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Happy International Women’s Day 2011!

A CELEBRATION! 100th Anniversary International Women’s Day
Entertainment – Gift Bags – Door Prizes

7 to 9 p.m., March 8, 2011
Harbourfront Jubilee Theatre, Summerside

A Celebration! 100th Anniversary International Women’s Day

Featuring Vishten, Abegweit Chimes, Fandango, Christine Gallant/Family, Cynthia Dunsford, Rachel Mundy, Aboriginal Regalia Dancers, Teresa Bernard, College of Piping Dancers, Georgia Scott (a CUSO-VSO guest from Jamaica), Shirley Ann Cameron, and the Summerside Community Choir.

Admission Free – Reservations 902-436-9856

Sponsored by East Prince Women’s Information Centre, CUSO-VSO, Women’s Network PEI, Cooper Institute, PEI Federation of Labour, PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women, Province of Prince Edward Island – Interministerial Women’s Secretariat, Murphy’s Pharmacies,, Staples Summerside, Confederation Studios, Ocean 100/K-Rock, Atlantic Lottery, Consolidated Credit Union, Hemphill GMC Chevrolet Buick, The Co-operators (Mike Bradley, Agent), PEI Mutual Insurance, Century 21, Purdue Pharma, Green Gable Alpacas, Bell Aliant.


IWD Potluck & Celebration

Fairholm Inn, 230 Prince Street, Charlottetown
Wednesday, March 9, 6 to 9 p.m.

Mix and mingle in international style at a potluck gathering for International Women’s Day. All are welcome. If you can, please bring finger foods or desserts to share at the potluck table. Georgia Scott and Kadeon Smith, CUSO-VSO partners from YOU, Youth Opportunities Unlimited, Jamaica, will speak. For more information email


International Women’s Day Centenary Art Exhibition & Sale!

The Guild, 111 Queen St., Charlottetown
Art Exhibition on view March 1 to 12

Opening Reception Saturday, March 5,
2 to 4 p.m. – All are welcome

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. For more information email


Women’s Rights and Climate Change
Sierra Club of Canada Lunch ’n’ Learn Workshops

81 Prince Street (VRC), Charlottetown
March 4 & March 18, 12 noon to 1 p.m.

Part I: Women’s Rights & Climate Change
March 4th (storm date March 11th)

Part II: Identifying Barriers to Action & Change
March 18th (storm date March 25th)

*These are “brown-bag” events (please bring your own lunch!). Coffee, tea, juice, and cookies will be provided.

The Sierra Club of Canada – Atlantic Chapter ( will facilitate a two-part workshop series on Women’s Rights and Climate Change. Part I aims to create a dialogue around the connection between women’s rights and climate change. Part II will move into a discussion of personal barriers to action on climate change. If you are concerned with issues related to: environment, gender, social justice, or action for change, these workshops are for you! You may choose to participate in one or both, depending on your interest and availability. If your organization, workplace, or school class is interested in having a workshop on either of these themes, please contact Rebecca: or call 368-7337.

This workshop series was inspired by Oxfam Canada’s work around gender issues and climate change. For more information, visit: and search “Women and Climate Change.”


Luna-Selena, A Light in the Shadows
A unique stage show dedicated to raising funds for Anderson House Shelter

The Guild, 111 Queen St., Charlottetown
Saturday, March 12, 7 pm, $20
VIP Party 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., $15
Combined Luna & VIP Ticket $30
Limited Capacity – Get your tickets soon

Luna-Selena will explore all that touches the heart of a woman – the events that take her from the heights of glory to the depths of pain and degradation and back again. The present line-up includes Chastity, Teresa Doyle, Kele Redmond, the Beyond the Bridge Theatre Collective featuring Kathleen Hamilton, Melissa Mullin, and Gill Mahen in a scene from The Attic, The Pearls and Three Fine Girls (directed by Laurel Smyth), Catherine Ann in a scene from “Swingin’ a Cat!,” Amanda Jackson, Sonya Pauley-Macdonald, Yvette Doucette, Pam Atkinson, The Coming of Eve Troupe, Liza Oliver, and Wendy Jones. A VIP party with a live band will follow the show at 9:30 pm. For more information, e-mail


The CIHR Institute of Gender and Health & the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health present:

Reflections on Women’s Health and Women’s Status: National and Global Perspectives
An International Women’s Day Event (online)
Tuesday, March 8, 2011

10 to 11 AM PST / 11 AM to 12 PM MST / 12 to 1 PM CST / 1 to 2 PM EST / 2 to 3 PM AST

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, please join us in taking a look back and a look forward into the health and status of women in Canada and around the world. Leading women’s health researchers Drs. Lynn McIntyre, Bilkis Vissandjee, and Lorraine Greaves will share their reflections in a brief panel presentation, followed by a question and answer session chaired by Dr. Joy Johnson, Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Gender and Health. Join in the dialogue to mark this milestone day!

