Community Notices



1.  Poverty Reduction Response submitted by the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women

This week, the Advisory Council submitted a response to government’s poverty prevention and reduction strategy discussion paper. The response includes some very fine insights from the members of the Advisory Council. You can read the response online here:

2.  Family Literacy Day Celebration 2012

Family Literacy Day Celebration 2012 is a free event hosted on by the PEI Literacy Alliance. The event will be held on Saturday, January 21st from noon until 3pm at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. Come and enjoy two performances from The Music Man, a puppet show, a book read by Corey Tremere from Ocean, snacks, prizes and more. Everyone who comes will receive a free book.  Please bring a food item for our Food Bank Collection.  For more information call Jinny at 368-1810.  Here is the poster

3.  4th Annual UPEI Diversity Week (January 23-27)

The theme this year is Celebrate, Educate, Motivate. It is a celebration of the rich diversity present at UPEI; an opportunity to educate about some aspects of diversity beyond those we typically think of; and ultimately a hope to motivate everyone to think more about their own personal role in promoting inclusion.

Events include a Diversity Film Fest; an International Pavilion and Marketplace; an interactive display about adaptive technology and education; Diversity Trivia at The Wave; a Muslim/Christian Dialogue on Peace; an art show; a graffiti wall for inspirational stories and pivotal moments; and a talk by Sheri Bernard on Mi’kmaq Identity.

A full schedule of events can be found at Go to the site and click on UPEI Diversity Week 2012.  Please direct questions to (628-4332).



1.  PEI Coalition for Women in Government Networking Workshop and New Year’s Levee!

The PEI Coalition for Women in Government invites you to attend a short networking workshop followed by a new year’s levee on Thursday, January 19, 2012 at St. Peter’s Hall, All Souls’ Lane, Charlottetown at 4:30 pm.

Kerry Anne MacDougall and Dawn Binns of Insight Marketing will present some fun and interactive activities to facilitate networking.

There is no charge to attend but please register to

The workshop will be followed immediately by a new year’s levee drop-in, from 5 – 6:30 pm. If you can’t make it to the workshop feel free to drop in to the levee. Refreshments will be served.

The Coalition is a multi-partisan coalition of individuals and organizations committed to increasing women’s opportunities to be elected to government in PEI.

For more information contact:
Sandy Kowalik

2.  Seeking PEI Focus Group Participants

Over the last 12 months, have there been times when you and other household members did not have enough to eat?

If so, and you are a woman and have experienced weight challenges, we would like to invite you to share your experiences as part of our research project. We will be conducting group discussions with women, aged 18 and older, to learn about your experiences and understandings around times when you worried about not having enough to eat or actually did not have enough to eat, and weight challenges you faced as well as issues with chronic diseases. Group discussions will be taking place in communities across Atlantic Canada.

You will receive an honorarium for your participation. In addition, you will be reimbursed up to a limited amount for childcare, parking fees, and/or travel costs if you are taking a bus or taxi.

Group discussions will be taking place in Prince Edward Island:
Date: The week of January 30 OR February , 2012 – To be confirmed
Time: To be confirmed, group discussion will be approximately 2.5 hours
Location: To be confirmed

For more information and to find out if you are eligible to participate in this study please contact the Project Coordinator, Andrea Papan at: Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, Dalhousie University, Phone: (902) 494-7849 or Toll free: 1-888-658-1112

3.  Volunteer Board Development Workshop Series

A series of workshops are being held across Prince Edward Island to assist volunteer groups with the challenges and rewards of volunteering on a board. Attendees will gain knowledge, a set of resources and examples to improve their own volunteer board. Three topics have been identified:

·      Basic Roles and Responsibilities – Session 1
·      Effective Board Meetings – Session 2
·      Recruitment and Retention – Session 3

The workshops are designed to be attended in sequence for maximum benefit however workshops maybe attended based on choice of topic.

Who should attend?
Anyone who serves on or works with a nonprofit board and would like to be more effective as a volunteer should attend the workshops.

Where are the workshops being held?
The three workshops will be held in the West, Central and Eastern regions of PEI. French workshops will be held in the area requested.

