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1. PEI Girls Parliament

Prince Edward Island Girls Parliament (PEIGP) is a model Parliament based on the Canadian Parliamentary system. This event is sponsored and organized by Girl Guides of Canada (PEI Council) in collaboration with the PEI Coalition for Women in

Government. Both Guiding members and non-members are welcome to participate.

PEIGP is designed to educate young women about Canadian Parliamentary procedure and the political process. The event’s goal is to help participants find their voice and to prepare them to take an active role in our democracy.

The three-day event will be a tremendous learning experience for delegates. Participants will begin the weekend with an informative tour of the Legislature. Delegates will learn debating and public speaking skills, and then have the opportunity to practice those skills on the floor of the house as they assume the roles of MLAs. In additions, the delegates will appoint various Parliamentary officers including an Honourary Lieutenant Governor, Speaker, and Sergeant at Arms.

We expect spirited debate as these young women represent the views of their respective parties. Five bills will be brought to the floor of the Legislature, including that the block to access certain internet sites at schools be removed, that all schools on PEI have mandatory school uniforms, and that a two-tiered minimum wage system be instituted.

Our hope is that delegates will forge new friendships at PEIGP, and return as delegates year after year. We intend to make this an annual event, continuing to welcome both members and non-members of Guiding to attend.

P.E.I’s first annual Girls’ Parliament is modeled on the very successful Alberta Girls’ Parliament, which a number of PEI Guiding members had the opportunity to attend and to join.

The P.E.I. Girls’ Parliament will take place May 6 to 9 at the provincial legislature in Charlottetown. The model parliament will include interesting discussions, debates and guest speakers. The cost is $50 for members of Girl Guides and $95 for non-members. All girls aged 14 to 18 are invited.

For more information, please call Girl Guide headquarters at 894-4936 or email

2.  4th Annual Island Baby Fair

Saturday, May 15, 2010 10 AM – 2 PM
Murphy’s Community Centre, Richmond Street, Charlottetown
Admission is free

Sponsored by the Pregnancy, Birth and Infancy Network of the PEI Children’s Secretariat.

Theme: Low cost ideas for raising your family

Valuable info on Pregnancy, Birth., Breastfeeding and Parenting from Island experts.

1 hour question and answer period with pediatrician Dr. Wong.


~Local, low cost cooking for your family with Margaret Prouse
~Breastfeeding with Melanie Walsh-Fraser, LLLC
~Preparing for your birth with Sherri MacWilliams and Sylvie Arsenault
~Photographing your children
~Homemade cleaning products with Aggi-Rose Reddin
~Gadgets & Gizmos: What do you really need to raise a healthy baby?


~Children’s yoga
~Infant massage

Children’s Activity Area with colouring, play doh, crafts and books. Entertainment by the Music Man, Michael Pendergast.

Story tent from the PEI Public Library

Healthy snacks – free

For more information please contact:
Sandy Nicholson 658-2798
To view the complete schedule-

3.  An Invitation from P.E.I. People First

Members of P.E.I. People First would like to invite you to take part in our Freedom Tour, which will be held in communities across the Island from May 3rd to 6th.

Monday, May 3rd – St. Paul’s Church Hall, Summerside – 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Film showing – The National Film Board of Canada documentary The Freedom Tour, with discussion and presentations by People First members. Music and refreshments.

Tuesday, May 4th – Elmsdale Community Centre – 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Film Showing – The Freedom Tour, followed by a workshop on rights and freedom and the reality for people with intellectual disabilities.

Wednesday, May 5th – Cavendish Wellness Centre, Montague – 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Film Showing – P.E.I. People First’s From Pillar to Post and presentations by People First members about what independence means to them. Music and refreshments.

Wednesday, May 5th – St. Mary’s Hall, Souris – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Film Showing – The Freedom Tour, with discussion of the importance of community support to stop admissions to institutions.

People First Members will speak of their personal accomplishments and the importance of speaking out for their rights.

Thursday, May 6th – Murphy’s Community Centre, Charlottetown – 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Interactive Workshop on Supported Decision-Making

Thursday, May 6th – Province House, Charlottetown – 4:00 p.m.

