Community Notices

Status of Women


1. Acorn Press Launches New Poetry Book by Dianne Morrow

Thursday, November 10, 7 p.m., Haviland Club

What Really Happened Is This: A Poetry Memoir by Dianne Hicks Morrow will be launched on Thursday, November 10 at 7 p.m. at the Haviland Club, corner of Haviland and Water Streets. Everyone is invited.

Written over a period of ten years, this poetry memoir is not only a tribute to Morrow’s mother and father, but also an exploration of the journey we all eventually face—coming to terms with the loss of our parents.

“This moving testimony of a daughter’s love for her ageing parents is courageous, intimate and plain-speaking, qualities that make it hard to put down – a rare achievement in a poetry collection,” states UPEI Writer-in-Residence Louise Oxley, a Tasmanian poet.

At the launch Dianne will give a reading from her new book, donating her reading fee to the P.K. Page Trust Fund being established by the League of Poets.

Well-known musician Margie Carmichael will play guitar during the book signing. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

Morrow has two other books published by Acorn Press: Long Reach Home (poetry) in 2002, and Kindred Spirits: Relationships That Spark The Soul (non-fiction) in 2005. Her award-winning poetry has been published in literary journals across Canada. A past-president of the PEI Writers’ Guild and a Life Writing course instructor at Seniors College, Morrow was the 2008 recipient of the Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Literary Arts on PEI.

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

Dianne Morrow, 672-2013, e-mail: <>

2.   WHAT to WEAR, WHERE 2011 with FreshImage360°

Come and enjoy an evening of fun & fashion and find out just what to wear, where with stylist Margaret Gallant of Fresh Image 360°.  She will share the latest and greatest of this seasons holiday wear. There will be a virtual makeover, with some lucky gals getting a new holiday look.  Find out how to shop for your shape saving you time and money.

What is the deal on makeup, hair styles and clothes? Let’s ask the professionals.
Grab your gal pals for a fun, entertaining and educational evening all in one.
Great door prizes and vendors present all evening.
When: Thursday, November 10th, 2011
Where: Belvedere Golf Club, Charlottetown, PE.
Tickets: $20 each

To purchase tickets:
E-mail , or call 902-566-3906 or 902-394-4625.

2011 Coats for Kids Campaign: You can help ensure every Island child has a warm coat this winter. Feel free to bring your gently used kids’ coats and snow suits and will donate them to Coats for Kids.

3.  Healing Touch Canada

A nurturing Energy Therapy
for Health Care Professionals
& Persons Committed to Healing

Level 1
Charlottetown, PEI
November 11-12, 2011

Healing Touch International
Healing Touch
Certificate Program

Endorsed by the
Canadian Holistic Nurses Association &
American Holistic Nurses Association

Visit our website at:
for class schedules, Recommended Reading List, Certified HT Practitioner listing, Practice Groups, and Conferences/Retreats.

Certified Educational Institution
RR#2, Warsaw, Ontario K0L 3A0
705-652-0506 (Fax)705-652-7911

4.   Folk Dancing

Sunday, November 13th, 7-9pm at the Bonshaw CommunityCentre, 25 Green Road.
Learn folk dances from around the world, circle dances and contra dances. No partner or experience is necessary – dances are called and easy! All ages are welcome. Admission is by donation-suggested $2 each or $5 per family. For more information phone Marion Copleston and Tony Reddin at 675-4093.

5.  Celebrate PEI Citizen Advocacy 25 Years of Friendship

“We SUPPORT PEICitizen Advocacy ~ Bringing Islanders Together” is a way for businesses, organizations, government to get in on the celebrations organized for PEI Citizen Advocacy’s 25th anniversary of matching people with intellectual disabilities with other Islanders for the purpose of support and friendship. At present PEICA has 18 matches and over their 25 years of history have assisted in over 100 matches. PEI Citizen Advocacy invites you to contact the office to receive a poster to post in your work place as a way of joining in on the celebrations and inclusion of all people in our communities. PEI Citizen Advocacy is a grassroots volunteer organization located at 81 Prince St. in the VRC in Charlottetown, PEI. Call 902.566.3523 or

6.  It’s that time of year again…

It’s that time of year again – Pat Robinson is taking on two initiatives this season:

A)  Pajamas for the Soup Kitchen Xmas Baskets: If you can donate new or gently used pajamas for men, women, or children, please call Pat: 566-4388 at 6 Nottingham Ave, Sherwood regarding any questions and for pick up and delivery.  There is also a drop off box at CLIA or you can give bagged items to Kelly Robinson.

B)  Xmas Puddings!:  $12 per pudding – beautifully decorated – perfect for gifts or hosting parties.  Proceeds to PEI People First (self advocate adults with intellectual challenges) and a smaller donation to the PEI Humane Society.  Since she started, Pat has raised $15,000 for local charities! Please call Pat: 566-4388 at 6 Nottingham Ave, Sherwood or contact Kelly Robinson at 368-4017.

Thanks for any support you can offer – Pat is very proud of the work she does and with all your help, she is able to make large donations to local charities.



1.   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.

2.    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

3.  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:

4.  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

5.   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

6.  PEIBWA Upcoming Events

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.


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.

7.    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:

8.  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.

9.   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.


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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