Community Notices

MARCH 8, 2012

We look forward to posting information about your International Women’s Day events for 2012 on our blog at

To submit information about your event, please send an email to us at



Hosted by the PEI Interministerial Women’s Secretariat with Actions Femmes
DATE: Thursday, March 8th
TIME: 12 noon
LOCATION: Confederation Centre Public Library

This bilingual event will feature readings from Les Acadiennes de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard: Trois siècles d’action and a speech by Minister Responsible for the Status of Women Valerie E. Docherty. Everyone is welcome to bring their lunch, but coffee and light refreshments will also be available.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Michelle Harris-Genge, Director of the Interministerial Women’s Secretariat, at 368-5557.



Hosted by CUSO/VSO
DATE: Thursday, March 8
TIME: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
LOCATION: Voluntary Resource Centre, 81 Prince Street, Charlottetown

Join us at CUSO to celebrate International Women’s Day 2012.  We are hosting a free film presentation and discussion on Thursday, March 8 at 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the Voluntary Resource Centre at 81 Prince Street in Charlottetown. The featured film is “Our Daughter, Ourselves” about the national volunteer programme in Cameroon.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: contact Maria Vo by email:



Hosted by several women’s organizations
DATE: Thursday, March 8
TIME: 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Faculty Lounge, Main Building, University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown

You are invited to an International Women’s Day pot-luck meal on Thursday, March 8th from 5:00-6:30 in the Faculty Lounge in the Main Building at UPEI. Bring your favourite dish and your pride! This will be a chance to hear and to share your own stories about International Women’s Day.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: please contact Ann Wheatley at



Hosted by the PEI Coalition for Women in Government, the UPEI Political Studies Society, and the Interministerial Women’s Secretariat
DATE: Thursday, March 8
TIME: Doors open at 6:40 p.m., film begins at 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Room 242, MacDougall Hall, UPEI Campus

All are welcome to this FREE screening of the documentary Miss-Representation to mark International Women’s Day. Miss-Representation is a documentary about the difficulties for women to obtain leadership positions and for girls to reach their full potential. Everyone is encouraged to come to the screening.

“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.”



Hosted by Grandmother’s House
DATE: Thursday, March 8
TIME: Details to come
LOCATION: Grandmother’s House, Charlottetown

Celebrate International Women’s Day with a traditional Aboriginal Full-Moon Ceremony and a shared meal. Participants are hoping to make it to the screening of Miss-Representation after the ceremony

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please contact Pam O’Neil. Grandmother’s House 367-3339



Hosted by the Women’s Institute of PEI
DATE: February 26 to March 11
LOCATION: Victoria Park, Charlottetown

The Women’s Institute of PEI is holding a walk and an open guest book for three weeks to celebrate International Women’s Day.

To celebrate International Women’s Day and healthy-lifestyle living, all Islanders are invited and encouraged to participate in a walk through Victoria Park in Charlottetown and to sign the Women’s Institute guest book. The guest book, located at the foot of cannons alongside the Boardwalk, will be available to sign from February 16 until March 11.



1.  UPEI Choice Movement

TODAY – Friday, March 2
4:00pm until 6:00pm
Dawson Lounge – Main Building, Room 520
University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown

Women(+) have a constitutionally based right to unrestricted, fully funded abortion services!

Campuses need pro-choice groups to get out proper, detailed information and educate students about the realities of abortion. To inform the student body what our rights are in terms of access in P.E.I and how we need to push what we are ‘entitled to’ even further to ensure provincial access for all Canadian woman! Pro-choice groups are needed to combat the misinformation and scare-mongering tactics from the antichoice.

Come join us this Friday for an informal meet and greet, as we create the ground work for our pro-access, pro-choice, pro-woman organization! There will be tea & coffee, and brilliant meeting of minds.

Please invite all those who feel would be interested! Extend the word to as many students, potential students, interested parties as possible!

On Facebook:

2. Breakfast and Learn – Sponsored by the PEI Literacy Alliance

Breakfast and Learn – Implications of Change on Workplace Learning, presented by Bill Stirling

Canadian workplaces have been changing rapidly, the pace of which is only going to increase in future. Global competition, increasing technology and the reality of the new demographics mean it can’t be business as usual.  This presentation looks at change in the workplace, and the implications for skills development and workplace learning.

Bill Stirling, CEO National Adult Literacy Database, is from St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, where he has been involved in community, business and economic development for over 20 years.

When: Thursday, March 8, 8:30 am
Where: Georgian Room, Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, Kent St, Charlottetown
Cost: $10.00 includes a buffet breakfast

Please Register by calling 368-3620.

3.  Safety Workshops for Women with Intellectual challenges set for March 5-7

Charlottetown – P.E.I. People First and CLIA (Community Legal Information Association) have produced a new resource for women with intellectual challenges.  The booklet, “Being Safer; A Guide for Women with Intellectual Challenges”, is meant to help women to feel safer and more confident in their homes, their communities and in the workplace.

The safety guide is grounded in the real experiences of women with intellectual disabilities living in Prince Edward Island.  Its content reflects conversations that took place last November when more than fifty women participated in interactive workshops held in Elmsdale, Montague and Charlottetown.

As we prepare to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th, a second series of workshops is planned for March 5th, 6th and 7th.  Women with intellectual disabilities are invited to take a look at the guide, and participate in a discussion about how it can be used to help others to feel safe wherever they are.

