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NEW LISTINGS

1.    Tonight:  Free Public Presentation: How to Win Friends and Influence Politics

Keynote Speaker: Honourable Sheila Copps
Tourism and Culinary Institute, 4 Sydney Street, Charlottetown
April 15, 2011, 7:30 pm

The PEI Coalition for Women in Government is pleased to announce that the Honourable Sheila Copps will be the keynote speaker at a free public presentation during the Women in Leadership School, April 15 and 16.

Ms Copps offers a deep knowledge of the workings of government, having served as an Ontario Provincial Government-Member of Parliament and assistant to the Leader of the Opposition from 1977 to 1984 and federally as Liberal Member of Parliament and Minister from 1984 to 2003. She was the first woman in Canada’s history to hold the position of Deputy Prime Minister. Since 2004, she has worked as a nationally syndicated columnist and broadcaster.

The Women in Leadership School will offer participants the opportunity to network with successful women leaders, provide skills-building workshops and direction to encourage women’s greater participation in politics and leadership. For more information visit: http://www.womeningovernmentpei.ca.

The Coalition, established in 2004, is a multi-partisan coalition of individuals and organizations committed to increasing women’s opportunities to be elected to government in PEI and to advocate for the support of diversity of decision making at all elected levels. The Coalition acknowledges financial support from Status of Women Canada.

For more information on this event, contact:
Sandy Kowalik
Email: sandy@womeningovernmentpei.ca

2.   Today and Tomorrow: Ten Thousand Villages Sale in Eastern Kings

If any of you are looking for some nice gifts or household items and are starting to get Ten Thousand Villages withdrawal, a spring craft and gift sale is coming to Eastern PEI!  A Ten Thousand Villages Festival Sale offering fair traded, unique home décor and gifts will be held at Kingsboro Baptist Church, 3055 East Point Rd, (take a drive up Rt 2 to Souris then Rt 16 to Kingsboro), on Friday April 15 from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM and Saturday April 16 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Your purchase at the Souris Festival Sale will help skilled artisans in more than 30 countries receive a fair price for their handcrafted wares.  Call 357-2753 for more information.  Enjoy a nice spring drive to visit the East Point lighthouse and visit the sale on the way!  See you there.  John

John F. Burka, Ph.D., Dept. of Biomedical Sciences
Atlantic Veterinary College, UPEI 550 University Ave.,
Charlottetown, PEI  C1A 4P3  e-mail:  burka@upei.ca  Phone:  +1-902-566-0810(w)

3.   Today:  Women at East Coast Swamp

Today, Friday, April 15, 3pm-8pm women in music take to the stage at East Coast Swamp at Globe World Flavors on Victoria Row, Charlottetown. Many Island favorites, Teresa Doyle, Brooke Miller, Katie McGarry, and new comers Amanada Rae Gallant and Sarah Sandford join off Island guests Erin Costelo and Christine Nicole Campbell. $10 at the door – First come first serve and general seating.

4.    Tomorrow:  VOTE. EVERYTHING MATTERS!

Hey everyone, please spread this around to everyone!!

VOTE. EVERYTHING MATTERS! is a group of Canadian citizens who want to encourage every Canadian to embrace their role as citizens of this country, by getting involved, getting informed, and getting out to the polls on May 2nd.

VOTE. EVERYTHING MATTERS! would like to invite one and all to a rally for Democracy outside the Province House in Charlottetown from 2 PM – 3 PM on Saturday April 16th, 2011.

This rally is an opportunity for Canadian citizens, young and old, to come out to engage in our democracy through speeches, songs, and activities. It will be a chance to meet others concerned for our democracy as well as to hear about issues & values that are critical to the happiness, prosperity, sustainability, and equity of people across Canada from rural communities, urban areas, and greater cities. This rally will feature a number of guest speakers and musicians talking and singing about issues ranging from Arts and Culture to Environment to how individuals can make a difference in our national policies. We will get to hear from citizens like Conor Leggott, a UPEI student and one of Canada’s concerned youth, Teresa Doyle, acclaimed musician and advocate for the Arts, as well as others speakers. Todd Maclean, PEI musician of the year, will be assembling musicians from all over the eastern coast of Canada to perform and to help lead the rally in a sing-a-long. The rally will also feature a new spoken word piece from Island performer Tanya Davis, a video challenge for all citizens to make their voices heard, as well as a chance to get out and meet local community groups, politicians, and other enthusiastic citizens!

