Community Notices


1.  To Make a Farm – Movie and meal – Tonight

Join us for a meal and movie in support of
the PEI Farm Centre and new farmers
7:00 p.m. Friday June 15
420 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PEI

TO MAKE A FARM explores the lives of five young people who have decided to become small-scale farmers, despite having no backgrounds in this demanding profession. They face daily challenges and set-backs, but their optimism inspires hope for the future. Documentary filmmaker Steve Suderman searches his own family history in farming to question whether the mistakes of the past can be avoided this time around.

Buffet Dinner $20.

For more information, contact the Farm Centre 892-3419

2.  Two Crows Joy ~  New works by Monica Macdonald and Sandy Kowalik

Painter Monica Macdonald and sculptor Sandy Kowalik will exhibit their new works at Howes Hall, 3421 Brackley Point Road, from June 18 to June 24, 2012.

For the exhibition, “Two Crows Joy” Macdonald and Kowalik both use the iconic imagery of the crow as a starting point to explore their respective mediums. Macdonald, well known for her lively brushwork and vibrant use of colour, experiments with composition, mark-making and design in this new body of work. Kowalik’s terra cotta sculptures are a celebration of form and texture, influenced by the sculpture of “primitive” cultures. Her dark, low-gloss finishes reveal and enhance the exuberance of her working method.

The artists will be in attendance at the gallery throughout the exhibition. Howes Hall is open 10 – 6 daily. For more information contact Monica Macdonald at or Sandy Kowalik at

3.  Why Does Stephen Harper Hate Prince Edward Islanders?  And Why Won’t Gail Shea Stand Up for the Island’s Unemployed?

The Prince Edward Island Federation of Labour and union affiliates are hosting a
On Cuts to Employment Insurance (EI)
and the Impact on Workers in Prince Edward

Monday, June 18th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Murphy Centre
200 Richmond Street, Charlottetown, PEI

Federal government cuts to Employment Insurance, including the eradication of the EI Board of Referees Appeals Process, will have drastic impacts on all people of Prince Edward Island. New regulations which will force unemployed Islanders to take positions as much as an hour’s drive away from their homes at 70% of their prior wage will create great hardship for the unemployed as well as having the effect of driving wages down throughout Prince Edward Island.

Presently, there are 5.8 unemployed Canadians for every available job nationally. Here in the Atlantic Region, there are more than ten (10) unemployed workers for every available job in the region.

Come out to this PUBLIC FORUM ON EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE on Monday, June 18th (from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Murphy Centre – 200 Richmond Street in Charlottetown) to hear how these EI cuts and erosion of the EI appeals process will affect PEI, as well as to discuss what we can do in response.

For further information, contact Prince Edward Island Federation of Labour President Carl Pursey (phone 902-368-3068 / email and/or Canadian Labour Congress Atlantic Regional
Representative Tony Tracy (phone 902-223-9489 / email



1.  Authentic Listening I and II Workshops – June 26 and July 5, Centre for Life-Long Learning at UPEI

Authentic Listening I – June 26
Explore the true nature of listening. Touch upon silence, meditation, reflection and other modalities as tools involved in authentic listening. Explore judgmental, “fix it” and heart listening, as well as listening in groups and one-on-one. The purpose of the course is to develop a new set of listening skills that will change how you relate to others as well as to yourself.

Cost: $299

Authentic Listening II – July 5
Authentic Listening II is set up to deepen one’s listening skills through a short review and discussion of the different types of listening modalities presented in Authentic Listening I. The workshop will continue with exploring listening via the physical body (body language), the concept of subtext and how to identify it, plus identifying and listening through one’s own social masks. Forgiveness will also be explored and how authentic listening can affect our ability to forgive.

Group and one-on-one work will continue and the course will conclude with a discussion on how to effectively take this new information and integrate it into one’s personal and professional life.

Cost: $299

Facilitator: Cathy Burnett, MFA
For more information or to register, visit, email, or call 566-0336.

2.   Scholarships for Island Women

The Canadian Federation of University Women will offer one undergraduate Frieda Creelman Scholarship in the creative arts, and two Margaret MacMillan Pratt postgraduate Scholarships in graduate studies, one in arts related faculties, one in science related faculties. Info/application forms: Maryanne Palmer at Deadline for completed application Oct 12, 2012.

3. Half-price Parks Passes

Season passes for the Park Canada can be purchased at 50% off until June 30. These can be purchased at Ardgowan National Historic Site or the Cavendish Destination Centre.

4.  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.

5. 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.

Contacts: Maureen Larkin 569-5038 (h) and Rosalind Waters 652-2646 (h) 566-3523 (w)

6. 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:

7. 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


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
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