Closing Rally with music and speakers

For more information about the P.E.I. Freedom Tour, please call Barb Fanning or Melissa Good at 892-8989 or email

4.  Women ~ Honor Your Intrinsic Worth ~ Refresh ~ Renew ~ Nurture ~ Play

Joan McDonald & Alice Taylor invite you to RETREAT on Friday, May 7 & Saturday, May 8 till 5pm. Joan McDonald and Alice Taylor ~ Self Mastery Series founders and facilitators. Day rates or overnight accommodations are available at Retreat location, Marquerite Bourgeoys Centre (formerly St. Mary’s Convent). The Center is located at 284 Convent Street (corner of

Summer, Central, and Convent). The main entrance is off Convent Street. Parking is in the church parking lot and use the back door or the front door facing Convent Street.

Joan & Alice offered a sold out retreat for women last year on with the same themes of retreat, refresh, renew, nurture and honoring your intrinsic worth.

The retreat outline goes something like this:  Friday evening at 6pm the program starts and continues till 9:30pm when the Wine, Chocolate, Laughter Reception begins.  Reception included in retreat fee.

Saturday 8:30 morning session with coffee tea and treats
(Full Breakfast served prior to am session.)

Noon – Lunch served

1pm – afternoon session

4pm – closing ceremony

With busy lives and most often the role of care giver – with children, perhaps parents, or elderly relatives, friends, co-workers, staff – women can be TOO busy to nurture themselves. TOO busy to take essential time to renew and refresh a sense of one’s own self. A woman’s life can be so full, harried, that time for being simply you, connecting with your intrinsic self, dreams, needs, can be put off and put off some more.

And yet, without that connection with self, and without retreat to practice renewing one self, everyone suffers. The family, the relationships, the work environment, it all impacts on women and their health, as well as her wellness impacts these circles of her life.

So not only do you deserve it, it is required for wellness of relationships, work productivity and home life too. Your family needs you to have a retreat! (sometimes they need to be reminded too!)

To register call Joan McDonald 569 3944 or or call Alice Taylor 963 2882

Day Only rates available Overnight limited to 17 beds.
Refresh~Renew~Nurture~Honor Your Intrinsic Worth~Play

Kele Redmond
Heart Centered Productions
Vision ~ Strategy ~ Communications
902 894 5326 h/o
902 314 4678 c

5.  You are invited to the WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE.

Date:    Thursday, May 20, 2010
Venue: The Halifax Club, 1682 Hollis Street, Halifax

Attend this leading-edge conference and hear from top presenters:
CECILE BRAY, Vice President, People Development, Atlantic Lottery Corporation
DEBORAH BUSZARD, Professor & Associate Director, College of Sustainability, Dalhousie University
LAURA LEE LANGLEY, A/Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture & Heritage, Government of Nova Scotia
RUTH A. RAPPINI, Vice-President, Organizational Development, Medavie Blue Cross
BARBARA MEENS THISTLE, General Manager, Human Resources, Nova Scotia Power Inc.
HEATHER HOGG, Vice President, Commercial Financial Services, RBC
GISELA CARDWELL, District Vice President, Scotiabank
CHRISTA BROTHERS, Partner, Stewart McKelvey
TANYA SHAW WEEKS, President & CEO, Unique Solutions Design Ltd.
The Honourable DENISE PETERSON-RAFUSE, Minister of Community Services, Government of Nova Scotia;
Minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women Act (Keynote Speaker)

What conference attendees in other cities have said:
“I was impressed by the quality and relevance of speakers throughout the whole day. Every presenter was accomplished in their field, gave an interesting, well-presented talk and engaged well with the attendees with lots of time provided for discussion. The format at separate tables was comfortable and conducive to good interaction throughout the day. All in all,
the day exceeded my expectations and I left with much food for thought.”
– CINDY BROWN, Vice-President Communications, ICBC

