Community Notices


1. Family Violence Prevention Week Events and Activities, February 12-18, 2012

Stand with Us Campaign

As part of the 2012 Purple Ribbon Campaign Against Violence, the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women has created posters featuring Islanders pledging their commitment to help end violence against women and children. The 8.5” X 11” posters will be featured on the Status of Women blog around Family Violence Prevention Week in February and displayed at events being held next week. Each will say: “I stand with you to end violence against women and children”.

See a gallery/slideshow of the posters here:


“Her Name was Eleanor” online video release

The PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women has posted a video online that highlights the lasting impacts of family violence. The video features the powerful speech made by Diane Kays at the 2011 Charlottetown Montreal Massacre Memorial Service.  In the video Diane remembers a woman who died by violence forty years ago who touched her life and inspired her long-time work against violence against women and children.

Watch the video at this link:


To see a complete list of other activities and events taking place across the Island during Family Violence Prevention Week, please visit the Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention website page at:

Some highlights are:

February 12

  • Information display at Western Capitals Hockey Game in Summerside, 2:00 pm. East Prince Family Violence Prevention will also have a raffle basket.
  • Information on Family Violence Prevention Week and family violence prevention resources will be available at various Jack Frost Festival venues in Charlottetown.


February 13

Community Town Hall on Family Violence for Neighbours, Friends and Families

7:00 to 9:00 pm
at Loyalist Lakeview Resort, 195 Harbour Drive, Summerside
All welcome


February 14

Evangeline Community Consultative Group (ECCG) is hosting a Day with older Adults (all in FRENCH) 10:00am-3:00pm, Wellington Legion. Morning presentation: Self Esteem. Afternoon presentation: Ending Violence in Relationships.

Dinner will be served: choice of Chicken Fricot or Clam Chowder. The day will end with “Peace Begins At Home: A Valentine’s Celebration” – Valentine cupcakes and jucies will be served. Please register prior to February 11th by calling Carmella at 315-2821. There will be take away information on Family Violence Prevention and Purple Ribbons to be worn on February 15th.


February 15

  • Wear Purple Day across Prince Edward Island – Islanders are asked to wear purple to remember victims of violence and their families.  As a neighbour, friend or family member you can help prevent and respond to abuse in our community.
  • Third Annual Walk in Silence for Victims of Family Violence, Charlottetown (storm date February 16)
    Walk begins promptly at 12:00 pm at Province House and ends at Charlottetown City Hall with a reception sponsored by the Mayor’s Purple Ribbon Task Force.
  • Georgetown Walk in Silence
    All are welcome to gather at the Georgetown School at 11:45 am.  The walk will begin at 12:00 pm to the Georgetown Playhouse.  A reception will follow with refreshments.
  • Summerside Violence Prevention Awareness Walk  from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at Credit Union Place, Summerside.  Sponsored by the City of Summerside and East Prince Family Violence Prevention.


February 16

  • Souris Silent Walk Against Violence – Community members will gather with two student groups at Souris Regional High School at 11:45am and will be leaving at 12:00pm to walk to the Silver Threads Senior Center on Main Street where a reception will be held with refreshments.
  • Charlottetown Community Town Hall on Family Violence for Neighbours, Friends and Families
    7:00 to 9:00 pm at Murphy’s Community Centre, 200 Richmond Street. All welcome.
    Islanders are hurting as a result of violence in relationships. Do YOU know what to do if someone you care about is experiencing abuse? The Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention (PAC) is presenting two town hall meetings that will provide information for neighbours, friends and families on how to respond to and help prevent violence in our communities. The town hall event wil include a presentation by PAC Chairperson Dr. Philip Smith and an audience discussion with resource staff from Victim Services, PEI Family Prevention Services, Turning Point, Adult Protection, Child Protection, Police, the PEI Rape and Sexual Assault Centre, Mental Health and Addictions Services, and Catholic Family Services Bureau. Refreshments will be served.


February 17

East Prince Family Violence Prevention Community Open House from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.
Community members are invited to tour the new location at 216 Water Street, Summerside. For details, call (902) 436-0517.

For more information on other events and activities, please visit the Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention website page at:

2.   Folk Dancing in Bonshaw February 12

Regular monthly Folk Dancing is at the Bonshaw Community Centre, 25 Green Road, on Sunday, February 12th 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 is by donation- suggested: $2 each, $5 per family.


