Community Notices

Status of Women


1.  Acorn Press Launches New Bedtime Book for Children This Saturday

Saturday, October 29, Confederation Centre Art Gallery, 2 p.m.

DREAMTIME by Deirdre Kessler will be launched on Saturday afternoon, October 29th, 2 p.m.
at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery.

Beautifully illustrated by Christina Patterson, Deirdre Kessler’s DREAMTIME is a story with soothing rhythms and sounds intended to work magic on children at bedtime.

Flautist Morgan Saulnier will play at the launch. Morgan and Deirdre will perform a musical version of DREAMTIME. Christina Patterson will display the original artwork for the story.

Everyone welcome.  Little children will enjoy being invited to sing and to draw and to listen to a reading of DREAMTIME.

Refreshments will be served.
Confederation Centre Art Gallery, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Performance of DREAMTIME song at 2:10 p.m.

Terrilee Bulger, Publisher, The Acorn Press:
tel.: tel: (902) 221 1061; e-mail: <>

Deirdre Kessler, author:
tel.: 902-892-6334; e-mail:

2.   New Website: Women Social Activists of Atlantic Canada

Congratulations to PEI Women Social Activists included in a new website dedicated to Women Social Activists of Atlantic Canada. Countless Island citizens have benefited from the tireless advocacy of Edith Perry, Maria Bernard, and Olive Bryanton, who are profiled on the site.

This project honours the work of Atlantic Canadian elder women activists in various societal arenas (including but not limited to women’s issues) and captures the wisdom in their experiential learning.

It was created under the research and leadership of Liz Burge, a Professor in Adult Education at the University of New Brunswick, and we commend and congratulate her and all who helped develop the project.

In New Brunswick, there will be a public launch of the site on Friday, November 4,  at 11am in the Fredericton Inn.

The site creators look forward to the site being helpful for post-secondary and secondary education projects and practical activism workshops for younger women. They welcome feedback.

3.    Calling All Eaters

The PEI Food Security Network, Inc. and the Food Counts project (including Institute of Island Studies)

Invite you to attend
A dinner-discussion on Local Food
and the state of Island Farming and Fishing

Including a launch of the film:
“Who will grow our food? Island farmers’ voices on food security”

a pot-luck dinner and after-dinner-discussion with Island farmers exploring the state of farming and the rebuilding of PEI’s local food economy

Free!   Enjoy fresh local food shared with friends and neighbours!

Film Launch Sunday Nov. 6

Main Building, UPEI, Room 201 (main floor, west end)

Pot-luck dinner at 5:30 p.m.  Film screening at 6:30 p.m.  Guest reflections from Island farmers 6:45 p.m.   After-dinner discussion until 7:30 p.m.

Community Halls dinner-discussions

  • Tuesday Nov. 8  at    York Community Centre, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
  • Thursday Nov.10   at   Wheatley  River Community Centre, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
  • Wednesday Nov.16  at  Cambridge Hall, Lower Montague/Murray Harbour North, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Pot-luck dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. – bring a plate!  followed by Film screening at 7:30 p.m. reflections from Island farmers at 7:45 p.m. and after-dinner discussion until 8:30 p.m.

4.    Strategic Planning Workshop: Electing women to all levels of government in PEI

November 8, 2011

St. Peter’s Cathedral Hall
All Soul’s Lane, Charlottetown (across from the Provincial Buildings)

8:45 – 12:00
sponsored by the PEI Coalition for Women in Government

Invitation to Participate

The PEI Coalition for Women in Government is nearing the end of its 8th year in existence. In those years, we have hosted women’s campaign schools, offered skills building workshops, participated in public debate regarding proportional representation and compiled and communicated gender based research on PEI politics.

The Coalition wants to enter the next phases of our work with a clear strategy for increasing the number of women holding elected office at all levels of government in PEI. This workshop will help us to identify your ideas and strategies for electing women. The perspective you bring is important to moving this work forward.