VOTE. EVERYTHING MATTERS! started with a meeting over some home-made bread, a great discussion, and an enthusiasm for our future. We hope to create a national campaign to show our parliament and our Prime Minister that these issues do matter to Canadians and that we need all of our voices and involvement to make Canadian democracy function for all Canadians. VOTE. EVERYTHING MATTERS! can be found online http://www.voteeverythingmatters.wordpress.com

We hope to see everyone out to show their support for our communities, our provinces, our country, and most of all our power and role in our democratic process. If you have any questions please feel welcomed to contact Daniel McRae at (902) 659-2072 or via email: vote.everythingmatters@gmail.com

5.     Palm Sunday Gospel Concert

The Boys and Girls of Bedlamb, will be performing with Teresa Doyle at the Palm Sunday Gospel Concert at St. Paul’s Church at noon on Sunday, April 17. These kids are ages 5 -10 and will be singing some really difficult Gaelic pieces. Also performing are the St. Paul’s Junior Choir and ECMA Gospel nominees Chelsea Nisbett and Elizabeth Deveau both from Halifax. Tickets at the door $12 a lunch is also available $5.

6.     Charlottetown All-Candidates Forum on the Environment

Tuesday, April 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Holland College Lecture Theatre,
Kent Street, Charlottetown

Election campaigns should provide opportunities to hear about issues important to all Canadians.  To foster public awareness and debate on conservation and environment issues, Island organizations are sponsoring an all-party public forum with candidates in the Charlottetown riding.  On Tuesday, April 19, the public is invited to hear candidates answer questions at the Holland College (Charlottetown Centre) Lecture Theatre on Kent St. from 7-9pm.

The event will be an excellent opportunity to hear the views of NDP candidate Joe Byrne, Liberal candidate Sean Casey, Green Party candidate Eliza Knockwood and Conservative candidate Donna Profit on a variety of topics that affect both our province and our country.  The candidates will answer questions from some of the sponsoring organizations, after which there will be ample time for questions from the floor.  Topics will include everything from addressing climate change and improving environmental legislation to funding sustainable agriculture.

The meeting is organized by the Environmental Coalition of PEI, the Island Nature Trust, the PEI Watershed Alliance, the PEI Environmental Health Cooperative, the PEI Wildlife Federation, the Natural History Society of PEI and the Sierra Club.

For more information, contact Gary Schneider at 962-3497.

7.   Anderson House Has Many Reasons to Celebrate

Donors, volunteers and friends of Anderson House and Sister Properties celebrated the end of a capital campaign with generous Island businesses, communities, organizations and individuals who volunteered time, or made donations. The campaign committee collected  $350,000 exceeding their campaign goal.

When the campaign was launched last year, Anderson House was in dire need of repair.  “Age and use was taking its toll on the century old building,” said Campaign Co-chair Valerie Docherty. “Water damage could be seen extensively throughout the building and it was impacting on the building’s structural integrity. At that time, there was concern the damage may even start to impact the health of residents. Plumbing had not been updated since the 1950’s and residents were deeply concerned by a lack of privacy. Finally, the home’s dark and dingy atmosphere was generally seen as a barrier to healing,” said Docherty.

Today the building has been thoroughly modernized. Improvements include an open style kitchen that is capable of accommodating a house full of residents, a child’s play room located close to mothers, secure doors, accessible rooms, and a new programming space. The space has also been outfitted with modern and functional furnishings.

“Women and children who suffer the impact of violence are left with significant psychological and emotional scars. Anderson House is where their journey to a new beginning starts,” says Campaign Co-chair Kim Devine. “Thanks to our generous donors, we have exceeded our campaign goal so not only is Anderson House now better prepared to help women on their journey but Anderson House’s sister properties we will also be able to make needed improvements.”

The Campaign committee included co-chairs Docherty and Devine and members Dianne Porter, Kathryn Dickson, Cathy McInnis, Rose Ellen Ghiz, Nancy Wallace, Leza Matheson Wolter and Philip Matusiewicz.

Anderson House operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and provides confidential crisis and phone support, outreach services, second stage housing and public education on preventing family violence.

