Community Notices



The PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women is advertising for a full-time Program Coordinator! The application deadline is noon, August 1st. Full details are available here, in French and English:

We are very much looking forward to adding someone new to our staff team and hope you will apply if the job looks like a good fit for you.

2.  Macphail Homestead Writing Workshops for Children and for Adults

The Macphail Homestead in Orwell will host a series of four writing workshops for adults and for children in August facilitated by writer, poet, and children’s author Deirdre Kessler.

Participants will complete writing exercises that call on them to create fiction, nonfiction, life writing, and poetry on the spot. Weather permitting, some of the workshop will be held outdoors and some of it in the Macphail Woods Ecological Project Nature Centre or in the Great Room of the Macphail house.

See how fiction, poetry, and life writing can begin with a sense of place and with close observation of the natural world. Even imaginative writing or fantasy most often begins with geography, with landscape, with real flora and real fauna. Through timed exercises developed by an accomplished teacher, participants will write short pieces in a number of genres as they explore nature and their response to it during the workshop.

Writers at all levels of experience are welcome. Supplies needed: notebook and pencil, non-disposable water bottle, and bug repellent if bugs are a bother.

Writing Workshops for children ages 10-12 will be held Saturday mornings, 9 a.m. to 12 noon, on August 18 and August 25, 2012.

Writing workshops for adults will be held Saturday afternoons, 1:15 p.m. to 5 p.m., August 18 and August 25. The cost for children’s writing workshops is $20 ($30 for two members of same family); the cost for adults is $40. To reserve a space, contact Deirdre Kessler:

The Macphail Tea Room serves light lunches for under $10, so that participants can have lunch before or after the workshop. Contact:

3. Return of “An Evening With The Master’s Wife”: August 1st

The Master’s Wife, by Sir Andrew Macphail of Orwell, is a great Island book that many people have heard about but few have read. An event held at The Macphail Homestead in late June will be repeated on Wednesday, August 1st. It has proved to have a strong attraction both for those who love the book, and for those for whom it is unknown territory.

Entitled “An Evening with The Master’s Wife,” the program will feature dramatic readings from the book by the husband and wife actor-team of Rob MacLean and Melissa Mullen, along with associated music performed by fiddler Roy Johnstone and singer Nancy Whytock and friends.

Music – both sacred and secular — features prominently in The Master’s Wife. Sir Andrew’s father William Macphail, the local school-master, was a fine musician who led the singing in the local Macdonalite church at Uigg. He also taught music, writing out the notes on the backs of large scrolls of wallpaper, 17 of which have survived. Nancy Whytock has studied this “wallpaper music”, and she and several friends will perform some of it on August 1st.

In the chapter entitled “The Musicians,” Sir Andrew writes about local fiddler Pat Bolger, and a remarkable musical duel he had with Donald beag, an itinerant labourer who’d received considerable classical-violin training in his youth. Roy Johnstone plays both of these characters.

Rob MacLean and Melissa Mullen are two of the Island’s finest actors. Both are graduates of the National Theatre School of Canada. They are also farmers, living on the family blueberry farm in Lewes and raising their young family. “These readings from The Master’s Wife,” Rob says, “remind me of past work with the dramatization of the local book Belfast People. It’s a treat to return to such vivid, wry, well-expressed material about our area.”

Since space is limited at the Macphail Homestead – to about 60 people — those planning to attend “An Evening with The Master’s Wife” should call in advance to make a reservation (651-2789). Tickets are $10.00. There will be a cash-bar reception at 7:00, with the performance beginning at 7:30.

The Macphail Homestead is located just off the Trans Canada Highway at Orwell Corner. Follow the signs on the winding road to the green gates.

4. The Annual PEI ADAPT Council Great Projects Field Day!

Wednesday July 25, 2012

Join us as we tour a few of the projects that PEI ADAPT has sponsored
with funds from the Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, Canadian
Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP).

