Community Notices


1. Update from the Office

This week, we welcome new program coordinator Michelle Jay to the staff team at the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women. We are delighted to benefit from Michelle’s diverse experience working with community organizations. She will be doing networking and outreach in support of projects and programs here at the Advisory Council. She is looking forward to meeting many people from across PEI who share the goal of good supports for equal status for PEI women and their families. Welcome, Michelle!

2. Purple Ribbon Campaign Against Violence

How do you react when you feel yourself getting angry? How do you handle emotions before they lead to a violent response? This year’s Purple Ribbon Campaign theme is “Violence is a choice: Choose Better.”

We all want to choose better. What are some of those “better” choices that we can make when we feel frustrated, angry, impatient? Do you take a walk, call a friend, scream at the crows in your backyard?! Tell us your choices and strategies for avoiding violence, and we’ll compile an eclectic list of the Top 14.

The Purple Ribbon Campaign is gathering steam – Program Coordinator, Michelle Jay, is available to speak to your group, help organize purple ribbon pinnings, and distribute information materials. Your ideas and energy are welcome. Get on-board by contacting Michelle at 368-4510 or

3. Discussion on the environment

6:30pm, Saturday September 15th
Trinity United Church, 90 Spring Street, Summerside

Trinity United is hosting an evening discussion on the environment, especially as it relates to PEI. Guest speakers will be:

  • Sharon Labchuk former leader of the Green Party PEI and currently co-ordinator of Earth Action;
  • Irene Novaczek, Director of the Institute of Island Studies at UPEI;
  • Erin Taylor, Climate Change/Air Section manager PEI Dept. of Environment; and
  • Bruce Raymond, Watershed Manager, PEI Dept. of Environment.

The evening is open to the general public. There will be short presentations and an open discussion receiving questions from the floor.

The environment is important to the well being of all people. The more we learn about what we are doing and how we can help with its preservation the better our health and that of future generations. Come, listen, learn, and bring your questions.

For further information please contact Arthur Davies at

4. this town is small AGM

“this town is small” is an artist-run non-profit organization dedicated to increasing public awareness and understanding of contemporary art forms. Serving as a vehicle for communication among artists and between artists and the community this town is small encourages collaboration between all art forms to strengthen the position of contemporary art in PEI and the Atlantic region.

this town is small invites all members and the general public to its first Annual General Meeting. The meeting will be held September 23 at 2 pm at Hillsborough Square, Ch’town. A potluck and BBQ will accompany the event. In the event of rain the alternate location will be at 293 Richmond St. Info:

5.   AGA Actions Femmes Î.-P.-É

Dimanche 30 septembre 2012 de 11 h 00 à 14 h
au Centre-Expo, Abram-Village, Î.-P.-É.

Conférencière, Jeannette Gallant – Village des sources
Présentation sur le camp de violon trad, Québec
Confirmer votre présence avant le mardi 25 septembre par courriel à ou appelez au (902) 436-4881

Un dîner sera servi.

Tout le monde est invité à l’AGA, hommes, femmes, jeunes filles. Nous cherchons toujours des membres pour notre conseil d’administration. Vous pouvez venir à l’AGA et voir qui on est et ce qu’on fait.

6. River Heritage Conference

The 7th Canadian River Heritage Conference will be held in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada from June 16-19, 2013. Building on the Canadian Heritage Rivers System’s mandate to conserve and promote rivers with outstanding natural, cultural and recreational heritage, the conference will focus on ‘Rivers: Building Nations’ Sustaining Peoples.”

A number of themes will be explored, including:

1. The Science of Estuaries: Understanding Our Rivers

2. Watershed Governance and Self-governance – Motivating Stewardship

3. The Economies of Rivers

4. Islands, Rivers, and Sense of Place

5. River Cultures across Time

7. PEIBWA This Halloween, PEIBWA Presents……

The Business of Murder


PEI Business Women’s Association is hosting its second annual Halloween event and this year you do not want to miss it! Only a limited number of tickets are available!

When: Saturday, October 27 at 6PM–midnight
Where: The Stanley Bridge Country Resort
What: A welcome reception followed by an Eddie May murder mystery dinner theatre with a three-course meal. After the show, stick around for dancing!
Why: Spooktacular event, fundraiser, networking and fun

Costumes are encouraged, though not required, but there will be a prizes awarded to the Best Dressed Individual, Best Dressed Couple and Best Dressed Group.

Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased at or by contacting Paula by phone at 892-6040 or by e-mail at

Overnight accommodations are available that night at Stanley Bridge Country Resort for a special rate of $99 plus applicable taxes. Book your room now!

PEIBWA is thrilled to be hosting such an exciting event and are turning to you, our members, for additional support as we raise funds to support Prince Edward Island’s business community. Exciting Sponsorship Opportunities are still available. If you are interested, please contact Hannah by phone at 892-6040 or by e-mail at

A huge THANK YOU to our returning sponsors without whose support this event would not be possible:

Venue – Stanley Bridge Country Resort
Media – Ocean 100
Decoration – Prestige Floral Studio
Graphic Design – Graphically Speaking
Print – Staples
Photography – Buffie Boily Photographic Arts
Website Design – Manley Mann Media

Don’t miss this “Event to Die For”! Get your tickets now!

