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1.    PEI Status of Women Recently Released its 2010 Interim Trends Report

On June 24, the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women released its 2010 Interim Trends Report, a mid-term assessment between the 2009 Equality Report Card and next year’s 2011 Equality Report Card.  Report cards highlight government action and inaction towards women’s equality goals.

To view the report, media release and the opinion-editorial, “2010 Interim Trends Report: Steps Being Taken In The Right Direction,” click on the links under EQUALITY REPORT CARD INTERIM TRENDS REPORT 2010 on the front page of our website, at the address below:


1.  Introductory Workshop

Sunday, July 4,  9 am to 1 pm


Led by Adela Gorodzinsky, M.Ed, CBT, CCC, CTP,   Senior Trager Practitioner, Tutor, and Mentastics®  Teacher

This 4-Hour INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP will give you the opportunity to:

– Learn the principles of Trager, its indications and contra-indications

– Experience Mentastics (gentle movement explorations method)

– Listen to the story of the origin of Trager

– Experience working with each other in the Trager way: What can be lighter……..?


This workshop fulfills one of the two pre-requisites for entry into the Trager Certification program

Place:   The Path,  344  University Ave, Charlottetown
Registration: $60
For further info or to see if any spaces are left: or (519) 642 – 1966.

2.  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

3.    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.


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.

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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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