Community Notices

Status of Women


1.   Ten days until Election Day October 3rd!  Check out the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women Election 2011 Resources

Services for mental health and addictions, access to the justice system, poverty elimination, and preventing violence against women and children: these are issues that Diane Kays, the new Chairperson of the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women encourages women to ask candidates about during this fall’s Prince Edward Island election campaign.

These issues and others are highlighted in the Advisory Council on the Status of Women’s election guide, Equality Matters, available in French and English on the Council’s website at or by calling 902-368-4510.

Equality Matters Election Guide

Enjeux en matière d’égalité


Two video interviews with Diane Kays are also available on the website:

The first, “Equality Matters,” looks at key issues in the election.

The second, “Women and the 2011 Election” talks about why women’s involvement in the political process is so important.

Election promises bring potential for renewal. Diane Kays says, “It’s a crucial opportunity, it’s a great opportunity to do things well.” The Advisory Council on the Status of Women encourages Islanders to look at the Equality Matters election guide and to ask campaigning politicians questions about women’s equality issues.

2.   Grandmothers House is setting up a table in the 70 Mile Yard Sale

Grandmothers House Aboriginal Women’s Shelter is setting up a table in the “infamous” 70 Mile Yard Sale happening this Saturday and Sunday.

We would appreciate donations of absolutely anything including baked goods and/or ingredients for baked goods.

Please call 367-3339 for more information.  Thank you for your generosity in the past!

3.  Spread the word!

Moving Planet PEI – Moving Past Fossil Fuels
Saturday, September 24th
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Province House, Charlottetown
Speakers, Music

For more information:

4.   Who Wins, Who Loses? A Two-Session Course…

The Community Legal Information Association (CLIA) is piloting a 2-session course on custody and access called “Who Wins, Who Loses?” in October. We need your help filling the spaces. The course will be delivered by volunteer lawyers and a CLIA facilitator. It is not a “how-to” course but, rather, informs parents about custody and access options, the best interests of the child, the court process, and alternatives to going to court. The intent is to create informed parents with realistic expectations about options, process, timelines and possible outcomes if they go to court. Sessions are free.

The first pilot runs October 4th and 6th from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm and the second one runs October 11th and 13th, same times.

Parents can register by calling CLIA at 892-0853 or 1-800-240-9798. Co-parents will attend separate sessions.

5.   Evening of Wine and Song for Anderson House at Harmony House

Saturday Oct 15, 2011 : $60 ($50 tax receipt) TIME: 7 – 10 p.m.

The Second Annual Evening of Wine and Song for Anderson House will be held at Harmony House Theatre on October 15, 2011, beginning with a reception at 7:00, followed by an auction and musical entertainment.  This is a black dress event for women only and performers for the evening include Catherine MacLellan, Chris Gauthier, Chas Guay, Katie McGarry  and Bridgette Blanchard and Allieanna Ballagh.

Tickets are $60 (a $50 charitable tax receipt will be issued) and are available by calling 902-894-3354, extension 221.  Last year’s event was sold out so avoid disappointment and call for your ticket today!

The goal of this event is to raise funds for the ongoing provision of services at Anderson House, the provincial emergency shelter for women and children who are experiencing abuse in their lives. Anderson House services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week and provides confidential support and information.

WHY? An average of 90 women and 70 children use the services of Anderson House every year. We believe that they deserve a safe place that is also warm and inviting at a time when their world may feel like it has been turned upside down. The services offered at Anderson House are in highest demand during holidays like Christmas when so many of us are enjoying the warmth, love, support and abundances of the season. By supporting this cause, patrons will enjoy a wonderful evening out with other women – their mothers, sisters, friends and daughters. They will also be supporting Island women and children as they deal with major upheaval and trauma in their lives. By working together, we can make a difference for many!

6.  Small Business Week 2011

Small Business Week 2011 is being held from October 17 to 21, 2011, across  Prince Edward Island.  The theme for the week: “Invest. Innovate. Grow.” presents an opportunity for entrepreneurs to network with their fellow business people and learn about the trials and successes of operating a venture on PEI from their business peers.