Having more women elected will bring more diversity of experience to the decision-making table, increasing the potential for policy and programs that speak to women’s experience and lives. Increased diversity will lead to decision making which will have a major impact on equality.

PEI has seen an increase in the numbers of women running for and being elected to positions at all levels of government since 2004. The numbers are not yet at a level which signifies equality, however. We still have work to do.

Please join us on November 8 to help us imagine how that work could be done most effectively.

RSVP to Kirstin Lund, Project Co-ordinator at by November 4.

The PEI Coalition for Women in Government is a non-partisan coalition of individuals and organizations committed to increasing women’s opportunities to be elected to government in PEI. For more information about our work, visit

5.    Emerging Pathways for Island Agriculture

7PM Thursday, November 17, 2011

Farm Centre, 420 University Avenue

The PEI ADAPT Council invites you to our Project Expo, The leaders of several projects , supported by the PEI ADAPT Council, will give a brief presentation highlighting their progress and accomplishments. They will also describe the potential benefits their undertakings may have for the agriculture industry and all of Prince Edward Island.

REGISTRATION IS FREE and is open to anyone with an interest in the future of the Island’s agricultural and agri-food production. However, pre-registration is necessary as space is limited. Refreshments will be provided.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP) provides funding to the ADAPT Council to enable producers to seize opportunities, respond to new and emerging issues, and test solutions to new and ongoing issues

For more information call 902-368-2005 or Email:

6.    Invitation:   PEI Citizen Advocacy’s 25th Anniversary

PEI Citizen Advocacy is busy preparing for its 25th Anniversary celebration. Our big event is 4 weeks away. An official invitation will be sent to you within the week. This email is to confirm our date with you so you can put PEICA 25th Anniversary Celebration in your calander for Friday, November 18, 2011 ~ The Haviland Club in Charlottetown, 1 Rochford St. ~ 7pm reception ~ 7:30pm Official Program ~ 8:30 Celebration and Music with Jon Rehder & guests.

The event program is exciting and rich in guests, art, food, entertainment, and of course stories of Citizen Advocacy friendships  from the past 25 years. Holland College Culinary Institute is making our celebration cake, and Shelly Connell’s photographic exhibit of present day matches will be on view. Vian Emery, play-write and advocate will be presenting a short sketch with her friend, Kim MacDougall and Mary Curtis, local Island artist will also be presenting a painting which she created with Carolyn MacDonald. AND OUR NEW LOGO WILL BE LAUNCHED!

In the weeks leading up to our event please watch and listen for our “25 Years of Friendship ~ Bringing Islanders Together” community awareness campaign. There will be radio interviews, contests, congratulations from organizations with whom we work as well as supportive businesses, organizations and government. You can join in on the fun in several ways, one is by requesting a “We Celebrate PEI Citizen Advocacy & Congratulations on 25 Years of Friendship” poster for your place of work. We’ll be happy to mail you one ~ from Everyone at PEI Citizen Advocacy,
Call 902.566.3523 or


7.   PRRO Rally

Saturday, November 19 · 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Peace Fountain by Province House on Grafton Street

PRRO – Prince Edward Island Reproductive Rights Organization – is organizing a reproductive rights rally to inform residents of Prince Edward Island what reproductive rights women are entitled to as decreed by the Canadian Government in 1988, but are being denied in Prince Edward Island.

Come out and have some coffee or tea, enjoy some busking, listen to informative speakers, learn something new and support a great cause.

Speaker List to follow.

There will also be a drop-off box for a Women’s ‘Zine. Please feel free to drop off any creative/ informative pieces you would like to contribute.

For more information about PRRO please visit PRRO’s facebook group at :

“Forcing a woman, by threat of criminal sanction, to carry a fetus to term unless she meets certain criteria unrelated to her own priorities and aspirations, is a profound interference with a woman’s body and thus a violation of her security of the person.”

