Community Notices

Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Friday, February 1, 2013!

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1)  Family Violence Prevention Week Coming Up – February 10-16, 2013

The Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention (PAC) will have full details of events for Family Violence Prevention Week from one end of the Island to the other.  Keep an eye on this link as it’s where the event schedule will be posted.

We ‘ll help share more details next week.

2)  Youth Storyboard Design Contest

What does a healthy relationship look like? What are better choices than using violence? 

The Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention Youth Engagement Working Group invites intermediate school youth from across Prince Edward Island to share your vision of healthy relationships and violence prevention for a chance to win cash.

Being a victim of violence is never a choice.  Use of violence is a choice. We can each make better choices. 

Theme: Using Violence is a choice. Make Better Choices.

Judging and Prizes:

One top entry will be chosen by the Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention Youth Engagement Committee based on relevance to theme, attractiveness of design and creativity. First prize is $50 for the artist and $200 for the artist’s school or organization. A People’s Choice award will be determined based on the results of on-line voting from among eligible entries. This award is valued at $50 for the artist.

People’s Choice Online Voting: Storyboards will be posted online the week of February 18, 2013 in a Flickr gallery. Voting will be open for one week. Instructions for online voting and voting details will be posted to this website. 

How to submit storyboards:

Entries must be submitted by mail or email along with a signed, completed entry form, by Friday, February 15, 2003. 

By email:

By mail: Office of the Family Violence Prevention and Community Development Coordinator

             PEI Department of Community Services and Seniors

             Sherwood Business Centre

             161 St. Peters Road

             PO Box 2000, Charlottetown, PE  C1A 7N8

Complete contest guidelines are available here:

3)  New Family Violence Prevention Resource Developed for PEI Faith Communities

The Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention is pleased to offer a new online resource, the Faith Communities Guidebook to Family Violence Prevention.  “Faith communities reach a large number of Islanders and have a special role in preventing and ending family violence in PEI”, said Rev. Dr. Andrew Richardson, clergy representative, Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention. “We know from a PEI survey of attitudes and beliefs about family violence that a significant percentage of respondents would go to leaders or clergy in their faith community if they needed help but we as faith leaders and faith communities may not always know how to help most effectively.”

The guidebook, prepared on behalf of the Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention, provides information and resources for spiritual leaders of all faiths who may be called upon to help those who have been abused or are abusive.  It also includes recommended actions for faith communities. The guidebook can be downloaded from

Family Violence Prevention Week is February 10 to 16, 2013, across Prince Edward Island. Much activity is underway to promote family violence prevention and healthy relationships in PEI schools, communities, municipalities and workplaces. For further information and event details, visit or contact the provincial Family Violence Prevention & Community Development Coordinator at 368-6712.

For more information contact:
Wendy Verhoek-Oftedahl, Community Services and Seniors
Family Violence Prevention Coordinator, 902-368-6712

4)  Gearing Up For Job Fairs

PEI Council of People with Disabilities is offering workshops to help job seekers prepare for success with the upcoming 2013 Job Fair season. Learn how to get the most out of these short intense events.

Topics covered will include:

  • What to research and how to prepare for the Job Fair
  • What to expect when you arrive on site
  • How to develop a short self-marketing pitch
  • Following up with employers after the Job Fair

If you or someone you know has a disability and is seeking employment, plan to attend these informative workshops.

  • Charlottetown: February 13th, from 1 to 2:30pm – 5 Lower Malpeque Rd, Unit 2
  • Summerside: February 14th, from 1-2:30 pm – East Prince Youth Development Centre, 233 Water St
  • Montague: February 19th, from 1-2:30 pm – Active Communities, 540 Main St.

For more information contact:

Charlottetown – Beth Butland – 902-892-9149 Ext 227
Summerside – Devon Broome – 902-436-9259

Montague – Judy MacLeod – 902-838-5878

5)  PEI Crime Stoppers Launches Anti-Bullying Video Contest for Island Students in Grades 7, 8, and 9

Recognizing that Island schools are a major component of the Island community and that the role of P.E.I. Crime Stoppers is to make P.E.I. a better place to live and do business, P.E.I. Crime Stoppers are pleased to announce they will be partnering with the English and French Language Schools Boards along with contest sponsors ADL and the P.E.I. Rocket Hockey Club in presenting a contest aimed at raising awareness of the negative effects of bullying on lives of students.

The contest will be open to all Grade 7, 8 and 9 students on Prince Edward Island. Students are asked to produce an original video no longer than 30 seconds containing an anti-bullying message. The winning videos will be announced and shown at the Rockets home game versus Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, February 24th. This game will also feature a “Pink Shirt Day” theme. All entries will be receiving 4 free tickets to this game. In support of this initiative players from the Rocket will be travelling with Crime Stoppers over the next few weeks with an anti-bullying message for students.