8.  Free Public Event in New Brunswick
– November 1, 2012 – 7:00 p.m.

On Thursday, November 1, Mary Ann Baynton, MSW, RSW, Principal, Mary Ann Baynton & Associates Consulting, from Waterdown, Ontario, will give a public address entitled Protecting Yourself from Burnout. Mary Ann is the author of Resolving Workplace Issues and co-author with Dr. Martin Shain of Preventing Workplace Meltdown: An employer’s guide to maintaining a psychologically safe workplace. She provides consulting services to governments, organizations and unions that wish to improve or address issues related to workplace mental health.


MMFC Workshop 2012: Wellness Pays Off – Family Violence Impacts Everyone
November 2, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research (MMFC), is pleased to invite you to their MMFC Workshop 2012 entitled Wellness Pays Off – Family Violence Impacts Everyone.

A workshop designed for participants from diverse workplaces (milieus) interested in exploring wellness and the impact of intimate partner violence on workplaces.

Location for all events: UNB Wu Conference Centre, 6 Duffie Dr. Fredericton, New Brunswick

Simultaneous translation will be available at all the events.

For more information or to register, visit:


Événement public gratuit – 1 novembre 2012 – 19 h 00

Le jeudi 1er novembre, nous accueillerons Mary Ann Baynton, MTS, TSI et directrice de Mary Ann Baynton & Associates Consulting, de Waterdown (Ontario). Elle présentera un exposé intitulé Comment éviter l’épuisement professionnel. Mary Ann Baynton a écrit Resolving Workplace Issues et coécrit avec Martin Shain Preventing Workplace Meltdown: An employer’s guide to maintaining a psychologically safe workplace. Elle offre des services de consultation auprès des gouvernements, des organisations et des syndicats qui souhaitent apporter des améliorations ou des solutions aux problèmes de santé mentale en milieu de travail.

Atelier 2012

Le bien-être avant tout : nous sommes tous concernés par la violence familiale
2 novembre 8 h 30 à 16 h 30

Le Centre Muriel McQueen Fergusson (CMMF) est heureux de VOUS inviter à l’Atelier 2012 – Le bien-être avant tout : nous sommes tous concernés par la violence familiale.

Un atelier conçu pour les gens de divers milieux de travail intéressés à explorer l’impact de la violence familiale et le bien-être au travail.

La traduction simultanée sera disponible à tous les événements.

Endroit : Tous les événements auront lieu au Centre de conférence Wu, 6 promenade Duffie, Fredericton.

Pour plus d’information ou pour vous inscrire:



1.  Call for Submissions

Call for Submissions: An Anthology about Lifestyle Choice.

If you have been involved in an intimate, committed relationship in  which you have lived long-term in separate domiciles, or if  you have not  succeeded in sustaining a relationship in these circumstances, either because you broke up or moved in together, the editors seek thoughtful, narrative non-fiction accounts of that experience. The writing should explore the challenges and benefits of such an arrangement. Stories of permanent, long-term relationships are of particular interest.

The editors will assist in any editing and can provide complete anonymity if desired.
Submissions should be approximately 4 to 14 pages, in standard manuscript format with full contact information on  the first page. The deadline is flexible.

Submit by email to:
Thank you for any assistance you may be able to provide.   Linda Breault/Dianne Gillespie

2.  FREE Custody and Access Course – Fall Dates

With the help of the United Way of PEI, the Community Legal Information Association will be hosting three Fall sessions of our free custody and access course called The Best Interests of the Child in Custody and Access.

You will learn:
• What you can expect if you have to go to court to resolve a custody and access dispute.
• How the ‘best interests of the children’ can be met.
• Ways to resolve your dispute outside of court.

These sessions are delivered by a volunteer lawyer.
Professionals who work with clients in this area are also welcome.

September 11th & 13th, 6:00pm – 8:00pm (Ch’town)
(Cathy Chaisson, Legal Aid)

October 23rd & 25th, 6:00pm – 8:00pm (Ch’town)
(Ron Profit, Cox & Palmer)

November 6th & 8th, 6:00pm – 8:00pm (Summerside)
(Nancy Key, McInnes Cooper)

Please let clients, friends and family know!

To register:
902-892-0853 or 1-800-240-9798

Community Folk Dancing in Bonshaw September 15 from 7-9pm

Folk Dancing at the Bonshaw Community Centre, 25 Green Road, is on Saturday, September 15 from 7-9pm. Come learn folk dances from around the world, including circle dances and contra dances. No partner or experience is necessary—dances are called and easy. All ages are welcome. If you’d like to car-pool, post a comment on the ‘Folk Dancing in Bonshaw’ facebook page. For more information phone Marion Copleston at 675-4093. Admission is by donation- suggested: $2 each, $5 per family.

