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1. PEIBWA Events

Lunch and Learn – Charlottetown
“Take Your Best Shot”
Presented by: Alanna Jankov, Photographer and Owner of Image Factory

Images of people and products are used in brochures and on websites to describe product, service offerings and employee profiles. A beautiful picture that shows off a person’s best features or shows a product exceptionally well can affect a customer’s perception of your business.  Images leave a lasting visual in people’s minds. Alanna will share secrets of the trade and provide suggestions of what you should know to present you and your business in the perfect shot regardless of who takes it. Also, she will share with you questions you should ask when hiring photographic services for yourself and your company.

Location:      Best Western Charlottetown, Grafton Street, Charlottetown
North Court Building (across the street from main hotel)
Date:           Tuesday, March 15th, 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 Paula Laybolt by e-mail at or by phone at (902) 892-6040.

Registration deadline: Friday, March 11th, 2011 at 4:00 p.m.


Lunch and Learn – Charlottetown
“Workplace Wellness”
Presented by: Wendy Chappell, The Whole Health & Fitness Studio

The workplace is a favourable setting for promoting Active Living and Wellness, whether you are the employer or the employee. Discover why, through the presentation of some EYE OPENING Statistics, your workplace should promote a culture that values workers health and physiological needs. This workshop will provide some useful on-the-spot antidotes to most-of-the-day sitting, keyboarding, text messaging, and workplace stress. You will learn ways to get up out of your chair and moving in health-inducing ways that will absolutely benefit both the employee and employer.

Location:      Best Western Charlottetown, Grafton Street, Charlottetown
North Court Building (across the street from main hotel)
Date:           Thursday, March 31st, 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 Paula Laybolt by e-mail at or by phone at (902) 892-6040.

Registration deadline: Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 at 4:00 p.m.


Lunch and Learn – Summerside
Presented by: Margie Villard, Fresh Perspective

Are you ready for a “Fresh Perspective” on Office Organizing?

This workshop will highlight the top 10 office organizing mistakes people make.  Learn how to improve the efficiency & productivity in your business or home office today.  Margie Villard, owner of Fresh Perspective, is the only Trained Professional Organizer on PEI, a member of Professional Organizers in Canada (POC) & Mastermind Organizers and the Secretary/Membership Coordinator for the POC Cyber Chapter which brings professional organizers from across the country together to keep up to date with the latest innovations and techniques in the organizing industry.

Location:      Loyalist Lakeview Resort, 195 Harbour Drive, Summerside
Date:           Thursday, March 31st, 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 29th, 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.

2.  Part of the PEI Writers’ Guild 2011 Workshop Series

Facilitated by Dr. Jane Magrath and Dr. Fiona Papps.
Saturday, March 19, 2011, 10:00am – 1:00pm, UPEI Faculty Lounge

Ever thought you could know someone’s gender from their writing? Ever been wrong? Ever wondered if there’s something, you know, different about writing by women? Ever asked why they call some writing “chick lit”?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, this workshop is for you. In the workshop, one of a series of writing workshops offered by the PEI Writers’ Guild in 2011, we’ll use a variety of techniques to explore the ways in which the writing process both genders and is gendered. Through an examination of writings by women and men, and through experiential writing exercises, we will discuss how issues of agency, voice, space, and time shape women’s writing processes and products.

Dr. Jane Magrath is Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of Prince Edward Island. She was the recipient of the 2004 Hessian Merit Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the 2006 Janet Pottie Murray Award for Educational Leadership. Dr. Fiona Papps is Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Prince Edward Island, and recipient of the 2006 Hessian Merit Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 2010 Milton Acorn Award for Poetry.

Cost: $20.00 for PEI Writers’ Guild Members, $30.00 for Non-Members, and $10:00 for students.

3. PEI Citizen Advocacy’s 10th Prize Bingo Fundraiser

Friends and Supporters of PEI Citizen Advocacy,

COME PLAY PRIZE  BINGO FOR CITIZEN ADVOCACY! (even if you’ve never played before!)

On Tuesday, March 29th, 7.00 p.m. PEI Citizen Advocacy’s 10th annual prize bingo fundraiser will take place at Bingo Country on Riverside Drive., Charlottetown….with prizes valued at over 3,000 .

This is a fun evening for everyone, even if you’ve never played bingo before! The celebrity caller will be KIRK MACKINNON of Ocean 100.

Only $20 for admission and cards. Please come along, have a lot of fun and support a great cause!

For more information call Rosalind at 566-3523 or email at

Tickets at the door or in advance at the Voluntary Resource Centre, 81 Prince St., Charlottetown.

