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1. Tomorrow – Silent Protest for Electoral Reform

On May 14th from 2-2:30 pm in front of Province House there will be a
silent protest for electoral reform. The event will be happening
alongside many others in the country but our format will be different.
Our silence will stand for those Canadians whose voices are not being
represented by our government because of our outdated electoral system.
Ideally we would be gathered by 2 and silent until 2:30. After that I
would encourage everyone to stick around and discuss electoral reform with others at  the event for at least the next half an hour, if possible. Bringing the total length of the demonstration up to one hour.

  • The silence starts at 2pm. Please arrive slightly before if at all possible. No worries if you are late! Just settle in quietly.
  • During the half hour of silence copies of the Declaration of Voters’ Rights will be passed around to be signed by any and all who wish to sign them.
  • Make a sign! This will provide a great contrast to our silence and add to our statement!
  • Bring a blanket to sit on. We have to be quiet, it won’t be easy, so we may as well be comfortable!
  • Remember we’ll be outside, so bring some water/a hat/sunscreen/whatever you might need to keep that sun from getting to you. Hopefully it will be a nice day!

-This is a mulit-partisan movement. Please respect that.
-Please invite your friends!

For more information, please email

2.   Thinking of starting a new Business?

ProfitLearn is presenting A FREE workshop for new or emerging entrepreneurs.

Bill Martin, business owner and trainer, shares his experiences in a three-hour session:

10 Essentials of Starting a New Business
Tuesday May 17, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Rodd Royalty, Charlottetown

A no-cost way to take first steps towards business success
Registration required – please contact Marg Weeks, ProfitLearn PEI
E-mail:   Tel:  1-800-270-4795

For anyone interested, we will briefly share information about “Start-Up Business Bootcamp” scheduled for June, 2011.

3.     Live Your Dreams, Love Your Life
A Free Workshop Series for Unemployed & Underemployed Women

Summerside Community Church, Ministry Centre
340 Court Street
Summerside, PE C1N 1N6

Live Your Dreams, Love Your Life  is designed for women age 30-54 who feel stuck in a rut and need encouragement to get moving positively forward.  Ideal participants are either unemployed or underemployed and have a strong desire to improve their lifestyle by moving themselves forward in their career and life.

The workshop series is scheduled to start the week of May 23rd in Summerside.  We will meet one day a week for two hours, over four consecutive weeks.  Dates & times will be set as soon as we have eight women enrolled in the program.

Here is a pdf overview of the program.  To view, please click the link,  Live Dreams Love Life_Program Information Sheet .

Get more information!

Nancy Beth Guptill
Live Your Dreams ~ Love Your Life

4.   Folk Dancing May 22 in Emyvale

At the Emyvale Community Centre [2155 Kingston Rd.] from 2 to 4 pm. Learn folk dances from around the world, circle dances and contra dances. No partner or experience necessary- dances are called and easy!  All ages welcome. Admission is by donation- suggested $2 each or $5 per family.
For more information phone 394-0384, or 675-4093. Also check out and our event page on facebook .

5.    June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

The World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Committee invites you to attend a special event focusing on understanding and preventing the emotional and verbal abuse of older adults. Attend this free event  to learn more about community approaches to addressing emotional and verbal abuse.

Wednesday, June 15 2011
10:00 a.m. to noon
St. Mary’s Hall
Wood Islands Road, Montague

Transportation from Charlottetown is available courtesy of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty. Register to attend and to reserve transportation by calling  1-866-770-0588 or send an email to

6.    Call for Nominations for Senior Islanders of the Year

Celebrate Someone Special

The PEI Seniors’ Secretariat invites you to say ‘thank you’ to a special volunteer or other ‘unsung hero’ by nominating them as a “Senior Islander of the Year”.

Nomination forms are available by calling 1-866-770-0588 or send an email to

The deadline for nominations is July 15th, don’t delay!

7.      Food Justice, Women’s Rights, and Climate Change

Oxfam is about to launch GROW, a three-year campaign on food justice, women’s rights, and climate change.  We need your help.