7.  Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute Inc 2011 Fall Public Workshops in the Charlottetown Area

Charlottetown, PE – November 16, 2011 (early registration October 26)

For those who work in an environment where there is potential for violence, it is important to develop the skills needed to defuse dangerous situations. This workshop is designed to teach people to de-escalate potentially violent situations through assertiveness and interpersonal communication.  The training will explore how anger and violence interplay, including opportunities for self-assessment of personal styles.  Participants will develop a clear understanding of how to assess the potential for violence and respond with a diverse set of interpersonal tools and strategies designed to defuse potentially violent situations.

Charlottetown, PE – November 17, 2011 (early registration deadline October 27)

This workshop is designed for managers, human resource professionals, social service providers and anyone seeking a better understanding of the complexities that surround mental illness.  While it is not your responsibility to diagnose mental illness, it can be both important and helpful for you to be aware of the signs and symptoms that indicate someone is experiencing a mental illness.  This workshop will give participants a general overview of common adult mental illnesses and their symptoms, causes and treatment.


One-day Workshops (per workshop):  $160 (early)  $190 (regular) + applicable taxes
Two-day Workshops (Responding to Trauma only):  $295 (early)  $355 (regular) + applicable taxes

On-Site Training – Call or email to receive a fee structure.

Webinars – Our webinars are live on-line training sessions that offer abbreviated versions of our in-person public workshops.

For contact information:

Regards, Delayne Hogan
Public Workshop Coordinator, CTRI Inc.

CTRI provides professional training and consulting services for individuals, communities and organizations affected or involved in working with issues of crisis and trauma.



1.   Sisters in Spirit Vigil

When: October 4th, 6 to 8PM
Where:  Meeting at Peakes Quay, Charlottetown- Memorial walk to Province House.

The purpose of this Vigil is to remember and raise public awareness about our missing and murdered Aboriginal Women with a goal of one day, ending the violence against all women.  The Aboriginal Women’s Association of PEI, in conjunction with the Native Women’s Association of Canada is pleased to announce the 6th annual Sister’s in Spirit Vigil.  Each year, concerned citizens and Aboriginal community members gather nationally on Oct 4th to honor the lives of the murdered and missing Aboriginal Women in Canada.

As for PEI, we will be gathering at Peakes Quay, Charlottetown, where we will begin our walk to Province House.  The Sisters in Spirit Vigil will proceed with our speakers, including AWAPEI President Judy Clark, who will deliver a brief address to the public.  There will be traditional performances of singing and dancing.  The Sisters in Spirit Vigil will conclude with refreshments.  The Aboriginal Women’s Association of PEI, as well as our supporting partners; Native Council of PEI, Mi’kmaq Family PRIDE Program (Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI), Abegweit Wellness Centre, Chief Mary Bernard Memorial Women’s Shelter, PEI Inter-ministerial Women’s Secretariat and PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women, are proud to show our support and are committed to raising awareness to our “Stolen Sisters” and to “Stop the Violence” in Prince Edward Island.

For Further information please contact the AWA office at (902) 831-3059,  Toll free: 1-888-973-4292.
For information on the Sisters in Spirit Initiative (NWAC):

2.  BONSHAW CEILIDH September 25th- Benefit for  PEI Hospice Association

Bonshaw’s next Ceilidh is Sunday evening September 25th from 7-9 at the Bonshaw Hall.  Our regulars welcome special guests: the duo Gary Torlone and Marcus Lutterman; and the band WhatchatalkinboutWillis, with Jolene Willis, Brian Dunn, Richard Meenink, and singer Tiffany MacPhee.
There will be a 50/50 draw, open stage time, and lunch. Admission is by donation with this month’s proceeds going to the PEI Hospice Association. Everyone welcome! For more information please call 675-4282 or 675-4093.

3. Charity Law Workshops in Charlottetown, September 30, 2011

Governance, Corporate Law Changes and CRA’s Fundraising Guidance (3 hours) The 2011 Federal Budget included a number of proposals that will affect charities.  Join charity lawyer Richard Bridge and receive an update on the new Canada Not-For-Profit Corporations Act and learn how you can prepare for the changes it will require.  In addition, Richard will be reviewing Canada Revenue Agency’s Fundraising Guidance, provide an update on proposed changes to the Guidance, and address key compliance and standards issues in fundraising.

