Community Notices


1.  Young Women Lead the Way at the Atlantic Summer Institute

A new generation of young leaders is descending upon Charlottetown this August for the Atlantic Summer Institute’s Young Women and Community Leadership Program, August 21 to 24, at Holland College in Charlottetown, PEI.

The Atlantic Summer Institute theme this year is “Inspiration to Action: Leadership for Active Communities.” As a new dimension of the ASI, the young women’s program will help women aged 18-25 take on a greater leadership role in their communities, making Atlantic Canada stronger, healthier, and more vibrant.

Megan Stewart, Youth Engagement Coordinator for the Atlantic Summer Institute, has been finalizing the program developed by and for young women in Atlantic Canada. “The program is shaping up to be an exciting four days of leadership training, creativity, and collaboration. We have a diverse group of young women already registered, and are reaching out to young Island women to participate in this unique learning opportunity.”

Through an engaging, experiential program, young women will develop new leadership ideas and skills, create plans for how they can make a difference in their communities, and expand their network of friends and supporters who can help them turn their ideas into realities. Participants will attend workshops covering topics such as Sex and Gender‐based Analysis, creating a vision plan, and gathering the resources to act on it. They will work together to develop new projects for their communities, and will create a collaborative zine to share their experiences and to use as a resource in their future leadership work.

The young women will also have the opportunity to discover new ways to stay active. The Charlottetown Running Room will host a clinic on motivation and exercise, Moksha Yoga will lead an outdoor yoga class ; a ZUMBA class and a Nordic Walking workshop will also be offered.

Recruitment is now taking place to gather young women from all four Atlantic Provinces. Emerging and established young women leaders between the ages of 18 to 25 are invited to register for this unique leadership program.

Funding is still available for participants from PEI . Potential participants should register as soon as possible to secure their place.

For information on the program, registration and funding support contact Megan Stewart, Youth Engagement Coordinator, via email: or telephone: 902.894.3399 or 902.213.1505 (cell).

The Young Women and Community Leadership Program is delivered as part of the project Building Leadership Capacity Among Women and Girls in Atlantic Canada, funded by Status of Women Canada Women’s Community Fund.

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2.  What Contemporary Helping Professionals Need to Know about Separation & Divorce Today

Featuring Susan Gamache, Ph.D.,

Thursday, September 20, 2012
Confederation Centre
145 Richmond St, Charlottetown
Prince Edward Island

Educational Objectives
This Workshop will focus on:

Giving the helping professional an update on the recent research relevant to divorce in Canada today. Conceptual frameworks and practical tools for engaging with parents and their children through separation, divorce or in post agreement conflict.

Children’s outcomes – Risk and resiliency, child development and parenting time, tools and techniques for helping children let us know about their experiences, resources for parents, an understanding of the broad spectrum of conflict resolution services, a conceptual framework for understanding who needs what, leading edge innovations in the integration of legal and emotional processes.

Hosted by…
PEI Association of Social Workers
PEI Counselling Association
Psychological Association of PEI

Approved for Continuing Education Units by the Canadian Counselling Association.
Registering before September 7, 2012
Members of PEIASW, PAPEI, PEICA: $100
Non-members: $125
Registering after September 7, 2012:
Members of PEIASW, PAPEI, PEICA: $115
Non-members: $130

Please register early – limited seating for this one day only conference. Registration includes both morning and afternoon nutrition breaks. Please note lunch is on your own. Cheques must accompany registrations, exceptions cannot be made.

TRI-PD Association
c/o Richelle Greathouse

For information on workshop or to register contact:

3.  Legal Issues of Aging Course 

Legal Issues of Aging
September 25 – October 30, 2012
Tuesday evenings, 6:30 – 8:30pm

This course is designed to address the legal issues of aging, for those preparing for retirement, already in retirement, and for those who care for seniors. The class will become familiar with estate planning tools such as wills, trusts, enduring powers of attorney and advanced health care directives and learn what they are, why they are important, and how they function. Students will learn the legal process of estate administration and what the executor of an estate is expected to do. Other topics will include pensions, benefits and services for seniors, elder abuse, age discrimination and where to find help with these issues.

Cost: $329

Facilitator: Sharon Sawyer

For more information on this course, visit

For more information on this course and others, visit, email or call 902-566-0336.



1.  Lecture – PEI National Park: Creation and Landscape Change

Special 75th anniversary lecture entitled “PEI National Park: Creation and Landscape Change”

by Dr. Alan MacEachern
Thursday, August 9th at 7:00 pm
North Rustico Lions Club, located on 17 Timber Lane in North Rustico.

The 45-minute presentation will open with a description of how the park was created in 1937, including the reasons for the decision to have a park in PEI, the rivalry between Island communities to have the park nearby, and the early establishment of the park. He will also examine landscape change in the park using visuals from the “Aerial Photography & Landscape Change in PEI National Park” exhibit he curated, (with Institute of Island Studies Research Associate Dr. Josh MacFadyen) as featured in the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. The focus of the lecture will be on the section of the park from Cavendish to North Rustico.

A discussion will follow the lecture and light refreshments will be provided. You’re welcome to share this invitation with others you think might be interested in attending the lecture next week.

2. Free at Rock Barra: Songwriting for the earth

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.

Bginning at noon on Tuesday 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 Novaczek, Director of the Institute of Island Studies. Irene has been conducting seaweed workshops at Rock Barra for the past five summers.

For more information about our retreat go to to register contact or call 902 838 2973.

3.  Art Show and Coffee House Concert, Saturday, Aug 11, 7- 10 pm

The ‘Drawing on Nature’ Art Show Opening and Concert will be held at Bites Cafe in Hampton, PEI on Saturday August 11 from 7 to 10 pm. Performers will be Margie Carmichael-Scotto, Roy Johnstone, Peter Bevan-Baker, and Tony Reddin, who are among those featured on the ‘Stop Plan B CD’ recording, plus other special guests.

Artists include Jennifer Brown, Julia Purcell, P. John Burden, Marion Copleston , Helene LaRouche, Bruno Peripoli, Julie Arsenault, Ron Arvidson, and BJ McCarville. MCs for the evening are Erskine Smith and David Weale.

Admission: by donation. Everyone welcome.
Bites Cafe is at the Hampton intersection, 19566 Trans Canada Highway.

This event is part of the campaign ‘Stop Plan B’, to protect the beautiful natural areas in Churchill that would be destroyed or affected by construction of the ‘Plan B’ Highway between New Haven and Bonshaw.

The Art Show Exhibit will also be open August 10-12 and Aug 17-19 from 12- 4:30pm. For more information contact Peter Bevan-Baker 658-2741 or Tony Reddin 675-4093 or go to


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.

5 . 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:

6. 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


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.

Note: The deadline for receiving notices/events to post is by noon on Thursdays. For further information or questions specifically relating to any notices or events, please contact the individual or organization hosting the community event.

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