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1.  Workshop

The PEI Food Security Network
is hosting a WORKSHOP

Farming & Fishing: The current scene, root causes, and action planning

Monday, November  15th, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
at the Farm Centre
420 University Avenue, Charlottetown

Presenters:    Irené Novaczek,  Pamela Courtney-Hall and Jake Bartlett
( UPEI researchers with the PEI-Ontario Food Security
Indicators Project, Food Counts, at Wilfred Laurier University)

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

Pre-registration deadline: Wednesday, November 10th , 2010
To register: phone Cooper Institute 894-4573
or email:
Indicate any special food needs.

Workshop is for members of the general public and for FSN membership.

2.  Getting the Nomination

On Wednesday, November 17, 1 – 4 pm at the Dutch Inn, the PEI Coalition for Women in Government, will be hosting a skills-building workshop for women interested in running for elected office, or supporting a woman candidate. The Coalition is a non-partisan coalition of individuals and organizations committed to increasing women’s opportunities to be elected to government in PEI.

This workshop will give participants the opportunity to learn about some of the written and unwritten strategies and processes for getting a party nomination. Experienced party-worker, Dianne Porter will offer suggestions on choosing a party that matches your thinking, timing your run for a nomination, understanding the political party bylaws governing nomination meetings and candidates, what to do during the nomination process, understanding the competitive process, and strategies for success.

Olive Crane, leader of the Opposition, will join us later in the session to share her insights and experiences of winning her party’s support.

Women have never represented more than 26.9% of candidates in Provincial elections or 25% of elected members of the Legislative Assembly. It is not that PEI voters are discriminating against women at the polls. In the four Provincial elections between 1993 and 2003, women were more likely to win over men. Women won 60%, or 18 of 30, races in which the two main parties pitted a woman against a man.

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.  Public Service Announcement

The PEI Human Rights Commission is seeking nominations for the third annual Award for the Advancement of Human Rights on Prince Edward Island.  The Award recognizes the significant contribution to the advancement of human rights in the province by an individual, group or organization. Nominations close November 19th.

Nomination forms are available at all Access PEI sites and on line at .
The Award will be presented at a special celebration to mark International Human Rights Day, December 10.

For more information contact Lorraine at the PEI Human Rights Commission- (902) 368-4180 or .



1.   Call for volunteers UPEI Ten Thousand Villages Sale

Greetings faithful volunteers!  The time for the UPEI Ten Thousand Villages Sale is coming up soon:  set-up Nov 29th and 3 days of sale, Nov 30th, Dec 1st and 2nd. We would be pleased to have you volunteer again and to tell your colleagues and friends about the sale. Contact me to get a copy of the timetable and if you could let me know when you can volunteer so that I can put your name on the list.  Looking forward to hearing from you.  Cheers,  John

BTW, we’re back in the UPEI Student Centre this year and parking will be made available if you need it.

John F. Burka, Ph.D.
Dept. of Biomedical Sciences
Atlantic Veterinary College, UPEI
550 University Ave.,
Charlottetown, PEI  C1A 4P3

2.  Upcoming Vacancies on the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women Council

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 Advisory Council on the Status of Women in its work?  This could be the opportunity you’ve been looking for!

In late December 2010, four 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.  Note:  As of last month, any applications for specific agencies, boards or commissions must now be received by Participate in PEI, two (2) months before a vacancy occurs.

These applications are available on-line at or by calling the Executive Council Office at (902) 368-4502.  Participate in PEI’s website is .  You will see four headings in the sidebar with additional information regarding the process to follow to apply,  etc.

The PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women 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 PEI 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, and the Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention.

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

3. The Native Council of PEI’s 4th Annual “Freezing for Warmth” Event

For the fourth year in a row, the Native Council of Prince Edward Island is hosting “Freezing for Warmth” from November 25th – 26th. NCPEI invites the general public to join us in our quest to create awareness and understanding to combat homelessness and violence against women on PEI. The vigil, beginning at 10:00 a.m. is in support of Grandmother’s House, the only women’s homeless shelter in Charlottetown. Pack your pillow and sleeping bag and come down to the corner of University and Fitzroy Avenue as we spend 24 hours on the streets “so other’s don’t have to”   NCPEI is partnering with the PEI Rape and Sexual Assault Centre to host the “Take Back the Night March” that will be held on location at 6:00 p.m. on November 25th, the International Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women. There will be a bake sale and BB on location from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please visit for more information or call 892-5314.

4.  Workshops

“Making Good Decisions”

Three Wednesdays, Nov. 10, 17, & 24      (7pm-9pm)
Each day you make decisions regarding relationships, health, work and your future. Each decision you make impacts your life and that of those around you.

This process will:

–  take into account you and your needs.
–  enable you to make healthy choices as opposed to just following others.
–  leave you at peace with your decision.

This mini-workshop presents:

an excellent tool for decision making that really works – a tool that will not leave you second guessing yourself, and feeling indecisive.


“Fostering My Self-Esteem”  Saturday, Nov. 20 (9am-4:30pm)

The objective of this workshop is to  enable participants:

● discover from where in them self-esteem needs to originate
● understand what alters their self-esteem or cancels it altogether
● in order to embark on a journey that is conducive to accepting reality
● and to enter and to remain in a place where the true value of each person dwells.

Cost: The PRH Sliding Scale of Fees

Myrna Aylward, prh Educator & Counsellor
(902) 892-6585

5.   PEI Literacy Alliance Events

Recognizing Life’s Work : Helping Learners Connect their Essential Skills from Home to Work

When:         November 29, 2010  9-12 noon
Where:        Delta Hotel 18 Queen St.  Charlottetown
Cost:           $20.00  A practitioner’s resource kit is provided to all participants
Facilitator:   Lorri Sauve, Project Consultant for Recognizing Life’s Work.

To register:  call 368-3620 or email


Spotlight on Change: Information session

Learn more about this essential skills program for women over 40.  This program is for Canadian citizens or immigrants

When: Friday, November 12, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Where: TBA Charlottetown
Registration: Call the PEI Literacy Alliance at 368-3620 or email
Presenter: Anne Ramsay, Executive Network Director Project READ Ontario

6.   Women Forging The Future: A Two-Day Virtual Seminar

EnlightenNext is launching the next phase in its work with women by offering an exclusive 2-day virtual seminar, Women Forging the Future, which will explore the inner and outer dynamics that shape women’s horizons today.

Register here.

Women Forging the Future is organized into two virtual daylong seminars that can be taken together or separately:

A Call to Evolve
Saturday, November 13
Led by Dr. Elizabeth Debold, author, senior student of Evolutionary Enlightenment, and a senior editor for EnlightenNext magazine, this seminar will explore where we are now as educated postmodern women and where we want to go. And why, with so much freedom of choice, many of us still struggle to find a deeper source of autonomy and authentic purpose.

Women Creating Culture
Sunday, November 14
In this seminar, Andrew Cohen, founder of EnlightenNext, will guide us in the process of aligning with the creative impulse of evolution in order to create a radically new culture among women, and between women and men.

We are thrilled to be embarking on our next stage of work with women, and we hope you can join us.

Please register for one or both seminars here.

Warm regards,  Mary Adams, Director of Retreats


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.

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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