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1. Late New Year’s Levée now February 3

The PEI Coalition for Women in Government has POSTPONED its New Year’s Levée to mingle with future, current and past female politicians and those who support them.

NEW DATE: Thursday, February 3, 2011
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Queen Street Commons, 224 Queen Street
Please RSVP to or 569-1894

2.  Healthy, affordable food for all?

The PEI Food Security Network will hold its next public workshop on Wednesday, February 16th from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Farm Centre, 420 University Avenue, Charlottetown.

Healthy, Affordable Food for All; where are we and what do we need to do?  will explore questions such as:

  • How much does it really cost to provide a healthy diet for families and individuals?
  • What do we know or not know about preparing and preserving food?  How do those skills relate to access to healthy and affordable food?
  • What is the state of food insecurity in PEI? What are some of the issues that prevent some people from having access to enough healthy food?

The goal of the workshop is to identify actions that members of the Food Security Network and others might take to promote access to healthy, affordable food for all people in PEI.  It will feature a panel discussion with Home Economist Margaret Prouse, UPEI Professor Dr. Jennifer Taylor, and Jessica Dorgan Trail from Kids West Family Resource Centre.  Jake Bartlett, a researcher at the Institute of Island Studies, will present data related to food costing, food skills, and access to affordable, healthy food.  Jake is involved with a project centred at Wilfrid Laurier University called “Food Counts”, which is about measuring food security in PEI as well as in the Waterloo region of Ontario.

The workshop will be followed by a short annual general meeting.

There is no cost for the workshop, but preregistration is required.  Please contact the PEI Healthy Eating Alliance by email,, or by phone 368-6844.

3. PEI “Tile Twisters” Scrabble Club

Whether you’re an experienced player looking for some new competition, or a beginner wanting to expand your skills,  The PEI Tile Twisters Club is for everyone.  Meetings are held regularly, where SCRABBLE is played in a fun, friendly atmosphere on the first and third Tuesday evening of every month. We meet at the MURPHY’S COMMUNITY CENTRE, Richmond Street, Charlottetown, Room 202, at 6:30pm.  All ages and skill levels are welcome.  The Club venue is handicap accessible.  There is a small fee for each Meeting, though the first meeting is FREE for everyone.  For more information, call Darin at 368-4336, or Michelle at 368-7452.

4.  Government of Canada Children’s Health and Safety Campaign/Campagne sur la santé et la sécurité des enfants du gouvernement du Canada


What’s the healthiest diet for your child? Is the car seat you bought right for your vehicle?  How important are vaccinations in protecting children from disease?

Now you can access a wide range of dependable, up-to-date information on all kinds of topics in one place at:  A Government of Canada web site that features key information from Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Transport Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and Public Safety Canada.

You will find information about toy safety, injury prevention, nutrition and care of infants, as well as the latest recalls and safety alerts. In addition to the website, tools such as a customized interactive booklet and a Facebook page are also available.

Visit the website regularly for news, information and advice about health and safety topics for your family!

We hope you find this information useful and we encourage you to distribute it freely to your colleagues or members. Should you not wish to receive these health related messages, please let us know.

Doing wide-spread email distribution of health information is a new approach for us and we would like your feedback.  It would be helpful if you could reply to this email and respond to the following questions:
– Did you find this information useful?
– Would you like to receive this type of information from us again in the future?
– Are you the appropriate person to contact in your organization?
– Please feel free to provide any additional comments, including the type of information you would like to receive.

Thank you for taking the time to read and share this information, and for providing feedback.

Best regards,

Health Canada Atlantic | Santé Canada Atlantique |
Your health and safety…our priority | Votre santé et votre sécurité…notre priorité



Quels sont les meilleurs choix alimentaires pour les enfants? Les sièges d’auto conviennent-ils à tous les véhicules? Dans quelle mesure la vaccination est-elle essentielle pour protéger les enfants contre les maladies?

