La GRC veut embaucher davantage de policières !
Séance d’information pour les femmes au sujet des carrières à la GRC

La GRC présente une séance d’information, spécialement conçue pour
les femmes, au sujet de ses carrières le 11 mars 2010 à 18 h, à
l’Université de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard.  À titre d’employeur de
choix de plus de 27 000 femmes et hommes, la GRC promet une carrière
sans pareil.

Des policières de la GRC d’une variété d’unités spécialisées et de
milieux partageront leurs expériences professionnelles. Les
participantes auront ainsi l’occasion d’échanger avec ces femmes au
sujet de la conciliation travail-vie personnelle, des rôles et
responsabilités, du processus de demande d’emploi, de la formation, du
Test d’aptitudes physiques essentielles (TAPE) ainsi que des débouchés.

Les femmes intéressées à une enrichissante carrière qui offre de vastes
possibilités sont invitées à participer à la Séance d’information au
sujet des carrières à la GRC.
Quand ? Le jeudi 11 mars 2010 à 18 h
Où ? À l’Université de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard, pavillon
MacDougall, pièce 242 (School of Business Centre), Charlottetown,

Renseignements et inscription (les places sont limitées) :
Dan MacDonald,
Coordonnateur du recrutement, GRC
Tél. : (902) 566-7243
Cell. : (902) 393-5158
Courriel :
Site Web :

3.  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

4.  IBS/PEI Social Forum, Tuesday, March 9, 2010, 7:00 p.m.

(Please note the date change.  This forum was originally advertised for March 8 )

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:

5.  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.

6.  PEIBWA Workshops

Lunch and Learn – Summerside

Generating Positive Publicity
Presented By: Lori Mayne, writer, educator, professional communicator, and former journalist

Do you cringe when a reporter calls? Do you wonder why your business doesn’t get coverage from local media?  This session will give you tips on dealing effectively with the media and generating positive publicity for your business. You will learn how to attract media coverage, identify potential media opportunities, craft a press release, and direct a media interview.

Location:       Loyalist Lakeview Resort, 195 Harbour Drive, Summerside
Date:            Thursday, March 11, 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, March 9, 2010 at 4:00 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.


Lunch and Learn – Summerside

Intellectual Property as a Tool for Innovation

Presenter: Cecile Klein, Canadian Intellectual Property Office

Your intellectual property (IP) is one of your most valuable business assets.  When used strategically in your business, it can increase your competitiveness and allow you to reap numerous benefits.  But before you go any further, it is crucial you understand what IP really is. This presentation will introduce you to the basic principles of the Canadian IP system, administered for the most part by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), and will show you how IP can become your best ally when integrated into your business.  Topics that will be covered are:  Patents, Trade-marks, Copyrights, Industrial Designs and Integrated Circuit Topography.

Location:       Loyalist Lakeview Resort, 195 Harbour Drive, Summerside
Date:            Thursday, April 29, 2010
Time:            12:00 – 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, April 27, 2010 at 4:00 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.


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.

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