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1.  You are Invited! Event is happening today….

Join the AfriGrand Caravan!!!

For the first time, individuals in 40 Communities from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Victoria, British Columbia will be able to connect directly with African women at the heart of grassroots efforts to turn the tide of AIDS – and we would love you to be there!

Information on Summerside AfriGrand Caravan Events:

Date:   Friday September 10

Time: 7 pm followed by reception at 8 pm

Location: Loyalist Lakeview Resort 195 Harbour Drive Summerside

For More Information Contact:  Helen MacDonald  or call Pat Poirier        902 -437-2873 or 902- 436-0058.

What is the AfriGrand Caravan?

From September to November, the Stephen Lewis Foundation will travel across the country – visiting 40 communities – with African grandmothers and granddaughters.

The AfriGrand Caravan will create a forum for the Africans to tell their stories, share their strategies, and talk about their challenges and triumphs in dealing with the ravages of AIDS.

Hundreds of thousands of Canadians have been inspired by the courage and resilience of women, men and young people on the frontlines of the AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa.  The AfriGrand Caravan is a response to their outpouring of concern, compassion and commitment.

This is an exciting and unique opportunity for people across Canada to connect directly with African women and girls at the heart of grassroots efforts to turn the tide of AIDS.

There are so many ways YOU can get involved!

* Attend your local AfriGrand Caravan event
* Encourage your family, friends, colleagues and grandmothers and granddaughters to participate.
* Invite people from neighbouring communities.
* Join the movement and organize the Caravan with us.

For more information on AfriGrand Caravan events happening across the country, visit

The AfriGrand Caravan is proudly supported by the Canadian Auto Workers, CIBC, Aeroplan, and the Communication, Energy and Paperworkers Union.  The AfriGrand Caravan vehicle is courtesy of Chrysler.

2.  “Getting Started”: Running in Municipal Elections – September 18

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, September 18, 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

3.  Separation and Divorce Expo

Community Legal Information Association is hosting a Separation and Divorce Expo. Islanders will be able to meet service providers who can help when facing separation or divorce. Participants will be able to visit booths, listen to information sessions, and talk one-on-one with professionals.

September 17th: 3:00pm – 8:00pm (men only)

September 18th: 9:00am – 2:00pm (women only)

The Courtyard, Rodd Royalty Inn and Suites, Charlottetown, PEI

Admission $2.00 or $1.00 with a coupon from our website:

4.    5th Annual Dikita Women’s festival

The Maritime Centre for African Dance (MCAD) was founded in 2005 and is an organization dedicated to teaching, sharing and promoting African Culture to children, youth and adults across Canada. To date, MCAD has taught well over 200,000 people in schools, community centres, camps and programs. MCAD was formed to address the lack of traditional cultural representation in the form of traditional dance in Canada. MCAD is a collective of individuals from the South, North, West and East of Africa who are trained in traditional dance.

MCAD Adult Troupe was recently most noted for being the only Canadian Group chosen to perform at President Obama’s African Inaugural Ball held in Washington, DC in January 2008.

The Maritime Centre for African Dance will be hosting its 5th annual Dikita International Women’s Festival, October 1st and 2nd at The Fredericton Arts and Learning Centre, in Fredericton, New Brunswick. The Festival is held for women and by women. This is a two day exploration of various forms of culture-specific dance addressing issues of dance as a vehicle for cross-cultural understanding, dance as a path for personal growth, dance as a means of social engagement and dance for wellness.  The festival will feature women from all across the Maritimes, especially Nova Scotia.

On Friday, the Opening ceremonies, (for 2 hours), will include a panel of speakers from women’s organizations and the dance community alongside some local dance groups including Flamenco and African Dance. Saturday will include a warm up, classes in various forms of traditional dance and discussion groups. The workshops will be hosted by various artists schooled in African dance, miqmaq dance, yoga and more. Saturday evening will end with a dinner and dance for all the participants and their guests.