You will learn about:
• key provisions of the recent federal budget dealing with charities;
• how the Canada Not-For-Profit Corporations Act applies to your charity;
• CRA’s rules on appropriate allocation of fundraising expenses;
• new transparency, accountability and disclosure requirements that have been introduced for Canadian charities;
• the consequences of inappropriate fundraising, including director and officer liability.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Charitable Receipting (3 hours)
Did you know that 89% of registered charities were found to be improperly issuing official donation receipts when audited by CRA?  Join charity lawyer Richard Bridge as he discusses charitable receipting and how to make sure that your charitable status is not jeopardized.

Following the session, you will be able to answer these questions and many more:
• when is your charity allowed to issue official donation receipts and for how much?
• what is split receipting and how does it affect your galas, golf tournaments and other fundraisers?
• what are the top receipting mistakes and abuses and how do you avoid them?

Bring your questions!  We’ll set aside time so Richard can address your questions related to the Fundraising Guidance, receipting or other charity issues.

Both of these workshops are appropriate for CEOs, directors, staff, and volunteers of Canadian registered charities that are involved with either fundraising, issuing donation receipts or governance.

Registration Fee:
Governance, Corporate Law Changes and CRA’s Fundraising Guidance – $25
The Do’s and Don’ts of Charitable Receipting – $25
Both workshops – $40 (includes a networking lunch)

Capacity Builders is a charitable organization that provides a wide-range of training and development resources for not-for-profit and charitable organizations.  The Charity Law Information Program (CLIP) is a project of Capacity Builders, funded by the Canada Revenue Agency.

You can learn more about the CLIP project, and all our other products and services, at

In partnership with:  Charity Law Information Program
Project funding provided by:  Government of Canada
(taken from poster from the Voluntary Resource Council at )

4.  What Makes a Healthy and Vibrant City?

The City of Charlottetown and the Town of Stratford are pleased to invite you  to the following events.  Please feel free to share with your networks. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Laura MacPherson (contact info below)


Event 1:

What makes a healthy and vibrant city?
Community Forum: Everyone Welcome!

Guest Speaker: Gill Penalosa
Thursday, September 29th, 2011
Doors open at 7:00PM for refreshments. Presentation begins at 7:30PM
Confederation Centre of the Arts Memorial Hall

Gil Penalosa is Executive Director of 8-80 Cities. The City of Charlottetown is pleased to invite you to attend a keynote presentation with internationally renowned liveable city advisor, Gil Penalosa. Gil is passionate about vibrant and healthy communities. He recognizes that citizens hold the greatest expertise when it comes to building the communities where they live, work, and play.

Event 2:

What Makes a healthy and Vibrant City: Workshop

Hosted by the team at 8-80 Cities
Friday, September 30th, 2011
Doors open at 8:30AM for refreshments. Workshop begins at 9:00AM-1:00PM, lunch is included and participants should attend the Community Forum on Thursday September 29th.

Confederation Centre of the Arts Memorial Hall

There is a maximum of 40 spaces available. Please RSVP by Monday September 26th, 2011.

***If you are interested in the workshop it is expected that you will attend the Thursday evening session as the workshop will build on this content.

Workshop Focus
This workshop will take a hands on approach to design aspects of a Regional Active Transportation Plan.

A Regional Active Transportation Plan for the Greater Charlottetown Area is currently being developed. Following an RFP (issued by the City of Charlottetown, Town of Stratford and Town of Cornwall in June 2011) a contract has been awarded to the IBI Group, who submitted their proposal
is Association with Jaques Whitford. In August the consultants toured the three Municipalities to see, experience and observe firsts hand how we connect with our City’s Activity hubs on bikes, feet and other means of mobility.  They will be hosting a series of public consultation events in
September & the workshop on Friday September 30th is one opportunity to engage community members in a focused discussion about how this plan can take shape. The plan will involve developing initial vision and goals, Identifying major activity hubs and reviewing current and planned regional and local routes.

Dialogue and activities will form around the following questions:

1)    What are the main regionally significant activity centres or hubs (i.e., community centres, attractions, shopping districts / centres, etc.) in Greater Charlottetown that need to be connected by walking and cycling?
2)    What are the key existing links connecting these activity centres / hubs?
3)    What barriers currently exist for active transportation to/from these activity centres / hubs?
4)    What actions/improvements could be taken to improve connections?