GROW is about more than just getting enough food to people. It’s also about changing the systems that deny women access to food, resources, and rights.  It is about empowering them to be the champions of their own lives and livelihoods.

Part of making these changes involves having a conversation with Canadians about the personal and political decisions they make about food.

We don’t want this to be a one-way conversation, and we don’t want folks to only hear from us.  We’d like them to also hear from you.  So we’re going to rely heavily on a team of tweeters, bloggers, and mythbusters across the country.

Sound like fun? Go to and fill out a quick form, to let us know exactly how you’d like to help.

Thank you so much!

Audra Williams
eCommunications Officer – Oxfam Canada
210-410 Adelaide Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5V1S8



1.   Upcoming Workshop – Building Healthy Organizations that Inspire Success with Graham Lowe

The University of Prince Edward Island is pleased to host Graham Lowe—president of the Graham Lowe Group Inc., a workplace consulting and research firm. In an interactive workshop, Mr. Lowe will draw from his new book, Creating Healthy Organizations, to challenge participants to think about organizational success in sustainable human terms.

Participants will achieve the following objectives by the end of the workshop:

1. Understand the building blocks of a healthy organization and how to put them in place.
2. Find ways to strengthen your workplace culture.
3. Identify opportunities for designing workplaces that inspire employees.
4. Foster shared leadership for workplace improvements.
5. Use tools for assessing progress toward healthy organizational goals.

This promises to be an inspirational event for managers and those responsible for leading in organizations.

The session will be held on the UPEI campus on
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Registration:  8:15am -8:45am
Workshop:  9 am—4 pm

Registration is limited and cost is $185.00 + gst. $150/person for organizations or companies sending four or more participants.


For more information:  UPEI Centre for Life-Long Learning, Contact: Lisa MacKinnon-Laybolt; Email:;  Tel: (902) 566-0336;

2.  “Write When You Wonder, Write When You Wander,” PEI School of the Arts, North Rustico, July 4-8, with Dianne Hicks Morrow

Through guided writing exercises, you’ll explore your own wonder and wanderings, both inner and outer.  Your resulting writing will surprise you. And who knows where it will lead you — into writing a journal, a memoir, story, poem or play — it’s your choice.  A desire to explore your world through writing is all that’s required. You’ll have the opportunity to receive useful feedback on your new writing from the group, in a supportive environment, as well as the option to bring up to ten pages of previous writing for written feedback from the facilitator.

By the end of this five-day workshop, you’ll have written a body of new work, and determined how to shape it to suit your goals. You’ll have read your new writing to the group for helpful feedback based on group guidelines. You’ll have met one-to-one with the facilitator to discuss her written response to your writing. You’ll have the opportunity to give a public reading to the whole school, and guests, on the final afternoon.

Dianne Hicks Morrow is an award-winning poet, writing workshop facilitator, past president of
 the PEI Writers’ Guild, and recipient of the 2008 Award for Distinguished
 Contribution to the Literary Arts on PEI. Acorn Press Canada published
 her book of poetry, Long Reach Home, and her non-fiction book of interviews, Kindred Spirits: Relationships that Spark the Soul. She has a new book of poetry being published this year.

Pre-registration is recommended by May 31st. For more information,

3.      4th Annual Voluntary Resource Council Breakfast and Banter Fundraiser

The 4th Annual Breakfast and Banter will be held in the Belvedere Golf and Country Club on Saturday May 14th at 9:00 – 10:30 am.  Doors open at 8:30 am.

“Our annual breakfast with very interesting people is our main fundraising activity,” says Shauna Reddin, President of the Voluntary Resource Council (VRC).  “The VRC has been providing support to Prince Edward Island’s volunteer sector for over 30 years.”

The MC for the event is Erskine Smith, the well-known Island theatre personality.

