Community Notices


1.  Notice of Public Forum on HST

The local Council of Canadians and the PEI Coalition for Poverty Eradication will hold a public forum on the proposed PEI Harmonized Sales Tax on Monday, April 30 at the Murphy Community Center beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Room 207.

The Council of Canadians and the PEI Coalition for Poverty Eradication want to hear from Islanders on how this new tax will impact on low and medium income earners in the province. Alternatives to the HST will be presented.  The Forum is free and open to the public.

Leo Broderick, Council of Canadians

2.  Film Screening and Demonstrations – Therapeutic Touch

All are welcome to attend film screening & demonstrations of the documentary Therapeutic Touch by KoKreative Productions on Wednesday, May 2, 6:30pm at UPEI MacDougall Building Rm 243. Therapeutic Touch demonstrations will be available to all interested. This event is open to the public and free of charge. To view the trailer for this documentary visit

Kari Mitchell of KoKreative Productions, documentarian and producer is also daughter of one of Atlantic Canada’s & PEI’s own most experienced TT practitioner and Instructor, Evelyn Mitchell. The documentary covers several different perspectives, including a very personal one for both the Mitchell’s, that of daughter/sister Terri who was in a critical motorcycle accident in 2010. Significant to her recovery, all Mitchell’s and others agree, was the use of TT.

Today, there are many complimentary therapies available to Islanders, as mentioned TT is now available at the QEH for patients who make the request. Ms. Mitchell’s documentary provides basic information on energy healing, particularly TT, and its benefits.

The screening will be accompanied by a representation of PEI registered Therapeutic Touch (TT) practitioners and recipients who were filmed in the documentary and as well as others who although not in the film are practicing TT in the QEH here in Charlottetown. TT practitioners will be providing brief sessions for all interested after the screening.  For more information email

3.  Women’s March For Safety

Date: Thursday May 3
Time: 9 pm

Support Women’s Safety in Summerside by joining this all ages event. Men welcome. Bring a flashlight and a friend.  Meet at Legere Park Playground March to Heritage Park Memorial via Summer Street and Queen Elizabeth Park.

For More Information Contact:  East Prince Women’s Information Centre 436.9856

4.  Where’s My Midwife? Rally for Midwifery May 5th 2012

Rally for Midwifery on PEI “ Where’s my Midwife?”
May 5th, 12-1 p.m. at Province House Grafton St. Side.

Come out and show the PEI Government that women and their families want Midwifery Care on PEI. This is your opportunity to support Midwives and to bring about positive change for all Island Women by supporting the choice of Midwifery that is available in virtually every other province. Speakers from BORN, PEI Midwives Association and the public. Also invited to speak are local women’s groups and politicians. Please contact BORN at our web site for more information. Sherri MacWilliams –Co- Chair of BORN 
Tel: 902-569-4821

A Red Tent Event at Central Christian Church will follow the Rally.

5.  Participate in Oxfam Canada’s Regional Assembly

Want to create a world free of poverty and injustice? Join Oxfam’s Canada’s ( global movement for change! Attend Oxfam’s Regional Assembly in Charlottetown PEI Saturday May 12, 2012. Learn more about Oxfam’s work, network with other activists and build skills to make change happen. Be inspired by Oxfam’s Executive Director, Robert Fox. Travel subsidies available. To register, go to

6.  Self-Care for Superwomen – Fundraising Evening

“The history of all times, and of today especially, teaches that women will be forgotten if they forget to think about themselves.” On Thursday, May 24th, from 5 pm to 9 pm, why don’t you think of yourself and the women close to you when West Prince Family Violence Prevention and KidsWest Inc. are hosting “Self-Care for Superwomen”, a fundraising evening of fun, food, information and pampering for women at the Rodd Mill River Resort (on Highway #136 in Woodstock).

The evening will include a healthy meal, guest speaker Lynn Jones, interactive booths, and lots of great free treatments, samples, and door prizes. Tickets are sold in advance only for $20 per person. Please call 859-3916 or 853-4021 for more information, or to reserve your ticket today. Don’t delay, tickets are limited!

7.  Honouring our Differences:  Gender and Diversity Analysis

The PEI Interministerial Women’s Secretariat has developed a guide on Gender and Diversity Analysis that is available on their website.  Honouring our Differences: Gender and Diversity Analysis has been developed to promote use and understanding of Gender and Diversity Analysis (GDA) tools. Historically, research and product development, and much policy development, relied on able-bodied white male experience as a norm. It was assumed that “one size fits all” when it came to products, policies or programs. The use of GDA reveals more than  a few surprises about the value added when differences in male and female – and diverse – experiences are taken into account.