– Chief Justice Brian Dickson

8.  Newly listed PEIBWA Upcoming Events

Lunch and Learn – Alberton
“Generating Positive Publicity”
Presented by: Lori Mayne, Writer, Educator, Professional Communicator, and former Journalist

Do you cringe when a reporter calls? Do you wonder why your business doesn’t get coverage from local media? This session will give you tips on dealing effectively with the media and generating positive publicity for your business. You will learn how to attract media coverage, identify potential media opportunities, craft a press release, and direct a media interview.

Location:   Alberton Business Centre
Date:       Thursday, November 24th, 2011
Time:       12 noon- 1:30pm
Cost:       Members- $17.75 (includes GST), non-members $23.00 (includes GST)

To register, please contact Elizabeth Noonan by e-mail at or by phone at (902) 436-0386 or Toll Free 1-877-268-2111.   Registration deadline: Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 at 12:00 noon.


Lunch and Learn – Charlottetown
“Learn How to Make Money for Your Business”
Presented by: Tracey Allen, T. Allen Consulting

There are essentially only two ways to make more money – you sell or work more, increasing your revenue, or you save money by reducing your expenses.

This Lunch & Learn based on the upcoming book, “5 R’s to Saving Money for Your Business”, will focus primarily on how to save money using the 5 R’s of saving.  Some of these may be familiar but others will be new to you and will assist in creating a more profitable business for you going into the future.

The main areas of business will be the focus of savings including the all-important input costs or costs to produce your product or service.

Location:   Rodd Royalty Inn, Capital Drive, Charlottetown
Date:       Tuesday, November 29th, 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 or Toll Free 1-866-892-6040.   Registration deadline: Friday, November 25th, 2011 at 4:00 pm.

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.



1.   The PEI Children’s Secretariat and the Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention Present Two events you won’t want to miss

Featuring Dr. Matt Sanders
Professor of Clinical Psychology, Director of the Parenting and Family Support Centre at the University of Queensland, Australia, and Founder of the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program.
Prof Sanders is founder of one of the only evidence-based parenting programs available, with over 30 years of proven clinical research to back it up. Triple P has helped six million children and their families, and has the seal of approval of parents, practitioners and experts, worldwide.

3rd Think Tank on Parent Education and Support
A follow-up to events held in May and November, 2010.
For people who work with or for children, youth and families

Monday, October 31, 2011
10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Courtyard, Rodd Royalty Inn, University Avenue, at Peter Pan Corner
(NOT the Rodd Charlottetown).
Lunch will be provided.

Including presentations and a Town Hall Chat with
Dr. Matt Sanders, Founder of the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program.
Debbie Eastman, Program Implementation Consultant for Triple P Canada
Des McWilliam, Triple P International Managing Director


A public event for Parents, Grandparents, Community Members, Carers:

Topic: “The Difference Parenting Makes”
Featuring: Dr. Matt Sanders,
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011
Time: 7 pm
Location: Colonel Grey High School Lecture Theatre

Please RSVP for one or both events to Aimee Arsenault, 1-888-482-5330, 438-4854 or

2.    Women’s Network AGM

Please join the Board of Directors, staff and  members of Women’s Network PEI for their annual general meeting on November 1st, 2011 between 4:30-6:30pm in Room 125 of the Charlottetown Royalty Centre (40 Enman Crescent).

After the AGM, we will be screening the film “Sexy Inc” a short documentary, made in Quebec about the challenges parents and educators face with responding to the hyper-sexualization of girls.  Following the screening, we invite you to participate in an open facilitated discussion  on community responses to this important issue. Any small potluck offerings will be gratefully received. We hope to see you there!

3.   Calendar contest highlights importance of U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child

Island children and youth are invited to submit their artwork for the 2011 Calendar Contest to celebrate the 22nd anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) by the United Nations General Assembly, says Child and Youth Services Commissioner Jeff Clow.

“This contest encourages our Island youth to take time to learn what life is like for children around the world, and the importance of protecting children’s rights and freedoms,” says Child and Youth Commissioner Jeff Clow. “We encourage all Island youth to express what they learn through the artwork they submit for the contest.“

The 2012 National Child Day calendar will feature twelve drawings. Winning artists will receive a framed copy of their artwork and five copies of the calendar.