Participants will get to enjoy a great breakfast and partake in wonderful morning banter with some of PEI’s Very Interesting People including Anne Putnam, Sandy Komst, Randy McCourt, Chester Gillan, Mike Stanley, Linda Nobles, Hazel Spencer, Emma Trivett, Ian Petrie, Brenton MacLeod, David MacKenzie, Dianna Linder, Reg Phelan, Kathryn Burke, Jo Wells, John VanLeeuwen, Kathleen Casey, Kerras Jeffery and Rene Laprise.

Tickets are $30.00 and include a full buffet breakfast.  A charitable receipt of $17.00 will be issued.

The event will also include a live and silent auction of art, crafts and other items.  Everyone is encouraged to come early to view the auction items and make their bids.

Tickets and more information are available at the Voluntary Resource Council, 81 Prince St, Charlottetown or by phone at 902.368.7337.

4.    David Berceli, PhD, International Stress Management and Trauma Expert is returning to Charlottetown for a TRE (Tension Release Exercises) Workshop on Tuesday, May 31

The UPEI Centre for Life-Long Learning in partnership with Inverlie Consulting is pleased to announce that David Berceli, PhD is returning to PEI for an all-day TRE (Tension Release Exercises) Workshop.

Dr. Berceli has 16 years of experience in the area of trauma recovery, stress management and conflict resolution. He travels extensively in Europe and the United States training professionals and offering workshops to the public as well as working extensively with the US and Brazilian Military and world governments to assist in alleviating the stress impacts of war, world disasters and everyday living.

The cost for the workshop is $135.  It takes place from 9:30am-4:30pm at Murphy’s Community Centre in Charlottetown on Tuesday, May 31.

For more information, to register, or to read testimonials from last year’s workshop, visit the webpage at

or you may email or call 902-566-0336.

5.   PEI Writers’ Guild 2011 Workshop Series (May)

Write to Surprise Yourself—in Poetry or Prose, Journal or Play
Dianne Hicks Morrow: Writing Workshop Facilitator
PEI Writers’ Guild 2011 Workshop Series
In cooperation with Montague Library Writers’ Guild
& Southern Kings Arts Council

Saturday, May 28, 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)

This workshop is open to writers at all levels of development. Especially for those feeling kind of stuck!

If you have times when your inspiration has evaporated, this workshop is for you.  The tools you practise today will bring the juice back into your writing. You can continue to use these tools long afterward, to write ’til you surprise yourself.
Through guided writing exercises you’ll explore your own wonder and wanderings, both inner and outer.  Your resulting writing will surprise you.  And who knows where it will lead you—into writing a journal, a memoir, story, poem or play—it’s your choice.  A desire to explore your world through writing is all that’s required. You’ll have the opportunity to receive useful feedback on your new writing in a supportive environment.

Dianne Hicks Morrow is an award-winning poet, writing workshop facilitator, past president of
 the PEI Writers’ Guild, and recipient of the 2008 Award for Distinguished
 Contribution to the Literary Arts on PEI. Acorn Press Canada has published
 her book of poetry, Long Reach Home, and her non-fiction book of 27 
interviews, Kindred Spirits: Relationships that Spark the Soul. She has a new book of poetry being published this year.

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


Introduction to Memoir Writing with Christy Ann Conlin
PEI Writers’ Guild 2011 Workshop Series
In cooperation with the Department of English at UPEI

Saturday, May 14, 2011: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
UPEI Faculty Lounge, Main Building
(starting promptly, refreshments served)

Workshop Description: Mark Twain says there never was an uninteresting life, so come learn how to explore your own rich memories through a variety of exciting hands-on writing exercises in this three-hour creative writing workshop. Whether you are an aspiring writer, or simply want to collect and preserve your stories for your family, this workshop will equip you with the tools you need to start shaping and preserving your important memories.

Christy-Ann Conlin is the bestselling author of the novel, Heave.  Her memoir writing has been published in numerous anthologies, and magazines. Her radio documentary memoirs have been broadcast on CBC Radio. Christy-Ann has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and is an online instructor for the University of Toronto. Her young adult novel, Dead Time, was published in January 2011, and her second adult novel, Listening to the Island will be published in 2013.

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

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


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