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1) Fierce Ink Press and PEI Writes Present a Panel on The New Face of Publishing 

Fierce Ink Press is proud to sponsor a panel on the new face of publishing at Confederation Centre Public Library at 6:30 until 8pm on Tuesday, August 20th. The publishing industry is changing daily, and for a writer it can be tricky waters to navigate. The panelists hope to shed some light on the evolving industry and answer any questions that writers may have.
The panel consist of award-winning young adult author Patti Larsen, freelance editor Annetta Ribken, graphic designer Christina Gaudet and Fierce Ink Press publishing executive Colleen McKie. With such a diverse panel, all elements of the publishing industry will be covered.
“It's a great opportunity for anyone curious about publishing,” says McKie. “It's not often that you get four people, all working in different aspect of the industry, in the same room. Potential authors have a chance to get the inside scoop on everything from writing to editing to cover design to working with a publisher.”
The panel is free and opened to the general public. There will also be the opportunity to purchase books written or published by the panelists.

The Panel

Patti Larsen
Patti is an award winning young adult author with a passion for the paranormal. Now with multiple series in happy publication, she lives by choice on Prince Edward Island with her very patient husband and five massive cats.
Annetta Ribken
Freelance editor of over eighty novels, Annetta has been writing since letters were chiseled on stone tablets. She specializes in content editing and working with indie writers. She lives and works just outside of St. Louis with her evil feline overlord, a rescued shelter cat named Athena.
Christina G Gaudet
Christina has been a graphic designer for seven years. Her work includes print ads, posters, and book covers. When not designing, she spends her time illustrating books and comics and writing young adult fiction.
Colleen McKie
Colleen runs Fierce Ink Press with her business partner Kimberly Walsh. Before starting Fierce Ink Colleen was a book blogger for four years. When not working on books or reading books or thinking about books she's busy taking care of the zillion of animals that own her.
For more information, please contact Patti at

2) Art in the Open Back for a Third Year 

The parks around downtown Charlottetown will soon set the stage once again for a contemporary art festival. Art in the Open will celebrate its third year and will feature artists from across the country.
The free arts festival, taking place August 24 from 4 p.m. to midnight, will highlight the Island’s diverse visual art scene, downtown heritage spaces, exhibition venues and diverse cultural traditions, as well as the beauty and history of the downtown’s public squares and parks. More than 35 exhibits will be presented, including interactive and experimental pieces, live performances, community initiatives, collaborations and much more. There will be something for everyone to enjoy.
As a way to give back to the community, the public is encouraged to participate in the March of Crows on the day of the festival. There will be a free costume-making workshop on August 21 from 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. in the Schurman Family Studio at the Confederation Centre of the Arts.
Another exciting exhibit this year will be a collaboration between an Island artist and and off-Island artist. The this town is small residency is a knowledge-sharing initiative. This year’s mentor is Will Robinson from Halifax, NS and the jury-selected Island artist who will be working with Robinson is Donnalee Downe, from Charlottetown.
The festival will also celebrate the Island’s Mi’kmaq community with a presentation from the Lennox Island group New Generation Singers who will showcase traditional Mi’kmaq drumming, singing and dancing from 7:40 to 8:30pm in the front field of Victoria Park. Mi’Kmaq artist Ursula A. Johnson (NS) will perform a dynamic storytelling of a legend of the raven in Salamander clearing at 8:30 pm. 
Art in the Open co-coordinator, Becka Viau, said this year’s lineup is a presentation of top-notch contemporary art from many different artists from the Island and across Canada. “Art in the Open brings contemporary art out of the gallery and into unconventional public spaces. This festival brings art to the people. With over thirty exhibits and performances to encounter this festival is sure to inspire.”
For more information go to their Facebook page: or the the website:


3) Bonshaw Ceilidh Aug 25

The monthly Ceilidh Concert at the beautiful Bonshaw Hall will be Sunday, August 25th from 7-9 pm. Featuring special guests including: harpist Lana Quinn with guitarist Byron Olsen, fiddler Matthew Reid, dancer Zoe Cox, celtic duo Colin Jeffrey and Cathie Ott, and singer Ron Kelly, plus local musicians. There's a 50/50 draw, delicious biscuits for lunch, and open stage time. Admission is by donation with proceeds this month going to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Everyone welcome. Wheelchair accessible. Seat cushion is recommended.
The Bonshaw Hall overlooks the Bonshaw River and Bridge, on the Trans Canada at the corner of the Green Road. Anyone interested in performing at future ceilidhs please contact us. For more information, call 675-4093, 675-2855 or 675-4282 or go to the event webpage .