Presentations will be in English but questions will be entertained in either French or English.

This event takes place online. All you need is a computer with a high speed internet connection and speakers. Questions to the panel should be submitted via the chat dialogue box that appears on screen.

-Dr. Lynn McIntyre, Professor and CIHR Chair in Gender and Health, Dept. of Community Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary
-Dr. Bilkis Vissandjee, Professor, School of Nursing, Institute of Public Health Research, Université de Montréal, Research and Training Centre, CSSS de la Montagne
-Dr. Lorraine Greaves, Senior Investigator, British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health; Clinical Professor, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia
-Dr. Joy Johnson, Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Gender and Health

This webcast event is free but registration is required. If you wish to attend, please send an email to by March 1, 2011 with “IWD event” in the subject line. Instructions on how to log into the webcast will be sent to registrants prior to the event.
L’Institut de la santé des femmes et des hommes et le Centre d’excellence de la Colombie Britannique pour la santé des femmes présentent :

Réflexions sur la santé et la condition des femmes à l’échelle nationale et mondiale
dans le cadre de la Journée internationale de la femme
le mardi 8 mars 2011
de 10 h à 11 h (heure normale du Pacifique), de 11 h à 12 h (heure normale des Rocheuses), de 12 h à 13 h (heure normale du Centre), de 13 h à 14 h (heure normale de l’Est), de 14 h à 15 h (heure normale de l’Atlantique)

À l’occasion du 100e anniversaire de la Journée internationale de la femme (JIF), joignez-vous à nous pour jeter un regard rétrospectif et prospectif sur la santé et la condition des femmes au Canada et dans le monde entier. Des chercheuses de pointe dans le domaine de la santé des femmes, les Dres Lynn McIntyre, Bilkis Vissandjée et Lorraine Greaves, feront part de leurs réflexions lors d’un court exposé, qui sera suivi d’une période de questions animée par la Dre Joy Johnson, directrice scientifique de l’Institut de la santé des femmes et des hommes. Participez à la discussion pour marquer cette importante journée!

Les exposés seront présentés en anglais, mais la période de questions se déroulera en français et en anglais.

Cette rencontre aura lieu en ligne. Tout ce dont vous avez besoin est un ordinateur muni de haut-parleurs et disposant d’une connexion Internet haute vitesse. Les questions destinées au groupe d’experts doivent être transmises au moyen de la boîte de dialogue de clavardage qui figure à l’écran.

Membres du groupe d’experts
-Dre Lynn McIntyre, professeure et titulaire d’une chaire des Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada sur le genre et la santé, Département des sciences de la santé communautaire, Faculté de médecine, Université de Calgary
-Dre Bilkis Vissandjée, professeure, Faculté des sciences infirmières, Institut de recherche en santé publique, Université de Montréal; Centre de recherche et de formation, Centre de santé et de services sociaux de la Montagne
-Dre Lorraine Greaves, chercheuse principale, Centre d’excellence de la Colombie-Britannique pour la santé des femmes; enseignante clinique, École de santé publique et de santé des populations, Université de la Colombie-Britannique
-Dre Joy Johnson, directrice scientifique, Institut de la santé des femmes et des hommes

Cette activité diffusée sur le Web est gratuite, mais les personnes intéressées doivent s’inscrire. Si vous voulez y participer, veuillez envoyer un courriel ayant comme objet « Activité de la JIF » d’ici le 1er mars 2011, à l’adresse suivante : Les personnes inscrites recevront des instructions sur la façon d’accéder à la webdiffusion avant la rencontre.

2.   PEIBWA Upcoming Events

Lunch and Learn – Summerside
“People Management Techniques”
Presented by: Sheila Lund MacDonald, Working Minds

Many employers have questions about how to keep their employees on target. How do you give your best employees the attention they deserve when it seems that other staff take up most of your time? What is the best way to discuss and correct problem performance? How do you broach difficult topics? Using two case studies, this short session will provide an overview of the essentials of effective people management.

Location: Loyalist Lakeview Resort, 195 Harbour Drive, Summerside
Date: Thursday, March 10th, 2011
Time: 12 noon- 1:30pm
Cost: Members- $17.75 (includes GST), non-members $23.00 (includes GST) – (Lunch is included in the cost)

To register, please contact Elizabeth Noonan by e-mail at or by phone at (902) 436-0386.
Registration deadline: Tuesday, March 8th, 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.



1.   PRH – Personal Growth and Personality Development Workshops, Offered by Sr. Myrna Aylward, licensed PRH Educator/Counselor

Parental Collaboration in the Education of Children
This workshop is for parents interested in creating an educational atmosphere that will enhance their child’s overall growth and includes information on parental interaction, dialogue, agreement and harmony, which are indispensible to the child’s progress. The workshop will be held on four Thursdays, March 3, 10, 17, and 24 at 7- 9 p.m.