There is no age limit for the Dikita Women’s Festival. This event is open to all women of any age who are interested in learning about culture, and fosters a network of women from different socio economic backgrounds. MCAD has partnered with organizations such as the Elizabeth Fry Society and the Women’s Employment Centre among other community organizations to bring women from different backgrounds to attend this event. We are expecting 40 women to attend this event.

Dikita comes from the shone word, (from Zimbabwe, Southern Africa) meaning Sweat. Not only will this be an active weekend, but also educational and cultural weekend.


To encourage a team of inspired and motivated staff, (office staff, drummers and dancers), who are dedicated to promoting and sharing African culture, through authentic African cultural performances, classes, camps, DVDS, competitions and discussion panels in communities across Canada and the World, while providing superior customer service.

5.  PEIBWA Lunch and Learn and Special Events

2010 Women in Business Symposium
“Embracing Change:  An Open Mind Opens Doors”
Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

We hope you have marked Tuesday, November 2nd and plan to attend this great event. Registration is now open! Come and open your mind and leave refreshed and ready to open new doors for your business!  For more information on registration please visit our website or contact our office by phone at 892-6040 or by e-mail at

You can click on the following links to get additional information on our confirmed dynamic presenters:

Dini Petty, author of The Self Directed Journey, Award-Winning Television Personality, Mother, Entrepreneur, Daredevil and Free Spirit, is one remarkably accomplished woman.  Adept at addressing any audience, Dini Petty turns each presentation into a captivating performance, using her talent for comedy, flair for drama and love of people to personally touch each of her listeners. Dini helps people transform uncertainty into confidence; teaching her audience how to discover and work with their sense of self. Dini is motivating, inspiring, and always entertaining.

Jeanne Martinson has been in business for seventeen years. She is a Certified Practitioner of Neuro Linguisitic Programming and has formal education in human resources, organizational behavior, journalism and marketing.  Jeanne is the author of three books; Lies And Fairy Tales That Deny Women Happiness, Escape From Oz – Leadership For The 21st Century and War & Peace in the Workplace – Diversity, Conflict, Understanding, Reconciliation.  Her last book released September,2005 explores how workplaces are becoming more diverse and how that diversity can trigger conflict. She illustrates how we have the choice of allowing conflict to spiral down into dysfunction or of taking charge, becoming aware and developing understanding.

Paula Morand As Founder and CEO of JumpStart 720 International Inc., her company works regionally, nationally and internationally to increase human potential. >From the mountains of Central Asia, to the street vendors of Cuba, to the jungles of Africa and throughout North America, Paula lives an adventure that is seeing lives changed. Paula Morand is a sure fire win for motivating audiences and challenging them to embrace Intentional Living


Delegate Bag Insert Order Form and the Sponsorship Package

In addition to learning and networking, the Symposium also provides an excellent marketing opportunity for PEIBWA members.  For instance, there is an opportunity to put an item in the delegate bags for $100 plus GST. To participate in other sponsorship packages or to customize your own package, please contact Sherry Pelkey at The Sponsorship Package and the Delegate Bag Insertion Order Form can be found on our website.  The deadline to confirm sponsorship is Friday, October 8.  All materials for delegate bag inserts must be received in the PEIBWA office by Monday, October 25th.


PEI Business Women’s Association has a number of networking and training events planned for September.  More details are listed below.  We hope you had a fantastic summer and look forward to seeing many of you at these upcoming events.

Lunch and Learn – Summerside
The Importance of Business Image

Presenter:  Margaret Gallant, Fresh Image 360

Branding products and services is part of marketing. Branding ourselves in terms of our business image also goes a long way. How the world sees us (image) can actually assist in selling our products and services. When business people are perceived to have it all together, this translates to their customers and can result in increased sales. Join us for this entertaining and informative presentation to learn more about styling rules for business.

Location:       Loyalist Lakeview Resort, 195 Harbour Drive, Summerside
Date:            Thursday, September 16, 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, September 14, 2010 at 4:00 pm.


