Community Notices

Status of Women


1.    Don’t Miss the 2nd Annual Evening of Wine and Song for Anderson House at Harmony House – Tickets Still Available!

WHEN:  Saturday, October 15, 2011

TIME: 7 – 10 p.m.

COST:  $60 ($50 tax receipt)

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 to be presented at the door.  They 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!

2.   Free Documentary Screening Re Women in Leadership

The PEI Coalition for Women in Government is partnering with the UPEI Political Studies Society and Interministerial Women’s Secretariat to host a free public screening of Miss-Representation to mark Women’s History Month. Miss-Representation is a documentary about the difficulties for women to obtain leadership positions and for girls to reach their full potential.

“As the most persuasive and pervasive force of communication in our culture, media is educating yet another generation that a woman’s primary value lay in her youth, beauty and sexuality—and not in her capacity as a leader.”

The screening will take place October 19 from 7:00pm – 9:30pm at 242 MacDougal Hall, University of Prince Edward Island.

There will be free popcorn and beverages provided. Everyone is welcome. Doors open at 6:40 pm.

More information can be found at!/event.php?eid=237921102924432

3.  Child Safety Link

Check out the website at  It has lots of interesting information.

4.  Widening Embrace CD Launch

Atlantic Canada Gaia Singers and Carolyn McDade invite you to share in the launch of their newly released CD, Widening Embrace, on

October 23 at 2 pm at Park Royal United Church, in Charlottetown.

There is also a launch in Halifax on October 21, 7 pm, at St. Margaret’s of Scotland Anglican Church.

Widening Embrace is a project of singing, meditation, art, reflection that the Gaia singers of PEI and NS have participated in for the past year. Atlantic singers and artists joined singers from across Canada and the US to form a group of over 100 women to record this body of music at the Banff Centre in Alberta.

This music speaks of a deep love for earth and all beings. The singers describe the songs on the Album: “Each song arises from the energies of Creation, Earth, Universe, pulling us deep into the learning fields of forest, water, sky, stars.”

Accompanying the singing at the launch will be “All Beings Confluence,” a traveling art installation that invites all into conversation with the many “beings” with whom we share life on this earth. Profits from the CD launch will go to individuals, projects or organizations chosen, whose work is consistent with the principles of the Gaia Earth Charter —to advance respect and care for the community of life, to promote ecological integrity, to advance social and economic justice, to strengthen democracy, nonviolence and peace. The CD will be available at the launch and online at  For information contact Jan Devine at

5.  First Annual George McRobie Lecture, at the Macphail Homestead

The First Annual George McRobie Lecture will be presented by Patrick Holden, CBE, at the Macphail Homestead on Monday, October 24th, beginning at 7:00 p.m., with a reception and cash-bar at 6:00. The title of Mr. Holden’s talk will be “Sustainable Food Systems for the 21st Century: The Challenge for Prince Edward Island.”

This special lecture series is named in honour of Dr. George McRobie, Patron for The Homestead Farm, the new sustainable agriculture component of the Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead.

George McRobie has long been one of the world’s leading proponents of sustainable agriculture and appropriate, small-scale technology. He was a close friend and colleague of the radical economist E.F. Schumacher, whose landmark book /Small Is Beautiful /made such an impact in the latter part of the 20th century.More recently, McRobie has served as President of the Soil Association, Britain’s foremost farm organization promoting organic agriculture — with Prince Charles as Patron. Dr. McRobie has been awarded an honorary degree by the University of Prince Edward Island, and is at present a part-time Islander, dividing the year between homes in London and Brackley Beach.

Patrick Holden is a noted international authority in the field of sustainable agriculture. Himself the operator of an organic dairy farm in Wales since 1973 — which now boasts a herd of 75 Ayrshire cows — Holden worked for 20 years with the Soil Association, during the last 15 of which he served as the Director.In 2010 he founded a new organization — The Sustainable Food Trust — with a mandate to provide a global voice for the Sustainable Food Movement.

Mr. Holden’s visit to the Island is made possible through the support of the PEI Department of Agriculture.  Since meeting space is limited at the Homestead — capacity about 50 people — you should register in advance by phoning (902) 651-2789, or sending an email to



1.  Come Home to Your True Self – Weekend Workshop

November 5 and 6 Islanders will have an amazing opportunity to attend a workshop at UPEI,  on relationship with world renowned Master Spiritual Teacher and author of Journey Into Your Center, Dr. Erhard Vogel

In this workshop, you will

  •  Learn fundamental principals of successful relationships
  •  Explore the hidden, unconscious determiners that account for the vast majority of behaviour responses in relationships
  •  Discover how to stop dysfunctional and self-destructive behaviour patterns in relationships, through unconditional acceptance of your true Self – the Self tha tyou can absolutey trust
  • Begin a deep process of healing through guided meditation
  • Find out about a way to extend this process into the rest of your life.

Early bird tuition: $350.00 per person before October 1, 2011; $400.00 thereafter.

Couples & student discount available
Registration closes October 28, 2011
Tuition includes a vegetarian lunch each day

Location: UPEI

All  proceeds will go to the Nataraja Yoga Ashram in service to humanity

For more information call Mollie @ 902-892-4653
Register online at

2. Music, Dance, and Food Events at St. Paul’s

at St. Paul’s Anglican Church on Saturday, October 15 at 7:00 P.M. Featuring Kendall Docherty, Brian Knox, Richard Knox and friends. Proceeds to assist the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund work in Northern Canada and throughout Africa. Admission $10.00 . Tickets 892-1691 or at the door.

