Community Notices


1.  Lisa’s Last Day!

Today is a big day at the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women – Lisa Murphy’s last day at the office as Executive Director. Lisa has worked for the Council over the span of 22 years, most of those years as Executive Director. The Council is happy to share this video with you – “An Exit Interview with Lisa Murphy.” It’s a lovely profile of Lisa in her own words.

This summer, our policy analyst Jane Ledwell will be Acting Executive Director while Council finalizes plans for staff restructuring. We’ll share news about these plans as they develop. To reach Jane or the Council, please email us at or call us at 902-368-4510.

A huge thank you to Lisa for her work on behalf of Prince Edward Island women and their families!

2.  Queen Street Farmers Market

Please join us on Friday, June 29th from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the season opening of the Friday Queen Street Co-op Farmers Market.  There will be live entertainment, Chef Robert Pendergast will do a BBQ demo, the PEI Co-operative Council and the Summertime Cruiser will also be there. A variety of ethnic venders offering a variety of prepared foods to tempt the palate, crafts people and artisans.  As well, a number of vendors will have locally grown produce, cut flowers, herbs, lamb and baked goods.

Kind Regards, Liz Statts, Friday Co-op Farmers Market, (902) 676-2257

3.  DiverseCity /  Divercité

Come out and celebrate Canadian multiculturalism with DiverseCity 2012 — PEI’s largest, family-friendly, free, outdoor street festival hosted by the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada!  ). This unique festival is in its 6th year and offers: music, dance, cultural displays, cultural activities like henna hands and hair-braiding, games of African Bao, Philippine Sipa, and Chinese Mah-jong, Global Jam with drum circle, kids’ crafts like face painting, and delicious international food from a variety of vendors!

Time: Saturday, June 30, 4:00 – 10:00pm
Place: Victoria Row, Charlottetown
Rain location: Murphy’s Community Centre, 200 Richmond Street, Charlottetown

More information:

More about DiverseCity event
DiverseCity 2012 program
DiverseCity on Facebook

The festival is made possible through support from: Canadian Heritage (Celebrate Canada), Citizenship and Immigration Canada (Inter-Action), PEI Department of Tourism and Culture, PEI Department of Innovation and Advanced Learning, the City of Charlottetown, Downtown Charlottetown Inc., Murphy’s Community Centre, and the Charlottetown Co-op Food Market.

Partners are: Charlottetown SummerFest, Island Fusion, Confederation Centre of the Arts, Confederation Centre Art Gallery, and Tourism Charlottetown.

For more information, please contact Yvette by email, or phone at 628-6009, ext.226

4.  Annual Pride Coffee House

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The annual pride coffee house will take place on Wednesday, July 4th, from 7-9pm at Beanz Cafe at 38 University Avenue in Charlottetown.

This is always a fun, family-friendly event, that fills up quickly!  This year’s event is a fundraiser for the LGBTQ Youth Drop in. All are welcome! Performances will include live poetry, music, circus skills, and Drag. 5$ suggested donation. Email for more information.

On Facbeook:

5.  Oxfam Halifax Cuban Event Reminder: 8 more days to go!


Join us for a dialogue with Beat Schmid, Oxfam’s Cuba Program Officer and learn more about this project and other transformative work taking place in Cuba.

Building Self-Reliance from the Ground Up: Oxfam’s Experience in Cuba Imagine a region battered by natural and economic disaster that rallies in the midst of adversity. Imagine a community where, by working together and improving women’s access to land, they have increase local food production by 20%. Hear the story of Jesus Menendez, Cuba, loaded with lessons for enhancing community food security in Nova Scotia.

When: Friday, July 6, 2012
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Where: The Hub, 1673 Barrington St (2nd floor) Halifax, NS
Who: This is a free public event; donations are welcome!

Let us know you are coming! Contact Kayla Turpin:



1.  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. 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.

3.  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.

4. 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.

5. 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:


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
tel: 902 368 4510
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