Gender and Diversity Analysis (GDA) refers to the process of giving attention to how gender and diversity affect the experiences, behaviours and needs of women and men. Further, it looks at how to accommodate these differences and needs.

Community members and groups can use GDA so that their policies, their actions in the community and their recommendations to government can better look ahead to potential effects. Using GDA can increase the chances that proposed actions have the intended results for men, for women and for all diverse populations.

For more information and to access the guide please go to:

8.  Community Foundation of PEI Session

You are invited to a session on:

Building the Capacity of PEI’S Non-Profit Sector
Have you ever wondered what might be possible if there was a way on PEI to help bring charitable and
non-profit organizations together to:

  • share ideas and best practice;
  • to support one another where possible; and
  • to work more closely together on the broader issues that could benefit the people and
  • communities you serve?

If so, this workshop session to talk about some recent initiatives, both provincially and nationally, and to
explore this very question will be of interest to you.

The Community Foundation of PEI and Imagine Canada are inviting you to:
(1) learn about some of the Foundation’s recent initiatives with regard to the non-profit sector;
(2) learn about the key outcomes of the National Summit for the Charitable and Non-Profit Sector
held in Ottawa in November 2011; and (3) share your ideas and thoughts as to how charitable and non-profit organizations may be able to work more closely together on PEI.

Please join us on:
Date: Wednesday, May 9th, 2012
Time: 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Location: Jack Blanchard Family Centre, 7 Pond Street, Charlottetown Presenters: Brenda Cameron-Couch, Imagine Canada; Steve McQuaid, Community Foundation of Prince Edward Island; Heather Doran, Big Brothers and Big Sisters PEI Fee: $10.00 ( to cover cost of lunch and workshop refreshments)

For more information or to register, e-mail the or telephone 892-3440. The deadline for registrations is May 4, 2012.

9.  Atlantic Conference on Crime Prevention and Community Safety – June 2012

The Atlantic Coordinating Committee on Crime Prevention and Community Safety is pleased to invite you to attend the 26th annual Atlantic Conference on Crime Prevention and Community Safety.  This year, the conference will be held in picturesque Corner Brook, located on the western side of the island portion of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The focus of the conference will be on the theme of “Crime Prevention for a Better Tomorrow” and promises to build on the success and hospitality that has been seen at other conferences over the past 25 years.

The Focus:
This year’s conference will focus on the idea that crime prevention and working together will make for a better tomorrow. There are many groups that must come together in order to make our communities safer places in which to live. Partnerships need to be developed. Community health, mental health, education, employment services and justice must work together for the good of our communities and the citizens that live within it. Our conference will highlight presentations from these different groups.

Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, Corner Brook, will be the site of the 26th Atlantic Coordinating Committee Conference, hosted this year by the Citizens’ Crime Prevention Association of Newfoundland and Labrador. This site offers all the amenities for a successful conference including accommodations, catering, conference rooms and recreational facilities.

The conference will be held from June 7th to 10th, 2012. Registration will begin on Thursday June 7th and the conference will conclude with a farewell breakfast on Sunday June 10th.

Registration Costs and Dates:
Early Registration (up to and before May 7, 2012) – $250 per person
Late Registration (after May 7, 2012) – $300/person
Note: Registration costs include all meals from Friday breakfast (June 8th ) to Sunday   Breakfast  (June 10th ) inclusive. Also included is the Meet and Greet Reception on Thursday (June 7th).

For further Information Contact
Roberta Stanford, 35 Boyle Street , St. John’s,  NL, A1E 2H4



1.  May Day Event Being Planned – From Kathie Harris

On May 1, workers from around the world come together at demonstrations, marches, and rallies to discuss political/economic problems and to demand government accountability in resolving them. Within Canada, the list of things to worry about is growing at an unbelievable rate: there is building evidence that our election was severely tampered with via a Robo-Calling Scam; we are experiencing a massive set of cuts to social welfare programs including C@P sites, addictions treatment, rehabilitation programs, and Indigenous health-care; the approval of mass cuts to important pillars of society such as the CBC and Elections Canada; the introduction of massive layoff programs such as at Veterans Affairs, Health Canada, and Employment Insurance processing centers. All of this is being done with seemingly NO consideration of negative impacts such as how these shifts impact quality of life and accessibility of services. Despite justifying these cuts through the language of ?austerity?, federal and provincial governments continue to invest tax dollars into unnecessary programming/infrastructure such as a series of rolling hills in Borden, construction of several jails (despite low crime rates), the operation of an internet surveillance network that severely threatens Canadian privacy (proposed), and the purchasing of fighter-jets to name a few. They also habitually ignore issues of land-use and withdraw support from environmental protection and management programs.

