Community Notices

Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Friday, December 14, 2012!

Members & Staff of the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women wish you, your families, and your loved ones a season of peace & goodwill.


Our weekly community events notices will return on Friday, January 4th.  We look forward to helping get the word out about your events in 2013.

1.  December 6th Memorial Service – Guest Speaker’s Transcript and Video Available

If you missed legal aid lawyer Trish Cheverie’s stirring speech at the December 6 Montreal Massacre Memorial Service in Charlottetown, or if you want to experience it again, a transcript of the speech and a video are available on our blog. “Choice and the Cycle of Violence” is featured at this link:

2. G(irls)20 Summit / Le Sommet G(irls)20

Each year, the G(irls)20 Summit brings together one girl, aged 18-20, from each G20 country and one girl from Africa. They meet in advance of the G20 Leaders meeting to look at how G20 Leaders can meet global challenges by investing in, and including girls and women. This year the Summit will take place in Russia (June 2013). This may be of interest to a young woman that you know.   If so, please ask her to visit to learn more. The deadline for applying  is December 30th, 2012.

Le Sommet G(irls)20 réunit chaque année une ressortissante de chaque pays membre du G20, de même qu’une représentante de l’Union Africaine, toutes âgées entre 18 et 20 ans. Elles se rencontrent avant la tenue du Sommet du G20 pour voir comment les participants de ce dernier pourraient relever des défis planétaires en investissant dans les filles et les femmes, ainsi qu’en les incluant dans le processus. La prochaine édition 2013 du Sommet aura lieu en Russie, en juin 2013. Si cela intéresse une jeune fille de votre connaissance, invitez-la à visiter pour en savoir davantage. La période d’inscription au Sommet se  terminera le 30 décembre 2012.

3. New Executive Director – Women’s Network PEI

The Board of Women’s Network PEI has recently accepted Michelle MacCallum’s resignation from her role as Executive Director and announces the appointment of Sara Roach-Lewis as incoming Executive Director.

“During her ten years at Women’s Network, with six of those in the Executive Director position, Michelle has guided and transformed the organization with her characteristic intelligence and compassion”, says board chair Dawn Wilson. “We are grateful for all her hard work”.

During her tenure, Women’s Network has worked on diverse projects to benefit Islanders. Some of the project work with which Michelle was involved: food security, poverty elimination/economic justice, women in trades and technology, access to reproductive health services, building resilience in girls, and helping boys to develop healthy masculinity.

Sara Roach-Lewis has worked side-by-side with MacCallum for many years, first as a member of the board and for the four years as a project manager. “We are fortunate that Sara has accepted the Executive Director position”, says Wilson. “She knows the organization well and will provide continuity through the staff changes. Sara is a powerhouse of wisdom, care, boldness and vision.  Women’s Network is in good hands indeed.”

Michelle MacCallum will continue to work with Women’s Network – primarily on youth programming, and future project development for girls and boys, as well as pursuing her visual art.

Sara can be reached at 368-5040 or by emailing

4. “Home for Christmas” at St. Mary’s Church, Indian River, this Sunday

The Friends of St. Mary’s Association is hosting “Home for Christmas”, an afternoon of seasonal music, at St. Mary’s Church, Indian River, on Sunday, December 16th, at 3:00 p.m.

The concert will feature well-known, award-winning singer-songwriter Rose Cousins, as well as performances from Island singer-songwriter Michael Pendergast and choral group Arioso, all closely connected to the Kensington-Indian River area.

Rose Cousins, whose latest album ‘We Have Made a Spark’ recently won the prestigious Music Nova Scotia’s Folk Recording of the Year for 2012, has multiple regional and national awards to her credit since launching her first album in 2006. She has many Music NS and Music PEI awards and has been named ECMA’s Female Artist & Songwriter of the Year (2011) and Canadian Folk Music’s Contemporary Singer of the Year (2010).

Supported by a thriving folk music scene in Halifax and Boston and through touring North America and Europe, Cousins has developed a style that is rooted in authenticity and sincerity. Maverick Magazine wrote of Cousins recording “The Send Off” in March, 2011, “every once in a while – if you’re extremely lucky – you may ncounter a voice capable of making you stop whatever you’re doing to concentrate on what you’re hearing”.

Michael Pendergast brings to the stage a nuanced appreciation of local Island and Maritime folk music, with a mix of traditional and original songs. Above all else, his music is an ode to his native Island and its unique place in the world. Arioso, formed in 2008, is a group of seven musical friends who bring a wealth of musical xperience and a dedication to singing with beauty to all their performances. The term ‘arioso’, a short vocal solo with the lyrical quality of an aria, fit their vision for their music.

