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1. “Getting Started”: Running in Municipal Elections

Over the next 3 years, the PEI Coalition for Women in Government will be providing a series of skills-building workshops for women interested in running for elected office.

Municipal elections for Charlottetown, Summerside, Stratford, and Cornwall are coming up on November 1, 2010 and with this in mind, the first “Mini-Campaign school” will focus on running for municipal office.

This day-long session, being held on Saturday, June 5, will give participants the opportunity to connect with successful women candidates and learn about putting together a campaign, communicating with voters, Elections PEI regulations, and getting the vote out.

Women interested in running for elected office or in actively supporting a women candidate can register on-line at

For more information contact:
Sandy Kowalik

2.  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.


Advocacy Workshop
This workshop will demonstrate the need for us to influecne public opinion, providing balance to what is currently often a lopsided and harmful portrayal of the reality of sexual violence. It will offer specific steps to show how we can make our points, educate and persuade more easily in today’s media environment.

When: Friday May 14, 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Where: Trinity United Church, 220 Richmond St, Charlottetown
Registration is free, but seating is limited. Please e-mail or call 566-1864 to reserve a spot.

3.  The PEI Food Security Network

is hosting a

Making It Fair
A closer look at fair trade and sustainable food systems

Thursday, May 20, 2010  from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00  p.m.
at the Farm Centre
420 University Avenue, Charlottetown

Ann Wheatley on Developing a Domestic Fair Trade System for Food Products
Scott Sinclair on Government Trade Restrictions: An Obstacle for a Domestic Fair trade
Irené Novaczek,, Pamela Courtney-Hall and Jake Bartlett on the PEI-Ontario Food Security Indicators Project, Food Counts

Lunch provided, free of charge
Limited subsidies for travel and child/elder care available on request

Pre-registration deadline: Friday, May 14, 2010
To register: phone Cooper Institute 894-4573 or by email:
Indicate any special needs with regard to food.

4.  PRH Workshops offered by Sr. Myrna Aylward May 2010

The Power of Feelings
(The positive strength of my feelings and what they tell me)
What you feel often makes you feel excited, energized, uneasy, anxious, etc.  To explore these feelings will help you understand why you feel this way in specific circumstances.  You can then work to either increase these positive feelings and/or ease those that cause you anxiety and pain. The results are a more peaceful and happier you. Dates: Three Mondays, May 3, 10, &17.
Time: 7:00- 9:00 pm.   Cost: $80.00.  Contact: 902 892-6585

Discovering The Core of My Identity
An insightful workshop that helps us to name and own aspects of ourselves will increase our chances of making personal progress and discovering the meaning of our lives!  Come and find out how!   Dates: Four Thursdays, May 6, 13, 20, & 27. Time: 7:00 – 9:30pm.  Cost:  $120.00.
Contact: 902 892-6585

A Constructive Approach to My Problems and Sufferings
Are you tired of getting the same old results when dealing with problems?  Do you want to find a way that will help make your life better?  This workshop introduces you to tools that will bring you more positive results. Come and discover a better way.  Dates:  May 7/8.  Friday, (7:00-9:00 pm) & Saturday (9:00 am-4:00 pm).  Cost:  $100.00.
Contact: 902 892-6585

Challenging Myself to Live More Fully
In order to know myself better and to live better, I need to become more aware of what helps me and what bothers me in my present way of leading my life.  This workshop will give me tools to progress towards wholeness and happiness in my day to day living.  Dates:  Two Wed. May 12 & 19. Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm.  Cost:  $50.00. 902 892-6585

Growing in Self-Confidence
Greater self-confidence is something that we all desire for ourselves.  In this workshop we takes a look at areas of our lives where we feel confident and self-assured, and areas where we do not. Then we will try to determine how we can become more confident, so as to live freely in all areas of our lives.  Date:   Wednesday, May 26.  Time: 7:00-9:00 pm.  Cost:  $25.00.
Contact: 902 892-6585

5.  Opening Books to Open Doors – A Celebration of Reading and Writing

1:30 – 3:30, Saturday, May 15, at Cornwall United Church Hall, 9 Cornwall Road. Open to all and free of charge. Drop in and stay as long as you want. Take in a lot or take in a little. Just open the door.

