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1.  New Resource for Social Studies Classrooms!

Global Justice for Gender Development is a seven-module series examining poverty and power, women’s rights, humanitarian emergencies, HIV and AIDS, food security, water, and climate change through a global gender lens. The modules include student materials such as readings and case studies, rich powerpoint images, and film and audio clips. Strategies are included for students to take action as active citizens for global change. Designed for Nova Scotia classrooms, the resource can be used in any secondary school setting. Gender Justice for Global Development was developed by Oxfam Canada and funded by the Canadian International Development Agency through the Global Classroom Initiative.

These materials are freely available at:

2.   Stop The Meter On Your Internet Use

Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are about to impose usage-based billing on YOU.

This means we’re looking at a future where ISPs will charge per byte, the way they do with smart phones. If we allow this to happen Canadians will have no choice but to pay MUCH more for less Internet. Big Telecom companies are obviously trying to gouge consumers, control the Internet market, and ensure that consumers continue to subscribe to their television services.

These Big Telecom companies are forcing small competing ISPs to adopt the same pricing scheme, so that we have no choice but to pay these punitive fees.

This will crush innovative services, Canada’s digital competitiveness, and your wallet.

We urgently need to send a clear message to Ottawa, saying that we won’t stand by while some of the most profitable companies in the country indiscriminately add new fees to our Internet bills. Enough is enough.

Forward this message, AND sign the petition at:

UPDATE: The Liberals and the NDP have now come out AGAINST Internet metering. We’re winning, Canada – now onto the government in power!

3.  February is PSYCHOLOGY MONTH

February, 2011 marks the seventh annual National Psychology Month campaign.  During Psychology Month, the Psychological Association of Prince Edward Island (PAPEI) along with the national and other provincial psychological associations, reach out to the public about any number of psychological issues of public concern.  These can range from learning problems in childhood, depression and heart disease, age-related memory changes, parenting, and work-related health to name only a few

The following are some of the PAPEI sponsored talks for Psychology Month on Prince Edward Island:

Elizabeth McFadden, Psychology Intern, Feb. 8, 7:00 pm Summerside Rotary Library:  Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Dr. Scott Greer, UPEI Department of Psychology, Feb. 8 7:00 pm UPEI Memorial Hall 215: Darwin, Psychology, and a Natural Theory of Humanity – A Lecture, Discussion, and screening of the 2009 film, Creation

Caroline Leblanc, Psychologist, Feb. 9, 7:00 pm Confederation Centre Library: Dealing with Stress Through Mindfulness

Peter Pierre, Psychologist, Feb 12, 1:00 pm Summerside Rotary Library: ADHD

4. East Prince Seniors Initiative

Have you ever been frustrated with outdated information?
Having difficulty finding essential resources you require?

East Prince Seniors Initiative invites you to an
Information Session
For “Go Community Network”
PEI Online Service Directory

Some of GO Community’s Benefits:

Connects People with Resources
Empowers Professionals to Assist Clients
Enables Agencies to Share Information
Membership is free!

Where:  Credit Union Place  511 Notre Dame St. Summerside
When: February 15, 2011   1:30 PM or 7:00 PM

We look forward to seeing you.  Please RSVP by February 11
Telephone: 902-888-2177 or e-mail

5.  PEIBWA Upcoming Event

Lunch and Learn – Charlottetown
“Conversing with Ease, Using the Power of Self Confidence”
Presented by: John Newman, Area Governor with Toastmasters PEI

For some people it is effortless to enter a room not knowing anyone and strike up a conversation. For others, it is a real challenge and something that is avoided. John Newman, Area Governor with Toast Masters PEI will cover tips to overcoming timidity and fear of presenting oneself vocally. Enhancing your communication skills will assist you in being more comfortable and effective in the work place or with your clients.

Strive to become one of those individuals who speak freely and are comfortable telling their story.  Better communication is a learned skill.

Please note: John is aware some of our members would not want to be put on the spot and given a topic to speak on. This is not part of the session. He will not put any individual in a position that may be embarrassing or awkward for them. His style is too engage the group verbally from the floor, rather than a “Stand alone” spotlight scenario.

Location:       Rodd Charlottetown, 75 Kent Street, Charlottetown
Date:            Tuesday, February 8th, 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, February 4th, 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 invoice.

6.  Take :30 to Read With Me! Survey

Did you have a baby in the last six months?
Did you receive a green Take 30 to Read with Me! Bag with books?
If you answered YES to both of those questions, we want your feedback!

Click on, or copy and paste the following link into your browser:

You can also reply via email (the attached evaluation) to

You received a Take:30 to Read with Me! Bag of books at the hospital after your baby was born. This bag was designed to encourage parents to cuddle, read, talk, and sing with their baby. Research shows that learning begins at birth. Take 30: to Read with Me! provides families with
some books and key community information they need to give their baby the best start in life. You have a chance to be entered into our draw for a Take:30 To Read with Me!: Family Literacy Basket Package of FREE books and other goodies. Your name will also be automatically registered into our VIP Island Family list, where you will receive special emails, current information about community and local resources for your family and a complimentary sneak peek at the Island Family Magazine (quarterly).

If you would like to email your comments, please send them to:
If you would like to complete the survey via telephone, please call Alaina Roach O’Keefe at 902.368.4658.
For additional information about Take: 30 to Read with Me! Please visit:

Take:30 to Read with Me! is a joint initiative of Family Place (Summerside, PEI), CHANCES Family Resource Centres, and the PEI Provincial Government (Department of Education and Early Childhood Development). A special thank you goes to past sponsors: Kids Count- The Learning Fund, the Kiwanis Club of Charlottetown, PEI Provincial Library Services, and Canadian Parents for French- PEI.



1.  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.

2.   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.

3.  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

4.  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.

5.  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:

7. 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.

8.  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:


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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