Bonshaw Ceilidh Feb. 26th

The monthly Ceilidh Concert at the Bonshaw Hall is set for 2-4 pm on Sunday, Feburary 26th. We are very pleased to have the Calvary Church Youth Choir directed by Jenny Baker; plus Brian Dunn and Friends as our special guests. 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 the Heart and Stroke Foundation. For more information, phone 675-4093 or 675-2855.



1.    Voluntary Resource Centre Furnace Fund

The PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women is active on a number of committees and projects in partnership with organizations that are members at the Voluntary Resource Centre on Prince Street in Charlottetown. We especially rely on their members’ accessible boardroom for meetings.

On January 18, the Voluntary Resource Centre (VRC) had an unexpected setback. The furnace was condemned and had to be replaced. Also the heating company would not install a new furnace unless the flue liner and oil tank were replaced.  The total cost was over $6,000.

As with most volunteer-led, community service organizations, the VRC doesn’t happen to have a lot of spare funds at hand. They need help, and so have created a furnace fund.

If you are in a position to contribute, please make a cheque payable to the Voluntary Resource Centre and send it or deliver it to 81 Prince Street. Or, if you prefer to contribute on line, here is the link:

Thank you for your help to keep this important community resource warm for all our benefit.

2.   Save the Date!

August 22-24, 2012
7th Atlantic Summer Institute (ASI)
Holland College, Charlottetown

Our theme for ASI 2012 is Leadership for Active Communities: Inspiration to Action. Active communities offer benefits on many levels. They are healthier and safer places to grow, live, work and play. The ASI program will focus on a series of three workshops:

•    Gender and community leadership
•    Building and using evidence for programs and policies
•    Strengthening community action

Each workshop series will explore these themes in detail over the three days. Participants will learn new skills and build their capacity for action in their communities. The Institute will interest individuals and organizations who are working with innovative and collaborative practices as well as those who are looking to learn and be inspired!

For inquiries please contact or (902) 894.3399. Watch for more information on the 2012 Atlantic Summer Institute on Healthy and Safe Communities – coming soon!

3.   Islander Day Weekend 2012 Activities

Please find below the link for the activities happening on Islander Day Weekend.

4. The Women of Bruckman

Monday, February 13th,
7 p.m.
Atlantic Veterinary College Lecture Theatre D

Admission free, donations welcome.
Co-hosted by CUPE, PEI Federation of Labour and  Cinema Politica Charlottetown

During the 2001 economic collapse in Argentina, the seamstresses at Bruckman’s clothing factory took over the operation the owners had abandoned. They reorganized it on a self-management model, without a doubt the most inspiring of the many new economic experiments in that country. The name Bruckman’s went from being a symbol of worker exploitation to being a site of revolutionary labour participation – all workers, no bosses.

Montreal-based film-maker Isaac Isitan followed these courageous women over many years, bearing witness to their struggle to get the operation running again, their expulsion from the factory, months of battling to get it back, and tangles with the law. This is the story of a venture that began as a means of survival and became a genuine school for civics. Besides following the labour politics, the film also gets close to the women as individuals finding a way to put dignity into their working lives.

For more information:
Check out Cinema Politica Charlottetown at:

5.  NEW VIDEO – Advisory Council Members Speak Out on Poverty

The members of the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women took time from their January meeting to share their perspectives on the causes, effects, and solutions to issues of poverty in Prince Edward Island. Hear their points of view in this new video:

The video accompanies the Advisory Council’s brief on poverty prevention and reduction, presented to the provincial government earlier this month and available here:

6.  PEIBWA Workshops

Lunch and Learn – Charlottetown
“Effective Job Ads – Hiring the Right Candidate”
Presented by: Workplace Learning PEI Inc

The key is to use the framework of essential skills and how it relates to the individual job profiles. This session will highlight how to create those really impressive job ads the competition always seems to dream up. The job ad is not the first step. An accurate position description and knowing the skills you are looking for in a new hire, help you find just the right person for your organization.

You will learn practical tips to help you build effective job ads based on the job skills YOU need to hire for.

Location: Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, 75 Kent Street, Charlottetown
Date: Tuesday, February 28th, 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: Friday, February 24th, 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.


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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