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PEI Status of Women Council Holds Meeting in Wood Islands

The PEI Status of Women Council held its June meeting in eastern PEI at the Wood Islands Welcome Centre (formerly known as the Plough the Waves Centre). Council members and staff met for the day in a lovely accessible space on the second floor.


Council members were welcomed to the Centre by Audrey Shillabeer.  Left-Right: Mari Basiletti, Chairperson and Audrey Shillabeer, Site Administrator.




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Members of the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women – Back Row L-R: Diana Lariviere, Yvonne Deagle – Vice Chairperson, Melissa Mullen – Treasurer,  and Debbie Langston. Front Row L-R: Patti Wheatley, Lalana Paul, Pam Schurman-Montgomery, Mari Basiletti – Chairperson, and Madison Blanchard.


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2015 Equality Report Card

PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women Equality Report Card 2015

FINAL-2015-report-card-wordle-with-gradeMedia and the public are invited to attend the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women Equality Report Card Release.

When: 10:30am on Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Where: Cornwall Townhall, 39 Lowther Drive, Cornwall

Hear how the PEI government has fared in advancing women’s equality and diversity for Islanders over the past two years. All are welcome to the launch. For more information:


The PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women Equality Report Card for PEI is a process to assess our Province’s progress towards women’s equality goals. The PEI Status of Women’s goal is to work collaboratively with government to help the Province to achieve high grades by responding to priority recommendations from women.

In 2007, the Advisory Council on the Status of Women introduced the report card process for following up on its past recommendations to government on key issues that affect the lives of Prince Edward Island girls, women, and their families. Council released its first Equality for PEI Report Card on June 17, 2008. The second ever Equality Report Card was released in June 2009. In June 2010, the Advisory Council published an Interim Trends Report to less formally indicate trends at the mid-way point between formal assessments. Full Equality Report Cards were published in June 2011 and in June 2013.


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International Women’s Day 2015 Gallery

A big thank you to all who came together to celebrate International Women’s Day!!
Sifting through the many great photos of performers, organizers, supporters and audience members…a beautiful tapestry.

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Canada World Youth Survey: Safety in Charlottetown

How safe do you feel in Charlottetown? How do your gender and identity affect your sense of safety?

Canada World Youth volunteers Jane-Joan Mensah and Sean MacLean have collaborated with the Advisory Council on the Status of Women to develop a safety audit survey for Charlottetown residents. The purpose of this survey is to gain perspective on the views of safety in Charlottetown from Charlottetown residents and make connections to issues of gender-based violence. The responses will be collected until the closing date on December 1st, 2014.


The final results will be presented to the Mayor of Charlottetown at Charlottetown City Hall in December. The final results can also be retrieved through the Advisory Council on the Status of Women blog later in December on this blog post.

Thank you in advance on behalf of Canada World Youth and the Advisory Council on the Status of Women for your participation.


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Soumettez votre candidature! Apply now!

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À la mi-juin, une place au sein du Conseil consultatif sur la situation de la femme de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard va se libérer, et le gouvernement sera donc à la recherche d’une femme forte pour qui la lutte pour l’égalité des sexes est importante. J’espère que vous allez envisager de vous porter candidates.

Les membres du Conseil consultatif sont nommées par le Conseil exécutif du gouvernement et sont sélectionnées parmi les personnes ayant soumis leur candidature par l’entremise d’Au service de l’Î.-P.-É. La date limite pour soumettre sa candidature pour la place qui va se libérer est le 13 avril 2014.

D’autres renseignements sur Au service de l’Î.-P.-É. sont offerts au
Le formulaire de mise en candidature peut être téléchargé au
N’hésitez pas à communiquer avec nous si vous avez besoin d’aide pour remplir le formulaire :

Nous voulons que le gouvernement ait la chance de choisir la nouvelle membre parmi plusieurs bonnes candidates. Si vous voulez en savoir plus au sujet du Conseil, si vous connaissez une personne qui serait une excellente candidate ou si vous avez besoin d’aide pour soumettre votre candidature, veuillez communiquer avec nous; nous vous aiderons avec plaisir.

Note importante : Pour des raisons de protection de la confidentialité, les mises en candidature ne passent que par Au service de l’Î.-P.-É. Le Conseil consultatif ne voit pas les formulaires de mise en candidature et ne participe pas au processus de sélection des membres. Nous ne pouvons donc pas savoir qui a soumis sa candidature et tout suivi que peut recevoir une personne s’étant porté candidate provient directement d’Au service de l’Î.-P.-É.

Note additionnelle : Si d’autres organismes, conseils ou commissions dont les membres sont nommés par le gouvernement vous intéressent, nous vous recommandons fortement de les nommer sur votre formulaire de mise en candidature. Le gouvernement fait des efforts pour atteindre une parité hommes-femmes au sein des nominations aux conseils, et nous savons que vous pourriez apporter une importante contribution aux autres conseils également.

Une fiche d’information bilingue d’une page au sujet du Conseil consultatif sur la situation de la femme est annexée : WEB-ACSW-one-pager-4column Bonne chance dans votre mise en candidature par l’entremise d’Au service Î.-P.-É.!

