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. PEI Business Women’s Association – SAVE THE DATE!

This Halloween, for the 2nd year running,
PEIBWA is pleased to present….
“The Business of Murder”

Venue Sponsored by: Stanley Bridge Country Resort

While the fine details of this “spooktacular” fundraising event are still being worked out, we do know it will be held on Saturday, October 27th and that you won’t want to miss out on all the fun which will include a reception, murder mystery event, 3 course meal, music, and more!

Tickets go on sale soon. Mark your calendar now, because only a limited number will be available.
Stay tuned for details!

Phone: 902-892-6040 |  Fax: 902-892-6050


Bestselling Canadian novelist Lawrence Hill, author of The Book of Negroes, is presenting in Stratford. The Book of Negroes was inspired by the historical document of the same name which maintained a list of black Americans who settled in the Maritimes under the promise of freedom following the American Revolution. There will be a book signing opportunity after the lecture at the Stratford Town Centre, Thursday, August 9 at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome.

In addition, on Wednesday, August 8 at 3:45 p.m, Shepard Drive in Stratford will be officially dedicated . The descendants of David and Kesiah Shepard, Black settlers to PEI in the 1700’s, account for over half of PEI’s Black community today.  This street is named in recognition of all Black Islanders and their important contribution to our community; the ribbon cutting duties will be shared by Canadian author Lawrence Hill. All are welcome.


SAVE THE DATE – February 26 to March 1, 2013

The Canadian Domestic Violence Conference 3 will showcase the grassroots initiatives that are happening across the country to address intimate partner violence.  The presentations will be made by community-based groups as well as academics and government agencies. Some of these organizations include women’s shelters, Partner Abuse Response (PAR) programs, probation offices, victim services offices, counselling centres, private practice. The focus of this Conference is to help foster effective conversations with women and men about domestic violence in these various professional contexts.

While focusing primarily on men’s violence against women, the Conference will also provide the opportunity to focus on conversations that are often on the margins of the field: violence in same-sex relationships, violence with people with disabilities, in aboriginal relationships, first generation immigrant relationships, and straight women’s perpetration of abuse.

Some presentations will focus on important distinctions being made among cases based on the level of risk and nature of the abuse.  Such distinctions include high risk cases as well as moderate and low risk cases.

In the context of men’s violence against women, the Conference will focus not only on conversations in which women want to leave, but it will also focus on women who are ambivalent about their relationships and other women who know they want to stay. This broad range of conversations includes individual, couple, family and group conversations.

To move the field forward, the purpose of this Conference is for participants and presenters to highlight and share the innovative approaches that are developing in the various communities across Canada.

Delta Chelsea Hotel and Conference Centre
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

A Call for Presentation Proposals will be available soon.  To be on our email list, please contact


The monthly Ceilidh Concert at the Bonshaw Hall is set for 7-9 pm on Sunday, July 29th. Featured performers are singer-songwriter Bryson Guptill, Summerside Youth Talent Contest winner Emma Doucette, harper Lana Quinn and dancer Jayde Inman; plus locals Tony Reddin and pianist Herbie MacDonald.There will also be a 50/50 draw, lunch, and open stage time. Admission is by donation with proceeds this month going to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. For more information, please call 675-4093 or 675-2855.

6. Changing the Conversation About our Changing Climate

by Jocelyn Plourde Public Presentation – All Welcome
Tuesday July 31st at 6:30 pm
Murphy’s Community Centre, Room 203
CharlottetownAccording to world-renowned NASA climatologist Dr. James Hansen, climate change is “humanity’s greatest challenge”. However, climate change is also a very hotly debated subject which is often misunderstood. That is why raising awareness about the subject is extremely important.With the help of climatologist Adam Fenech and marine biologist Irene Novazcek (University of Prince Edward Island), Jocelyn Plourde has created a Power Point presentation aimed at educating the general public about climate change. Using the presentation, Mr. Plourde will explain what climate change is, how it will impact PEI (and the world) and what must be done about it.Presenter Jocelyn Plourde is a high school science and math teacher in Prince Edward Island with a bachelor’s degree in sciences. He is also working on his Master’s degree in  Island Studies where his focus is public policy relating to climate change adaptation.

For more information:



1. 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:

2. 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.

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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.

6. 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

7. 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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