4.  Looking for new members!

The Sierra Club Canada Atlantic Canada Chapter Executive Committee is looking for new members! Sierra Club Canada Atlantic Canada Chapter gives the Earth a Voice across Atlantic Canada through providing advice on policy, pushing for greater environmental protection, and our environmental education programs.

The Executive Committee is looking for both regular members as well as youth representatives. Youth representatives are those candidates between the ages of 18-30 years old.

The Executive Committee meets monthly by teleconference and annually face to face at our AGM. We have been working hard to streamline efforts to suit the talents of our Executive Committee. We are interested in a multitude of backgrounds and expertise but have particular interest in anyone with financial management, legal, communications or fundraising backgrounds.

If interested please email or call (902)444-3113.

5.  Seniors’ Symposia:  “Putting Your Affairs in Order”

The Community Legal Information Association (CLIA) will hold four Seniors’ Symposia across PEI in April and May.

The symposia, funded by the Seniors’ Secretariat of PEI and the Community Foundation of PEI, will provide information to help you plan ahead for your health, financial affairs, legal affairs and other concerns.  The sessions will run from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM.  Refreshments and a hot lunch will be provided.

There is no cost to participants but you must pre-register by calling CLIA at 892-0853 or 1-800-240-9798.  Please call to register for one of the following sessions:

April 2 – Summerside, Credit Union Place – pre-register by March 25
April 9 – Montague, Cavendish Farms Health and Wellness Centre – pre-register by April 2
April 16 – Wellington, Legion – pre-register by April 8
May 14 – Charlottetown, Murchison Centre – pre-register by May 6

6.  Taste of Ukraine: Lecture and Tea Fundraiser

The public is cordially invited to attend an evening exploring and celebrating the architecture and culture of Ukraine at Beaconsfield’s Carriage House on Monday, April 4, 2011 (Storm date April 5). Well-known author, James W. Macnutt QC will present an illustrated talk describing his experiences and observations from his travels to Ukraine- a country that has some of the most distinctive, attractive and historically significant architecture in Eastern Europe. Mr. Macnutt has visited many of the former “East Block” countries and will comment on the similarities and differences among them in terms of their built heritage. Members of the PEI Ukrainian community, in authentic dress, will provide traditional Ukrainian and Canadian desserts and display crafts. Money raised during the evening from ticket sales, donations and a silent auction will support the Institute for Architectural Studies & Conservation’s educational endeavours. A limited number of seats are available. Doors open at 6.30 pm. Tickets go on sale March 1 (advance $12. and $15 at the door) and will be available at Beaconsfield Historic House or from Institute members. For more information, please call 892-8187 or 368-6603. Please come, bring your friends and enjoy what will prove to be an educational and colourful evening. The Institute for Architectural Studies & Conservation A Committee of The Prince Edward Island Museum and Heritage Foundation.

7. Conference

The Joint Chair in Women’s Studies at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University invites you to a Conference on Feminists, Scholars, and Activists at the Pivot Point

When:       Monday March 21, 2011
Time:         9:30 am -1:00 pm
Where:      Senate Room, Tabaret Hall room 083,
550 Cumberland, University of Ottawa

Pamela Walker, incumbent of the Joint Chair in Women’s Studies is pleased to hold this event to examine how feminist scholarship and activism come together in our work.

Welcome to our speakers:

Denyse Côté  is a full professor in the Department of Social Work, at the Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO).

Diana Majury is a full professor in the Law Department and the Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Affairs) of the Faculty of Public Affairs, at Carleton University.

Ruth Phillips holds a Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Art and Culture and is a full professor of Art History at Carleton University.

Anette Sikka is a lawyer and a doctoral candidate at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa.

Kathryn Trevenen is an assistant professor at the Institute of Women’s Studies and the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa.

A question and answer period will follow.

The event will be bilingual with simultaneous translation.

Free admission.

For more information, please contact Hélène Boudreault, 613-520-6644


La Chaire conjointe en études des femmes, de l’Université d’Ottawa et Carleton University vous invite à une Conférence portant sur les Féministes, universitaires et militantes au point de convergence

Quand:      Lundi, le 21 mars 2011
Heure:       9 h 30-13 h 00
Où:            Salle du Sénat, pièce 083, Pavillon Tabaret
550 Cumberland, Université d’Ottawa

Pamela Walker, titulaire de la Chaire conjointe en études des femmes, a le plaisir d’organiser cet événement qui permettra d’explorer comment la recherche féministe universitaire et le militantisme se rejoignent dans notre travail.

Bienvenue à nos conférencières :

Denyse Côté est professeure titulaire au Département de travail social à l’Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO).

Diana Majury est professeure titulaire au Département de droit et doyenne associée (recherche et études supérieures) de la Faculty of Public Affairs de l’Université Carleton.