Vous avez désormais accès, à l’adresse, à un site Web du gouvernement du Canada servant de guichet unique et offrant un vaste éventail de renseignements fiables et à jour sur divers sujets. Le site renferme des renseignements clés provenant de Santé Canada, l’Agence de la santé publique du Canada, Transports Canada, l’Agence canadienne d’inspection des aliments et Sécurité publique Canada.

Vous pourrez y trouver des renseignements sur la sécurité des jouets, la prévention des blessures, la nutrition des nourrissons et les soins qu’ils nécessitent ainsi que sur les plus récents rappels et avis de sécurité. Le site offre en outre des outils, tels un livret interactif personnalisé et une page Facebook.

Visitez régulièrement le site Web pour être informé des nouvelles, des renseignements et des conseils concernant la santé et la sécurité de la famille!

Nous espérons que vous trouverez cette information utile et nous vous encourageons à la diffuser à vos collègues ou à vos employés. Si vous souhaitez ne plus recevoir de messages relatifs à la santé, veuillez nous en faire part.

Comme la diffusion à grande échelle de courriels liés à la santé est nouveau pour nous, nous aimerions connaître vos commentaires. Nous vous serions grandement reconnaissants de répondre au présent courriel et aux questions suivantes :
– Avez-vous trouvé l’information utile?
– Souhaitez-vous recevoir ce type de renseignements à l’avenir?
– Êtes-vous la personne-ressource de votre organisation?
– N’hésitez pas à nous faire part de tout autre commentaire, notamment sur le type de renseignements que vous aimeriez recevoir.

Je vous remercie d’avoir pris le temps de lire cette information, de transmettre celle-ci et de nous avoir fait part de vos réactions.

Recevez, Madame, Monsieur, mes meilleures salutations.

Santé Canada Atlantique | Health Canada Atlantic |
Votre santé et votre sécurité…notre priorité | Your health and safety…our priority

5.  SAVE (Students Against Violence Everywhere) Activities

February 17 from 7-9pm, Montague Regional High School Coffee House. Entertainment by Fiddler’s Sons and Katie McGarry. Admission $5.00 with proceeds going to the SAVE program.

February 18 at 1:30, Souris High School Awareness Walk. This will be all students accompanied by the RCMP.



1. Annual General Meeting of the Environmental Coalition of PEI

Dear current, past or future ECO-PEI member,

The Annual General Meeting of the Environmental Coalition of Prince Edward Island is coming up, and it is always a good opportunity to see old friends and make new acquaintances. We would like you to join us Thursday, February 3 at the Colonel Gray High School lecture theatre (basketball court entrance) in Charlottetown from 6:30-8:30 pm.

Our business meeting begins at 6:30 pm and will outline the year’s activities. We will also be holding elections for the 2011 board.

At 7 pm, there will be a presentation on “Macphail Woods: Celebrating 20 Years of Good Work”. That’s right, 2011 marks the 20th anniversary of the Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project and we thought our AGM would be a great place to kick off the celebrations. Staff from the project will present a review of activities, from humble beginnings to our work managing provincial forest land. Plus, we will let you know the exciting new directions we are looking at for the next two decades. There will be lots of time for discussion afterwards.

Everyone is welcome, so please plan to attend and bring a friend.  This is an excellent opportunity to reflect on the past and learn how we can all move forward in protecting and enhancing our environment.  You can also find out how to get involved in the work of the Environmental Coalition of Prince Edward Island.

If you’re unable to attend the AGM but would like to renew your ECO-PEI membership ($10 individual, $25 supporting, $100 corporate) we invite you to fill out this form and return it to our office.

Finally, our monthly board meetings are now held at the Voluntary Resource Centre, 81 Prince St., Charlottetown and as always, are open to the public.  You’re welcome to come by to meet us and participate any time.  Call ECO-PEI at 902-651-2575 or email to find out when our next meeting will be.

For more information about the upcoming AGM, click here.

Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you at the AGM,

2.  Using New & Social Media for Political Campaigns

Social Media Training for Women In Politics

Now is the time to start planning your campaign strategy and how to use social media to your advantage. Join us Saturday, February 26th, from 9 AM – 12 Noon at the Dutch Inn, Cornwall for this interactive social media training workshop facilitated by Nancy Beth Guptill of Sweet Spot Marketing, with special guests Cynthia Dunsford, PEI Provincial MLA and Tina Moore-Mundy, City of Summerside Councillor.

We will discuss how to run a successful campaign using social media, and we’ll teach you how to create a social media action plan based on your campaign platform. We will introduce the most popular social media channels politicians are using, and how these new communication channels are being successfully used in campaigns and political marketing. This workshop is specifically for women politicians, candidates, political marketers and campaign workers.

For more information and/or to register visit


What:  A fun filled and action packed night to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day

When: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 7:00PM

Where: Summerside Harbourfront Jubilee Theatre, Harbour Drive, Summerside, PEI

Gift Bags will be given to everyone that attends – Door Prizes will be given out throughtout the night


IF you want tickets to ensure your seat for the night,

please contact:   Andy Lou Somers, 436-9856 or email:

4.  RCMP Career Presentation

Women interested in a challenging career with vast opportunities are invited to attend the RCMP Career Presentation for Women in Charlottetown on February 2nd, 2011.

RCMP Career Presentation for Women – This info session will provide information for women who are interested in learning more about a policing career with the RCMP. This will be a great opportunity for women who attend to speak with female members of the RCMP about roles/responsibilities, application process, training and Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (PARE). Please note that attendance at a Career Presentation is now the mandatory first step in the RCMP application process.

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC), Lecture Theatre A

550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PEI

Women interested in becoming a RCMP officer should grab this opportunity!

Information and Registration (registration is needed as seats are limited):
Phone number: 1-877-RCMP-GRC (1-877-726-7472)

About the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
Forget ordinary! With over 150 different specializations available within the RCMP, you can forget about the monotony of doing the same thing year after year for the rest of your professional life. Examples of specialized units include: forensics, major crimes investigation, surveillance and undercover work, protective operations, international peacekeeping and Aboriginal policing. The RCMP is unique in the world since it is a national, federal, provincial and municipal policing body. We offer a career nowhere near ordinary, competitive salary and benefits package.

The RCMP recruiting efforts endeavor to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve by ensuring that we actively recruit from all segments of Canada’s society. The RCMP is committed to attracting, retaining and advancing the best qualified candidates from all backgrounds and cultures.


Les femmes intéressées à une carrière enrichissante qui offre de vastes possibilités sont invitées à participer à la Présentation sur les carrières de la GRC à l’intention des femmes* à Charlottetown, le 2 février 2011.
(Veuillez également consulter l’affiche ci-jointe.)

Quoi ?

Présentation sur les carrières de la GRC à l’intention des femmes – Le but de cette présentation est d’informer les femmes qui aimeraient en savoir davantage sur les possibilités de carrière en tant que policières au sein de la GRC. Les participantes auront ainsi l’occasion d’échanger avec des policières au sujet des rôles et responsabilités, du processus de demande d’emploi, de la formation et du Test d’aptitudes physiques essentielles (TAPE). Assister à une présentation sur les carrières est maintenant la première étape obligatoire du processus de recrutement de la GRC.

Quand ?
Le mercredi 2 février 2011 à 18 h

Où ?
Collège vétérinaire de l’Atlantique, salle de conférence A
550, avenue University, Charlottetown (PEI)

Qui ?
Toute femme intéressée à une carrière policière à la GRC est invitée à participer à cette séance d’information !

