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PEI Advisory Council on the
Status of Women

E-News for Thursday
January 14, 2021

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PLEASE NOTE: Events listed below may get postponed or possibly cancelled. Please always check with the events directly for updated information. Thank you.

1) Open Letter to Premier King in Support of the Final Report of the Special Committee on Poverty

The PEI Working Group for a Livable Income is excited to congratulate the Legislative Assembly of PEI for endorsing the final report of the Special Committee on Poverty in PEI, which recommends a basic income guarantee for PEI. The report provides a fully costed, workable, and achievable model for a basic income guarantee that could eliminate poverty in PEI. It was a groundbreaking day for PEI and Canada when this important report was adopted, and the time to act on the report is now! The PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women is a founding member of the PEI Working Group for a Livable Income.

(Sources: Facebook post / Webpage)


2) CFOJA Profiles Panel Member, PEI Status of Women Executive Director

In 2021, the #CFOJA continues to feature its Expert Advisory Panel members on a weekly basis. 

This week’s profile is Jane Ledwell (Prince Edward Island). Learn more about Jane below at the following link:
(Source Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice & Accountability (CFOJA) on Twitter)


3) PEI Status of Women Announces Recent 2020 Bursary Winners

Congratulations to Sofia Mohamed, winner of the $500 Inge Blackett Memorial Bursary for a woman-identified student who entered Canada as a refugee and is pursuing education or training. This bursary remembers past Council Vice-Chairperson Inge Blackett, who when she died was the last Holocaust survivor on PEI.

Congratulations also to Holland College student Melanie Callaghan, the recipient of the Diane Kays Memorial Bursary. The $500 bursary is for a woman-identified student in a post-secondary program at UPEI, Holland College, or Collège de l’île who is pursuing a field where women are under-represented or who is an active advocate for women’s equality. The bursary remembers past Council Chairperson Diane Kays, who was a strong voice for vulnerable women and families on PEI.

The deadline to apply for the 2021 bursaries is October 15, 2021.
More info: Bursary webpage


4) Submissions Now Open and New Categories Announced for 34th Island Literary Awards

The PEI Writers’ Guild is pleased to announce that submissions are now open for the 34th annual Island Literary Awards (adult submissions) and the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People. This year, two new award categories have been added:
  • Prince Edward Island Association for Newcomers to Canada Award
  • The Scott Parsons Literary Award
“The PEI Writers’ Guild has been working hard to expand their offerings, with a focus on inclusivity,” states Guild Executive Director Maureen Duffy Cobb. “These two new awards—which have come about from partnerships with the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada and the Black Cultural Society of PEI—reflect that mandate.”

The Prince Edward Island Association for Newcomers to Canada Award recognizes and acknowledges the contribution made to the PEI literary culture by a writer new to Canada. Anyone who has immigrated to Canada and made PEI their new home within the past five years is eligible to submit any category of writing (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, writing for children and young adults, plays, and scriptwriting) for consideration.

Named after the co-founder and first President of the Black Cultural Society of PEI, the Scott Parsons Literary Award recognizes and celebrates the outstanding literary merit of a Black, Island writer. Any PEI resident who identifies as Black or of African descent is eligible to submit a piece of writing in any category (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, writing for children and young adults, plays and scriptwriting) for consideration.

Other categories for the Island Literary Awards in the adult category include:
  • Literature for Children
  • Poetry
  • Short Story
  • Creative Non-Fiction
  • Marie Coyoteblanc Award for Indigenous Writing
To enter any of these categories, writers must be 18+ and not a student in the K-12 school system. 

Students in the K-12 school system are invited to submit writing on any topic to the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People. Categories include:
  • Early Elementary (Grades 1-3)
  • Late Elementary (Grades 4-6)
  • Junior High (Grades 7-9)
  • Senior High (Grades 10-12)
“We encourage anyone with a story inside of them to submit to the Island Literary Awards,” says Duffy Cobb. “The PEI Writers’ Guild is here to promote and celebrate Island writers and these awards are a great way to share your voice.”

Cash prizes are awarded to individuals who place first, second, and third in both the adult and young people’s award categories at the award galas, which will take place on May 29, 2021. Past winners of the Island Literary Awards have gone on to become published authors. 

Anyone wishing to submit are encouraged to review detailed submission guidelines, eligibility criteria, and information on the different award categories on the PEI Writer’s Guild website:

The deadline for all submissions is Friday, February 26, 2021, at 9:00pm. 

For more information, please visit the PEI Writers’ Guild website or email

About the PEI Writers’ Guild
The mission of the PEI Writers' Guild is to promote writing on Prince Edward Island and to inspire, support, and encourage established, emerging, and potential writers to find their voice, improve their craft, and experience success in their writing. 