Contest Rules:
-All submissions must focus on the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
-Contest begins Thursday, October 13. Final deadline is Friday, November 4.
-Drawings should be 8×10 inches and must be in a horizontal (landscape) format.
-Young artists are asked to submit original copies of their work, unfolded and uncreased,on white or light-colored paper.
-On the back of each entry, in the lower right-hand corner, please include: student’s first and last name, age, grade, school, names of parents or guardians, home address and phone number.

Please send entries to:
Office of the Child and Youth Commissioner, Holman Centre, 250 Water Street, Suite 101, Summerside Prince Edward Island, Canada C1N 1B6.
For more information, see the Child and Youth Services Commissioner website:

4.   Exploring Your Broken Glass Workshop

Hurtful or sabotaging parts of self are often formed in childhood, generally in response to a need to protect ourselves. In this workshop, you will identify those parts of self that have proven to be harmful or sabotaging to you or in your relationships; identify strong traits and characteristics in each part; and develop practices/strategies for promoting their integration. Led by: Susan Doiron, MEd, CCC Location: Spirituality Center at Mount St. Mary’s

Date: November 5, 2011 from 9:00 – 4:00.

To register, call the Mount at 892-6585. For more information see:

5.  Katimavik is Looking for Host Families!

Become a host family and open your home to a Katimavik volunteer currently living in Charlottetown!

When? November 4th-13th, 2011

Who? One of nine volunteers from all over the country currently in the Charlottetown Katimavik group

Why? To offer an enriching experience for the volunteer and to learn about Canada’s diversity at the same time!

Please contact Megan Burnside for more information at 892-9443 or

Katimavik is the most important youth volunteer service organization in Canada. It delivers intensive service-learning programs where youth between the ages of 17 and 21 leave their hometown for 6 months to make a difference for themselves and in communities across Canada.

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

Following on it’s highly successful Senior’s Symposia in the spring, the Community Legal Information Association (CLIA) is sponsoring two additional Seniors’ Symposia in November – one in Souris and another in O’Leary.

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 participants must pre-register by calling CLIA at 892-0853 or 1-800-240-9798.  Please call to register for one of the following sessions:

Souris – Monday, November 14 – Silver Threads Club, Main Street – 9:30AM – 3:30PM – registration deadline is November 10.

O’Leary – Friday, November 18 – O’Leary Community Complex, 18 Community Street – 9:30AM – 3:30PM – registration deadline is November 15.

7.   Some PEIBWA Events in October and November

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.


Lunch and Learn – Charlottetown
“Get Creative! Get Results!”
Presented by: Debbie Brady, Graphically Speaking

Have you ever been unsure how to convey what you’re looking for when needing an ad, logo, banner or website designed? The “I’ll know it when I see it” approach can be frustrating, unproductive, and waste time and money.

Debbie will prepare you to effectively communicate your visual needs. A creative “brief” provides you with a way to work with your graphic designer toward the same goal—a great visual solution!

Location:  Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, 75 Kent Street, Charlottetown
Date:      Tuesday, November 1st, 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 or Toll Free 1-866-892-6040.   Registration deadline: Friday, October 28th, 2011 at 4:00 pm.


Lunch and Learn – Summerside
“Keep it Simple – Your Personal Pension Plan and Retirement Strategy”
Presented by: Harley McCarville, Nicholson Investment Team

Who should attend: Business owners, Entrepreneurs and Career minded Employees.

Whether you are a successful business owner, or an individual preparing to establish your own business, it is never too early to plan for your future and the Importance of tax planning and your personal retirement strategy.

Location: Loyalist Lakeview Resort, Summerside
Date:     Wednesday, November 9th, 2011
Time:     12 noon- 1:30pm
Cost:     Members- $17.75 (includes GST), non-members $23.00 (includes GST)

To register, please contact Elizabeth Noonan by e-mail at or by phone at (902) 436-0386 or Toll Free 1-877-268-2111.   Registration deadline: Monday, November 7th, 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.


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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