4. PEI Women Writers’ Write the Day September 15, 2012, Canoe Cove

On September 15, 2012 the PEI Women Writers Write the Day will encourage, awaken, support, and engage your creativity. Attendees will be offered their choice of two out of six (6) unique writing workshops, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Write the Day takes the place of the PEI Women Writers’ Bootcamp weekend. It is now a fabulous one-day experience, at the same location in Canoe Cove, with a lower registration fee enabling even more writers to participate. We are able to offer full scholarships to young women aged 15-25 and subsidies for low or fixed-income women. The cost for a full day of events is as reasonable as we can make it, at $30.00 for two workshops, lunch, snacks, and an open mic opportunity at the end of the event.

The beautiful setting of Canoe Cove Camp will be sure to nourish your writer’s soul, and the time to focus on your writing, away from home and your regular day-to-day, is what this day is all about. Perhaps you’ve been writing for many years, or maybe you need a gentle push off the procrastinator’s couch. Whether you are a novice or established author, come and experience a wonderful day in the company of other women writers.

You’ll have the opportunity to take workshops from an amazing line-up of writing talent: Laurie Brinklow, Margie Carmichael, Kathleen Hamilton, Beth Janzen, Margot Maddison-MacFadyen, and Liza Oliver.

To register for Write the Day and for more information including facilitator bios and workshop descriptions, please check out the website at, call Susan at 437-3134, or email

Space is limited and booking has already begun. Reserve your space soon, especially you young women out there who want to apply for a scholarship.

5. Newcomer and Established Island Seniors Learn New Skills, and Create Friendships

The PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada (PEI ANC), the Seniors Active Living Centre, and the Murphy’s Community Centre have partnered to promote the social inclusion of immigrant and established Island seniors through the Seniors Connecting Across Cultures project. A series of eight hands-on workshops, each consisting of eight sessions (taught by seniors where possible), will provide the opportunity for people 50 + to learn a skill or hobby, spend social time together, exchange cultural knowledge, and make connections. The project is hoped to build a more dynamic, diverse network of seniors in PEI.

Taking into consideration potential language barriers, these free workshops are designed around demonstration and action — learning a skill or hobby — so that newcomer seniors can participate in activities regardless of their current level of English. Interpreters representing all the languages required will be present for at least the first session of each workshop to explain any key workshop elements. Some workshops have a participant limit but there is no special equipment or experience necessary. Anyone 50 years of age or older can sign up for as many activities as they wish, and all sessions are free.

Topics are:

  • Eight Nights of Games
  • Using a Video Camera
  • International Cooking
  • Practical Digital Photography
  • Rug Hooking and Knitting
  • Voices Together Choral Singing
  • Line Dancing
  • Visual Arts

The workshops will be offered from September 2012 to May 2013. The first two are: “Eight Nights of Games” which will take place at Seniors Active Living Centre on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30pm beginning Sept. 12th (no limit to number of participants, but you must pre-register), and “Learning to Use a Video Camera” which will take place at the Murphy’s Community Centre on Thursdays from 4:30 – 6:30pm beginning on September 13th (a limited number of participants so reserve your space soon). The organizers are also looking for seniors willing to share their skills and talents as instructors or facilitators—an honorarium will be offered.

As details are finalized on the remaining workshops, information on each will be posted on the PEI ANC website at under Things to Do, and on PEI ANC’s Facebook page. For further information, or to register, please contact the Seniors Active Living Centre at (902) 628-8388, or

This project is funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors program.

6.  AIDS PEI Event

AIDS PEI is holding its annual Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life.

Sunday, Sept 23, 2012
Joe Ghiz Memorial Park, Charlottetown
12:30 pm Registration
1:00 pm Opening Ceremonies
1:15 pm Walk
2:30 pm Barbecue

AIDS PEI needs volunteers, teams and canvassers. For information, call 566-2437 or email

7. Popular Course in Chinese Medicine to be Offered This Fall ~ October 3 – November 21, 2012

Increasing, Canadians are using Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine to serve their health care needs. But there is still considerable confusion about what Chinese Medicine is, how it works and where it comes from. Become fully informed. This comprehensive 8-week course (one evening per week) will take you on a fascinating, dynamic and detailed tour of one of the oldest systems of professional, comprehensive medicine.

Instructor: Daniel Schulman Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM), R.Ac. (PEI)
Daniel Schulman is a graduate of the New England School of Acupuncture, the oldest accredited Acupuncture school in North America. He is certified with the National Certification Commission on Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and is founding chairperson of the Association of Registered Acupuncturists of PEI. Daniel has been in private practice in Charlottetown for 12 years.

For more information on this course or to register visit or call 902-566-0336.

8. PEI’s Fall Flavours Festival, September 7-30, 2012

PEI’s Fall Flavours Festival has grown in scope and size over the past few years due to its collaboration with local restaurants, community groups and tourist providers to become an annual tradition. Visit their website, for a list of events and also to see how cross promotion and multi-organization teamwork can lead to success for all.

9. 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:

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