The Power of Feelings
This workshop helps persons discover the true value of feelings, gain a clearer understanding of their messages and the impact these feeling have on one’s actions or non-actions; and provides means for managing these feelings in a more constructive manner. The workshop will be held on three Monday evenings, March 7, 14, and 21 at 7-9p.m.

Contact Information:
Contact Sr. Myrna: 892-6585 or
The cost for each workshop follows the PRH Sliding Scale of Fees based on income level.

2.   Dr. Greg Cameron To Address Global Trends and Transitions in Atlantic Agriculture at ADAPT Conference and Annual Meeting; March 14 -15.

Global trends in agriculture and their dramatic affect on the future of rural communities in Atlantic Canada, will be addressed by Dr Greg Cameron at the P.E.I. Adapt Council’s annual general meeting and conference Monday and Tuesday, March 14 and 15, at the Farm Centre (420 University Avenue) in Charlottetown.

Cameron is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Rural Community Studies at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College. He will focus on “Global Trends and the Future of Agriculture” during an evening session on Monday at the Farm Centre. “I will be tracking some of the trends going on in both Canada and the ‘Global South’ that relate to smallholder food systems. I will also be looking at the global context at the WTO, and alternative models on offer in certain regions of the world.”

Tuesday he will turn his attention to the regional scene as part of a daylong session. Cameron said he plans to look at the staying power of the emerging forms of agriculture and “explore the possibilities of conceiving and advancing a new model of ‘rurality’ in the Atlantic Region” He believes this region has much to learn from other rural based communities around the world and he will be sharing some of those experiences.

Cameron’s background positions him well for understanding the needs and realities facing rural communities. He received his doctorate from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London in 2002. Prior to joining the NSAC in 2006, he taught political science at the University of Asmara, Eritrea in north-east Africa for over 4 years, from 2002-2006.

During the late 1980s and a good part of the 1990s, he worked as a CUSO cooperant in Tanzania, first with the Tanzanian co-operative movement on the islands of Zanzibar, and then with pastoralist NGOs in Arusha, northern Tanzania. His fieldwork and research in Eastern Africa have focused on co-operatives and other popular organizations, rural policy, food security, the developmental state, democratization transitions, and global trends in trade and governance practices.

At the Rural Research Centre of the NSAC he is currently building a research program on the shifts, transitions, and tensions in contemporary Atlantic Canada as they relate to food security, farm(er) sovereignty, rural poverty, organic agriculture, buy/grow local , agricultural co-operatives, and other citizen and governmental initiatives.


‘Potential of Biochar,’ at PEI ADAPT Conference; March 15

Bio-char is one of the most exciting developments in science today. It helps the soil retain water and increase crop yields. It enhances microbiological activity. It retains nutrients for plants that would otherwise be lost to the atmosphere, or washed away by rains. Biochar also has the potential to be both an alternative energy source, yet many producers and researchers in the agriculture community have never heard of it.

McGill University professor Dr. Julie Major is hoping to change that. Dr. Major will be a keynote speaker at the “Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Agriculture” conference of the P.E.I. ADAPT Council, set for March 15th, at the Farm Centre, in Charlottetown.

Biochar is a stable form of charcoal produced from heating natural organic materials such as crop and other wastes, woodchips and manure via a high temperature, low oxygen process known as pyrolysis. Due to its molecular structure, biochar is chemically and biologically more stable than its carbon form. This makes it more difficult to break down. In some cases it can remain constant in soil for hundreds to thousands of years.

Research conducted both in Canada and around the world suggests the addition of biochar to poor soils can improve soil quality and crop yields. Its active carbon sequestration qualities give it the potential to gain carbon credits as well. Studies to date have also shown biochar can decrease soil acidity, help retain nutrients, and limit the uptake of soil toxins. It can also increase water holding capacity and decrease the release of non-CO2 greenhouse gases. She points out that the positive impacts are most likely to be felt in highly degraded and nutrient poor soil, while it can have a negative impact on relatively healthy soil.

Dr. Major’s scientific background is in agronomy (B.Sc., McGill University and M.Sc., Cornell University) and soil science (PhD, Cornell University 2009). Her PhD work concentrated on the long term effects of biochar application on field soil fertility, hydrology and carbon biochemistry.

In 2009 and 2010, she worked as the agricultural extension director for the International Biochar Initiative, where she provided content for website and documents including technical bulletins, guides, white papers and research summaries. As an independent consultant, Dr. Major has collaborated in writing books on biochar aimed at scientific audiences as well as farmers and gardeners. She is also involved in designing, conducting, and reporting on biochar field trials in Quebec and elsewhere. She is currently a faculty lecturer and academic advisor at McGill University in Montreal.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION IS FREE and is open to anyone with an interest in the future of the Island s agriculture and agri-food production. However, pre-registration is necessary as space is limited. To Register Call: 902-368-2005 or Email:

3. 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


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.

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