Community Notices


1.  Public Meeting on Arts and Culture Strategy

Public Meeting, hosted by the City of Charlottetown’s Task Force on Arts and Culture
Monday, May 28, 7 pm, The Guild, Charlottetown

Everyone is welcome to attend.

The City’s Task Force on Arts and Culture invites the public to learn about its mandate, and to bring ideas and suggestions on how the Task Force can best recommend an Arts and Cultural Strategy for Charlottetown.

A few questions to consider:
* How can Charlottetown best support its artists and arts and cultural sector?
* How can the City build and promote itself as an arts and cultural destination?
* How can it grow its relationship with the arts and cultural community?

If you cannot attend this meeting, please email your ideas and suggestions to by June 30th.

2.  Tension/Trauma Release Exercises – TRE with Joan McDonald

All are welcome Tuesday, May 22, 6:30pm at Health Within Holistic Center, 500B Queen St., in Charlottetown to a FREE TRE information session with Joan McDonald. Chronic or regular stress is held in the body in the form of muscular tension patterns. TRE is a process of doing a few basic exercises and then lying on the floor relaxing and allowing the tension patterns to release. As the body relaxes, so does the mind! On-going stress can become chronic without us even realizing it…we just know we have that sore neck, aching back, short temper, head ache, lack of sleep, anxiety, depression, the list goes on. Joan is offering this free information session prior to her upcoming TRE Introduction Workshop & Follow Up Classes. Joan is one of three TRE International Trainers who has recently accompanied David Berceli, founder of TRE, offering TRE in Japan to Tsunami survivors, victims of violence in South Africa, expats in Thailand. For more information about this free session contact Joan at 394-0189 or

TRE Workshop & Follow Up Classes with Joan McDonald

Joan McDonald is offering an introduction to TRE Tension/Trauma Release Exercises in a day long workshop followed by four classes hour long each, on Saturday, May 26, 9:30-4pm and Mondays beginning, May 28, 6:30-8pm till June, 18, 2012, at Health Within Holistic Center, 500B Queen St., Charlottetown. This combination* has been designed to provide maximum support to learning and gaining comfort and confidence with the process. After completion, participants will be able to continue TRE on their own without facilitation. TRE is ideal for anyone, male, female, young or old, even children who are facing stressors or who have chronic stress showing up in chronic pain, sleeplessness, anxiety, depression, mobility limitations, anger issues, or those who have suffered accidents, falls, traumatic life events like divorce, death, violence. *Workshop or classes can be taken separately. REGISTRATION is required contact Joan at 902. 394. 0189 or

3.  Space available at Voluntary Resource Centre

Thank you for your continued membership! As you are aware, the VRC works to build communication and cooperation among voluntary organizations in PEI. We also offer services to member organizations and individuals.

We would like to make sure that our members are aware of the services available from the VRC, as well as some changes to annual membership fees. Most members are aware of the free meeting room, mailing address, and public phone and internet use available, as well as the pay-per-use photocopier and fax machine. We have much more to offer.

Some examples of the services that we’re presently providing:
• Brochure and newsletter design and writing
• Poster design and printing
• Bookkeeping services – making deposits, cheque writing, recording transactions, monthly financial reports, year end preparation
• Letter writing and editing
• Report printing and binding
• Processing memberships and registrations for professional associations

We currently have Office Space for rent! We have three spaces available: two small offices ($154/month), and a large office space, suitable for a small classroom, several people, or additional storage ($220/month).

On an ongoing basis we have many other services available:
Office Services
• Administrative Support
• Bookkeeping Services
• Telephone Answering Service

Equipment & Supplies
• Photocopier
• Postage Machine
• Fax Machine
• Binding Machine
• Laminating Equipment
• Office Supplies

Offering professional services helps to sustain the VRC as an organization and provides affordable services as needed to organizations. These services are also available to small businesses, and other groups, upon request. If you or your organization is interested in office space or services, email or call the VRC at 902.368.7337.

