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1.  2010 Family Expo

Family Place, in partnership with the Parent Support Network, is
hosting the Family Expo 2010!

Date:  Sunday June 20th (Fathers Day!)
Time:  12 noon to 4:00 pm

Location:   Credit Union Place, Summerside, PEI.

Family Place, in partnership with the Parent Support Network, is hosting the Family Expo 2010! on Sunday June 20th (Fathers Day!) from 12 noon to 4:00 pm at Credit Union Place, Summerside, PEI. This is the biggest family related expo on PEI!

A fantastic fun filled afternoon including:

– Information & display booths of interest to families – Educational
activities & hands on exhibits – Princess & Pirate Dress up
Emporium – Oceans Wild Whale & Shark Exhibit – Princess &
clown mascots – Mother Goose reading corner & puppet shows
by S’Side Rotary Library – Face painting – Cookie decorating –
Crown making – Gigantic Chuggy Choo Choo & Dragon
Bouncer Inflatables – Crafts for all ages – Toddler World play
centre (for children under three) – Owls Hollow Fun Land –
Bunny Trails Unusual Critters – Child sized miniature golf for the
whole family – Dinky Town, Lego Mania & Mega Blocks – Music
by Michael Pendergast – Magic shows by Mr. Magic – UFIT –
Contests – Diaper Dash, Marathon Mom and Dashing Daddies –
Door prizes and freebies galore!

Admission is free. We welcome donations to support the Take :30 Read with Me provincial hospital based literacy program.  Don’t miss one second of the fun at PEI Family Expo 2010!

Sunday June 20th (Fathers Day!) from 12 noon to 4:00 pm at
Credit Union Place, Summerside.

For more information, please contact:
Laura Quinn Graham or Jackie Peters at:
75 Central Street,
Summerside, PEI, C1N 3L2
Phone: 902-436-1348 Fax: 902-888-3954

2.   Fund raiser – Social
– Sunday, June 20

Let Them Eat Cake!!! is an evening of delicious cakes, great music and an art auction in support of Rock Barra Artist Retreat Center with special guest Chef Michael Smith. Sunday, June 20, 7:00 p.m. at the YLofts, corner of Euston and Prince St., Charlottetown. Tickets $10. are available at Brett’s Coffee Booth, in The Charlottetown Farmer’s Market, and at the door. For more information, call 838 2973 or email

3.    BREATH STROKES – For Healthy Lungs

Charlottetown, PEI – On March 29, 2009, Barb McNeill lost a dear friend, Arlene Lefurgey (nee Whelan) to lung disease.  Arlene was the youngest of six.  She adored her family and was a great friend to many people.  Arlene worked at Department of Veterans Affairs in Charlottetown until her illness made it impossible.  She suffered from an autoimmune disease called Dermatomyositis that attacked the connective tissue in her body and eventually attacked her lungs as well.  She died just three days before her fifty-first birthday.  On July 24th her friends and family will swim for her and those struggling to take a breath.

“When I swam the channel, there were many moments when catching my breath was hard…when I didn’t think I could carry on.  Back then I never thought about those for whom taking a single breath is harder than swimming the English Channel,” says well-known long distance swimmer and coach, Barb McNeill.  Barb made the decision to plan the Breath Strokes Relay in memory of Arlene with money raised going to the PEI Lung Association for its programs and services.

“Breath Strokes Relay is a fun team event.  As a team, we swim as many lengths as we can in 30 minutes to honour those people who can’t – because, for them, taking a breath is a daily challenge.  There will be food, fun, and music.  So join us, play in the leisure pool and on the slide, and watch while we take our “breath strokes”, encourages McNeill.

The Breath Strokes Relay will take place on July 24th (10:00 am – 12:00 noon) at the Credit Union Place in Summerside. Your support is genuinely appreciated.

For more information on the Breath Strokes Relay or to pledge a swimmer, visit the PEI Lung Association website at

4.    PEI Status of Women Council Vacancy

Are you committed to women’s equality? Are you interested in bringing the equality issues and concerns of your community to government’s attention and in helping guide the PEI Status of Women Council in its work? This could be the opportunity you’ve been looking for!

In December 2010, three of nine Council member positions will be vacant. Government will appoint women to Council who have demonstrated a commitment to women’s equality who represent the regional, cultural, and ethnic diversity of PEI women, including groups such as women of colour, young, lesbian, Aboriginal, Francophone, low income, senior women or women with a disability.

