Community Notices


1.  Chairs Circle 2012

On May 15, the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women held its first ever – and hopefully first annual – roundtable of past and present Chairpersons of the Advisory Council. The Chairs Circle 2012 took on the theme of access to justice and was a great success. Here’s a video about the event:

Thanks to the past and present Chairpersons who took part!

2.  Public Service Announcement

The Latin American Mission Program (LAMP)

invites the public to its
Annual General Meeting
on Sunday June 10, 2012 at 2:00 pm
at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Hall, Stratford

There will be a presentation by Reg Phelan on Protecting PEI Land: Getting Residents Involved.  (Reg wrote his Masters thesis on the history of the land struggle in PEI).

3.  AIDS PEI Special Meeting for New Directors

When: June 12, 6:00pm
Where: AIDS PEI, 375 University Ave., Charlottetown

AIDS PEI is seeking new members for its Board of Directors. Anyone interested in being involved with oversight of the organization is encouraged to attend. People with knowledge of accounting, fundraising or who bring the perspective of a disadvantaged community or minority are particularly encouraged. However, the organization knows that strong Board Members come with a variety of backgrounds and experiences, and welcomes interest from all candidates.

The Board ordinarily meets once a month.

For more info contact:

4.  PEIBWA Event

Lunch and Learn Charlottetown
“Difficult Conversations – Ugh”
Presented by: Wendy MacIntyre, HR Specialist, Michele Dorsey Law

You’re beginning to dread going to work.

You love your job: the work is interesting, the location is convenient, pay is good, BUT… you have to work with THAT person. You know the one; just thinking about them makes you feel anxious and you don’t want to deal with them. Having difficult discussions are not only necessary for correcting behaviour, they are imperative when setting the tone for workplace relationships.

Join Wendy while we look at how to identify when a difficult conversation is necessary and how to ease your way through those conversations where everyone can benefit. Wendy is a Certified Human Resources Professional with 10 years in the HR field. She is an interactive facilitator and enjoys hearing others’ stories to create a rich learning opportunity for all participants.

Location: Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, 75 Kent Street, Charlottetown
Date: Tuesday, June 12th, 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, June 8th, 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.

5.  Award-Winning Journalist, Feminist and Human Rights Activist to Speak on PEI

Sally Armstrong, an award-winning journalist and documentary film-maker will be speaking in Charlottetown on Friday June 15th at the Charlottetown Hotel. Her topic will be “The Dawning of a Revolution” and will address the vital importance of women pressing for their rights around the world. Armstrong has reported extensively on women and girls in conflict zones, such as Somalia, the Balkans and most recently, Afghanistan. She has won many awards including the Amnesty International Media Award, which she has won three times.

Ms Armstrong will be speaking at the Hilda Ramsay fund-raiser event, organized by the women’s caucus of the NDP. Tickets cost $60 or $80 and include the cost of a full dinner. Tax receipts will be issued for $30 or $50 respectively. The reception begins at 6 p.m. and dinner will be at 7 p.m.

For tickets or more information contact Lorraine Begley at 675-2611 or J’Nan Brown at 675-3744 or email The Hilda Ramsay fund is used to support women candidates running for the NDP by covering some campaign expenses.

6.  Poles Apart: Writing the Antipodes

An evening of readings that celebrate the Prince Edward Island’s antipodean connections ‘ particularly with Tasmania’ will be held Thursday, June 14, at UPEI’s Main Building Faculty Lounge. “Poles Apart: Writing the Antipodes” will feature several guest readers from Tasmania and mainland Australia, as well as Islanders who have travelled down under.

Guests from down under include Pete Hay, Tasmanian poet and retired geography professor – who is no stranger to Prince Edward Island, serving as Visiting Lecturer at UPEI and popular commentator on electoral reform; Lynda Hawryluk, a writer, writing-workshop facilitator, and Lecturer at Central Queensland University in Australia; and Britta Hartmann, a writer and PhD student at the University of Tasmania, whose research focuses on the literature of islands. Writers from Prince Edward Island include two of the participants in the Tasmania-PEI Writers’ Exchange: Deirdre Kessler, author of the poetry book, Afternoon Horses, as well as several award-winning children?s books; and Dianne Hicks Morrow, author of two books of poetry, including What Really Happened Is This, and a book of interviews on kindred spirits. The evening will be hosted by writer and editor Laurie Brinklow, who is currently doing her PhD exploring island identity at the University of Tasmania. She will also invite members of the audience who have travelled to Australia and/or Tasmania to join others onstage to share a story or a piece of writing.

‘Poles Apart’ will be held at the UPEI Faculty Lounge from 7 to 9 p.m. Co-sponsored by the Institute of Island Studies, UPEI Department of English, and PEI Writers’ Guild, admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

For further information, please call Laurie at (902) 569-5268 or e-mail


Professional writing-workshop facilitator from ‘Down Under’ offers two workshops for writers

Dr. Lynda Hawryluk, a writer, lecturer, and facilitator of popular writing workshops in Australia, will present two writing workshops in Charlottetown June 16 and 17, co-sponsored by the Institute of Island Studies, UPEI Department of English, and PEI Writers’ Guild. The Saturday workshop, entitled ‘Writing the Island,’ is for writers of any level or genre interested in ‘writing place’ from the island perspective. The Sunday workshop, called ‘Running a Successful Writing Workshop,’ is open to everyone who teaches writing, either in a workshop setting or in the classroom. Both will be held at the UPEI Faculty Lounge from 1 to 4 p.m.