4) Town Hall on August 26th, 2013

Time: 7-9pm
Location:  Convention Centre, Charlottetown
Moderators: Sean Casey and Senator Catherine Callbeck
First Set of Critics - Women in Business
  • Joyce Murray, Liberal Critic for Small Business and Tourism
  • John McCallum, Liberal Critic for the Treasury Board
Second Set of Critics- Steps that are needed for Responsible Natural Resource Development
  • Kirsty Duncan, Liberal Environment Critic and member of the IPCC
  • Marc Garneau, Liberal Natural Resources Critic
First set of critics speak each for 5 minutes on the proposed topic followed by a Q & A session for 25 minutes. Each critic will have 5 minutes for a concluding remark.
Please RSVP to the if you are able to attend.

5) Period of PURPLE Crying Program

Period of PURPLE Crying Program ® - purple infant hats still needed at QEH!  The Period of PURPLE Crying program teaches families and caregivers about the normal patterns of infant crying. This teaching has been proven to help prevent infant abuse and injuries due to shaking. 
If You Knit or Crochet: To help create awareness of the program a purple hat will be given to every baby born on PEI over the first year of the Period of PURPLE Crying program. Hats are still needed at QEH! Any shade of purple yarn is fine. Any infant hat pattern can be used. Additional patterns can be found at: Hats that are knitted or crocheted can be given to the QEH maternity unit or volunteer services offices, with a note “for the Period of PURPLE Crying Babies.” 

6) Centre for Life-Long Learning Launching Two New Certificates in Conflict Resolution Studies

Practitioners Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution
This program is designed for individuals who want to acquire in-depth knowledge and skills to mediate and facilitate conflict resolution as a neutral third party.
Program Highlights
  • 189 hours (1, 2 and 3 day workshops plus final assessment over a 22 month period)
  • Cohort based (1st cohort October 2013 to June 2015)
  • Highly interactive, practice-based workshops
  • Instructors who are knowledgeable in the subject matter, skilled in adult learning methods and active practitioners in the field.
  • Conflict resolution skills transferable to all settings – private sector or public sector – at home or at work.
For more information and a listing of required courses, please visit the program page. 

Interpersonal and Workplace Conflict Resolution Certificate
This program is designed for managers or employees who want to equip themselves with knowledge and skills to deal with conflict in the workplace and foster a respectful and harmonious workplace.
Program Highlights
  • 98 hours (1, 2 and 3 day courses)
  • Open admission
  • Improve your workplace performance
  • Enhance your self-awareness related to conflict
  • Gain the confidence to positively deal with conflict before it damages relationships or workplaces
  • Develop skills through practice in a safe context, using cases, examples, role plays, demonstrations and debriefings
For more information and a listing of required courses, please visit the program page. 
Courses in both programs begin October 2013.   
For more information on these programs and others, visit or call 902-566-0336.
Conflict resolution skills, problem solving skills, or alternative dispute resolution skills: no matter what you name them, they help with every aspect of life, at home and in the workplace. They have become an invaluable tool in my toolkit. Taking courses as part of a group that begins and ends the training together is a fantastic way to learn and to create lifelong friends, supporters, and advisers." -- Jane Ledwell, PEI ACSW Executive Director, 2012 graduate of the certificate program in interest-based conflict resolution.

7) Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion
World Day for Cultural Diversity May 21 Online Video Contest

Please read the rules and regulations carefully.
Participating in the “Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion” video contest of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) means that you have agreed to all of the rules and regulation. For promotional and educational purposes we will be using the selected videos on diverse platforms for the “Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion” campaign as well as include them on the PLURAL + Youth Video Festival DVD.
The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) in partnership with UNESCO and various other partners from corporations to civil society is launching “Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion” campaign aimed at engaging people around the world to Do One Thing to support Cultural Diversity and Inclusion.
Following the adoption in 2001 of the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity, the UN General Assembly declared May 21 as the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. This day raises awareness on the richness of world cultures and the opportunities that cultural diversity can bring to societies.
As part of the “Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion” 2013 campaign, we are organizing a video contest. The winning videos will be included within the UNAOC Plural + Youth Video Festival DVD.
The “Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion” video contest is designed to allow the participants to creatively portray their “Do One Thing” through a one-minute video. The theme of diversity and inclusion needs to be explicit.
Prizes & Awards
  • Winning videos will receive USD 1500 donated by Weyerhaeuser and TAL Televisión América Latina. In addition, each winner will receive Najafi Global Mindset’s upcoming book Developing your Global Mindset: The Handbook for successful global leaders.
- 1st prize: USD 1000
- 2nd prize: USD 300
- 3rd prize: USD 200
  • Winning videos will appear on the PLURAL + Youth Video Festival DVD.
  • Please submit your videos by 12:00 PM (EDT) Friday, 27 September 2013 your Facebook page and make sure the “Do One Thing” Facebook page is mentioned by using the tag @Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion.
  • The selected videos will be announced by late October 2013.