Renseignements et inscription (l’inscription est requise puisque les places sont limitées) :
Téléphone : 1-877-RCMP-GRC (1-877-726-7472)
Courriel :
Site Web :

Au sujet de la Gendarmerie royale du Canada (GRC)
Oubliez la banalité ! La GRC offre plus de 150 genres d’emplois opérationnels et administratifs, ce qui fait que vous pouvez dire adieu à la monotonie d’un travail répétitif à longueur d’année pour le reste de votre vie professionnelle. Voici quelques spécialisations opérationnelles : identité judiciaire, enquêtes sur les crimes graves, surveillance et opérations d’infiltration, missions de protection, maintien de la paix internationale et police autochtone. La GRC est unique au monde puisqu’elle est un service de police municipal, provincial et national. Nous offrons une carrière hors de l’ordinaire, une rémunération et des avantages sociaux compétitifs.

La GRC s’efforce de recruter dans tous les segments de la société pour se constituer un effectif représentatif des collectivités au Canada. La GRC tient à attirer, à maintenir en poste et à promouvoir les postulantes et postulants les mieux qualifiés, quelles que soient leurs origines ou leur culture.

*Veuillez noter que cette séance sera présentée en anglais.

5.  Attention: PEI Women Visual Artists

Call for Submissions

International Women’s Day Centenary Show!

March 8th is International Women’s Day (IWD), a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.

To celebrate the 100th International Women’s Day, this exhibition will feature 100 (or more) small gems of work created by PEI women artists, valued at $100 (or less). Organizations, governments, and individuals will be able to tangibly mark IWD’s roots in the labour movement by purchasing a piece and putting a little cash in the artist’s pocket during the lean months of March.

Canadian artists typically live well below the poverty line, with female artists earning on average, 28% less than their male counterparts.

What has changed in women’s lives in the last 100 years? What still needs to be changed? How are women around the globe doing? What matters to women now? What unique gifts do women offer the world?

PEI women artists are invited to submit an artwork, exploring these ideas. A variety of media, including painting, sculpture, photography, textile, and printmaking is welcome.

·     Open to PEI women artists
·     Work must be of professional quality
·     Work must be ready to hang or display
·     Work must be valued at $100 or less

Work can be dropped off at the Guild Gallery, Richmond Street, Charlottetown, on Monday, February 28 from 10 – 4 pm.

For more information email:

The exhibition will run from March 1 – 12, with an opening reception on Saturday, March 5, 2 – 4 pm. All are welcome to attend.

6.  Request for Proposals

The Interministerial Women’s Secretariat is issuing a request for proposals for project funding for community organizations in PEI.  The objective of the Interministerial Women’s Secretariat grant is to provide project funding to:

* support organizations that provide direct services and programs for the benefit of women in Prince Edward Island; and/or
* support projects that enhance awareness, education and social action on women’s legal, health, social and economic equality; and/or
* support the capacity of women’s organizations that promote women’s equality through advocacy, research and policy development.

Applications/proposals must be received by February 25, 2011. For more information, please contact the Women’s Secretariat at (902) 368-6494 or email  A copy of the funding guidelines will be available shortly on our website at:

7.  PEIBWA Upcoming Events

Lunch and Learn – Charlottetown
“Top Tax-Filing Mistakes to Avoid”
Presented by: BDO Canada LLP, (formerly) BFM Chartered Accountants

Many people dread this time of year – filing their income tax return. Making an error on your tax return could cost you time, money and a lot of grief. Before just going through the motions of filing this April, be sure that you are up to date on some very common mistakes made by income tax filers every year. Jennifer Dunn is a tax partner with BDO Canada LLP and has been practicing tax for the last 18 years. Jennifer will lead us through some of the most common mistakes made and will provide helpful hints to ensure we reduce our taxes and maximize our refunds.

Location:       Rodd Royalty, 14 Capital Dr. (formerly Trans-Canada Highway)
Date:        Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
Time:            12 noon- 1:30pm
Cost:            Members- $15.75 (includes GST), non-members $21.00 (includes GST)

To register, please contact Paula Laybolt by e-mail at or by phone at (902) 892-6040.   Registration deadline: Friday, January 28th, 2011 at 4:00 p.m.

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.

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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