The ‘Writing the Island’ workshop offers a special bonus feature: participants will be encouraged to present their work in public at a reading called “Writing the Island: The Readings.” The readings will take place on Tuesday evening, June 19, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Confederation Centre Public Library. Emceed by Lynda, the reading is free of charge, and everyone is invited to attend.

The cost for Writers’ Guild members is $15 for one workshop, or $25 for both; and for non-members is $25 for one and $40 for both. For information, or to register, please call Laurie at (902) 569-5268 or e-mail

About the workshop, ‘Writing the Island,’ June 16

Islands are places that intrigue mainlanders. They loom large on the horizon, carry secrets and memories on their shores, and are only islands if you look at them from the water. Once on islands, other landscapes become less important; such is their appeal. How we write about islands of all kinds is the focus of this workshop. We will explore islands both familiar and otherwise through our writing, using descriptive prose or imagery-rich poetry.

About the workshop, ‘Running a Successful Writing Workshop,’ June 17

Writing workshops have been steadily growing in popularity for many years, ranging from small-group community workshops to commercially run seminars and conferences. This workshop provides coordinators and keen writers alike with professional development opportunities to enhance and add value to your workshop experience. Practical methodologies and organizational tips and techniques will demonstrate how to make the most of your venue, materials and provide valuable writing experiences for participants.

About ‘Writing the Island: The Reading,’ June 19

The public is invited to share the results of a multi-genre writing workshop held on Saturday, June 16, called ‘Writing the Island.’ Hosted by professional writing-workshop facilitator Dr. Lynda Hawryluk, the reading features workshop participants reading from work that is bound to be rich in island imagery and story. Because the workshop is open to all levels of writing experience, the reading will feature authors both known and unknown to Island audiences. Indeed, for some, this will be their first time in front of an audience.

The reading, emceed by Lynda Hawryluk, will be held at the Confederation Centre Public Library June 19, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

About Lynda Hawryluk

Dr. Lynda Hawryluk is a Lecturer in Literary and Cultural Studies at Central Queensland University in Australia, where she teaches undergraduate creative writing subjects and supervises Masters of Letters and PhD students. Lynda has been coordinating the Idiom 23 Writers’ Workshops on North Keppel Island since 2005 and has facilitated many writing workshops in the Central Queensland region. She is the Deputy Chair of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs and has been published in a variety of academic and creative publications.

Lynda will also be a featured reader Thursday, June 14, at “Poles Apart: Writing the Antipodes,” at the UPEI Main Building Faculty Lounge; and has been invited, along with Laurie Brinklow, to be Poet Laureate at PEI’s PGI Golf Tournament for Literacy sponsored by the Literacy Alliance June 15 at the Belvedere Golf and Country Club.

7.  Documentary Film

The Island chapter of the Breaking the Silence Network will be presenting Pamela Yates’ most recent documentary film

“Granito: How to Nail a Dictator”

Monday, June 18th at 7 p.m.
in the Fellowship Room at Park Royal United Church, 11 Christie Drive in Sherwood.

This film has been described as one of the most compelling,and inspiring documentaries of the year.  It is about the ongoing efforts to bring to trial Rios Montt, a Guatemalan dictator and military commander responsible for genocide of indigenous peoples in that country. Pamela Yates first 1982 acclaimed film about the civil war in Guatemala, “When the Mountains Tremble,” included footage of the military struggle in Guatemala from the camps of both the military government and the insurgents. Twenty years later unused footage for that film surfaced to provide evidence necessary for conviction in court of Rios Montt and helped determine the course of a crucial human rights investigation.

“Granito: How to Nail a Dictator” documents how evidence is being collected for the court case from diverse sources including survivors, an anthropologist, a lawyer and from Pamela’s own film reels from the 80’s. “Granito” means “a grain of sand” and is used in the title of the documentary to reflect how many small contributions , when combined , can result in a powerful result.

Entrance will be by donation. There will also be a silent auction and some Guatemalan refreshments.

8.   2012 Agriculture Educators’ Workshop

Thursday, July 5, 2012; 9:30am until 3:30pm
Farm Centre, 420 University Avenue, Farm Centre, Charlottetown, PEI

How would you like to take a day this summer to meet up with other educators who are passionate about finding ways to incorporate agriculture into the classroom? Have you ever wondered how you could make better use of that greenhouse at your school? What about having an indoor light garden in the lobby of your school? How about taking a look in that recycle bag to find some unique ways to grow food and other plants in your class?

The theme for this year’s one-day agriculture workshop is “Urban Agriculture”. A few of the topics to be covered at this workshop include: Greenhouse Horticulture Therapy, Making Something from Nothing: Growing in the Classroom with No Budget, Rooftop Gardening and Living Walls, and Setting up Your School Greenhouse. In addition, teachers will have the opportunity to take a walking tour of Charlottetown’s Demonstration Gardens and Urban Edible Gardens or a tour of VanKampen’s Greenhouse. Join us for conversation and a quaint, picnic lunch along the way showcasing Island products prepared by our local chef from The Best Plate Forward.

Sign up and receive an engaging package of current agriculture resources.
Registration will take place until June 29th, 2012
Phone: (902) 892-1091; E-mail:



1.  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

2.  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

3.   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

4. 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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