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1.  Survey on Chemical Exposure and Women’s Health

What: The National Network on Environments and Women’s Health, in collaboration with the Canadian Women’s Health Network, is conducting a survey on people’s daily exposures to chemicals. We are trying to gather information from as broad a range of people in Canada as possible, with a particular interest in responses from women.

The survey will be on line until March 24th. Please fill it in and encourage others to do so as well (it only takes a few minutes). The results from the survey, which we will make known to Health Canada, will be published on our websites some time later in the spring.

Here are the links to the surveys in English and French.



2.  Bonshaw Ceilidh

Bonshaw’s monthly ceilidh is Sunday March 28th at the Bonshaw Community Centre (next to the Bonshaw Hall at the bridge) in the afternoon from 2-4 pm.  Our regulars welcome special guests: singer Aaron Waite (featured in The January Buzz p. 41 ‘Country Prose’ ), fine fiddler Matthew Reid from Donagh, and fancy stepdancer and singer Paige LeClair from New Haven. There is a 50/50 draw, lunch, and open stage time.

Admission by donation with this month’s proceeds going to support the renovations on the Bonshaw Hall.

Please note that the April 25th Ceilidh will be in the Bonshaw Hall from 7-9pm with proceeds to the Parkinson Society. We continue there on the last Sunday of every month right up to November.

For more information please call 675-2855, 675-4282, 675-4093

3.  Bingo for Citizen Advocacy

All friends of PEI Citizen Advocacy,


On Tuesday, March 30th, 7.00 p.m. PEI Citizen Advocacy’s annual prize bingo fundraiser will take place at Bingo Country on Riverside Drive…..with prizes valued at over $3,000 .

This is a fun evening for everyone, even if you’ve never played bingo before! The celebrity caller will be KIRK MACKINNON of Ocean 100.

Only $20 for admission and cards. Please come along, have a lot of fun and support a great cause!

For more information call Rosalind at 566-3523 or email at

4.  Survey on Parent Perspectives of Early Intervention Services in the Atlantic Provinces

The Centre of Excellence for Children and Adolescents with Special Needs in partnership with Mount Saint Vincent University and Memorial University has recently been involved in the development of a research study concerning parental perspectives of Early Intervention Services in the Atlantic Provinces.

While originally the data collection process was anticipated to be completed by February, 2010, the research survey will remain open until the end of March, 2010. The survey takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and may be completed online at, over the telephone or by mail. All information obtained is confidential and private. The goal of the survey is to obtain information concerning the access, use and impact of Early Intervention Services throughout the Atlantic Provinces to aid future parents of children with special needs.

If you have any additional questions concerning the survey, please do not hesitate to contact Emily King, Site Coordinator, Centre of Excellence for Children and Adolescents with Special Needs at 902-457-6585 or e-mail



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.  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.

3.  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;

4. 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.

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:

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 – 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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