Community Notices


1.  Public Lecture

The UPEI Island Studies Program is hosting Dr Maria Hnaraki, from Drexel University PA, for a public lecture:
‘Sing in me, muse, and through me tell the story’:  the Poetics of Greek Island Singing
Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 6.30-8.00pm
Faculty Lounge, Main Building
University of Prince Edward Island
Admission is free ~ All are welcome
Light refreshments courtesy of the Dean of Arts

Dr Hnaraki, originally from Crete, is the Director of Greek Studies at Drexel University. She has contributed the Crete Chapter in the book Island Songs, just edited by UPEI’s Godfrey Baldacchino with Scarecrow Press (USA).

2.    Speaker Peter Marshall, Child Advocate – April 5, 2012

Hello Everyone!
As a follow up to conversations at the Think Tank on Access to Family Justice, Community Legal Information Association is hosting Peter Marshall, a child advocate from Ontario, to speak to Islanders how the Child Advocate system works in Ontario. We hope you will be able to come!  Please RSVP by Monday April 2nd.                               
Peter Marshall, Child Advocate
Beaconsfield Carriage House
Thursday, April 5th
10am – 1pm
Refreshments will be served.  The event is free.  We graciously acknowledge the financial support of the Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention.  Please forgive us if you receive notice a couple of times – I will also be using our website email list.
Thanks!  Kelly
Kelly Robinson
Program Coordinator
Community Legal Information Association of PEI
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3.  Cinema Politica

Cinema Politica for March: I Had An Abortion
Public event · By Cinema Politica Charlottetown
Saturday, 24 March 2012: 7pm

UPEI Faculty Lounge, Main Building
550 University Ave., Charlottetown, PE

Campus Alliance for Reproductive Justice, PRRO, and Cinema Politica Charlottetown present: I Had An Abortion. A film that presents a look at women’s experience with abortion.

This will be the kick-off event to welcome and introduce the new campus group, Campus Alliance for Reproductive Justice.

Admission is free but donations are always welcome. Everyone is invited to stick around after the film for a discussion. Bring a snack or finger food to share, if you like.  

Film Synopsis:
Underneath the din of politicians posturing about “life” and “choice” and beyond the shouted slogans about murder and rights, there are real stories of real women who have had abortions. Each year in the US, 1.3 million abortions occur, but the topic is still so stigmatized it’s never discussed in polite company. Powerful, poignant, and fiercely honest, I HAD AN ABORTION tackles this taboo, featuring 10 women – including famed feminist Gloria Steinem – who candidly describe experiences spanning seven decades, from the years before Roe v. Wade to the present day. Filmmakers Jennifer Baumgardner (author of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future) and Gillian Aldrich insightfully document how changing societal pressures have affected women’s choices and experiences.

4.  Lawn Care Presentation – New Date

Reserve Thursday April 26th at 7pm at the Confederation Centre Library for a presentation on organic lawn care (originally scheduled for April 5th). Learn everything you need to know about creating a healthy attractive lawn without pesticides. Presented by Sid Annema of Safe Tea Lawn Treatments, Oyster Bed Bridge. For more info call 675-4093 or email

5.  PEI Literacy Alliance Grant Application – 2012


The PEI Literacy Alliance distributes the funds that we raise during our annual PGI Golf Tournament for Literacy.  This year the Alliance will distribute $10,000 to qualifying organizations.  Each grant is valued at a maximum of $2,000.  We encourage projects that have other contributing partners.


1) Operational support:  We may award grants for operational support to literacy groups which meet the grant criteria.  These grants are available to maintain on-going programs and activities of the recipient group.  Examples: rent/light/phone, extra staff time, equipment or resource purchase.

2) Special project support:  We may award grants for special project support to groups which meet the criteria.

Each applicant must be a Prince Edward Island organization, either an institution or not-for-profit organization or group.

All funding is at the discretion of the PEILA Board.

Deadline is April 30, 2012.

To get an application, please visit our web site at

6.  Spread the word…

Invite a friend to attend the event.  Register now!  Take advantage of the early bird rate.