Despite wide-scale reactions from Canadians, federal and provincial governments seem to have heeded little attention to the ever-growing number of protests, petitions, emails and phone-calls directed to them by concerned citizens asking them to act on our behalf in Parliament and Legislature. In this sense, the concerns of everyday Canadians are continuously being brushed off by the very officials we have elected to work on our behalf (although at this point, Robo-Gate throws even the issue of whether that is a valid statement).


Please join us in front of Province House on Tuesday, May 1 from 4:00-5:30 for a Mayday/May Day Prince Edward Island rally where we will come together and voice issues that matter to us as Islanders and Canadians. The purpose of this rally is to demand that our officials begin acting for us, the people whom they were elected to represent. Transparency, accountability, and discussion are important parts of democratic society and we believe that they are brought back into the political process, provincially and federally.

Here is the link to the facebook event page:

For more info,
Katie Harris, BA (Hons), MA
Ph.D. Student, Economic Anthropology
Dalhousie University – Halifax, NS, Canada

2. Upcoming Workshop

The PEI Coalition for Women in Government will be offering a workshop for municipal councillors (both male and female) across PEI, as well as one for the general public.

The Key to Collaborative Decision Making and Problem Solving: Interest-based Skills for Meetings and One-to-One Negotiations – Presented by Kirstin Lund

For Queen’s County municipal councillors
Saturday, May 19, 9-4
Fox Meadow Golf & Country Club
167 Kinlock Road, Stratford

For general public
Thursday, May 31, 9-4
Howard Johnson Dutch Inn
Transcanada Highway, North River

For Prince County municipal councillors
Friday, June 1, 9-4
Rodd Mill River,
180 Mill River Resort Rd. – Route 136, O’Leary

For King’s County municipal councillors
Monday, June 4, 9-4
The Georgetown Historic Inn,
62 Richmond Street, Georgetown

This one-day basic skills building session will focus on the key skills of collaboration: interest-based problem solving. These skills are essential tools for moving forward with good solutions and good relationships and are transferable from committee meetings to negotiations with colleagues to one to one problem solving with constituents.

There is no charge to attend. Lunch and breaks will be provided. Please register on-line at

*Kirstin Lund is a mediator, facilitator and conflict resolution trainer. A faculty member of UPEI’s Centre for Conflict Resolution Studies since leaving the practice of law in 1996, Kirstin has trained thousands of people in conflict resolution and communication skills.

The PEI Coalition for Women in Government 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 visit

3. Round Two of Community Micro-Grants Projects Announced

The City of Charlottetown is inviting citizens to be architects of our City’s future and Integrated Community Sustainability Plan.  Following up the pilot Community Micro – Grants Project in the Fall of 2011, the City is, once again, offering financial support for the development of community initiatives that demonstrate a commitment to create a healthier, vibrant and Sustainable City.

“Last fall community groups designed and implemented three fabulous projects,” said Mayor Clifford Lee. “These micro-grant projects stimulated community action and engaged citizens in creative community efforts, and generated real accomplishments citizens can take pride in.”

The three projects that received Community Micro Grants in 2011 include; The Street Transformation Project hosted by Cycle PEI, The Rag Tag Players Youth Theatre Troup full-time after school art program and the Upper Prince Street Neighbourhood’s Street Tulips & Stories project designed to foster dialogue and pride within this heritage street community.

“The Micro-Grants project was established to create awareness of, and opportunity for, collaboration to build a more vibrant, healthy and sustainable City,” said Councillor Rob Lantz, Chair of the City’s Sustainability Committee. “This project was a great success last fall and we welcome applicants to propose new ways for how we can work toward the goals and actions in our plan collectively.”

The City is currently accepting proposals for the second round of grants, until May 14th, 2012. There will be two streams of grants; one for youth and school groups (a maximum of $1,000) and another for other groups and organizations (a maximum of $2,500).

