Community Notices


1. Join us for the Purple Ribbon Pinning Bee happening this Monday, November 5th at Beanz Cafe!

The PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women and Beanz Cafe are hosting an evening pinning bee to prepare purple ribbons for the 2012-2013 Purple Ribbon Campaign Against Violence. Each year, more than 10,000 ribbons are cut and pinned to information cards by volunteers for distribution across the Island. The purple ribbons are worn to signify a commitment to remembering the 14 women murdered in Montreal in 1989 and to working to end all forms of violence in our communities.

The pinning bee is this Monday, November 5th, beginning at 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Beanz, 38 University Avenue. Join us for coffee, tea and conversation! Everyone welcome. Contact: 368-4510/

2.  We would love your support!  

Pat Robinson is making amazing plum puddings to raise money for Community Legal Information Association (CLIA) and the PEI Humane Society.

Every cent to CLIA will help ensure Islanders have access to legal information and support and the Humane Society will use the funds to help homeless animals.

Each pudding is beautifully gift-wrapped, with a recipe for sauce!  Vegetarian friendly, no preservatives, YUM!

Only $12 for a pudding that can easily serve 6.  Call Pat @ 566-4388 or contact Kelly @ 368-4017.

3.  Know your rights!

Join Canada Without Poverty for a course on economic and social rights

On November 19th Canada Without Poverty is hosting our second Economic and Social Rights Educationonline course.  The first course was launched in May of this year and was successful in educating anti-poverty advocates about a human rights framework as it relates to economic and social rights.  We are now preparing to launch our second iteration of the course and would like to extend the invite to you to participate.

The purpose of the course, is to build a growing ‘Community of Practice’ who can articulate and use human rights language in anti-poverty work.  The success of the last course confirmed the need for human rights education and the strength of the content presented. The course was described as “amazing”, “productive” and “relevant” with a few individuals noting they felt “enlightened” and “empowered” by the experience.  Participants felt more capable of articulating details of economic and social rights and felt they not only met the goals of the course, but also their personal goals as well.  Leading human rights experts will be joining the course including:  Leilani Farha (CWP), Bruce Porter (Social Rights Advocacy Centre), and Shelagh Day (Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action).

Here are some further details of the course:
The course is four weeks in length and will run from Monday, November 19 until Sunday, December 16
Modules will be launched weekly. Themes include:  Introduction to Economic and Social (ES) Rights, Poverty and ES Rights, Housing and ES Rights, the Right to Health, and Women and ES Rights ES Rights experts will join discussions each week and help facilitate conversations.  An online platform is used that allows for various discussions and that will hold the online resource library.

Cost of the course is $75.00 (due by November 9th)

The course will require a commitment of 5 hours per week for reading required materials participation in discussion rooms, as well as attendance on two conference calls and participation in the pre and post evaluation process.  The weekly five-hour online commitment can be fulfilled at any time as the online classroom is open 24/7 including weekends.

We have room for 25 participants and will take names on a first-come-first-serve basis.  Please email Kizzy Paris at Canada Without Poverty by Wednesday November 7th to ensure your place in the course:  kizzy(at), or call 613.789.0096
*Please note that the course will not run without full registration.  Confirmation will be given no later than Friday November 9th.

We hope you can join us!  Website:

4.  PEIBWA Upcoming Events

November Business Mixer – Charlottetown
Members and guests are invited to attend PEI Business Women’s Association’s November Business Mixer hosted by The Showcase Gift Shop.  This elegant gift shop is located on the main floor of Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown.

This event will provide a chance to network, check out Canadian handcrafted items, Charlottetown Festival memorabilia, jewelry, and sample some culinary treats. The Showcase would like to invite all members and guests for an Early Bird Special discount of 20% off everything in the shop (except consignment items) during the mixer. Members are also invited to browse the selection of special Christmas ornaments in stock at The Showcase as well!

The Showcase opened in 1965, the year after the Centre opened, and has enjoyed three locations and a variety of expansions over the years. They are part of Confederation Centre of the Arts, a not-for-profit, charitable organization, with volunteers assisting the gift shop staff.  All profits from The Showcase go back to the Centre to support arts programming.

Location:      145 Richmond Street, Main Floor, Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown
Date:           Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
Time:           5:00pm – 6:30pm

To register, please contact Paula Laybolt by e-mail at or by phone at (902) 892-6040 or Toll Free 1-866-892-6040.   Registration Deadline: Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 at 12:00 noon.