Applications to sit on Council can be made through Participate PEI, administered by the Executive Council Office. Beginning September 2010, applications must be received 2 months before a vacancy. Applications are available on-line at or call the Executive Council Office at (902) 368-4502.

The PEI Status of Women Council works for equality and supports women’s full and active participation in social, legal, cultural, economic, and political spheres of life. The Council began in 1975 as an Order-In-Council. In 1988, it received full legislative standing with the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women Act. It is an arms-length provincial government advisory agency, serving as a bridge between community and government. Council meets six times a year.

A visit to the Status of Women website at will give you a glimpse of some of the work the Council has been doing in recent years. In addition to making recommendations to government in policy and legislation to benefit the lives of Island women, girls and their families, Council initiates and participates in events and projects that benefit women.

One of Council’s most public initiatives is the annual Purple Ribbon Campaign, to raise awareness about violence against women and children. Council also partners with many groups including the Working Group for a Livable Income, the planning committee for International Women’s Day, the Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention and the PEI Victim Services Advisory Board.

If you would like more information on becoming a member of the Advisory Council on the Status of Women, please email or call (902) 368-4510.

5.   Website Launch – PEI Partners for Community Safety

The PEI Partners for Community Safety are proud to announce the official launch of their website on June 16, 2010. Check it out at

The site contains resources for community safety, including tools for providing crime prevention leadership in Island communities. Communication materials from the Partners are available in Adobe PDF format in the Newsletters and Publications section and there are numerous links to web sites related to community safety.

The What’s New page has activities for children, as well as information on upcoming events, presentations, workshops and conferences in the Atlantic provinces.

The Partners hope that this site will become a valuable resource to both residents and visitors to PEI and they welcome comments and feedback on the site.

Justice Resource Service
Office of the Attorney General and Public Safety
Phone: (902) 368-4583

6.   Honor for Island Artist for Gaelic Recording

Teresa Doyle, PEI’s own jazz and Celtic award winning recording artist, has been bestowed the unique honor of being the only musician outside of Ireland to be included in a recent Irish release entitled, Gaisce for Arusha. Released by Amergin Music in Kerry Co. Ireland, Doyle’s song, Suantrai, a song from her award winning album Orrachan, was selected by producer Tomas O’Sullivan. Doyle, joins some of Kerry’s finest musicians including singer Una Flynn and O’Sullivan, a uilleann piper, in this collection of 20 tracks. O’Sullivan explains, “Teresa performed here (Kerry, Ireland) on her last Irish tour, and I had the pleasure of playing and improvising with her. Teresa’s Gaelic material was well received which lead me in part to asking her to contribute to this recording.”

Doyle divides her time between her two musical passions, Celtic and jazz. She receives  invitations to perform from her Celtic repertoire across the Island and the country with upcoming tours in the Yukon, Ontairo, and the New England states. Although Doyle can trace her ancestral roots to Wexford Co. Ireland, singing Gaelic in Ireland is another matter altogether. “I am thrilled to be on this record. I was a bit tentative about singing Gaelic in Ireland, but was warmly received and encouraged to continue. Being on this CD is the icing on the cake. I can’t wait to go back.” Doyle says, of what she is calling, a most honorable accolade.

Kele Redmond
Join the Heart Centered Generation



1.   Through the portal of nature into created worlds:  a writing workshop with Deirdre Kessler

U.P.E.I. Faculty Lounge, Main Building,
Wednesday, June 23, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

The natural world will be the touchstone for a number of timed writing exercises presented during the workshop.

We will explore memory and experience, sudden insights and slow intuitive knowings.

Excerpts from the journals, novels, and poetry of L.M. Montgomery will provide inspiration and example, and specimens of late-June P.E. Island flora will provide sight, scent, and tactility to accompany aspects of the afternoon’s writing practice.

The workshop is open to writers at all levels of development who are interested in life writing, poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, or children’s stories.