“It was a privilege to participate in the Women in Leadership event as I got the chance to meet amazing women leaders who generously shared their insights and wisdom. A ‘must attend’!”
– NORMA DUBÉ, Assistant Deputy Minister, Women’s Issues, Executive Council Office, Government of New Brunswick

“The insights from the women were very powerful…Overall, very positive conference – I would recommend.”
– NORA DUKE, President and Chief Executive Officer, Fortis Properties Corporation

“The networking is excellent. The caliber of the participants and speakers is remarkable.”
– RENÉE LÉGARÉ, Senior Vice-President, People, Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA)

“I have been raving about the conference to everyone and telling them it is one of the best I have ever attended.”
– MILLY MEANEY, Director, Compliance and Enforcement, Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Government of NL

“Relevant topics for today’s business women, and a unique opportunity to obtain perspectives from different industries.”
– JENNIE MOUSHOS, Executive Vice-President, AXA Pacific Insurance Company

“The Women in Leadership Conference provides an excellent opportunity for women leaders in the community to share ideas, share successes, and seek input from peers on a wide range of business topics. The presentations are insightful and the conversation is rich. It was a pleasure to be part of the session in Victoria.”
– LAURA NASHMAN, CEO, BC Pension Corporation

“The conference brought together a number of leadership themes that were particularly timely for me – a great refresher as I go  back to work tomorrow to deal with a serious strategic challenge!”
– Dr. BONNIE NEUMAN, Vice-President , Student Services, Dalhousie University
Register 3 people at the same time and obtain a free registration for a 4th person.  Register today at:

Vicky Robert, Program Director, FCI-CWI Career Women Interaction

6. The Voices and Faces Project

The Voices and Faces Project is a national documentary project created to give voice and face to survivors of sexual violence, offering a sense of solidarity to those who have lived through rape and abuse while raising awareness of how this human rights and public health issue impacts victims, families and communities.

When:  May 13

Time:  7 pm – Presentation; 8 pm – Panel Discussion
Where:  Trinity United Church, 90 Spring St, Summerside
for more info call 902-368-6494.

7.   Baby Steps –  For You and Your Child!

Please join us for Baby Steps, a FREE weekly program for parents with children ages Birth – 5 years.

Baby Steps happens Wednesdays from 10 – 11:30am at St. Peter’s Consolidated School.

We also provide a supervised play space and access to helpful community resources in a relaxed, welcoming environment.
Baby Steps offers:
* Time to connect and share with families in your area
* Engaging play opportunities and ideas for you and your child
* Valuable information on topics relevant to you, such as:
● Toilet Learning
● Discipline
● Sleep Issues
● Infant Feeding
● Healthy Child Development
● Welcoming New Siblings…
… and Much More!

For more information, please call Sherri at the Morell Region Community Learning Centre (902)961-2642

A program sponsored by the Morell Region Community Learning Centre
Funded by the United Way of Prince Edward Island.



1.  Parent Education and Support Think Tank – May 12, 2010

The Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention, and the Children’s Secretariat on Healthy Child Development,

invite you to a Think Tank on Parent Education and Support.

When: Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 9 am – 4 pm
Where: Rodd Royalty Inn (Courtyard), Trans Canada Highway, Charlottetown
What: This will be a highly interactive day, with maximum opportunity for learning from each other. Facilitated discussions will be held to understand, build support, and take first steps toward a comprehensive approach to support and educate parents and caregivers. Please see the attached flyer for more detail.
How: Please RSVP to Cindy Ferguson at 368-5967 or by Monday, April 26th.

You are encouraged to share this notice with those who you feel would be interested in attending this event.  We hope to see  you on May 12th.

Philip Smith and Sarah Henry, for the Parent Education and Support Working Group

2.  Breakfast and Banter with Very Interesting Persons

returns on
Saturday, May 15, 2010 from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Memorial Hall, Confederation Centre of the Arts

This is the Voluntary Resource Council (VRC)’s third annual
fundraiser and we hope you’ll join us.  The Voluntary Resource Council
operates the Voluntary Resource Centre, a home for numerous small
community organizations.  Breakfast & Banter with VIPs is the only
annual VRC fundraising event.  The funds raised by the event are
essential to the continued operation of the VRC.