“The English Language School Board values the ongoing work of Crime Stoppers in our communities. We are pleased to work with Crime Stoppers and P.E.I. Rocket on this anti-bullying initiative. This effort is very supportive to the anti-bullying work currently occurring across our schools,” noted Superintendent Jane McMillan. French language School Board Superintendent Gilles Benoit stated: “ La Commission scolaire de langue française is proud to participate with P.E.I. Crime Stoppers in their campaign to eliminate bullying. We can all play a role to stop bullying.”

For criteria and more information:

6. The PEI History of Medicine

February 6, 2013 at 7 pm
UPEI Main Building Faculty Lounge

Sex Scandals, Sectarianism, and Skulduggery on the Ward: Hospital Life in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Quebec City” – Lisa Chilton

In the middle of the nineteenth century, the Quebec Marine and Emigrant Hospital was considered one of the most desirable medical institutions for doctors’ affiliation in the British Empire.  Aspiring doctors from across North America fought to gain poorly-paid and voluntary positions at the the Marine and Emigrant Hospital, because it provided unique opportunities for medical/surgical practice and observation, and because it boasted the educational leadership of some of the continent’s most innovative and skilled practitioners.  But the QMEH was not known solely for its impressive staff and (sometimes) impressive medical record.  It was a poorly-managed, inadequately-funded institution, situated within a socially volatile colonial context.  Relationships among the hospital’s medical staff and members of the larger community of Quebec’s doctors were often tense and at times openly antagonistic, with the result that between the mid-1840s and the mid-1850s the hospital became the focus of a series of very public scandals, involving malpractice suits, large-scale graft, coerced death-bed conversions, and sexually explicit slander and counter-slander–details of which were recorded in hundreds of pages of witness statements, commissioners’ reports, privately-published open letters and memoirs, and newspaper accounts.  In this paper, I offer a brief tour of the QMEH and the social world its inhabitants constructed within it, as seen through the various documents they left behind.

“Shun Not the Struggle: Cecelia Jane Georgina Fane Pope, 1862-1938″ – Genevieve MacDonald

Prince Edward Islander Georgina Pope is deserving of continued recognition for her significant contributions to the practice of nursing, which include her founding of  military nursing in Canada, her establishment of a school of nursing in Washington, and her pioneering (along with Mary Rogers) of the practice of what is now called “affiliation” for student nurses. Born in 1862, Georgina Pope was the first nurse in Canada to receive the Royal Red Cross, awarded for “special devotion and competency in …  nursing duties.”  Matron Georgina Fane Pope devoted her life to the service of others.  Of her thirty-four years as a graduate nurse, she devoted thirteen to civilian nursing and the other twenty-one years to military nursing.  While a civilian nurse she was a leader both in the supervision of nurses in hospital and in the teaching and direction of nursing students.  She was responsible for achieving military rank and pay for nurses in Canada, which became the first country in the world to grant rank to women.

All are welcome!  For more information about the Society, please contact Shannon Murray (, James Moran ( or Lamont Sweet (

7)  One Billion Rising

Strike – Dance – Rise!

One billion women on the planet will be raped or beaten in their lifetime. Join V-Day on February 14 to demand an end to violence.

Take part in this global initiative against violence against women by joining a dance mob on PEI at W.A. Murphy Student Centre at UPEI in Charlottetown at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 14, 2013.  All welcome.


  • A global strike
  • An invitation to dance
  • A call to men and women to refuse to participate in the status quo until rape and rape culture ends
  • An act of solidarity, demonstrating to women the commonality of their struggles and their power in numbers
  • A refusal to accept violence against women and girls as a given
  • A new time and a new way of being

On V-Day’s (A Global Movement to End Violence Against Women and Girls) 15th Anniversary, February 14, 2013, we are inviting ONE BILLION women and those who love them to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to this violence. ONE BILLION RISING will move the earth, activating women and men across every country. V-Day wants the world to see our collective strength, our numbers, our solidarity across borders.  What does ONE BILLION look like?  On February 14th, 2013, it will look like a REVOLUTION.


Visit Remember Our Sisters Everywhere at:

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8)  International Sustainable Community Assistance (ISCA) Public Meeting

Charlottetown: The International Sustainable Community Assistance (ISCA) organization will observe International Development week (Feb 3-9) with an information meeting at UPEI regarding their work in Haiti. The public meeting will provide information to the University community as well as the public on ISCA’s mandate and specific plans related to their upcoming Haitian agriculture project.

The International Sustainable Community Assistance (ISCA) organization will hold a public meeting on plans related to their upcoming Haitian agriculture project. The ISCA information meeting will be held on February 5th , at 12:30 at the Atlantic Veterinary College lecture room 286A  north. Everyone is welcome to attend. Additional information: Lloyd Dalziel 628-6576,  or  

9)  PEIBWA Upcoming Events

Check out this link to see what’s happening in February and March at the PEI Business Women’s Association!

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