Update: As part of our efforts to make the VRC more economically sustainable, we are raising our annual membership fees. The new rates will be on a sliding scale, inviting individuals and organizations who are able to pay more than the base rate to do so.

The new base rates for VRC membership:
Individual Membership: $50
Organization Membership: $100

The VRC is committed to remaining accessible to all income levels. Lower rates for seniors, students, and those on low income are available upon request.

Kindest Regards, Sylvie Arsenault, Manager
Voluntary Resource Centre, 81 Prince Street, Charlottetown, PE  C1A 4R3
Phone: 902.368.7337   Fax: 902.368.7180   Email:

4.  Health Canada promotes garage sale safety awareness!/Santé Canada sensibilise la population canadienne à la sécurité lors de ventes de garage

Le français suit.
Garage Sale season has officially begun and many Atlantic communities are hosting neighbourhood garage sales.

Health Canada has a number of online resources to help guide people when deciding what to buy or sell during these events. It is important to note that everyone holding a garage sale is legally responsible to ensure that products being sold meet current safety standards.

Here are several links that include helpful information and tips for sellers/buyers:

Information Advisory:
Facts for Garage Sale Vendors:
Information for Shoppers of Second-Hand Products:
Consumer Product Recalls Database:

We encourage you to share this information with your colleagues or members, by linking to the above sites via your community website, Twitter or Facebook.

Thank you for helping the Government of Canada to promote awareness around garage sale safety!

Health Canada Atlantic,    Your health and safety…our priority



Comme la saison des ventes de garage est officiellement commencée, de nombreuses collectivités de l’Atlantique organiseront des ventes-débarras dans leur quartier.

Santé Canada offre diverses ressources en ligne pour aider les gens à prendre des décisions éclairées au moment d’acheter ou de vendre des articles usagés. Il est important de souligner que la loi oblige toute personne qui tient une vente de garage à s’assurer que les produits vendus sont conformes aux normes de sécurité en vigueur.

Voici des liens vers des pages qui contiennent des renseignements et des conseils utiles à l’intention des vendeurs et des acheteurs :

Note d’information :
Information à l’intention des vendeurs — Ventes de garage :
Renseignements à l’intention des acheteurs de produits usagés :
Rappels de produit de consommation récents :

Nous vous invitons à communiquer ces renseignements et ces conseils à vos collègues et aux membres de votre collectivité. Vous pouvez aussi afficher les liens susmentionnés sur votre site Web communautaire, Twitter ou Facebook.

Nous vous remercions d’aider le gouvernement du Canada à sensibiliser le public à la sécurité entourant les ventes de garage!

Santé Canada Atlantique    Votre santé et votre sécurité…notre priorité



1. Special Recognition for PEI Status of Women Executive Director Lisa Murphy

View an excerpt from the video archive from the PEI Legislature yesterday where Executive Director Lisa Murphy was given special recognition by Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, Hon. Valerie Docherty; Leader of the Official Opposition, Hon. Olive Crane; and Premier Robert Ghiz.

Click on the following link:

2. The Best Interests of the Children in Custody and Access – FREE

In this course you will learn: what you can expect if you have to go to court to resolve a custody and access dispute; how the ‘best interests of the child’ can be met; ways to resolve your dispute outside of court.

These sessions are delivered by volunteer lawyers and are free for people who are experiencing custody and access disputes.

Tuesday, May 29th & Thursday, May 31st

The May session of the Best Interests of the Child course is now full – we are taking names for the session to be held June 26 & 28.

To register, please contact:
Community Legal Information Association of PEI
892-0853 or 1-800-240-9798 or

3. PEI Literacy Alliances is hosting two workshops

Results-Based Performance Management Workshop

When: May 29, 2012, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Where: Room 214, Centre for Applied Technology and Science (CAST) Building
Holland College, Please use the new Kent Street entrance (big glass entrance)

Do you have long-term goals for your organization or business?
Do you struggle to show what the impact of your work will be in the years to come?

Presenter: Dawn Binns, Insight Marketing

Dawn holds a Bachelor of Education and a Masters of Adult Education and for the past seven years, worked with the Canadian Cancer Society, PEI Division as Executive Director.