Typically 90 women and 70 children seek shelter at Anderson House each year, and more than 4600 women and children have used Anderson House to escape violence since it opened in 1981.

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SOME PREVIOUS LISTINGS

1.    PEI People First Freedom Tour DVD Launch, April 16th

On Saturday, April 16th, at 1:00 p.m. PEI People First will screen its newest film, the PEI Freedom Tour, at the Best Western Hotel in Charlottetown.

In May, 2010, members of People First, a self-advocacy organization for adults with intellectual disabilities, toured the Island in the “Freedom Tour Bus”, holding events in Montague, Souris, Charlottetown, Tignish and Summerside. Their message was clear: People with intellectual disabilities should not be living in large or small institutions. Every person, whatever his or her ability, has the right to choose where he or she lives.

The film was created by Adam MacIsaac. Narrated by Dan Keaveny, Barb Fanning and Leo Garland of People First, and with music by Tony Reddin, it tells the story of the Freedom Tour and of some of the men and women who organized it.

Leo Garland is the current president of PEI People First. He says “In PEI, some people are not getting their right to choose where they live respected. There are young people living in manors not because they chose to be there but because there is no other place to go. We need more choices, and more support. We want to live in dignity, and be part of the community, not segregated and forgotten about.”

You can view the trailer for the movie at http://vimeo.com/18886094. For more information about the Freedom Tour, call Barb Fanning or Ann Wheatley at 892-8989, or email peipeoplefirst@eastlink.ca.

2.    Concerts and Yoga Teacher Training in April

ECMA East Coast Swamp hosts the finest Maritime musicians in blues, roots, honky tonk on Saturday, April 16, 2011 2 p.m. till 8 p.m. at Globe World Flavors featuring PEI’s Got Blues lead by Chris Roumbanis, as well as Haunted Hearts. Other off Island guests include Tony Leudy, Ravi Persaud, Ross Nielsen & The Sufferin’ Bastards and very special guest – blues musician from NB. Tickets $10 available in advance from Globe on Victoria Row or at the door on show day. Concert presented by Heart Centered Productions facebook.com/kele.redmondhcp

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Michelle Burns, certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher, is offering 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training intensive this spring in Charlottetown. Flexible start dates include April 22, 29 or May 6, depends on registered students, and concludes third weekend in June. To fulfill the training and time requirements, one evening during the week in addition to weekends, will be expected of students. With fifteen years yoga teaching experience Michelle Burns offers a comprehensive training program for yoga teachers, aspiring teachers and yoga practitioners. Upon completion participants will receive internationally recognized certification. Open to all ages and all levels of practice. .For more information, visit http://www.quantumleapcoaches.com or call Kele Redmond 314 4678.

3.    Parkinson’s Group Organize Workshop on Community Services

The Charlottetown support roup of the Parkinsons’s society Maritime Region is inviting the public to participate in an educational workshop: Accessing Homecare and Disability Support programs for People Living with Parkinson’s. The Workshop will take place on Wednesday, April 27, 2:00 pm at St. Pius X Hall (lower floor of Church), St. Pius X Avenue, Charlottetown. The program for the workshop will start with a panel which will consist of a person living with Parkinson’s.; a caregiver; and a community researcher, who will share some findings from her research with the Parkinson Society which was carried out last summer.

Following the panel, representatives from the PEI HomeCare Program and from the Disability support Program will review their programs and how PWP can access these programs, if needed.There will be small group discussion and question and answer after the presentatons. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served. For further information contact Maureen at 569-5038, maureenlarkin@pei.sympatico.ca  or Dianne 569-4462.

Contact Person:  Maureen Larkin 569-5038

4.    Seniors Safety Seminar

The PEI Seniors Safety Program and the Seniors’ Secretariat invite you to a free Seniors Safety Seminar. These very popular 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.

April 6, 2011
St. Mary’s Church, Montague

April 20, 2011
Souris Seniors Club Building, Main Street Souris
1:00-4:00pm

Free
Refreshments will be served.
To register for either event call 1-866-770-0588

5.   Women in Leadership School

On April 15 and 16, the PEI Coalition for Women in Government, will be hosting a leadership school, offering participants the opportunity to network with successful women leaders, provide skills-building workshops and direction to encourage women’s greater participation in politics and leadership.