Ruth Phillips détient la Chaire de recherche du Canada en art et culture authochtones et est professeure titulaire en histoire de l’art à l’Université Carleton.

Anette Sikka est avocate et doctorante à la Faculté de droit de l’Université d’Ottawa.

Kathryn Trevenen est professeure adjointe à l’Institut d’études des femmes et à l’École d’études politiques de l’Université d’Ottawa.

Une période de questions suivra.

Il s’agit d’un événement bilingue, offrant la traduction simultanée.

Entrée libre.

Pour plus d’information, prière de contacter Hélène Boudreault, au 613-520-6644

8.  Submissions Wanted for 3rd UPEI Diversity Office Zine
(original or credited works with permission)

Deadline: Thursday, March 31
Short essays
Other creative inspirations
Drop off your submissions to Student Services
Or email Ruth

For further information, please go to



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

Part 2 (March 18) cancelled. Sorry for any inconvenience.

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.”


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


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


Cinema Politica Coming to Charlottetown

Charlottetown, Monday March 14th, 2011
At 7pm
UPEI Campus, exact location to be announced.

Cinema Politica Charlottetown will launch with a screening of “Where the Water Meets the Sky”, a documentary about 23 women in Zambia who learn filmmaking in order to tell their own incredible stories of struggle, in honour of the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day taking place in March.  WUSC PEI will host a panel discussion afterward where audience members are encouraged to take part and share snacks.

Cinema Politica originated in Vancouver, B.C. in 2001, and has expanded across the country as well as internationally, with a strong following in many Atlantic Canadian cities.  This non-profit organization enables local communities to band together in order to exhibit the independent, innovative and entertaining documentaries and stories that interest them most, and which are so often underrepresented by mainstream media. UPEI campus groups and community group members committed to positive social change have come together to inspire and educate audiences about important socio-political, cultural, environmental and economic issues. New members are welcome.  If interested please e-mail Emily Rutledge at

Screenings will be held every second Monday of the month. Donations are encouraged (suggested $2-$5) but no one will be turned away. Thank you!

2. March is Fraud Prevention Month!

The PEI Seniors Safety Program and the Seniors’ Secretariat invite you to a free Seniors Safety Seminar. These seminars will be presented in several locations. Join us to learn how to recognize frauds and scams and steps that you can take to protect yourself.

March 16, 2011

Loyalist Lakeview Resort, Summerside
Refreshments will be served.
To register call 1-866-770-0588

3.  Upcoming Gerontology Information Sessions at UPEI

UPEI recently received a grant from the National Institute for the Care of the Elderly (NICE) to establish a Gerontology Interest Group. NICE selected four universities across Canada to participate in this initiative to provide an interactive and interdisciplinary learning ground for students interested in the study of aging. The project aims to increase the number of professionals available to work with Canada’s aging population now, and in the future.

Anyone with an interest in the study of aging is welcome to drop in for all or part of these NICE events on campus. Each of the on-campus meetings will be held in Schurman Market Square, MacDougall Hall on:

March 9: 12-1:30 pm
March 23: 4:30-6 pm

In addition, we will be holding two meetings off-campus in order to generate interest in Gerontology for mature students, off-campus students, and those interested in becoming a student.

March 9: 7-8:30 pm, Studio Theatre at the Confederation Centre, Charlottetown
March 30: 7- 8:30 pm, Convention Centre at Credit Union Place, Summerside

Gerontologists will be present at each meeting to discuss their experiences in the field of aging and to provide information on educational opportunities, careers, and volunteer opportunities.

Refreshments will be provided at each meeting. All welcome!

For more information, please contact Dr. Lori Weeks, the Faculty Advisor for this project at or 566-0528.

4.  Career Women Interaction (FCI:CWI) – 2nd Annual Women in Leadership Conference

“Facing the challenges”
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Royal Oaks Golf Club
401 Royal Oaks Blvd., Moncton

HELENA CAIN, Vice-President, Bell Aliant

• Find out how challenges are faced in modern organizations
• Get to know the significant role that attitude plays in achieving one’s goals
• Know the principles that will help you communicate effectively
• Gain insights into how to achieve results through others
• Be inspired by one woman’s personal journey of discovering core leadership values
• Hear how mentoring can be a powerful tool in achieving professional success
• Examine the role of community leadership in today’s business world
• Review key leader competencies in the context of value added for organizations
• Get to know what it takes to make your mark as a leader

Executives, department heads, directors, senior managers, lawyers, accountants,
and other professionals who are looking for strategies to become more effective leaders.

Register today at:

For more info on costs and to get a brochure, email

5.   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:


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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PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women
PO Box 2000 (161 St. Peter’s Road), Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
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