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1.  PEI Conference “Contemporary Issues in Child & Adult Sexual Abuse”

The Provincial Child Sexual Abuse Advisory Committee is pleased to announce a conference entitled: “Contemporary Issues in Child & Adult Sexual Abuse”

The conference  which will be held May 6 & 7, 2010 at the Rodd Charlottetown will focus on the following three themes :
Child Sexual Exploitation & The Internet, Working with Survivors of Sexualized Violence in Canada’s Ethno-cultural Communities, and Understanding the Physical and Psychological Effects of Sexual Assault.

Registration Fee:  $75.00
Registration Deadline:  April 16, 2010
Seating is limited so please register early.
(single day registration is not available)

For More Information Contact:  Marya DesRoches at

2. PSA Workshop – Girls ages 9-15 years

BeYOUty Boot Camp – March Break 2010 March 17, Charlottetown, 102 Queen St., March 18, Summerside, Water Front Mall. All sessions 9-3pm. Developed & facilitated by Kelly Clements – Gennis of Think Feel Be – Empowerment Programs for Women and Girls. BeYOUty Boot Camp provides a fun filled day of activities designed for young girls and their developing self esteem. Imagine…your daughter venturing on a journey of self discovery that will inspire her to have the confidence to be herself. Whole Foods lunch and organic Go Green Smoothies snacks included. Pre-Registration required. Call 894 5326 or For more information

Press Release – For Immediate Release
Re-defining Beauty for Girls – From the Inside Out. Local social entrepentrepreneurmpowerment guide, Kelly Clements Gennis of Think Feel Be, is re-defining beauty for girls, from the inside out. Ms. Gennis is offering a day long workshop, during March break called BeYOUty Boot Camp for girls ages 9-15 years in Charlottetown, Summerside or Montague. “Girls are inundated with images of what is beauty, which is largely unrealistic, commercialized and a HollywHollywood’station of beauty. All of which is coming from the outside. I wish to re-define beauty as empowerment to think feel be you. Being beautiful is being confident and free to discover who you are, your own natural self, and to love and accept yourself for who you are.” says Kelly Clements Gennis. Camps are Charlottetown, March 17, Summerside, March 18, both sessions are from 9am till 3pm.

Gennis, prioritizes self discovery, self acceptance, relaxation techniques, positive self talk, and nutritional know how, in her empowerment programs. BeYOUty Boot Camp is a hands on, creative workshop for girls that offers fun and meaningful activities to develop girls’ confidence, insight, knowledge and wellness habits. A whole foods lunch made by the group along with Gennis’s Go Green Smoothies, made from organic ingredients, as snacks are all part of the workshop. Gennis says to parents, “Learning through creativity and hands on participation are cornerstones of my approach. Give the gift of empowerment to your daughter, you will never regret it. A confident girl with her own sense of who she is and with healthy nutritional values and habits, is a gift I want to give every family, and every girl.”

Gennis began her empowerment programs through Think Feel Be in 2008 for women first, however being a mother herself, she saw how her own negative body image and externalizing of stereotypical concepts of beauty were impacting her own child. Gennis became inspired to design programs for girls, by harnessing what she has learned from her own challenges and her role as a mother, and her relationship with her daughter. Gennis is also a trained Life Coach.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Call 894 5326 or to book a space. For more information

3.  Information Session for Women

An Information Session will be held on Thursday, March 25, 2010 at the Murphy Community Centre, 200 Richmond Street, Charlottetown, PEI. It will start at 7:00PM and is open to all women.

Wendy McGrath, Citizen Service Specialist – Canada Pension/Old Age Security will be the presenter.  Wendy will speak about the changes that will be coming into effect with the Canada Pension Act. She will also be providing information on credit splitting, old age pensions, and disability pensions.

This information will be helpful for anyone thinking of taking their Canada Pension at age 60 or 65 ( what are the benefits to each? ) and credit splitting. Credit splitting can be done when you are separating and at any age, you don’t have to wait until you are 60.

All of this information is vital to making informed decisions when considering your income for the rest of your life. Knowing what you are entitled to is a right! Come and hear Wendy – she will answer any questions you have / or / she can set up a one on one meeting at your convenience.

For further information contact:
Andy Lou Somers – 436-9856 – email:

This session is sponsored by the East Prince Women’s Information Centre and the Interministerial Women’s Secretariat, Province of Prince Edward Island.

4.  Vitality in Agriculture

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

PEI ADAPT Council AGM/Conference
Rodd Charlottetown Hotel
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Keynote Speakers:

Margaret Webb: Canada’s Broken Food System, Solutions for a Fix
Tom Gilbert, Centre for an Agricultural Economy: Cultivating Sustainability
Greg and Tania MacKenzie – Canadian Outstanding Young Farmers 2009
Eddie Dykerman, Chair PEI Agri-Food Alliance

Since 1999, the PEI ADAPT Council has been a ‘pathfinder’ for new ideas and sustainability. This conference an opportunity to capture the inspiration of the moment, network with progressive leaders and focus on the emerging issues that will define the future of agriculture and agri-food on Prince Edward Island.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION IS FREE and is open to anyone with an interest in the future of the Island s agriculture and agri-food production. However, pre-registration is necessary as space is limited.

To Register Call: 368-2005 or;

5. Public Screening – Awra Amba: Utopia in Ethiopia

The showing of Awra Amba: Utopia in Ethiopia which was postponed due to the storm has been re-scheduled for Wed March 24 at 7 PM.

Information follows:

There will be a public screening of Awra Amba: Utopia in Ethiopia, followed by a discussion, on Wednesday, March 24, at 7 p.m. in the Main Building Faculty Lounge at UPEI.

This screening is the Canadian premiere of the film, which is currently being distributed to film festivals world-wide. Cindy Hanson, of the UPEI Faculty of Education, has worked in Awra Amba and will facilitate the discussion after the showing. We will also have a direct link with the producer.

Awra Amba is an unusual and remarkable place situated in a rural, food insecure region of Ethiopia. The community has developed around goals of equality, hard work and non-violence. It demonstrates these goals by using local, indigenous knowledge in unique ways which include a culture of weaving, use of local building materials, and promotion of equality between men and women, and education for all.

Despite a history of persecution and personal strife, the community continues to grow, manage and operate in ways that model sustainability, caring and community development. As Zuma, one of the community leaders, says, “We have to find ways of living and working together, and that is what Awra Amba is all about.”

In a global world searching for models of equality and development, Awra Amba provides an unusual example. While world governments try to build millennium development villages, for example, Awra Amba provides an example without external aid.

A trailer for the film can be previewed on Write This Down Productions’ website or at

This screening is supported by WUSC, Cooper Institute, PEI Women’s Network, CUSO-VSO, Women’s Studies (UPEI) and UPEI Centre for Education Research.



1.  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,

2.  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

3.  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:

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.

4.  PEIBWA Workshops

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.


Workshop in Partnership with Profit Learn PEI & Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce

Market Research

Presented by:  Cam Beck, Beck Consulting Group

Do you really know what makes your customers tick?  This workshop offers a practical hands-on approach to market research for small business operators.  You will learn tools, tips and strategies for indentifying:

* Who your customers are
* Where they live
* What/when/how they buy
* Why they will buy from you rather than your competition
* And much more including the wonderful world of Statistics Canada information!

Location:       Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, 75 Kent Street, Charlottetown
Date:            Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Time:            1:30 – 4:30 pm
Cost:            $50 + GST

To register, please contact Kellyanne Roche at the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce by phone at (902) 628-2000 or by email at  Registration deadline:  Thursday, March 25, 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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PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women
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