September Business Mixer
Hosted by: Moonsnail Soapworks

For the past 14 years, Moonsnail has been creating eclectic and naturally therapeutic body and bath products, using only the finest natural ingredients and pure essential oils. Moonsnail’s beautiful boutique is the perfect setting to mix and mingle while enjoying refreshments and browsing the aisles.

Guests will be treated to tours of our open production studio as well as a brief Aromatherapy bath salts demonstration. Members will also get an opportunity to sample some wonderful products and win some great prizes.

Location:       Moonsnail Soapworks, 85 Water Street, Charlottetown
Date:            Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Time:            5:30pm – 7:00pm
Cost:             No fee for members to attend

To register, please contact Jessica Bradley by phone at (902) 892-6040 or by e-mail at Registration deadline: Friday, September 10, 2010 at 4:00 pm.


Lunch and Learn – Charlottetown
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:       Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, 75 Kent Street, Charlottetown
Date:            Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Time:            12 noon – 1:30 pm
Cost:            $15 + GST for members, $20 + GST for non-members

To register, please contact Jessica Bradley by e-mail at or by phone at (902) 892-6040. Registration deadline:  Friday, September 17, 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.



1.  PEI Rape and Sexual Assault Centre is Looking for Board Members

The PEI Rape and Sexual Assault Centre is looking for persons interested in serving as Board members. Anyone in PEI who is over 18 years of age, a member of good standing in the community and who subscribes to the objects and principles of the Centre is eligible. Please refer to our web site for more information. If interested, please call 566-1864.

2.  Workshops in September

PRH Growth Group – Exploring My Inner World – This support group meets for seven sessions, beginning on Thurs. Sept. 16, at 7:00 p.m. The rest of the dates will be confirmed at the first meeting. This series is open only to those who have had some previous experience of PRH workshops. Fee – The PRH Sliding Scale of Fees.


Moving From Grief to New Life – (For Men) – Grief is not something that only women have to work through. It is something that everyone human person experiences sometime in their lives. This workshop will help you in the process of dealing with grief and moving forward.  Dates: Sept. 17/18, Fri. 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. & Sat.  9:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.  Fee – The PRH Sliding Scale of Fees.


Growing in Self-Confidence – Most of us feel that we never have enough confidence especially in certain situations and before certain persons. In this workshop we look at when we feel quite confident, and the areas where we want to become more confident and more self-assured.  Date: Wed. Sept. 22, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Fee – The PRH Sliding Scale of Fees.


Discovering the Core of My Identity – An insightful workshop that helps us to name and own aspects of ourselves that will increase our chances of making personal progress and discovering new meaning in our lives. Dates: Five Thurs. beginning Sept. 30, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Fee – The PRH Sliding Scale of Fees.

This year I would ask you to PLEASE REGISTER EARLY! So I can have a better sense of what you want to take, and don’t end up cancelling something, that with a few more registrations, would have been a go. What I mean by early is, at the very least, 2 weeks prior to the workshop.

For more information, contact
Myrna Aylward
PRH Educator & Counselor
(902) 892-6585

3.     Women’s Worlds 2011


Are you engaged in research and/or advocacy relating to women’s equality, women’s rights, women’s empowerment?

Then you should know about Women’s Worlds 2011, a place where we can all connect and converse. The conversation includes you.

The 30th anniversary of this international and interdisciplinary global feminist conference will take place in Ottawa-Gatineau, Canada from 3-7 July of 2011.

Until September 15, 2010, we are accepting proposals from academia, the community level, and everywhere in between — groups, individuals, coalitions, networks, teams.

We hope you will ANSWER THE CALL.

This event will bring together academics, advocates, researchers, policy-makers, workers, activists, and artists of all ages from around the world under the theme “Inclusions, exclusions, and seclusions: Living in a globalized world”.

For more information:


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.

Note:  The deadline for receiving notices/events to post is by noon on Thursdays.

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
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