The Friends of St. Mary’s, formed in 2009 when the Indian River Festival purchased St. Mary’s Church, is an Association dedicated to preserving the heritage and architecture of St. Mary’s Church, Indian River. They assist the Indian River Festival in raising funds; their primary purpose being the maintenance and restoration of the church itself. Their goal with the Christmas concert is both to invite the audience to enjoy the beautiful seasonal decorations in the Church and to raise funds for the re-plastering and painting of the interior planned for 2013. Doors will open at 2:00 p.m. and hot apple cider and ginger cookies will be served during Intermission.

The Indian River Festival Website

5. Seniors Active Living Center – December 14, 18, 20, January 1

Events at Seniors Active Living Centre at the CARI Complex, UPEI in December:

  • Christmas Concert and Potluck
    Dec 14 at 3:30 pm with potluck at 5 pm (donations for the Food Bank)
  • Cribbage Tournament
    Dec 20 at 9:15 am open to the public;
  • Euchre Tournament
    Dec 18 at 1 pm open to the public;
  • New Years Levee
    Jan 1, 12–2 pm.

6. Pottery in the Park

Registration for pottery classes will be held at the PEI Potters Studio in Victoria Park on Tuesday, Jan 8 from 5:30–7:30 pm. Classes are available for adult beginners on Tue and Thur from 6:30–9:30 pm and for more advanced adults on Mon from 6:30–9:30 pm. A class for children ages 9 to 14 will be held on Sat from 1:30–3:30 pm. All classes begin the week of Jan 14 and run for 10 weeks. Christmas gift certificates are available.   Info: Barb at 368-3268.

7. Food and Warmth Show

December 22
7pm until midnight
The Guild

The Food and Warmth Show 2012 will be the last big party night before Christmas this year, on Saturday, December 22 at The Guild from 7 pm to midnight.

PEI artists such as North Lakes, Two Hours Traffic (acoustic), English Words, Coyote, Jordan Cameron, Bad Habits, Richard Wood and Gordon Belsher, 902, and more will present music on two separate stages throughout the night.

Bring a piece of warm clothing or non-perishable food donation for a cheaper ticket. Tickets can be purchased online through The Guild at, or at the door. Open to all-ages, the show is anticipating a sold-out night once again this year.  All proceeds go to the Upper Room.



1. PEIBWA Announcements

In Other News…..

Beginning in January 2013, PEIBWA will be using online registration for all mixers and learning events via EventBrite. You will see a link in every PEIBWA event we post, providing you with a simple, clear process to self-register online via email. You can even pay learning session fees online!

We have so many new and exciting events planned for the New Year, we can’t fit them all in to one email so you’ll have to check our Events page regularly – highlights include Breakfast Seminars on Social Media in January, HST for Business Information Sessions (FREE to members!) in February, and mixers in Charlottetown and Summerside, with more events being added this week.

We are continuing to build our social media profiles and provide support to members by promoting your events, news, and special offers. We are regularly reaching hundreds of followers every day through Twitter and Facebook- make sure you let us know if you have something we can promote for you!

2. Do You Know of an Outstanding Young Person Who is Making a Difference?

The ACTIVE-8! Campaign is led by a team of 8 youth ambassadors (2 per Atlantic Province) who encourage others to make on-line commitments to act for global change during the month of February 2013. The ACTIVE-8! leader who collects the most on-line commitments will be awarded a prize of $1000.The ACTIVE-8! Youth Team will be profiled on the ACTIVE-8! campaign website with the goal of inspiring others, particularly youth, to make a difference in the world through their actions.

Please consider nominating someone you know as well as circulating this information as widely as possible. The deadline for nominations is 4 p.m. AST, on December 18th 2012 and self-nominations are also welcome. You can find the critera for nominations, and the application form on the Active-8 website

3. Are You a Parent of a Child 2-12? Please Participate in an Important Survey!

The International Parenting Survey is an online survey for parents with a child aged 2-12 years.   It takes 15-20 minutes to complete. Parents are asked about their child’s behaviour, their confidence in responding to problems, how they manage their child’s behaviour, and their preferences for how to get support in parenting. Gathering a good sample of PEI participants will not only contribute to the Canadian data, but will also provide PEI-specific data that could inform policy and practice decision makers in our province. More information about the survey and access to the survey, in English and in French, is available at
You are invited to take part! The survey will be open until the end of December.


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.

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