The goal of People First is to support adults with intellectual disabilities to speak up for their rights and to live as independently as possible in their own communities.  The “Being Safe” project, which is supported by the PEI Interministerial Women’s Secretariat, has provided a great opportunity for women to look at ways to increase their sense of safety, which in turn helps them to feel more confident about participating in society.  Barb Fanning is the Coordinator of PEI People First, and one of the organizers of the project.  She says, “All women should be treated with respect.  It should not matter if we have an intellectual disability.  We have a right to be safe in our community.”

The details:

Being Safer: a workshop for women with intellectual challenges

Monday, March 5th – St Mary’s Church Hall in Montague
Tuesday, March 6th – Elmsdale Community Hall, Elmsdale
Wednesday, March 7th – St Paul’s Church Hall, Charlottetown

All workshops run from 1 to 4 p.m.  To register, call PEI People First at 892-8989.
For more information about this Media Release, please call Ann or Barb at 892-8989.

4.  PEI ADAPT AGM & Conference

Farm Centre, 420 University Avenue, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island


Wednesday March 7, 2012
Annual General Business Meeting 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. and Reception: 7-9:30 p.m.
With Guests; Dr. Av Singh, AgraPoint and Lucia Stephen, ACORN, ‘Grow a Farmer’ and the Atlantic premier of, ‘Grow’ (Winner BEST DOCUMENTARY – 2011 Rome International Film Festival; Official Selection – 2011 Slow Motion Food Film Fest Nova Scotia; Official Selection – 2012 Macon Film Festival)

The Future Face of Island Agriculture
Conference March 8, 2012; 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
with guests: Monique McTiernan, Jennifer Waugh-Campbell, Jeff and Debra Moore, Just Us Coffee; Dr. Av Singh, and others
Film: Who will Grow Our Food? Island Farmers’ Voices on Food Security
Registration is free and open to the public. However pre-registration is required as space is limited. Call 368-2005 or email

5.  Get to Know Your Medications

Join us on Friday March 9 at 1:00pm at the Canada Lounge, Charlottetown Legion, 99 Pownal Street for a free presentation.
Learn about: safe medication use; how to prepare for your next doctor’s visit and important questions that you should ask your pharmacist before starting a new prescription or over the counter medication.
Presented by PEI Pharmacists Association and the PEI Seniors’ Secretariat

6.  Charlottetown Chamber of Commerce Events

Changing demographics and the Canadian workforce
When: Tue, March 13, 7:30am – 10:00am
Where: Rodd Charlottetown, Victorian Room
Description: Guest Speaker Dr. Linda Duxbury To register please call the chamber at 902-628-2000 or email


Overview of Employment Standards Lunch and Learn
When: Tue, March 13, 12pm – 1pm
Where: Chamber Boardroom
Description: Facilitated by Robert Yeo, Chief Labour Standards Officer. To register please call the chamber at 902-628-2000 or email

7.  ThinkFirst’s Annual “I ThinkFirst!” Contest deadline has been extended!

ThinkFirst is pleased to announce the extension of the “I ThinkFirst!” Contest deadline to March 30, 2012!

We are encouraging the kids in your life to tell us how they think first before participating in their favourite activities at home, school, or play. All creative art projects are welcome, including film, drawing, music, poetry.. and more! All entrants have a chance to win FREE HELMETS for their entire classroom! Individuals and groups/classes may apply.

All submissions must be post-marked on or before March 30 and mailed to:

ThinkFirst Pensez d’Abord Canada
750 Dundas Street West Suite 3-314
Toronto, ON M6J 3S3

Please be sure to fill out and sign the permission form and attach to each entry. It and more information can be found at

Greer Brabazon, National Program Coordinator, ThinkFirst Canada

8.  Calling all Fashionistas… What to Wear, Where for spring 2012!

Let’s have some fun & laughter…..are you 30, 40 50, 60, 70…..and wondering what to wear, where?
Find out how to “dress the skin you’re in”, no matter what your age, stage or rage is…..
Looking to achieve your “WOW” style? Get a “Glam Plan” and watch yourself and your wardrobe become reenergized.
Find out what your body shape is and how to use clothing to create the silhouette you want.
Watch a “Before & After virtual makeover on a model. Hair, makeup & clothes for 2012.

Join me Margaret Gallant/Fresh Image 360 for an educational and entertaining evening.
When: Friday, March 30/2012
Where: Belvedere Golf Club, PE
Time: 7:00pm Tickets are $20 – to purchase E-mail or call, or 566-3906/ 394-4625
Door prizes all evening
Cash bar



1. Resetting the Table Workshop

Please join the PEI Food Security Network’s food production and distribution working group for a workshop on

Resetting the Table: A People’s Food Policy for Canada

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Farm Centre, University Avenue, Charlottetown

All are welcome ~ Refreshments served ~ Free admission

For more information or to pre-register, contact Cooper Institute or phone 902-894-4573

To read the People’s Food Policy:

Join the event on Facebook:

2. Women in Leadership Conference – 5th edition

Leading in challenging times
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
8:15 AM – 4:30 PM

The Halifax Club
1682 Hollis Street, Halifax

President and CEO, Annapolis Valley District Health Authority

Vice-President Citizenship Engagement & Accountability, Capital Health

Regional Vice President & General Manager, Casino Nova Scotia

Vice President Academic and Provost, Dalhousie University

Partner, Deloitte Inc.

President and CEO, IWK Health Care

Principal, MT&L Public Relations

Lawyer, McInnes Cooper

Vice-President, Marketing & Communications, Nova Scotia Business Inc.

CEO, A.P. Reid Insurance Stores (Keynote Speaker)

Download Conference Brochure:

To register, please complete the registration form (last page, conference brochure) and submit to:


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.

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