Soli Deo Gloria Ballet, a Christian ballet and arts company based in the Niagara region of Ontario, is visiting the Maritimes for the first time with a collection of short pieces they call “Poetry in Motion.” The small-scale company—which has performed in places as diverse as the streets of Vancouver during the 2010 Olympics and the studio of international TV show 100 Huntley St—will be at St. Paul’s Anglican Church on Saturday, October 8 from 9:30- 3:00 for a workshop and evening performance at 7:00 PM. On Sunday, October 9 th the company will be performing “A Celtic Prayer” at a service at St. Paul’s beginning at 10:00.

The workshop contains practical instruction, choreography and performance. A fee of $30.00 per participant includes snacks, lunch as well as the evening performance. Participants from young girls to adults are welcomed. Special ticket prices for moms and daughters under 10 attending together. Partcipants should wear light clothing for lots of movement and ballet or light footwear so they can fully experience the movement of poetry , music and dance. Sure to be a great day!

To register , please call 892-1691, 894-4571 or e-mail or fax the church at or 892-9224.


A NEWFIE SCOFF: jigs dinner with all the trimmings including pease pudding and figgy duff. Homemade desserts as well. Saturday, October 22 at 6:00 P.M. Come for a feed and hang out with other Newfoundlanders and friends.  Just $15.00, children under 10, $6.00.

Tickets must be ordered and picked up by October 20. Limited Number. Call 892-1691 or e-mail

3.  Cinema Politica in October

The Garden
Monday, October 17
7:00 p.m.

Lecture Theatre A,
Atlantic Veterinary College, UPEI

In honour of World Food Day,  Cinema Politica Charlottetown and the PEI Food Security Network will present the documentary The Garden on Monday, October 17th at 7:00 p.m. in Lecture Theatre A of the Atlantic Veterinary College at UPEI.

About the Film:

The fourteen-acre community garden at 41st and Alameda in South Central Los Angeles is the largest of its kind in the United States. Started as a form of healing after the devastating L.A. riots in 1992, the South Central Farmers have since created a miracle in one of the country’s most blighted neighborhoods. Growing their own food. Feeding their families. Creating a community.

But now, bulldozers are poised to level their 14-acre oasis.

The Garden follows the plight of the farmers, from the tilled soil of this urban farm to the polished marble of City Hall. Mostly immigrants from Latin America, from countries where they feared for their lives if they were to speak out, we watch them organize, fight back, and demand answers. The film explores and exposes the fault lines in American society and raises crucial and challenging questions about liberty, equality, and justice for the poorest and most vulnerable among us.

For more information about Cinema Politica, contact or check out our page on Facebook, or visit

4.  Annual General Meeting and Volunteer Celebration

PEI Rape and Sexual Assault Centre
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
at the Haviland Club
beginning at 6:00 pm

Please RSVP at or 566-1864


STEPS for Women Community Project Showcase
October 25, 2011
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Faith Bible Church
392 St. Peters Road, Charlottetown

Please join us as twenty-three women from twenty Island organizations (including two members of the Advisory Council on the Status of Women and two of our staff) present the projects they  produced within the STEPS framework.

STEPS for Women is an umbrella project designed to develop leadership skills of women  supporting vulnerable populations in the province of Prince Edward Island in different capacities, and strengthen the problem solving skills of women in vulnerable groups. Each participant used  their interest-­based skills to plan, execute and evaluate a project that supports them to share their  knowledge and skills in communication and problem solving with vulnerable women in their  communities.

STEPS for Women is coordinated by the PEI Rape and Sexual Assault Centre, and funded by Status of Women Canada
For more information contact: Sigrid Rolfe, Project Coordinator (902) 566­‐1894 or visit

Participating Organizations:  Chief Mary Bernard Memorial Women’s Shelter, Community Legal Information Association, Cooper  Institute, East Prince Women’s Information Centre, Grandmother’s House, PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women, PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada, PEI  Council of People with Disabilities, PEI Family Violence Prevention Services, PEI People First, PEI Rape and  Sexual Assault Centre, SAGE, The Adventure Group, Victim Services of PEI, Women for Environmental  Sustainability, Women’s Network PEI

6.   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.

7.  Small Business Week 2011

Small Business Week 2011 is being held from October 16 to 22, 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.

®Small Business Week is a registered trademark of the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).

8.  PEIBWA Upcoming Events

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.


Profit Learn – Summerside
Strategies for Growth-Oriented Businesses
Presenter: David Gamble

Presented in partnership with Profit Learn PEI, Facilitator David Gamble will lead the session around the following topic:  Steps to activate growth in your business:  Is your company ready for growth?  What does growth look like?  Does growth meet your interests, customer needs & company financial goals?  How to set clear goals to help you move forward?  And more…

Special Offer compliments of CBDC Central:
CBDC Central has agreed to pay for the first 20 participants to register.  The value is $47.25 per person.

We encourage you to register ASAP to ensure you qualify as one of the first 20 participants.

Location: Loyalist Lakeview Resort, Brae Room, Summerside
Date:     Tuesday, October 18th, 2011
Time:     9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Cost:     $47.25 (after the 1st 20 people)

Registration deadline: Friday, October 14th, 2011 at 4:00pm

To register, please contact Tammy Peters by phone (902) 888-3793 or by e-mail


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.

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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
fax: 902 368 3269


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