When are the workshops being held?
All sessions are being held in the evening hours from 6-9 pm on the following dates:

– Session 1 Feb 8/12
– Session 2 Feb 15/12
– Session 3 Feb 22/12
– Stormdate Feb 29/12

– Session 1 Feb 9/12
– Session 2 Feb 16/12
– Session 3 Feb 23/12
– Stormdate Mar 1/12

– Session 1 Feb 20/12
– Session 2 Feb 27/12
– Session 3 Mar 5/12
– Stormdate Mar 12/12

– Session 1 Feb 21/12
– Session 2 Feb 28/12
– Session 3 Mar 6/12
– Stormdate Feb 13/12

Cost of attending
The costs for the workshops are: $60 per organization or $25 per workshop. All materials needed for the sessions are covered in the registration.

Registration for Workshops
To attend the workshops please register with your Community Development Officer:

West – Brenda Profit (902) 853-0104 /

Central – Kellie Mulligan (902) 887-3975 /
– Nancy Murphy (902) 894-0347 /

East – Chris Blaisdell (902) 687-7083 / l
– Stephen Lewis (902) 838-0618 /

French – Giselle Bernard (902) 854-3680 /

More information is available on each session through your Community Development Officer.

4.   PEIBWA Upcoming Events

Lunch and Learn – Charlottetown
“Do I Need a Workplace Violence & Harassment Policy?”
Presented by: Dianne Griffin – Human Resources Manager,  D.P. Murphy Inc.

Ask yourself the question:  Do I need a Workplace Violence & Harassment Policy?  If you answer is yes, plan to attend this Lunch & Learn.

Consider this:  1 in 5 violent  incidents in Canada occurs at work.  Women are at especially high risk of experiencing violence at work because they are concentrated in high-risk occupations.

If you are a growing business, employing more staff, what can you do to protect your company in regards to Workplace Violence & Harassment?

Dianne will share her experiences and the strategy developed at D. P. Murphy Inc.

Location:  D. P. Murphy Inc. Training Center, 250 Brackley Point Road, Charlottetown
Date:      Wednesday, January 25th, 2012
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: Monday, January 23rd, 2012 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 invoiced.

5.   ProfitLearn PEI Workshops

ProfitLearn PEI and the Greater Summerside Chamber of Commerce are hosting the series “STARTING YOUR OWN BUSINESS”. This program for new and emerging business owners, consists of  three evening and three Saturday sessions. The material covers critical business start-up basics like market research, finances, pricing, marketing, and many more ‘must-know’ concepts.The trainer is Bill Martin.

The series starts January 24th, 2012  from 6 – 9 pm Loyalist Lakeview Resort.
Cost is $249 + GST per participant or $400 for two from a family or business venture.

To register, contact Kelly at the Summerside Chamber:   (902) 436-9651


The Business Development Bank of Canada and ProfitLearn are partnering to offer the Heads Up Hands On Social Media program focusing on building your ability to develop marketing plans and strategies using the emerging trends on the internet.

Our skilled professional will give you the:

– HEADS UP on the latest social media tools during our 5 workshops.

– HANDS ON with our one-on-one personal consulting at your business for 5 hours.

Change of start date:  Workshops will be held at the BDC Boardroom, Kent St. Charlottetown, on January 18th and 25th, February 8th and 22nd, March 7th and final session is TBA.  Workshops will be 3 hours long with individual consulting at your place of business.

This Professional Program is Valued at $3,000,   Now $749+ GST per company.

Support is being provided by Innovation PEI, ProfitLearn and the BDC to diminish the cost to participants.

To Reserve Your Seat or for More Information Please Contact:

Margaret Weeks (ProfitLearn) @ (902) 566-0408 or 1-800-270-4795 e-mail

Janet Bruce-Hannams @ (902) 566-7234 e-mail

ProfitLearn PEI has a number of other business development workshops in January and February.  For information please go to the website:

6.    Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation is now on Facebook

Please visit and ‘like’ our page so that you can stay up to date on developments with the Foundation and our programs. Information is being added to the page regularly.

Make sure to share a link to our page on your Facebook profile so we can continue building awareness about family violence and the role of the Foundation in eliminating it from society.