On the afternoon of Saturday, May 15 we invite children and their families to come and celebrate the wonder and joy of reading and writing with four noted Island children’s authors – Laurie Brinklow, Deirdre Kessler, Nancy Russell and Shannon Murray. There’ll be a craft table, live music, and displays by the PEI Libraries, PEI Literacy Alliance and others.

You’ll also find information there about the work of the Central Asia Institute building schools to educate Muslim girls in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan, work described in the books of Greg Mortenson (Three Cups of Tea, – adult and youth – and Listen to the Wind – children). If you’d like to, you’ll have an opportunity to give some financial support to those projects.

6.   SAS House Incorporated  ~ 3-Bedroom Apartment Now Available

Currently, there is a 3-bedroom apartment available with SAS House Incorporated.  SAS House Incorporated is a not-for-profit social housing project for mother-led families and non-elderly single women under 65 years of age.  The apartment building is quiet and located in Charlottetown consisting of 9 units (1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments).  Applicants considered for housing, will be required to meet the program eligibility criteria.  Monthly rent is geared-to-income (25% of gross income) and includes: heat, laundry facilities, fridge/stove, security building, parking, snow removal service, and storage.  No pets.  Damage deposit required.

Housing application forms are available at the Voluntary Resource Council (VRC), 81 Prince Street, Charlottetown, PE C1A 4R3.  Please phone the VRC at 368-7337 prior to picking up an application form.  All housing applications will be kept on file for future consideration.

7.   Transformational Journal Writing Workshop

PEI School of the Arts
Gulf Shore School, overlooking the fishing village and beach of North Rustico
July 5 – 9, 2010
Facilitated by Dianne Hicks Morrow
Kindred Spirits: Relationships that Spark the Soul (non-fiction) and Long Reach Home (poetry)

This workshop will help you write new material in your own true voice, in a lively way that will keep you writing long after you go home. You will be given tools to develop your writing voice, whether or not you already keep a journal. Workshop participants will also explore ways to transform their new or old journal entries into other forms of writing of their choice such as: memoir, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and/or plays. Participants will have the opportunity to read their writing for group feedback, using agreed-upon guidelines.  Registration fee is $300 for the 30 hours. The workshop is limited to the first ten registrants. For more information please go to or contact



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’s Retreat/Workshop

The New Self Esteem for Women Retreat hosted by The Self Mastery Series – Joan McDonald and Alice Taylor, invites you to refresh, renew, nourish yourself in the company of women honoring their intrinsic worth. Friday, May 7, 6pm – Saturday, May 8 4:30pm at the Marguerite Bourgeoys Centre (formerly St. Mary’s Convent) in Summerside, on 284 Convent Street (corner of Summer, Central, and Convent). Friday evening after the introductory session, enjoy Wine, Chocolate & Laughter reception. Great gift idea for Mom’s or a new Graduate, a chance to luxuriate and retreat. Pre-Registration is required, space limited, call Joan McDonald 569 3944 or or Alice Taylor 963 2882 Day Only rates available. Refresh Renew Nurture Honor Your Intrinsic Worth Play.

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

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. 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.

7.  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

8.  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.

9.  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.


Lunch and Learn – Charlottetown

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:       Rodd Royalty Inn, 14 Capital Dr. (formerly Trans-Canada Highway), Charlottetown
Date:            Tuesday, June 15, 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, June 11, 2010 at 4:00 p.m.


Lunch and Learn – Summerside

Today’s Telephone Etiquette
Presented By:  Mary Jane Copps, The Phone Lady

Approximately one out of every five business phone calls made each day in North America loses a company money.  Some of these phone calls could belong to you.  In our over-achieving, endless to-do-list, hectic business life, we are neglecting our most powerful communications and marketing tool – the telephone.  And our ability to establish and maintain long-term relationships with customers is being compromised.

The Phone Lady will introduce you to the psychology of a phone call – how each element of the call contributes to the growth and branding of your business.  From answering the phone to leaving messages and from active listening to subtle interviewing, these essential telephone skills are a must-have for anybody and everybody.

When you improve your ability to communicate effectively on the phone, you increase your productivity, expand your customer base and contribute to positive brand awareness.

Location:       Loyalist Lakeview Resort, 195 Harbour Drive, Summerside
Date:            Thursday, June 24, 2010
Time:            12 noon – 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, June 22, 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.

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 .  If you do not wish to receive this weekly community notice, please reply and let us know by typing – Unsubscribe – in the  subject line.

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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