You will learn to: effectively identify measurements and indicators, create results-based outcomes to demonstrate the impact of your organization now and in the future, understand the Theory of Results-Based Performance Management, move from Program Evaluation to Results-Based Outcomes, and use the Results-Based Performance Management Tool.

Cost: $50 ($40 for non-profits)

To register: Call 368-3620

More info:


Accountability Workshop: Top Ten Things Every Not-For-Profit Organization Should Know

When: May 31, 2012, 9:00 to 11:30 am

Where: Room 214, Centre for Applied Technology and Science (CAST) Building
Holland College, Please use the new Kent Street entrance (big glass entrance)

Presenter: Rachel Mella, Chartered Accountant and Senior Associate with Bradley Shea Handrahan Chartered Accountants

Topics: Fraud, Directors Liability Insurance, Policy Manual, Minutes, Budgets, Segregation of Duties, Purchases and Payments, Cash Controls and Receipts, CRA Reporting, and Computer Systems.

Cost: $20

To Register: Call 368-3620 or email

More info:

4. Register NOW!   Women in Leadership: Facing the Challenges

2012 Conference Series
Facing the challenges

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

Confederation Centre of the Arts
145 Richmond Street, Charlottetown


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

To download brochure for information and to register, click this link:

Registration questions:

5. Old Age Security: Your Retirement Today and in the Future

Join Sean Casey Charlottetown MP at the Guild, 111 Queen St @ 7pm on May 22nd
With Judy Sgro, MP for York West, Jim Sentence, UPEI Associate Professor, & John Kenny, PEI Senior Citizens’ Federation

To talk about the proposed changes to the Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement
Ph: 902-566-7770 Email: Website:

6. Catch & Release 2012

A celebration of graduate research in Education and Island Studies

Thursday, May 24 3:00-7:00 pm
Schurman Market Square, Don and Marion McDougall Hall

Every year, the Faculty of Education at UPEI shares the recent research activity of faculty members and graduate students at a forum. Similarly, the Faculty of Arts celebrates research by students in the Master of Arts in Island Studies program during a recognition day.

This year, the two faculties have partnered to host a joint graduate research event that focuses upon capturing Island-experiences for release into the sea(s) of thoughtful discussion.

Everyone is welcome!

For more information:
Faculty of Education Tom Hilton
Master of Arts in Island Studies Laura Lee Howard

RSVP by May 18
Hosted by Centre for Education Research, and the Master of Arts in Island Studies Program

7. Elder Abuse Community Awareness Grant

In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15), the PEI Seniors’ Secretariat is encouraging community organizations to become involved in raising awareness of this important issue that affects neighbours, friends and families across PEI. To support your efforts, the Secretariat is pleased to offer community groups a contribution towards your community awareness project.

What is the Elder Abuse Community Awareness Grant?
Elder abuse is a serious and often under reported problem in communities. The abuse of older adults is defined as any action or inaction by another person that causes harm or threatens to cause harm to an older adult. This includes financial abuse, neglect, physical abuse, emotional and verbal abuse and sexual abuse.

The good news is that there is help for people who are experiencing abuse and there are steps that neighbours, friends and family members can take to help support someone who may need help. The PEI Seniors’ Secretariat hopes that by increasing community awareness activities we can work together to raise awareness of this important issue.

How much can we apply for?
Your community group can apply for up to $250. In total the PEI Seniors’ Secretariat has budgeted to distribute up to $5,000 across the province for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2012.

Who can apply for a grant?
Any non-profit organization, community-based coalition, network, municipal government, band/tribal council and other Aboriginal organizations in Prince Edward Island can apply. If you are not sure if you qualify, please call 620-3785.

When is the deadline to apply?
Applications will be accepted until 5:00pm May 31, 2012.

For the rest of the criteria and/or to get an application or if you have any questions or want to discuss your ideas for an awareness activity, please call 620-3785, toll-free 1-866-770-0588 or email

8. 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!

9. 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


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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