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E-news for Thursday, August 22, 2013!


1) Seaplant Workshop/ Mini-Spa at Rock Barra Artists Retreat

Sunday 25 August, 11 am - 4 pm with marine botanist Dr Irene Novaczek

Fee: $60, includes shore walk and lecture about identification, harvesting and use of our local, edible and medicinal seaplants; a seaplant - veggie lunch (hands on cooking with seaweeds); preparation of several home spa options followed by testing them out!  Great fun in a lovely setting; most activities outdoors, weather permitting.

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Directions to Rock Barra? Take highway #16 east from St Peter’s. When you enter the district of Rock Barra watch for Big Pond road on the left. Go down Big Pond Road for a kilometer. The Road turns sharply to the left. Do not go left. Continue straight and take the second driveway on the left #211. If you are traveling from Souris take the Souris Line Road to hwy #16, turn right, travel two kilometers and watch for the Big Pond Road going down to the shore. For questions and additional information, email or call 902-838-2973.

2) Soul Food is this Sunday

Last Sunday of every month
Studio 2
Confederation Centre of the Arts, 145 Richmond Street
Tel: (902) 626 7419

Soul Food is a unique monthly event held at the Confederation Centre of the Arts, and provides an opportunity to reflect on inspiring themes and common threads that tie us all together.  It features live music, audio-visual pieces and readings from faiths and philosophers, authors, leaders and indigenous cultures, from all over the world.  The purpose of Soul Food is to inspire us to transform our lives, and our communities, with actions that promote the unity and betterment of society. Soul Food is a free community event open to all.


3) Federal Liberal Caucus Town Hall this Monday

Monday, August 26th
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
PEI Convention Centre, 4 Queen Street, 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.


4) Sierra Club Hosting Panel on Water Issues

A special evening entitled 'PEI Needs Clean Water - Come Join the Movement to Protect It!' will be held Saturday, September 7th from 7 – 9 pm at the Murphy's Community Centre, 200 Richmond St, Charlottetown. A panel discussion will be led by Don Mazer from the Winter River-Tracadie Bay Watershed Association, Andrew Lush from 'Don't Frack PEI', and Irene Novaczek from 'Save Our Seas and Shores- PEI' . Everyone who enjoys clean water and wants to protect it is urged to attend.

This event is hosted by the Atlantic Chapter of Sierra Club Canada as the highlight of their annual gathering Sept 6 to 8th celebrating another year of protecting the Earth with clean, green activities. Sierra Club welcomes all to participate in other parts of the Gathering, such as: Social Enterprise 101, a walk in the Winter River Watershed, and a social gathering at the Bonshaw Community Centre.  For more information, please contact Bethany Toombs <> or check out the facebook event page 'ACC AGA Sept 6-8'.

Sierra Club Canada is a member-based organization that empowers people to protect, restore and enjoy a healthy and safe planet. , also on Facebook and on Twitter at SierraACC.


5) PEI Business Women's Association's Upcoming Events

The Next Chapter: Creating Value for Island Women in Business
All are welcome for the launch of PEI Business Women's Association Strategic Plan - Langevin Tilley Room, Delta Prince Edward Hotel & Convention Centre starting at 3 pm on Friday September 20, 2013.  We will be following the launch with a short Special Member Meeting and vote to amend the Association bylaws as per identified Strategic Plan priorities and actions.  We'll close the event with a social mixer at the Water's Edge Resto Bar & Grill (from 4 pm).

The 2013-2016 Strategic Plan represents the next chapter of value for Island women in business and was developed based on the important feedback of PEIBWA stakeholders.  2013 marks the 20th anniversary for the Association since incorporation, and PEIBWA remains the only PEI-based organization focused on providing women in business support through business advisory services, professional and business skills development, and networks and referrals.

If you wish to attend the Strategic Plan Launch / Special Member Meeting, please RSVP to the PEIBWA office via email ( or by phone (902 892 6040).  This is particularly important for Active Members* in good standing who will have the opportunity to vote at the Special Members Meeting.  Please note: Associate members (also known as Provincial Patrons) and Reciprocal members do not have voting privileges but are most welcome to attend the meeting.

Please register for the social mixer at Water’s Edge beginning at 4:00 pm online via:;  the launch, meeting, and mixer are open to the public, but registration would be appreciated.

*Active members include Individuals; Student / Retired; Small Business and Business membership categories - membership dues must be paid up for the month of September 2013 to be eligible to vote.  For Business and Small Business members, the company must designate a person to vote on its behalf via a signed proxy form - please contact the office for more information.


6) New School Calendar

The new school calendar is available on the government website for the convenience of students, parents and teachers who are planning for the upcoming school year. The calendar identifies holidays, key school dates and professional development days for teachers:


7) PEI Seniors College News

What’s New for 2013-2014

Our new tagline says it all. ‘Enhancing knowledge and understanding—purely for the fun of it’ that’s what Seniors College of PEI is all about,” says David McCabe, the current College President. “And we’re very excited about the changes being introduced this year. First of all, we’re thrilled with our new logo and look, created by Kate Westphal of Graphic Detail Inc. It’s fresh and eye-catching and reflective of who we are.”