For more info:
Laura S. MacPherson M.Sc., B.Sc.
Sustainability Coordinator
City of Charlottetown
tel: (902) 629-4094

5.  Internal Fraud Prevention Forum – October 6

As the season-opener for ProfitLearn PEI, I invite you to turn to your October calendar and circle Thursday October 6th. On that day at the Confederation Centre in Charlottetown, ProfitLearn PEI and the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce are offering a unique session – the “Internal Fraud Prevention Forum”.

When:  8:30 am – 12:00 noon

Corporal Troy MacLean,”L” Division Commercial Crime, Charlottetown RCMP and Mary Best, CA, Arsenault, Best, Cameron, Ellis, Chartered Accountants, both certified fraud examiners, have teamed up with ProfitLearn to plan and deliver this special session.

This session could potentially save you money and heartache as you Learn about reducing the threat of business theft and fraud.

Cost:  $25.00 (includes gst)

For more information on the session, refer to the session webpage or contact Marg Weeks (info below):

To Register:

Kind regards
Marg Weeks, ProfitLearn Coordinator

6.  PEIBWA Upcoming Events

Lunch and Learn – Charlottetown
“Conflict Resolution and Constructive Communication Skills at Work”
Presented by: Pamela Large Moran, Conflict resolution Services (CRS) Atlantic

Conflict is inevitable, a fact of life and something everyone will experience.  Unresolved conflict can be very costly to a business or organization and affect people’s performance, productivity and quality of life.   The key is in how you deal with and manage conflict.  Join us and learn constructive communication skills to deal with and manage conflict inside your business and with outside third parties such as clients, customers, suppliers and creditors.

Location:      Rodd Charlottetown, 75 Kent Street, Charlottetown
Date:           Tuesday, October 4th, 2011
Time:           12 noon- 1:30pm
Cost:            Members- $17.75 (includes GST), non-members $23.00 (includes GST)

To register, please contact Paula Laybolt by e-mail at or by phone at (902) 892-6040.   Registration deadline: Friday, September 30th, 2011 at 12:00 noon.


Lunch and Learn – Montague

“TIPS to Get Your Accountant Working With You”
Presented by: Rachael A. Mella, CA, Senior Associate and Manager of
Bradley Shea Handrahan, Chartered Accountants – Montague.

Is your accountant working cost effectively for you? Are you knowledgeable about what to look for and what to ask your accountant?

For the past thirteen years, Rachael has been dealing with small business clients.  She will share practical tips, reminders and knowledge to ensure you are up to date on things ranging from do you really need to pay into CPP to death and taxes… and much more.

Rachael’s goal is to have each attendant leave with at least one topic they can benefit from and thus they will need to follow up on!

Location:      Active Communities Inc., 540 Main Street, Montague
Date:           Tuesday, October 18th, 2011
Time:           12 noon- 1:30pm
Cost:            Members- $17.75 (includes GST), non-members $23.00 (includes GST)

To register, please contact Paula Laybolt by e-mail at or by phone at (902) 892-6040.   Registration deadline: Friday, October 14th, 2011 at 12:00 noon.

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.


PEIBWA Fundraiser and Fun

PEI Business Women’s Association is excited this year’s Annual Fundraiser is The Business of Murder .  The net proceeds from this event will go towards the association’s operating costs.  Equally as important as raising money for the association, this will be spooktacular fellowship event for all.  Please invite significant others and friends;  everyone is welcome.

We are very pleased with ticket sales thus far and encourage everyone to buy your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

What – A welcome reception followed by an Eddie May murder mystery dinner theatre with a three-course meal. After the show, stick around for dancing! Costumes are encouraged, though not required, but there will be a prize awarded to the Best Dressed person in attendance.

When – Saturday, October 29 at 6PM–midnight

Where – The amazing The Stanley Bridge Country Resort

Why – Spooktacular event, fundraiser, fellowship and fun

Transportation –  Round-trip transportation via from Charlottetown is available at no cost (thanks to one of our sponsors, Target Tours ).

Price – Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased online at or by contacting Paula by phone at 892-6040 or by e-mail at  Overnight accommodations are available that night at Stanley Bridge Country Resort for a special rate of $99.


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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