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1.  Purple Ribbon Campaign Activities

Memorial Services for Victims of Violence, Thursday December 6th

On December 6, the national Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, we remember fourteen young women who in 1989 were murdered because they were women in what came to be known as the Montreal massacre. We remember nine women since 1989 murdered on Prince Edward Island by men who knew them. Join others in your community to light a candle to remember, to reflect, and to act so these murders end.

Charlottetown Memorial Service and Candle-Lighting

Guest Speaker: Trish Cheverie
12 noon, Memorial Hall, Confederation Centre of the Arts
More info: PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women, 368-4510

Summerside Memorial Service

12:10 pm, Summerside Baptist Church, 219 Church St.
More info: East Prince Women’s Information Centre, 436-9856

O’Leary Memorial Service

12 noon, O’Leary United Church
More info: West Prince Family Violence, 859-8849

More information is available: 2012-2013 Purple Ribbon Campaign Against Violence 

2.  PEI Status of Women “Activities Update” is Hot Off the Presses!

Our Activities Update for Fall 2012 is now online at It includes a chairperson’s message, updates on the Purple Ribbon Campaign, a round-up of Advisory Council and National Coalition of Advisory Councils meetings, and listings of publications and Council members. We’ve also attached the resource about “better choices” compiled from your suggestions for better choices than using violence.

If you are on our snail-mail list, you will receive a copy of the Activities Update in the mail, with your own purple ribbon and bookmark.  If you want to be added to our snail-mail list, send your name and address to us at

3.  Book Launch – Catherine Callbeck: the Politics of Principle

A comprehensive biography of former Premier and current Senator, Catherine Callbeck, will be officially launched at the William Callbeck Centre in Central Bedeque on Saturday, November 24 at 2:30 and at The Guild in Charlottetown on Sunday, November 25 at 2:30. The launch will be followed by a reception, book signing and refreshments. 

Written by Island historian and political scientist, Wayne MacKinnon, the book details Callbeck’s career from her first public involvement as a volunteer in her local community, through her groundbreaking election as Canada’s first elected female premier and subsequent service in the Senate of Canada.  While Callbeck’s public persona over the past 35 years is very well known, this detailed biography examines her early life and discusses the family and community influences which instilled the values which she carried throughout her political career.  Along the way the book takes a detailed and fascinating look at the time period spanning the years that Callbeck was a provincial cabinet minister, member of parliament, premier and senator. These were years of great change and adjustment in the province and the country and Callbeck was a leader in that change. Everyone is invited to attend.

4.  Humankind as a Geological Force

David Suzuki – Live Streamed from Confederation Ctr.

Date: Friday, November 16, 2012 at 12:30 p.m.

Location: Farm Centre, 420 University Avenue Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Award-winning Canadian broadcaster, environmentalist, author and icon, Dr. David Suzuki, has been chosen to receive the Confederation Centre of the Arts’ Symons Medal and give the 10th National Symons Lecture on the State of Canadian Confederation. Dr. Suzuki’s lecture is entitled ‘Humankind as a Geological Force’ and it will take place on Friday, November 16, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. in Confederation Centre’s Homburg Theatre.  The event is sold out. So, we will broadcast the event via Live Stream at the Farm Centre.  Note: You are welcome to bring a bagged lunch at 12:00 noon. The lecture begins at 12:30 pm

5.  Results-Based Performance Management

Do you struggle to know if your activities are making an impact?

The PEI Literacy Alliance is hosting two sessions on Results-Based Performance Management. In today’s world, funders, sponsors and donors ask more questions and demand more accountability.  As a result, organizations need to be more focused in their activities. An effective organizational Performance Management approach can help you plan, collect data, evaluate and report.

Presenter: Dawn Binns, a partner of Insight Marketing

Date: November 22, 2012

Location: Southport Room, Stratford Town Hall
Session 1: Laying the Groundwork – 8:30 to 11:30am – $50
Session 2: Using the System – 12:30 to 3:30pm – $50 

Completion of Session I is required to participate in Session 2. If you register for both sessions, the cost is $90.

To register please call the PEI Literacy Alliance at (902) 368-3620

6.  Evening of Wine & Song for Anderson House

Harmony House Theatre Presents the 3rd Annual
Evening of Wine & Song
for Anderson House

A BLACK DRESS event for women only!

Come join your friends at Harmony House Theatre for a classy and fun evening in support of Anderson House

December 1, 2012

Reception begins at 6:30, followed by an auction
and musical performances by Catherine MacLellan,
Chris Gauthier, Meaghan Blanchard & Nudie

Tickets are $58 and are to be presented at the door

($50 charitable tax receipt will be issued)


Call 314-4238 to book seats.

7.  Job Posting – Executive Director LEAF National, Ottawa

The Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) is seeking a full-time Executive Director.  LEAF is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to achieving substantive equality for women and girls in Canada through legal advocacy, research and education.  For over 25 years, LEAF has been recognized as a leading feminist voice in Canada and an expert in equality litigation. LEAF branches are located in Charlottetown, Halifax, Ottawa, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton. LEAF is further strengthened and supported by our affiliate in British Columbia, West Coast LEAF.  If you are committed to substantive equality and to the elimination of the many inequalities experienced by women in Canada; have a history of senior leadership in the not-for-profit sector; have a proven ability to fundraise and to manage financial resources effectively; and are available to join LEAF in the New Year, we invite your application.