The Honourable Sheila Copps, the first woman in Canada’s history to hold the position of Deputy Prime Minister, will present a keynote address on “How to Win Friends and Influence Politics” at a free public presentation on Friday, April 15. A Mentoring Dinner, hosted by Senator Catherine Callbeck, will provide participants with an informal opportunity to converse with Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians and PEI women politicians. Sessions will include Communicating with the Media, Using Social Media in Political Campaigns, Running a Campaign, and much more.

Prospective and current candidates and supporters, elected representatives, young women, and leaders from the community are encouraged to join us.

For an overview of the agenda and to register on-line visit http://www.womeningovernmentpei.ca

The PEI Coalition for Women in Government, established in 2004, is a multi-partisan coalition of individuals and organizations committed to increasing women’s opportunities to be elected to government in PEI and to advocate for the support of diversity of decision making at all elected levels.

For more information on this event, contact:
Sandy Kowalik
Email: sandy@womeningovernmentpei.ca

6.    PEI Writers’ Guild 2011 Workshop Series (April)

WRITING THE LANDSCAPE EAST
Writing workshop facilitator: Deirdre Kessler
PEI Writers’ Guild 2011 Workshop Series
In cooperation with Montague Library Writers’ Guild
& Southern Kings Arts Council

WHEN & WHERE
Saturday, April 16, 2011: Active Communities INC.
540 Main Street, Main Floor Boardroom, Montague, PE
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
(starting promptly, please enter by the side door, refreshments served)

FOR WHOM
The workshop is open to writers at all levels of development who are interested in life writing, poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, or children’s stories.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION
The natural world will be the touchstone for a number of timed writing exercises presented during the workshop. We will explore memory and experience, sudden insights and slow intuitive knowings.  We will experiment with making the shift from representing to responding to the natural world, from external to internal, from surface to essence.

How much can we abstract or distill or simplify what we see and still evoke both the place and our response to it? Explorations of style, structure, and content will be enhanced by exemplary texts, which will be provided to each workshop participant.

Deirdre Kessler is author of over two dozen books, including a recent collection of poetry, AFTERNOON HORSES, and award-winning children’s books, LOBSTER IN MY POCKET and BRUPP RIDES AGAIN. She spent this past autumn in Tasmania, where she was artist in residence in the Cataract Gorge, Launceston. Acorn Press will publish her new book for very young children, DREAMTIME, in fall 2011. She teaches creative writing and children’s literature at UPEI.

WORKSHOP FEES
PEI Writers’ Guild members $20.00, Non-members: $30.00, Students $15.00

CONTACT TO REGISTER or for more information
peiwritersguild@gmail.com
Please put in subject line (Attention: PEIWG Workshop Enrollment)
IF you have to contact someone by phone, call Yvette at 902-892-9788.

This workshop was made possible with funding from the PEI Department of Tourism and Culture.

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WRITING FOR CHILDREN WORKSHOP
Deirdre Kessler: Writing Workshop Facilitator
PEI Writers’ Guild 2011 Workshop Series (Central)
Co-sponsored with the Department of English at UPEI

WHEN & WHERE
Saturday, April 30, 2011: UPEI, Main Building, Room 420
Presented before the 2011 PEI Writers’ Guild Annual General Meeting
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (starting promptly, refreshments served)

During this three-hour workshop participants will create storyboards for two children’s stories (one fiction; one non-fiction). Explorations of style, structure, and content will be enhanced by exemplary texts from Kessler’s extensive children’s literature collection.

Deirdre Kessler is author of over two dozen books, including a recent collection of poetry, AFTERNOON HORSES, and award-winning children’s books, LOBSTER IN MY POCKET and BRUPP RIDES AGAIN. She spent this past autumn in Tasmania, where she was artist in residence in the Cataract Gorge, Launceston. Acorn Press will publish her new book for very young children, DREAMTIME, in fall 2011. She teaches creative writing and children’s literature at UPEI.

WORKSHOP FEES
PEI Writers’ Guild members $20.00, Non-members: $30.00, Students $15.00

CONTACT TO REGISTER or for more information
peiwritersguild@gmail.com
Please put in subject line (Attention: PEIWG Workshop Enrollment)
IF you have to contact someone by phone, call Yvette at 902-892-9788.

This workshop was made possible with funding from the PEI Department of Tourism and Culture.

7.   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

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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
tel: 902 368 4510
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