Women in Leadership
Facing the challenges
FCI-CWI Career Women Interaction 2012 Conference Series

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
8:55 AM – 4:00 PM

Confederation Centre of the Arts
145 Richmond Street, Charlottetown

With the participation of:

Chief Executive Officer, Workers Compensation Board

Interim Vice President Student Affairs, University of Prince Edward Island

Managing Partner, HRA
Partner, BDO Canada LLP

Controller, PEI Department of Innovation and Advanced Learning

Associate Vice President, Human Resources, TD Canada Trust

Partner, Cox & Palmer

(Keynote Speaker)
PEI Minister of Community Services and Seniors
Minister Responsible for the Status of Women

Download the brochure for more details and to register:

For more information, email



1.  Come Play Prize Bingo for Citizen Advocacy!

On Tuesday, March 27th, 7.00 p.m. PEI Citizen Advocacy’s 11th annual prize bingo fundraiser will take place at Bingo Country on Riverside Drive…..with prizes valued at over $3,000 .

This is a fun evening for everyone, even if you’ve never played bingo before! The celebrity caller will be KIRK MACKINNON of Ocean 100. Only $20 for admission and cards. Please come along, have a lot of fun and support a great cause!

For more information call Rosalind at 566-3523 or email at
Tickets at the door or in advance at the Voluntary Resource Centre, 81 Prince St., Charlottetown.

2. Writing Winning Proposals – New Course Offering from the Centre for Life-Long Learning, April 27, 2012

Are you continuously writing proposals and starting from scratch each time? Would you like to build confidence in your proposal writing skills and develop a streamlined approach to increase your effectiveness? Or maybe you’ve never even written a proposal before.

Writing Winning Proposals is designed to offer participants real life experiences and examples of proposal writing. A six-pronged proposal model will be discussed and practiced to enable participants to respond to the what, how, who and how much questions which make up RFP (request for proposal) criteria.

For a complete description or to register, visit or call 566-0336.

3.    PEIBWA Upcoming Events

Lunch and Learn – Charlottetown
“Budgets Work!”
Presented by: Lori Murphy, Financial Security Advisor with Freedom 55 Financial, a division of London Life Insurance Company

Budgeting is really about understanding how much money you have, where it goes, and planning how to best allocate those funds. Are you stressed over money? Are you wondering where your money is going? This interactive workshop will focus on tips and processes to help you prepare an easy and realistic personal or business budget.

Location: Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, 75 Kent Street, Charlottetown
Date: Tuesday, March 27th, 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, March 23rd, 2012 at 4:00 pm.

Lunch and Learn – Charlottetown
“Are You Wasting Your Time and Money on Your Website?”
Presented by: Michelle L. MacDonald, Co-owner Analytic-OR

Without a doubt, a website is an essential aspect of most business today, but it can also be a drain on your resources, and even your reputation. Your website is your public face on line, acting as your sales representative 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In this session you will learn about the five critical components of an effective website, how search engines treat your website, and how to define and measure the success of your site. Get the tips and tools you need to get the most out of your online presence, turning your website into a positive strategic investment rather than simply an ongoing expense.

Location: Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, 75 Kent Street, Charlottetown
Date: Tuesday, April 17th, 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, April 13th, 2012 at 4:00 pm.

Lunch and Learn – Summerside
“Succession Planning”
Presented by: Kersti Kass, McInnis Cooper

You’ve worked all your life to build your business—but then what? As hard as it is to imagine your business running without you, a little planning now means a comfortable retirement later, and can keep your business working for you when you and your family need it the most. Lawyer Kersti Kass will guide you through the key concepts and structures behind a solid succession plan, which is a must for small business owners.

Location: Loyalist Lakeview Resort, 195 Harbour Drive, Summerside
Date: Thursday, April 19th, 2012
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, April 17th, 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.

4.  Bonshaw Ceilidh March 25th

The monthly Ceilidh Concert at the Bonshaw Hall is set for 2-4 pm on Sunday, March 25th. Special guest performers are Blue Persuasion, a bluegrass and gospel group made up of Rob Arsenault, Audrey Barlow, Gary Mills, and Emily and Vans Bryant. We’ll also have local musicians, including Herbie MacDonald, Ruth Lacey, Hannah VandenHeuvel 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 PEI Division of the Canadian Cancer Society. For more information, phone 675-4093 or 675-2855.

5.   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

6. 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


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
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