11:30 am: Food Safety Videos, Farm Centre, 420 University Avenue,
We will start the tour with a catered lunch of Island grown foods while
Alex Hanley, an international food safety inspector, presents a few
short videos he created on food safety.
(If you like the Annie Leonard story videos, you’ll love what Alex has

12:45 pm: Asian Vegetable Field Trails; Brookfield Gardens, Rt 2, Brookfield
The Horticulture Association is conducting Asian Vegetable Field Trials
so that Island farmers can learn what they are, how they grow and what
they yield. Over $400 million/year of Asian veggies imported to Canada.
76% of Canadians have never tasted an ethnic vegetable. Come see what
you are missing!

2:00 pm: Edible Forest Permaculture Garden, 1805 Rt 13, North Wiltshire
Darcy and Rory Beck are two beginning farmers who have studied
‘Permaculture Design,’ with some of the world’s masters. They are now
putting techniques they learned into practice on their 200 acre farm.
The new mixed fruit and nut orchard includes many new species that have
never been grown on Prince Edward Island.

3:15 pm: Barnone Hops, 4248 Rt 225, Stanchel
Hugh Campbell will soon be serving some of the Island’s finest brew made
from his own hops, barley and pure Island water. Come get an inside
preview of what will soon be the best place on PEI to enjoy a pint

Please register for the field day by calling the PEI ADAPT Council
office at: 368-2005 or

Let us know if you plan to join us for lunch or meet us on route.

*All scheduled times are approximate.

5. Taste Our Island Award 2012

Nominations are now open for the ADAPT Council 6th Annual Taste Our Island award. This prestigious and sought after award recognizes the province’s best innovative chefs and restaurateurs who are supporting Prince Edward Island’s local food system.

Prince Edward Island’s bountiful and delicious harvest is part of what defines its land, heritage, and culture. Supporting local food strengthens the local economy and ensures a secure source of high quality produce.

Everyone is encouraged to help by nominating someone whose outstanding culinary talents they admire. The nominee should be someone who has built effective relationships with farmers, wholesalers and distributors in order to help sustain a regional agricultural food system in new, innovative and effective ways.

The winner and runner-up awards will be presented at the Taste Our Island Roving Feast during the Fall Flavours celebration in late September. Last year’s winner, Barb Jabbour of Papa Joes in Charlottetown, along with a committee of food aficionados, will evaluate incoming nominations and select the 2012 winners.

The Taste Our Island award is an extremely valuable prize. The winner receives a full-page feature article in the 2013 PEI Tourism Guidebook valued at $8,000, and the beautiful “Taste Our Island” commemorative handcrafted plate, courtesy of Victoria’s Glass. The four runners-up will also be highlighted on the Tourism Guidebook page. In addition, the ADAPT Council will give special recognition to all restaurants that receive valid nominations by offering a uniquely designed decal that will identify the establishment as a ‘Taste Our Island’ Restaurant.

The criteria for the award looks not only for top-notch cuisine, but, at how supportive the chef/restaurant is in promoting a local, sustainable food system. Each nominee is judged on the percentage of Island foods included on menus, and how creatively the local foods initiative is profiled there. They are also evaluated on how well the use of local foods is advertised and promoted in general to customers.

Anyone who knows a chef or restaurant that meets the above description can submit a nomination by visiting the ADAPT website at, or find a Taste Our Island nomination form at various restaurants and locations around the Island this summer.

The deadline for nominee submissions is August 22, 2012. Nominations may be made online or mailed to: PEI ADAPT Council ‘Taste Our Island Award Nominations’
c/o The Farm Centre
420 University Avenue, Suite 103
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island C1A7Z5.
For more info please contact

6. Tuesday Talk (in English) on the Recently Found List of Island Acadians in 1763

Acadian Museum, in Miscouche, 432-2880 for info
July 24, at 7:30 p.m.
Free Admission, Donations Appreciated, Refreshments Served
Historian Georges Arsenault will discuss the recently found list of Acadians living on the Island in 1763. A most interesting document, it sheds light on the said 30 families that surveyor Samuel Holland and his team discovered when they arrived on the Island in the fall of 1764.


1.  2012-2013 Fall/Winter/Spring Course Calendar Is Now Available at UPEI’s Centre for Life-Long Learning!

The Centre for Life-Long Learning 2012-2013 Fall, Winter, and Spring course calendar is now available.

After months of planning, we are pleased to launch a calendar of courses which includes both new and well-tested courses.