Next, in response to member feedback, this year over 30 per cent of the courses are new.  They include titles such as: Photo Editing, Basic Engine Repair, Architecture, Birds and Plants of PEI, Know Your Kidneys, PEI Sport History, Spirituality—Growing Into Our Senior Years, Yoga—Stretch for Seniors, Whole Foods—Plant Based Nutrition, Bridging Friendships—The Game of Bridge, Orienteering—Map and Compass Reading, just to name a few.

Many of the longtime favourites will be returning this year including: Literature—A Survey of American Literature, Film Appreciation, Island History, Music I Like, Writing From Life, Medicine In The News, Astronomy, Choral Singing, News, as well as others.

Courses are open to anyone aged 50 and over. They generally run for 2 to 3 hours, one day a week, over an 8-week period. There are no formal tests or exams, the atmosphere is relaxed and the focus is on learning together and having fun. Facilitators are experts in their field, who love to share their particular passion.

For a registration fee of $152, College members are entitled to sign up for an unlimited number of courses over the Fall, Winter and Spring terms. Seniors College is a volunteer operated, non profit organization and membership fees are used solely to cover operating costs. 

In another important new development, the College has improved their registration process. Members will now be able to register online. Registration is on a first come, first served basis and begins on September 7, at 9 am.

For those without access to a computer, traditional, in-person registration sessions will be held in all three centres (Summerside, Charlottetown and Montague).

Visit the College website --, to obtain full course detail and updates on registration procedures. For questions or for more information contact the Seniors College Coordinator at 1-902-894-2867 or email


8) Hospice PEI “Dancing with the Stars”

The second annual “Dancing with the Stars” event will be held October 5 at 7 pm at the Charlottetown Legion. Tickets are $60 with a portion tax deductible.  Colleen and Mike Sheen of “Y Not Dance PEI” jumped on board again this year and gathered a fabulous group of dancers to volunteer many, many hours working with stars and volunteers. “Stars” include Gordon Bailey of Lot 30 fame, Gord McNeilly of UFit, realtor Joel Ives, Hot 105.5 Morning Hot Tub’s Zack Bell and Dr. David Knickle. Their female counterparts are Jodi Nutbrown, PEI Seniors Homes, Daphne Dumont of legal and rowing fame, Jenepher Reynolds, aesthetician to the stars, and one curler, Tricia Affleck. Their partners will include Mike and Colleen Sheen, Lyndsey Paynter, Gerard Murphy (Ocean 100), Keshena Bartlett (Dance Virtuosa), Colin Kelly and Margot Postma.


9) Welcome PEI Guide

Pick up your complimentary copy of our PEI‬ Restaurant and Menu Guide available at all Visitor Information Centres and other locations across the Island. Visit our website at

10) Canadian Women's Health Network Needs your Help

Dear CWHN friend and supporter,  Your HELP is critical and is needed NOW.
Victoria's husband recently called us in desperation because she was suffering so cruelly from recurring migraines. We were pleased that we could send a new article we had just published with ideas on how to prevent migraines. 

The CWHN appeared recently before a Standing Committee of the Senate discussing screening mammography for women with dense breast tissue. We were the only participants who brought a message about breast cancer prevention and the need to look more closely at environmental and occupational links to breast cancer. 

In March, we co-sponsored the first National Roundtable on Girls, Women and Alcohol, and through webinars, articles and an upcoming website on the subject, we continue to raise awareness about this overlooked women's health issue.
We want to continue doing work like this, as we have for the past 20 years. But our future is at stake and we can't do it without your financial support.  In April 2013, we lost all our federal funding, roughly $400,000 a year, because of funding cuts that also hit a number of sister women's health organizations. But we're determined to survive and carry on.
CWHN is tackling the toughest challenge we have ever faced - making a transition to being privately funded - and we're facing it head on!  We're reorganizing and are now working within a bare-bones budget in order to keep doing the kind of work we know you and so many others value.
Why is the CWHN important?

  • We're national; we respond to and serve people in all corners of Canada.
  • We're bilingual; and a number of our resources are available in over 20 different languages.
  • We speak out on women's health issues that are urgent or need a fresh look:
       - We helped make emergency contraception more widely available and easily accessible.
       - We got national media coverage urging a clear and in-depth look at the HPV vaccine and whether the financial investment in it was the best use of public dollars to prevent cervical cancer.
       - We recently mounted a national campaign to focus on breast cancer prevention.
And we do all that and more on $15,000 a month.  That's the amount we need to raise from private sources and from supporters like you to keep our important work alive and well.  I know that sounds like a lot. But individual contributions - whether $2500, $250, or $25 - really add up and will help to keep us going as a national voice for women's health in Canada.  Your support right now is critical. Please make a generous donation today. You can do it easily through our website or you can send a cheque to the Canadian Women's Health Network, 419 Graham Avenue, Suite 203, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, R3C 0M3.
Without more donations like yours, we are at grave risk of closing. If we lose the CWHN, we lose 20 years of women's health information resources, contacts, partnerships, news of new research and policy expertise. It would be the loss of a "Canadian treasure" for hundreds of thousands of Canadian women. There is no other national, bilingual organization positioned to carry on this critical work!
We sincerely thank you for your past and ongoing support. We can't do this without you.
Anne Rochon Ford, Executive Director, CWHN
P.S. Please donate today. We are currently under review to obtain charitable status with the Canada Revenue Agency. If we are successful in becoming a charity, we will send a charitable tax receipt retroactively to all those who have made donations of $25 or more.

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