Lunch and Learn – Summerside and Charlottetown
“Essential Skills in the Workplace: What’s in it for You?”
Presented by:  Catherine O’Bryan & Norman Finlayson,
PEI Literacy Alliance

Catherine and Norman will outline challenges in the workplace that low levels of essential skills may be contributing to. They will describe the nine essentials skills that are the Velcro that workplace specific skills stick to and give contact information for workplace training experts and resources.

About the PEI Literacy Alliance: Our mission is to advance literacy and essential skills for the people of Prince Edward Island.

We do this in a number of ways including raising public awareness about literacy and learning issues, creating partnerships for literacy and essential skills projects, coordinating conferences, workshops and round tables, providing information on and referral to literacy and essential skills training, and upgrading programs in PEI and giving advice to government, business and educational institutions.

We are here to encourage Islanders to build their literacy and learning skills for the benefit of their economic, cultural, political, social and personal lives.

Location:      Loyalist Lakeview Resort, 195 Harbour Drive, Summerside, (Across from Harbourfront Theatre)
Date:           Thursday, November 15th, 2012
Time:           12 noon- 1:30pm
Cost:            Members- $17.75 (includes GST), non-members $23.00 (includes GST)

To register, please contact Elizabeth Noonan by e-mail at or by phone at (902) 436-0386 or Toll Free 1-877-268-2111.   Registration deadline: Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 at 4:00 pm.


Location:      Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, 75 Kent Street, Charlottetown
Date:           Tuesday, November 20th, 2012
Time:           12 noon- 1:30pm
Cost:            Members- $17.75 (includes GST), non-members $23.00 (includes GST)
To register, please contact Paula Laybolt by e-mail at or by phone at (902) 892-6040 or Toll Free 1-866-892-6040.   Registration deadline: Friday, November 16th, 2012 at 4:00 pm.
Please note: If you register for a Lunch and Learn session and are unable to attend, please let us know 48 hours in advance. People who do not cancel in advance will be invoiced.



1. Deadline is today! PEI Citizen Advocacy is hiring a temporary Executive Director for 16 weeks beginning January 2, 2013.

The Executive Director implements the PEI Citizen Advocacy program and works out of the office in Charlottetown.

Responsibilities include:

  • Community outreach and recruitment of volunteer advocates
  • Facilitating matches between volunteer advocates and adults who have an intellectual disability
  • Supporting and providing resources to existing matches
  • Conducting everyday administrative tasks and working with the Treasurer on budgetary issues
  • Working with a volunteer Board of Directors and supporting the Board of Directors’ fundraising work
  • Liaising with other local disability rights groups around issues which affect adults with intellectual disabilities

Requirements for the job:

  • Experience working with disadvantaged citizens
  • An understanding of the rights of adults with intellectual disabilities
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work with a minimum of direction and supervision
  • Access to transportation

Previous experience working in a community-based organization is an asset.
Salary: to be negotiated and dependent on relevant experience.

Please apply no later than Friday, November 2nd. Applications may be submitted to the attention of Jennifer Croken by:

Mail: Jennifer Croken, Email: Drop off: Voluntary Resource Centre, 81 Prince Street, Charlottetown. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon-Fri.

2. Memorial Lecture

You are invited to

the 21st Annual Daniel O’Hanley Memorial Lecture,
presented by the Latin American Mission Program (LAMP), Diocese of Charlottetown

Our Islands: Who Will Speak for the Land?

By Guest Lecturer, Argelia Tejada, of the Dominican Republic

Sunday, November 4th, 2012
2:00 p.m.

Our Lady of Assumption Church
151 Stratford Road, Stratford, PE

Guest speaker, Argelia Tejada, has been a long time activist for the defense of campesinos’ and small farmers’ right to the land, women’s rights, and better living conditions for the poor in her native Dominican Republic. She is no stranger to Canada. Argelia has come to PEI in several occasions, for friendly visits, presentations, and as a University Guest Summer Professor at UPEI for two rural sociology courses. In 1974 she initiated a popular education program targeting the organization of Campesino organizations in the Dominican Republic. As a result of her involvement in the resistance organization of the communities affected by the contamination of the land-grabbing operation of Rosario Dominicana, a joint-venture gold-cyanide-mine extraction at Pueblo Viejo, she was invited by Development and Peace to be Third Work Speaker for the 10 Days for World Development Program in British Columbia in 1977, and Nova Scotia in 1985.