Some highlights include:

To view our complete calendar listing, visit:

Inquiries: 566-0336 or

2. An Evening with Canadian Author, Nazanin Afshin-Jam MacKay

DISTRICT 17 Progressive Conservative Association is pleased to host a Reception and Dinner on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 featuring special guest speaker, NAZANIN AFSHIN-JAM MACKAY, award-winning human rights activist and author. The event will be held at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel in the Georgian Room with Reception at 6:00 pm followed by Dinner at 7:00 pm.

NAZANIN AFSHIN-JAM MACKAY is an award-winning international human rights activist with an accomplished background as a Red Cross Global Youth Educator, singer/songwriter, actor, model and former Miss World Canada. Nazanin recently launched her first book, THE TALE OF TWO NAZANINS documenting the story of a Teenager on Death Row in Iran and Afshin-Jam MacKay’s efforts to save her.

After leading a successful campaign to save the life of NAZANIN FATEHI, a young girl on death row in Tehran, AFSHIN-JAM MACKAY recognized the need to put a permanent end to the executions of minors in Iran and abroad. She is the proud co-founder and President of the Stop Child Executions organization and in 2008 was appointed as a director on the board of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation. MS. AFSHIN-JAM MACKAY continues to address human rights abuses worldwide, particularly in relation to women and children in Iran and the Middle East.

Tickets to what is sure to be an enlightening evening are $50 ($15 tax receipt) and are available through the PC Pond Street office (628-8679) and or District 17 Progressive Conservative Association Contact: Elizabeth Wilson
Telephone Number: (902) 675-4303
Fax Number: (902) 675-3872
Email Address:

3. Remembering Hiroshima

August 6th
12 noon, Monday
The Rounda, near Peakes Quay, Charlottetown, PEI

  • Music
  • Poetry
  • Speeches
  • Readings

The 67th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The militarized murder of defenseless civilians continues…

Event hosted by Island Peace Committee and Unitarian Fellowship. For more information, contact 368-7337.

4. Life Skills Coach Training Certificate Program is coming to Moncton, New Brunswick

This certificate program prepares group leaders to develop and deliver dynamic workshops and training programs using the NewStart Life Skills model. YWCA Toronto and YWCA Moncton have partnered to bring Life Skills Coach training to Moncton on the following dates:

Life Skills Coach Certificate Phase 1
Foundations of Life Skills Coaching
Date: September 10-14, 2012 (5 days)
Time: 9am – 5pm

Life Skills Coach Certificate Phase 2
Dynamics of Life Skills Coaching
Date: September 17-21, 2012 (5 days)
Time: 9am – 5pm

REGISTER ONLINE: or download registration form
To download course outlines, order publications and for details on all trainings and locations go to

Contact us: Lea Rideout 1-866-460-5595 Ext. 270

5. Tuesday Talks at the Acadian Museum of PEI


Hope you can attend one or more of the annual Tuesday Talks at the Acadian Museum of PEI. Why not mark down on your calendar the ones that you don’t want to miss?

For the list of the six lectures (three in English), check this link:

Thanks for forwarding this email to your friends. Hope to see you at the Musée this summer.

Georges Arsenault, Coordinator of the Tuesday Talks


FREDERICTON – The Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation is accepting proposals for funding from registered charities, for projects dealing with the problem of family violence.

The organizations selected will be awarded a grant, to a maximum of $3,000 to undertake projects in areas including counseling, training, public education and educational research.

To be considered for funding, the proposal project must fall into one of the following categories:

  • the operation of emergency shelters and the provision of counseling and other services to victims of family violence;
  • the development of counseling and training programs for the education of counselors working with victims of family violence;
  • the development of public education programs about family violence;
  • the support of educational research into the causes of family violence, and to assist with the education and training of victims of family violence.

The deadline for receiving applications is Monday, August 13, 2012.

The Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation is a charitable organization committed to eliminating family violence and to relieving the suffering of those affected.

For more information please visit our website:

For more information contact:

Therese M. Murray, Executive Director
Rebekah Thomas, Project Manager/Resource Developer
Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation
Phone: (506) 472-5085
Fax: (506) 472-5084
E-mail: /


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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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