LEAF’s new Executive Director will have the ability to raise funds from a variety of sources, including our many current supporters, and in addition will develop new sources of funds, including from governments, private donors, innovative partnerships and private foundations. Our new Executive Director will have strong organizational development and management skills, including a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with staff members, board members, our branches and our affiliate. A wide range of agencies, associations, funders, government departments and not-for-profit organizations are also central to LEAF’S success, and our new Executive Director will be an effective communicator able to maintain and strengthen these supportive networks.

LEAF offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Applications from members of historically and/or systemically marginalized groups in Canada are encouraged. The competition for this position will remain open until November 30, 2012.  Applications are being accepted at  A detailed job description can be requested in confidence at the same address.

8.  Youth Entrepreneurship Project “Youth Envisioning A New Economy for the Maritimes”

Come participate in a free one-day event for Island youth (aged 18-30) that will encourage prospective and current young entrepreneurs and leaders. The event will include addresses from local youth entrepreneurs, workshops, a free local organic lunch and more!

Saturday, December 1st


9:00 – 4:00. Murphy’s Community Centre.
200 Richmond St, Charlottetown, PE
Space is limited so please RSVP by November 25th, 2012 to Charity May:, 902-566-2334.

Brought to you by:  @YEP_PEI, Falls Brooks Centre, Canadian Heritage, CUSO International

9.  PEI Business Women’s Association Events

Lunch and Learn – 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:      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.

To learn more about what else is happening at the PEIBWA, please visit their website event page:



1.  Cookbook Launch – A Taste of Islands

Anna and Godfrey Baldacchino invite you to share in the launch of their new book, and enjoy some sample “tastes”

Friday Nov. 16, 6:30 – 8:30 pm at The Farm Centre

420 University Ave., Ch’town  (next to Sobeys)

featuring 60 signature recipes ~ from our world of islands, and their fascinating stories

A Taste of Islands • 264 pp colour • $32 • Island Studies Press

2.  Health Canada: Radon Education and Awareness/Santé Canada – Éducation et sensibilisation au radon

Did you know that Radon ranks second only to smoking as a leading cause of lung cancer? A two year residential radon survey Health Canada released earlier this year showed New Brunswick having the highest level of radon gas, with about 20 percent of participating homes testing above the national guideline. In Nova Scotia, more than 10 percent of participating homes tested above the guideline, with Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador coming in below the average.

In keeping with Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Health Canada is inviting Canadians to become aware of this potential health risk and take steps (if necessary) to mitigate exposure. Radon is a gas that is undetectable by smell, sight, or taste. It occurs naturally in the ground and can seep into a home through cracks in the foundation, pipe openings, and other places where a house is open to the ground. The only way to know if it is there is through a simple and inexpensive test.  Long term exposure (over decades) to high levels of radon, especially for smokers, increases the risk of lung cancer. Health Canada encourages all Canadians to test their homes for radon. If the level in your home is high, it can be fixed easily and at a reasonable cost.

For information on radon, including how to obtain a test kit, please visit the Health Canada Web Site at This site features a range of materials, including reference guides, videos, and frequently asked questions.  Please join us in making Canadian homes safe and healthy. We encourage you to distribute this information freely to your colleagues or members.  Thank you for taking the time to read and share this information.

Health Canada Atlantic | Santé Canada Atlantique |   Your health and safety…our priority | Votre santé et votre sécurité…notre priorité


Saviez-vous que le radon est la deuxième cause principale de cancer du poumon après le tabagisme? Le rapport que Santé Canada a publié plus tôt cette année à la suite de son enquête de deux ans sur les concentrations de radon dans les habitations a révélé que le Nouveau-Brunswick affichait le plus grand pourcentage d’habitation testées (20 %) ayant une concentration de radon supérieure à la ligne directrice. En Nouvelle-Écosse, ce pourcentage était de plus de 10 %. Les provinces de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard et de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador ont quant à elles affiché des résultats inférieurs à la moyenne.  Dans le cadre du Mois de sensibilisation au cancer du poumon, Santé Canada invite les Canadiens à se renseigner sur ce risque éventuel pour la santé et à prendre des mesures pour réduire leur exposition, le cas échéant. Le radon est un gaz incolore, inodore et sans goût qui est naturellement présent dans l’environnement. Il peut s’infiltrer dans une maison par une fissure de fondation ou de tuyau, ou par tout autre point de contact avec le sol. La seule façon de vérifier sa présence est de mesurer sa concentration à l’aide d’un test simple et peu coûteux.

L’exposition à long terme (sur des décennies) à des taux élevés de radon augmente le risque de cancer du poumon, surtout chez les fumeurs. Santé Canada encourage donc tous les Canadiens à mesurer la concentration de radon dans leur maison. Si la concentration est élevée, vous pouvez facilement régler le problème à un coût raisonnable.  Pour obtenir plus de renseignements sur le radon, y compris sur la façon de mesurer sa concentration, rendez-vous sur le site Web de Santé Canada, à l’adresse Le site contient beaucoup d’information sous la forme de guides de référence, de vidéos et d’une foire aux questions.  Aidez-nous à rendre les maisons canadiennes sécuritaires et saines. Nous vous encourageons à distribuer ce document d’information à vos collègues ou à vos membres.  Nous vous remercions d’avoir pris le temps de lire notre document d’information et vous prions de le transmettre.

Health Canada Atlantic | Santé Canada – Atlantique |   Your health and safety…our priority | Votre santé et votre sécurité…notre priorité

3.  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.


Our E-Newsletter with community events and notices is 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.  For further information or questions specifically relating to any notices or events, please contact the individual or organization hosting the community event.

The deadline for receiving notices/events to post is by noon on Thursdays. Please send your event notice to

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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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