To register, contact:
Cynthia Dennis ( or
Katherine MacDonald (
or call 902-628-4346

Deirdre Kessler is a Charlottetown-based writer and teacher. Her collection of poetry, AFTERNOON HORSES, was published in October 2009. Deirdre Kessler received the UPEI 2010 Merit Award for Teaching Excellence by a Sessional Lecturer. She teaches creative writing, children’s literature, and a course on L.M. Montgomery with the English Department of the University of Prince Edward Island. She is author of five novels and six picture books for children, including the Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice Award-winning BRUPP RIDES AGAIN and LOBSTER IN MY POCKET.  Her adult short stories and poems have been published in a  number of collections, including _Gifts to Last_ (Goose Lane) and _Landmarks: An Anthology
of New Atlantic Canadian Poetry of the Land_ (Acorn Press).

For further information about the facilitator:

2.  An Evening of “ME FIRST” June 24, 2010 – treat yourself to an evening featuring award winning Canadian author Betty Healey.

Betty will discuss the important themes in her most recent book “ME FIRST – If I Should Wake Before I Die” :
– placing yourself back on your own priority list
– becoming clear on what it is you want from life
– learning to set appropriate boundaries with others
– stepping into unlimited personal power… and more….

Join Betty and friends at Beanz Espresso Bar & Café, 35 University Avenue, Charlottetown on June 24, 6:30 – 8:30 PM for an evening that will be part storytelling and part discussion followed by a book signing.

For more information contact Joan – or ((02) 569-3944


One Day Retreat – ME FIRST – If I Should Wake Before I Die

Friday, June 25, 2010 or  Saturday June 26 (Filled)
– 8:30AM – 4:30 PM
– Meet & Greet @ 8:00 AM.

Through the ME FIRST experience you will:
– Journey through The Seven Directions of Awakening
– Set clear intentions regarding what you want/what is perfect for you
– Learn the practice of selfness
– Develop your Personal Guidance System (PGS)
– Learn to see yourself through the practice of Acknowledgement

Retreat Facilitators – Betty Healey & Jim Healey,
Location: Mermaid, PEI (directions provided with registration)
Retreat Cost: – Before June 15, 2010 – $149
After June 15 – $179 (Registration fee is non-refundable)
Program includes ME FIRST book, journal, lunch and snacks

To register or for information contact Joan at or (902) 569-3944

3.    You  are invited to

PEI Citizen Advocacy’s
Annual General Meeting

An update on Guardianship and Supported Decision Making Legislation on PEI in light of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities with Donna Langille of the Community Legal Information Association

And a panel of self advocates talking about decision making

7.00 p.m.  Wednesday, June 23rd
Murphy’s Community Centre
200 Richmond St. Charlottetown

Everyone welcome!    wheelchair accessible.  If you need a ride, call the CA office at 566-3523.

4.   2010 Hilda Ramsay Day Fundraiser – Friday, June 18

with Michelle Landsberg
“Articulate, tenacious, progressive and persuasive, award-winning Toronto
Star columnist Michele Landsberg is one of Canada’s best known feminists
and social justice activists.”– Distinguished Visitor in Women’s Studies,
University of Windsor

The Dunes Studio Gallery in Brackley Beach
Friday, June 18, 2010
6:30 pm cash bar reception
7:30 p.m. ‘Moveable Feast’ buffet

Silent & live auction with auctioneer
Dr. Fiona Papps

Silver tickets $55 (includes $20 tax receipt)
Gold tickets $75 (includes $40 tax receipt)

For tickets or information, call New Democrat Party office 892-1930 or email

Funds support New Democrat women candidates.

5.   PEIBWA Workshops

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.


Profit Learn Workshop- Stanley Bridge
Customer Service for Front-Line Staff
Presenter: Bill Martin

Exceptional customer service will help you win and keep well-satisfied customers. Excellent experiences in your business bring customers back and give them good things to tell about you. Front-line staff should flock to this workshop. Learn about: techniques to connect with your customers, who your customers are, what quality service means, dealing with difficult customers, and much more.

Location:       Stanley Bridge Country Resort, Stanley Bridge
Date:            Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Time:            1:30pm- 4:30pm
Cost:            $52.50 (includes GST)

To register, please contact Jessica Bradley by phone at (902) 892-6040 or by e-mail at  Registration deadline: Tuesday June 22, 2010 at 4:00pm.

Lunch and Learn – Alberton
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 that 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: CBDC West Prince Ventures, 455 Main Street, Alberton
Date: Wednesday, June 30
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Cost: $15 + GST for members, $20 + GST for non-members

To register, please contact Paula Laybolt by e-mail at or by phone at (902) 892-6040. Registration deadline: Monday, June 28, 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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