Community Notices


Voluntary Resource Centre

Annual General Meeting
When: 5:00 pm, Tuesday
June 26, 2012
Central Christian Church Hall, 217 Kent St, Charlottetown

We will begin the evening with a potluck supper.  Please bring food to share.  The business meeting will follow at 5:30.  Everyone welcome.


Call for Volunteer Nominations Extended

To celebrate volunteers and what they offer the community, the Voluntary Resource Council (VRC) of PEI is extending it’s deadline for 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 new deadline for nominations will be noon on September 7th, 2012.

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

2.  Plebiscite for Highway Plan B

Next week, Islanders can participate in the first Citizen-Initiated vote on the Highway Plan B (the realignment of the TCH in Bonshaw-New Haven). This initiative has been coordinated by Islanders in response to a lack of government response to issues like Highway Plan B, which affect *all* Islanders.

Many residents have expressed a desire to have some sort of say on whether the Province goes ahead with the $20million TCH parallel highway project, which is scheduled to start late this summer.

The Plan B project was not part of the original three proposals exhibited in the Fall at Gateway public information sessions, and was only seen after it was approved by Cabinet in December 2011.

Voting will be open at 7AM Monday, June 25 until Wednesday, June 27 at 7PM, and all Islanders can vote.  Voters have a choice of on-line voting, or of a mail-in ballot.  Voters are asked to respect  “one Islander, one vote”, and safeguards will be in place to prevent ballot stuffing.

See for details on Citizen-initiated Plebiscites, how this will work for this vote, and the link to the on-line vote.   The mail-in ballot will be available for download.

Mail-in ballots will be available at all eight locations of Island Co-op Food Stores on their community bulletin boards.  Voters will be responsible for mailing the ballot through Canada Post to Vote PEI, PO Box 623, Charlottetown,  PEI  C1A 7L3.  The ballot has the address for mailing printed on it, and it must be postmarked by June 27.   Results will be announced Canada Day, on the website above, and released to the media.

3.  Landscape, Seascape, Soundscape……a collaborative music writing camp at Rock Barra Artist Retreat   August 7 -9 and 14 -16, 2012

Artists and the General Public are invited to come together to create music inspired by the natural environment. We welcome people with no musical experience to collaborate with professional artists in the creative process. Come enjoy the beach at Rock Barra Artist Retreat and be part of this special event funded by the Canada Council of the Arts. This songwriting camp is being offered to the public for free. Come for a day or come for the whole camp. We want your voice to be heard.
Contact Teresa at to register.

Around the planet people are shocked by our environmental crisis. What is our role as artists, as musicians, as a community ? Have we lost our connection to the land and the sea? Landscape, Seascape, Soundscape is a response to this crisis engaging the power of the arts and the artistic process. Over a two week period in August artists, students, and community members of all ages are invited to come together to re-connect with nature and learn to express that connection through song writing, free improvisation and spoken word. Rock Barra Artist Retreat is the perfect setting for this project. It is an artist run co-operative on twenty acres of wilderness beachfront on the north shore of Prince Edward Island.

In the first week the focus will be the sea and the marine environment of Prince Edward Island. Our  guest facilitator for the the first day will be marine botanist Dr. Irene Novaczk, Director of the Institute of Island Studies. Irene has been conducting seaweed workshops at Rock Barra for the past five summers. This will be our springboard. As we learn to identify, collect, preserve and consume the natural wealth from the sea we will begin to express our experiences through sound.

The focus for the second week will be deepening our connection to the land and we will begin the week with First Nations activist and film-maker, Eliza Star Child Knockwood. The medicine wheel at Rock Barra will be the gathering place for this exploration. Eliza has an unshakable commitment to her Indigenous community and the future of Turtle Island. She will bring us into her cultural paradigm, a place of deep respect and integration with the environment.

Musicians Teresa Doyle and October Browne will work with participants for the entire two week camp to help write, arrange the songs. Participants will be invited to present their music at two concerts at the retreat on Sunday August 12 and again on Sunday August 19th if they wish to do so. Teresa is a sixth generation Prince Edward Islander. Raised on a small family farm her commitment to rural Prince Edward Island is the heart and soul of her music. London born Irish musician October Browne has spent the last few summers at Rock Barra. October is a fantastic multi-instrumentalist, music teacher and arranger.  Multi-media archivist (photography, film, recording) Kat McKernan will be on hand to document the experience and share it with the broader community through social networking, public presentations and media outlets.

We encourage participation from all walks of life. Everyone has something to say about this beautiful planet. Come enjoy the creative process and express your commitment to the land and the water. We are planning on working each day from noon till 5:00 but will be extending the hours as needed to include everyone who would like to participate. There is no cost to attend. We acknowledge the generous support of the Canada Council of the Arts. For more information about our retreat go to to register contact or call 902 838 2973.

4.  Beef n BBQ Raffle

The Kidney Foundation is holding a fundraising BEEF N BBQ raffle just in time for summer. Proceeds from this fundraiser help to build the profile of the Kidney Foundation, promote awareness of kidney disease, and raise money for many programs. In addition, funds raised are used to provide assistance to Island kidney patients, to educate both patients and the public on renal disease, and to heighten awareness of the importance of organ donation.

The winner gets a brand new BBQ. In addition to the BBQ, the winner may choose from either 100 lbs of beef or a $300 Sobey’s gift certificate. Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10. The draw date is June 27, 2012—between Father’s Day and Canada Day. You can purchase tickets by phoning 1-877-892-9009 or by e-mail at  You can also stop by the local office at 565 North River Road.



1.  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.

2. 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.

3. 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:


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