The project guidelines and application forms are available on the City’s website ( A review committee will grant funding based on each initiative’s potential to achieve the goals and actions of the City’s Sustainability Plan.

For more information, plan to attend one of two public information sessions being held Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at City Hall. All are welcome.

1. 12:00 -1:00 p.m., Parkdale Room, 2nd floor
2. 5:00 – 6:00 p.m., Parkdale Room, 2nd floor

“It’s been very encouraging to see the degree of enthusiasm for this project,” said Laura MacPherson, the City’s Sustainability Coordinator. “We look forward to supporting local efforts and celebrating local expertise that has already begun work on some of our community’s goals and actions outlined in our Sustainability Plan.”

Contact: Laura S. MacPherson, Sustainability Coordinator / tel: (902) 629-4094 /

4. “Women on the Move”

Women’s Employability Program
12 weeks – ( 8 weeks classroom, 4 weeks work experience )
Training allowance provided, some child care and travel

For women ages: 30-54

Not on EI or EI eligible

Starting soon –

To apply: Tel: 436-9856 or email:
East Prince Women’s Information Centre, 109 Water Street, Summerside, PEI
Funders: Interministerial Women’s Secretariat, Status of Women Canada, Skills PEI LMA

5. Call for Nominations for Outstanding Volunteers

April 13th, 2012- April 15 to 21, 2012 marks the 70th annual National Volunteer Week which pays tribute to the millions of volunteers who graciously donate their time and energy to Canadian communities. Volunteers are crucial to a healthy, vital community. The province of Prince Edward Island is unique; our voluntary organizations do more with less funding, and less paid staff than any other province. Volunteers and non-profit organizations offer countless services to thousands of Islanders that would not otherwise be available.

To celebrate volunteers and what they offer to the community, the Voluntary Resource Council (VRC) of PEI is inviting nominations for outstanding volunteers. The work of the VRC is to support and build capacity amongst voluntary organizations in PEI.

Non-profit organizations and associations in Prince Edward Island are invited to nominate an outstanding volunteer for special recognition.The selected outstanding volunteers will be recognized at the Voluntary Resource Council’s annual Breakfast Gala to be held in October.

Nominations should include: the name and contact information of the volunteer and the organization/association, the mission of the organization/association, and a description of the contributions of this individual.

Nominations can be submitted by email to, or by mail to Voluntary Resource Council, 81 Prince Street, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4R3. The deadline for nominations will be June 15th, 2012.

6.  Bonshaw Ceilidh April 29th

The monthly Ceilidh Concert at the Bonshaw Hall is set for 7-9 pm on Sunday, April 29th. Special guest performers are Bar Stool Conspiracy, a folk and bluegrass trio made up of Patrick Campbell, Larry Yeo and
Wade Silliker, plus stepdancers Jessica Watts and Caitlyn McCloskey. 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 PEI Parkinson Society. For more information, phone 675-4093 or 675-2855.

7. PEIBWA Upcoming Events

Lunch and Learn – Charlottetown

“The Anti-Social Network: Should You ‘Friend’ Employees or Blog About Work?”
Presented by: Constance Robinson – HRA

To borrow a sentiment from Spiderman, ‘With great power comes great responsibility.’ The communication power of on-line social networks not only has the potential for great branding and marketing power through your employees and clients, it also has the potential for risk and liability for employers. Personal and professional boundaries blur when we post information on the internet. This actually raises the bar on assessing the kinds of information and sharing that we put into the either.

Join Constance as she explores some of the workplace challenges of social networking, and best practices for the workplace.

Location: Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, 75 Kent Street, Charlottetown
Date: Tuesday, May 8th, 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, May 4th, 2012 at 4:00 pm.


Lunch and Learn – Summerside
“Strategies for Hiring and Retaining the Best and Brightest”
Presented by: Michelle Askew, HR Coordinator with the City of Summerside

Never before has understanding the generations been more important than now as 4 generations work together with very different goals, perceptions and expectations. Michelle will speak about the generations, managing the gap, recruiting and retaining in a diverse market that will be the most competitive in history. She will provide insight and tools to assist you in understanding how to hire and retain the best and brightest for your business.

Location: Loyalist Lakeview Resort, 195 Harbour Drive, Summerside (Across from Harbourfront Theatre)
Date: Thursday, May 17th, 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, May 15th, 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.

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
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