Entertainment and refreshments will follow the lecture.
All are welcome!

3. Taking Notice: Service Provision for Temporary Foreign Workers in PEI

What: A workshop for organizations and service providers
When: Thursday, November 8th, 2012. 2-4pm
Where: Saint Paul’s Church Hall, 101 Prince Street, Charlottetown

Why: The presence of temporary foreign workers is a growing phenomenon in PEI – not only in rural, seasonal industries, but also in full time positions in PEI’s towns and cities. There is a need for increased awareness, among service providers, of these workers, and of the vulnerabilities faced by temporary foreign workers. This interactive workshop will provide an overview of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program in PEI, discuss the systemic barriers that these workers experience, highlight needed policy changes, and explore strategies for providing services to this vulnerable population.

Please pre-register by phone (902) 894-4573 or by email:

4. PEI Art Road Trip – November 8, 2012 in Toronto!

You and your friends are invited to attend the PEI Art Road Trip to Toronto Art Show and Sale on Thursday, November 8, 2 – 5 and 6 – 9 p.m., at Lambton Golf and Country Club, 100 Scarlett Road, Toronto.

Over 50 artists featured. One-day only art show!

Great gift ideas – for you, your friends and family. Browse through the artwork of beautiful Prince Edward Island, featuring paintings, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, woodwork, photography, rugs, leather purses and bags.

Please LIKE the FB page at Follow @peiartroadtrip. For info, visit

Share with your friends!

5. Panel Discussion in Ottawa

Joint Chair in Women’s Studies at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa invite you to a panel discussion

“Where Are We Now? Women, Race and Class in Academic Life”.

It is a Bilingual Panel discussion (with simultaneous translation), which will take place at Carleton University, Room 2017 Dunton Tower, Ottawa Ontario on November 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Hélène Boudreault, at 613-520-6644 or

6. Breakfast and Banter

with Very Interesting Volunteers returns on

Saturday, November 10th from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Murphy’s Community Centre, Charlottetown

The Voluntary Resource Council’s fifth annual fundraiser is coming up and we hope you’ll join us. The VRC operates the Voluntary Resource Centre, a home for numerous small (but mighty!) community organizations. Breakfast & Banter is our only annual fundraising event. The funds raised by the event are essential to the continued operation of the VRC. Memberships, service fees and grants all help, but the revenue from Breakfast and Banter fills the gap to make ends meet. Last year, Breakfast & Banter raised almost $4,800. Tickets are $30.00 each and charitable receipts will be issued for $15.00, and for all donations of $10.00 or more. Children under 6 are admitted free, and those between 6 and 14 pay $10.00. Participants will get to enjoy a great breakfast and partake in wonderful morning banter with some of PEI’s Very Interesting Volunteers who have been nominated by organizations and the community.

We hope this year’s event will be even more successful and more fun! Silent and live auctions of art, crafts, and other items donated by VRC supporters will add to the fun!

Call Sylvie at the VRC – 368-7337 – for tickets or drop by the centre at 81 Prince St.

7. PEI Status of Women releases a Bilingual Municipal Elections Guide to Encourage Women’s Participation as voters and Candidates!

Local Governments Need Women as Voters and Leaders

The PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women just released “Women Care for Communities,” a guide to upcoming municipal elections.

“On November 5, municipal elections are happening in the Island’s small municipalities. We want women to be a big part of those elections,” says Council Executive Director Jane Ledwell. “Women have a lot to contribute, whether they are running for elected office or turning out to vote and have their say.”

The Advisory Council applauds the Province’s municipal affairs division for promoting women’s participation in the upcoming elections, and wants to add its own message about how important local governments are to women in PEI. The “Women Care for Communities” municipal election guide for 2012 and news release is now available online at, or email, or click the links below:

8. Community Folk Dancing in Bonshaw Nov 10th from 7-9pm

Community Folk Dancing at the Bonshaw Community Centre, 25 Green Road, is on Saturday, November 10th 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.


An important notice to our email subscribers of our Upcoming Community Notices/Events weekly email:

The weekly email is unfortunately being spammed – it appears to be happening automatically by some internet providers and/or unintentionally or intentionally by some subscribers to our email list. Due to this happening, we cannot send our community notices to our weekly email list until the email addresses are confirmed or updated.

Our new email newsletter/notices will be available later in November.


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.
PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women
PO Box 2000 (161 St. Peter’s Road), Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
tel: 902 368 4510
fax: 902 368 3269

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