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In mid-June, there will be one vacancy on the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women, and government will be looking to appoint strong women with a commitment to women’s equality. We hope you will consider applying.

The Advisory Council is appointed by the Executive Council of government from among people who apply to Participate PEI, so people have to nominate themselves. The deadline to apply for the upcoming vacancy is April 13, 2014.

More information about Participate PEI is available here:

and the application forms are downloadable here:

We’re happy to help anyone with their application form :

We want government to have great names to choose from when they select a Council member to join our Council. If you are interested in finding out more about the Council, if you know someone who would be an amazing Council member, or if you or one of your friends would like help to apply, please let us know. We would be happy to help.

One important note: To protect your confidentiality, applications go only to Participate PEI. We do not see them at the Advisory Council office at any time. We will not know you applied, and we are not involved in deciding on who gets appointed. Any follow-up you receive will come from Participate PEI directly.

One additional note: If there are other government-appointed agencies, boards, and commissions that interest you in addition to the Advisory Council, we strongly urge you to list them on your application. Government is working towards gender parity in appointments to councils across the board, and we know you would have much to contribute to other councils in addition to ours.

A bilingual one-page brochure about the Advisory Council on the Status of Women is attached, for your information. WEB-ACSW-one-pager-4column Good luck with your application to Participate PEI!


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Interested in Being a Council Member?

Put yourself in the picture with the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women!

At the end of this year, there will be three vacancies on the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women.

The PEI Government appoints members of the Council, and they will consider you if you apply through Participate PEI by October 31, 2012.  Here’s the link to the application form:

Here’s what our three beloved outgoing members have to say about their experience on the Advisory Council. We will miss these three women very much at the table, and yet we know the new ideas and energy of new members will be fantastic as well.

Gwyn Davies says:

My experience on PEI Advisory Council has been interesting, challenging and inspiring. I served the maximum term I was allowed because I was constantly interested and engaged with the issues of women’s opportunity and equality that came to our attention.

I appreciated meeting the other Council women and Staff. I learning from them and  shared respect that is so foundational to the workings of the Advisory Council.

The Government Report Card process, the Purple Ribbon campaign and the response to the abortion debate are highlights of my involvement. My interests in violence prevention for youth were always considered important. The chance to promote and support  the large issues of food security, financial security and physical/emotional safety for women gave me a real inspiration to do the best I can as a front  line worker in family violence prevention.

This experience has demanded that I be aware and active in supporting women’s rights and equality.

Pauline Thomson says:

For me, it has been a huge learning experience to sit with a group of women with common bonds, who were out there to do everything possible better for women on so many issues – to have women more in the forefront of government, for instance.

I have always tried to raise voices for children. To me, we will never be able to do enough for children, but we have to push the government to provide more assistance to children, especially children in the younger grades in the education system, and especially those with special needs.

I have loved the women who were on the Council. It was a joy for me to go for the day to sit with those women. Being on the Advisory Council was an experience I loved, and I will be sad to be gone, but I am so happy someone else will get the opportunity to have that same experience that I have had.

Sue Connolly says:

I have truly enjoyed my time on the Advisory Council. The Advisory Council offers a strong voice for women in PEI and speaks powerfully to the distinctive perspectives and needs of women.

Through the Advisory Council, I have been afforded the opportunity to contribute to and be part of ongoing debates and discussions on important issues in our Province. I have had the chance to work with inspiring women from all walks of life during my time on the Advisory Council.

I have learned so much through my time with the Advisory Council.

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2011 Equality Report Card Excerpt: Mental Health

→ There have been no significant changes to gender-specific mental health programming since 2009. The grading criteria for the Equality Report Card set the status quo at a D grade.

↗ The Province has ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities – an important step for which we say congratulations. Compliance with this Convention will require changes to our provincial public guardianship laws to limit the use of substitute decision- making. The Advisory Council sees this as a significant human rights issue that affects seniors, people with mental health problems, and people with intellectual challenges. We strongly urge government to amend the Public Trustee Act. When PEI has enacted supported decision-making legislation, Council will consider this a concrete step to support women’s equality.

→ Partnership is essential for women’s mental health programming. For instance, programs offered by community-based organizations such as the Canadian Mental Health Association at centres such as the Fitzroy Centre, Notre Dame Place, and the Clubhouse in Alberton are key in promoting, protecting, and improving mental health, and they need to be well supported.

↘ Community Mental Health continues to make up about 1.6% of the Health PEI budget and acute mental health services make up about 2.9%. The Advisory Council members express dismay at chronically limited resources for Community Mental Health. We advocate for increased investment and expansion of community mental health services. Council members are concerned about the general shortage of mental health therapists to meet the demand in the community. There are no easy answers, but Council members wonder, are there changes that could be made to the service delivery model for community mental health so that non- crisis cases still get timely help and support? Would there be benefit in putting priority on services for children and youth? Is it time for a recruitment strategy for mental health therapists as there has been for doctors and nurses?

Enhanced initiatives to provide appropriate, gender-specific mental health programming: D

This is an excerpt from the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women 2011 Equality Report Card for PEI, released in June 2011 and based on information updated to May 30, 2011. The Advisory Council is republishing one area of assessment each week on this blog. For more information, visit the Advisory Council on the Status of Women website.

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