8) [PAR-L] Looking for inspiring Everyday Political Citizens

Hi everyone,  my name is Jane Hilderman. I'm a new-ish member of the Policy Action Research (PAR-L) forum and also research manager at Samara, a non-partisan think-tank dedicated to increasing political engagement in Canada. 
This summer Samara launched The Everyday Political Citizen project, an online space that highlights the unsung heroes of Canadian democracy- all the door-knockers, petition-signers, community leaders, candidates and rabble- rousers who work through political systems that are often frustrating, non-responsive and downright confusing in order to change policies and build a better country. We're writing to ask for your nominations.
But first, why are we doing this?
In our research with politically underrepresented communities, one point we heard over and over is that people lack political role models. Many don't want to get involved because they feel that there is no one "like them" in the political world. Even if they want to get involved, without political role models they don't know how.
So, we're working to find at least 308 role models-one from each federal riding across Canada. We also know that young women have their own struggle finding positive role models in politics, so we are working hard to make sure women are represented in this space. Currently 26% of nominees and 30% of nominators are women. We'd love your help in bringing those numbers up.
We've already heard about many amazing women, such as Idil Burale in Toronto, Angie Merasty in Saskatchewan and high school students Pascale Halliday and Cayley Sparks in the Yukon, and we know there are many more out there.
If you know an inspiring Everyday Political Citizen of any gender, please nominate them via:
Thank you! Jane
Jane Hilderman, Research Manager
Samara <> (
33 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto, ON, M5R 1B2
Twitter: @samaracda<> @jhilderman<>


9) The Ultimate Girls’ Night Out! is ours!

The Board and staff of PEIBWA are thrilled that we are taking over the Ultimate Girls Night Out! from the Charlottetown Chamber of Commerce as our signature fundraising event.  This year’s theme, Diamonds Are Forever, reflects what we know about our members:  we are strong, practical and brilliant.  The theme also evokes the glamour era of the late 60s/ early 70s and sets the stage for a sparkling evening. 
Funds raised from this high profile sell-out evening will be used to expand the programming and services offered by PEIBWA across the Island, including business advisory services for members and skills development training in rural areas. 
The Ultimate Girls Night Out! will include a cocktail reception and a sumptuous three-course dinner at the Delta Prince Edward Hotel on October 4 2013, with a reverse-draw for exciting prizes throughout the evening as well as musical entertainment, wine, and of course lots of fun. 
Three Ways to Participate & How You Can Benefit!
1. Donate prizes:  What a great way to associate your business and products with quality, glamour and success.  This event presents an excellent opportunity to reach a well-qualified female audience through a donation of prizes.  Prizes may be included in centre piece prizes or presented in a reverse draw for one of our thrilling prize packages.  All prize donors will be recognized in the event program and on the PEIBWA website;  and all prizes will be announced or displayed during the event.  Depending upon the value of the prize, additional levels of recognition are available.
If you want to have 400 influential women excited about your products, please let the Ultimate Co-Chairs, Stephanie MacSween-Corbett and Constance Robinson know by emailing .  A member of our event committee will contact you in the near future to discuss the event further. 
2. Buy a Table or Tickets: What better way to share the excitement with a group of friends, colleagues and clients? There is value in purchasing a table of eight for this event (save $60).  Of course, individual ticket sales are always an option.  You will meet lots of other interesting guests at your table and have fun.  (If you have special seating requests, please send an email indicating your preferences, and we’ll do our best assist.) Go to our online registration to purchase these hot tickets.
3. Get your friends, colleagues and clients to buy tickets too:  Let them know you’re coming;  go to this link and share it on Facebook, twitter and any other social media you use; talk about it, and follow PEIBWA on twitter as we release more details about the event in the coming weeks.   The more people helping to build the excitement of the event, the more fun we are all going to have. 
Thank you for your support! 
Signature Event Committee Chairs
Stefanie MacSween-Corbett & Constance Robinson

10) One Book One Island Launch

Launch of  the 3rd annual Public Library Service One Book • One Island 

Don’t you want to know what all Islanders will be reading this fall?
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 at 1pm
Confederation Centre Public Library

PEI 3e lancement annuelle des bibliothèques publiques ÎPE Un livre • Une île

Quel livre liront tous les Insulaires cet automne?
Le mercredi 28 août à 13 h
Bibliothèque publique du Centre des arts de la Confédération
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