Tickets are $30.00 each and charitable receipts will be issued for
$15.00, and for all donations of $10.00 or more.

Charlottetown’s own Wade Lynch will be Master of Ceremonies.  Our 20
confirmed Very Interesting People include:  Peter Richards, David
Morrison, David Daughton, Austin Maclin, Jamie Gallant, Fiona Papps,
Laurie Brinklow, Shawn McCardle, Jeff Davidson, Joan Savage, Andrew
Sprague, Patrick Ledwell, John Barrett, Adam MacIsaac, Sally Goddard,
Mireille Eagan, Trish Cheverie, Keith Milligan, Ann Thurlow and Regis

We hope this year’s event will be even more successful and more fun!
The Confederation Centre of the Arts has promised to provide an
excellent breakfast buffet.  Silent and live auctions of art, crafts,
and other items donated by VRC supporters will add to the fun!

Tickets are available at the
Voluntary Resource Centre, 81 Prince St., Charlottetown, 368-7337.

3.  PEIBWA Workshops

Lunch and Learn – Summerside
Social Media Marketing
Presented by:  Kerry-Anne MacDougall, Insight Marketing

Social Media Marketing is the fastest growing movement in marketing today. You’ve heard about it and maybe even attempted it.  Social Media Marketing is no longer just a buzz word, but an important component in your marketing strategy and by this time next year, a vital part of that strategy.  The biggest mistake that businesses make is to jump in without the proper understanding of how it works.  Join Kerry-Anne MacDougall of Insight Marketing for this up-close look at what exactly social media marketing is, some of the more popular tools and sites available and most importantly, how to use it to engage your audience.

Location:   Loyalist Lakeview Resort, 195 Harbour Drive, Summerside
Date:       Thursday, May 6, 2010
Time:       12:00 – 1:30 pm
Cost:       $15 + GST for members, $20 + GST for non-members

To register, please contact Elizabeth Noonan by phone at (902) 436-0386 or by e-mail at

Registration deadline:  Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at 4:00 pm.


Lunch and Learn – Charlottetown
Impromptu Speaking: It’s Essential!
Presented by:  Gertrude DeBoer, Toast Masters PEI

We all know people who can get up in front of any group of people and speak, seemingly effortlessly. They are also the

people who get things done, who advance in their careers, and who seem to have an edge over those who are less secure in their communication skills.  You can become one of those who speak freely. You, too, can develop the necessary skills to help you advance in the business world and have better communication with your clients. Join us and learn tips on thinking quickly and speaking freely.

Location:   Rodd Royalty Inn, 14 Capital Dr. (formerly Trans-Canada Highway), Charlottetown
Date:       Tuesday, May 18, 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, May 14, 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.  The final configuration in the 2009/10 series of Arts Mixers at The Guild unfolds on April 28 at 4pm.

This event continues to grow in number and scope as artists from all genres participate either as a presenter or as patrons.

The mixer is an informal social gathering providing a networking opportunity with artists to learn about new and upcoming

events, meet new & established artists on the arts scene and find out what is going on in the arts community of PEI.

Presenters for April include Turquoise Shed (reinvented furniture with a eco-friendly finish) with Carly & Melissa, Tania Doucete promoting a new gallery opening during the summer of 2010 on Malpeque Road, Hester MacIsaac showcasing paint in acrylic, Carol Little (poet & novelist), Kele Redmond from Heart Centered Productions, and Renee Laprise showcasing mixed media, witchy art, abstract.

The free event is co-presented by The Buzz, Young at Heart Musical Theatre for Seniors and The Guild.  It is open to the public, however limited to those 19 years of age and over.

Anyone interested in presenting for future mixers can sign up on-site or contact Aaron Murphy, Event Liaison, for more information at 368-4479 or

For more information on The Guild, The Gallery@The Guild or a list of current and upcoming events, visit or call the box office at 620-3333.  The Guild is a non-profit cultural arts centre located at the corner of Richmond and Queen Streets in downtown Charlottetown.


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

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