Information about the 2012 Gala Dinner featuring guest speaker, Theo Fleury, is on our Facebook page as well as on our website at  This event is fast approaching in January 2012!

7.    Folk Dancing in Bonshaw January 15

Regular monthly Folk Dancing is at the Bonshaw Community Centre, 25 Green Road, on Sunday, January 15 from 2-4pm. Come learn folk dances from around the world, including circle dances and contra dances. No partner or experience is necessary—dances are called and easy. All ages are welcome. If you’d like to car-pool, check the ‘going’ list &/or post a comment on the Folk Dancing FB page . For more information phone Marion Copleston or Tony Reddin at 675-4093. Admission by suggested donation: $2 each, $5 per family.


Bonshaw Ceilidh January 29

The monthly Ceilidh Concert at the Bonshaw Hall is set for 2-4 pm on Sunday, January 29th. We are very pleased to have The Hogan Family as our featured performers- sisters Carissa, Janessa and Angela join their father Ben with folk and traditional songs, fiddling and step dancing. We’ll also have local musicians, including Herbie MacDonald and Tony Reddin, plus a 50/50 draw, lunch, and open stage time. All ages are welcome. Admission is by donation with proceeds this month going to PEI Sierra Club Environmental Education []. For more information, phone 675-4093 or 675-2855.

8.  Identifying Your Beach Glass

Living from our unique selves is like finding blue beach glass. Everyone has the potential to find blue beach glass…It’s accessible to us all. (Finding Blue Beach Glass: A Book About Personal Transformation)

Archetypes can be compared to a seed. There is already a pattern encoded at an individual level that knows it will eventually turn into a tomato plant or petunia. How archetypes manifest at an individual level varies from person to person. Evidence of an archetype acting in our lives can be traced back throughout our lifespan. Its footprints are there if we look for them as it is activated in situations, life roles, and relationships. When our archetype is active in our lives, we feel more alive, grounded, centered, and empowered.

In this workshop, you will explore 12 of the most common vocational archetypes; discover 1-3 vocational archetypes that are dominate in your life; and develop practices/strategies for appreciating how they may manifest more specifically in your life.

Workshop Date: February 8, 2012  
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Susan Doiron, MEd, CCC   Author and Counsellor
Location: Mount St. Mary’s, Charlottetown, PEI
To Register: Please call the Mount at 892-6585
For more information, see our website at: or email Susan Doiron at

9.    Violence Threat Assessment – Planning and Response
Halifax:  March 8

Without a clearly defined process to gather information and assess threats, violence prevention is extremely difficult. This workshop provides a communication and decision-making model to help businesses, schools, organizations and communities become more effective in their management of threats. Participants will learn strategies to help them identify, assess and manage individuals who may be escalating towards violence.

WORKSHOP FEE:  Early rate – $195 + HST;  Regular rate – $235 + HST

Other workshops coming to Fredericton and Halifax:

MOTIVATING CHANGE – Strategies for Approaching Resistance
Halifax:  May 7-8

Fredericton:  May 9;  Halifax:  June 26

ADDICTIONS AND MENTAL ILLNESS – Working with Co-occurring Disorders
Fredericton:  May 30;  Halifax:  June 1

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:

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.

10.  Request for Proposals – Interministerial Women’s Secretariat Grant

The Interministerial Women’s Secretariat is issuing a request for
proposals for project funding for community organizations in PEI.  The
objective of the Interministerial Women’s Secretariat grant is to
provide project funding to:

  •  support organizations that provide direct services and programs for the benefit of women in Prince Edward Island; and/or
  •  support projects that enhance awareness, education and social action on women*s legal, health, social and economic equality; and/or
  •  support the capacity of women*s organizations that promote women*s equality through advocacy, research and policy development.

This year’s focus is on the following three themes:
1. Social Media and girls
2. Human Trafficking of women and girls
3. Engaging male and female youth to reduce and prevent gender-based

Preference will be made to projects that address the three focus

For further information and/or a copy of the Prince Edward Island
Interministerial Women’s Secretariat Grant Application Funding
Guidelines, please contact the Women’s Secretariat at (902) 368-6494 or

Applications/proposals must be received by January 27, 2012.


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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