Community Notices


1.  Register today to Attend an Elder Abuse Information Event

His honour,  the Honourable H. Frank Lewis, Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island, invites community members to attend a reception and presentation by Dr Philip Smith on recognizing and preventing the abuse of older adults on June 11 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at Government House (Fanningbank).

Note:  Seating is limited and advance registration is required, to attend call 1-866-770-0588 by May 31.

2.  Call for Community Grant Proposals

The PEI Seniors’ Secretariat is pleased to announce a call for community proposals for 2012-2013 for projects that will help the Secretariat achieve its mandate. The deadline for applications is July 15, 2012. To request further information on this call for proposals and an application form call 1-866-770-0588 or email at

3.  Call for Nominations: Senior Islanders of the Year

The PEI Senior Islanders of the Year Award recognizes and celebrate the many contributions of Island seniors in many areas, including:

volunteerism, artistic achievement, fund-raising, community activities, education, professional leadership, fitness/recreation, and other activities. Islanders can demonstrate their appreciation of an older adult by submitting a nomination for the PEI Senior Islanders of the Year Award.

Nominate someone special today!

To request a nomination package contact the Secretariat by calling 1-866-770-0588 or email at

Deadline for nominations:
July 15, 2012

4.   Rape and Sexual Assault Centre AGM

You are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of the PEI Rape and Sexual Assault Centre

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Haviland Club, 2 Haviland St., Charlottetown
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

GUEST SPEAKER:  Linsey McEwen, nurse in the Emergency Department of the QEH, recently certified as a SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner).

Light refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP your intentions by calling 566-1864 or e-mail



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

5. 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

6. 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:

7. 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.

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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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