(Source email e-news)


5) Cooking with Culture

We can't travel this winter, so we're bringing worldwide culture to your kitchen.

Each week, we will send out an ingredient list for you to pick up and cook along with us over ZOOM! 

Sign up by emailing for the COOKING WITH CULTURE classes, starting January 20th!

Don't worry if you don't have the ingredients on hand, you can tune in each week to watch and then cook the dish later if you like!  We know that you'll want to! 
Keep your eyes glued to the PEI Community Navigator Facebook Page for profiles of the wonderful hosts, and details of what we'll be cooking! Can't wait to see you there!

Details: Poster below or Facebook Post

(Source Facebook post/email notice)

6) Trauma-Informed Lawyering Training Sessions

Join RISE Program PEI for a new workshop: Trauma-Informed Lawyering with Survivors of Workplace Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence with Rachael Crowder.

This workshop will explore the hallmarks of trauma-informed lawyering.

By the end of this workshop, participants will:
✔ Understand the concepts, definitions, prevalence, and contexts of trauma.
✔   Learn the unique aspects of sexualized trauma, including sexual harassment.
✔   Be able to identify trauma’s effects on neurodevelopment, physical and mental health, and social relationships in your clients’ behaviours, and some possible ways to adjust your attorney-client relationship and litigation strategies.
✔ Develop personal and corporate strategies for preventing or mitigating the effects of vicarious trauma.

The workshop is approved for the Law Society of PEI Continuing Professional Development hours.

Dates: January 22 & 29th (must attend both sessions), 1pm - 4pm
Location: Zoom (link will be emailed) 
To Register:

Sarah Dennis (pronouns: she/her/hers)
RISE Legal Navigator
902-218-6143 |
211-40 Enman Crescent, Charlottetown, PE

(Source email notice)

7) Reviewing Our Progress After the Status of Women Report

"The best way we can honour this work is to use this upcoming anniversary to re-commit ourselves to fulfilling these demands, and fight for much more."

Thanks to Diana, former Council member, for sharing. 

(Source Facebook post/email notice)


8) PEIBWA Activities/News


9) Hands-on Training for Employment

Get the FAST TRACK to employment!

connects job seekers who have an intellectual disability or ASD with local businesses who have anticipated hiring needs and want to build a qualified and inclusive talent pool that is prepared for the new workplace of today. It is a customized, supported, short-term program that trains participants who have an intellectual disability/ASD and gives participants an opportunity to build key skills needed for in-demand jobs, with specific training on new or expanded health and safety protocols related to COVID-19.Fast Track to individuals who have an intellectual disability or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). 
Individuals who participate in Project Fast Track will receive First Aid and WHMIS certification. First Aid is one full day of training scheduled for March 15 OR 22. WHMIS training is one half-day of training scheduled for 19 OR March 26.
The partnership with Rodd Hotels and Resorts will provide two training sessions for 2 cohorts of up to 4 people. Training will include understanding COVID-19 protocols, housekeeping (cleaning rooms), and laundry.
The training sessions will take place at Rodd Royalty in Charlottetown.
The dates of these training sessions are:
February 1-19 for Cohorts 1 and 2
February 22-March 12 for Cohorts 3 and 4
Training will run Mondays through Fridays from 9:00am to 3:00pm with lunch and breaks throughout the day.
King’s Playhouse in Georgetown will provide training to one individual who will learn about the work that goes into being a theatre and culture/community hub. Training will take place February 1-26, Mondays through Fridays from 9:00am to 5:00pm with lunch and breaks throughout the day.
CHARLOTTETOWN MITSUBISHI is interested in training one individual (in their car washing/detailing area), however, this person must have a driver’s license (details and dates are to be determined).
PEI Team Lead, Grace Kimpinski is ready to answer! Please do not hesitate to reach out and ask about this program and how this may be of benefit to you or someone you care for who has an intellectual disability or Autism Spectrum Disorder.


Source (Facebook post/email e-news)


10) PEI Status of Women Teleworking Re: COVID-19 Response

To contribute to PEI's collective effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, and in light of our caregiving responsibilities, staff of the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women will be tele-working as much as possible. This may affect when and how we are able to respond to requests. Thank you for your patience.

Afin de contribuer à l'effort collectif des insulaires de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard pour ralentir la propagation de COVID-19, et tenant compte de nos responsabilités pour aider les enfants et les aîné(e)s de nos familles, le personnel du Conseil consultatif sur la situation de la femme de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard fera du télétravail autant que possible. Cela peut affecter quand et comment nous sommes en mesure de répondre aux demandes. Merci de votre patience.
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