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PEI Advisory Council on the
Status of Women

E-News for Thursday
February 18, 2021

Table of Contents

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

1) "Even in February, December 6th Is Important" - FVPW Commentary by Debbie Langston, Chairperson, PEI Status of Women


During PEI’s Family Violence Prevention Week, I am reflecting on the days of action and remembrance on violence against women we marked at the end of November and beginning of December with the Purple Ribbon Campaign.

The December 6th Montreal Massacre Memorial Service of 2020 was very different from the commemorations that have taken place in the past. In a year when the coronavirus pandemic has changed the world in ways we could not previously conceive, the Memorial Service took on added significance.

Many of us are aware that women have borne the pandemic fallout. We have watched the news reports and read the articles highlighting the numerous ways that women have been disproportionately affected. Women have shored up the frontline as essential workers in grocery stores and as early educators. We have laboured in the trenches of homecare and hospitals, and we have mustered our last energy reserves to run households, work from home, care for family members and neighbours and educate our children. Women have lost their jobs in numbers far greater than men and have yet to be re-employed.

In the past year, women’s shelters, police, and governments have reported an increase in the incidence of intimate partner violence; it is more important than ever to understand that events that result in tragedies like the Montreal Massacre and Portapique often begin at home. <MORE>

To read the rest of the commentary, please click HERE.


2) Tomorrow - Lunch and Learn: From Surviving to Thriving – What Do Survivors Need?

Friday, February 19, 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm

This online (Zoom) lunch and learn will share wisdom from survivors of trauma and violence about what government and community supports they need to move from surviving to thriving in their lives. The session will include a roundtable discussion of what survivors need to thrive. No one has to identify publicly as a victim or survivor to participate. Hosted by Women’s Network PEI and the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women. Open to all.

Please register by getting Eventbrite tickets at the following link:
All those who are registered will receive the Zoom link the morning of the event.

Supported by a PAC community micro-grant.


3) February 14-20, 2021 - Family Violence Prevention Week 

February 14 to 20, 2021
The theme for Family Violence Prevention Week 2021 is Connecting Differently.

Wednesday, February 17th is Wear Purple Day
Islanders are encouraged to wear purple to raise awareness of the campaign, to remember victims of violence and their families and to demonstrate that violence in any relationship is not acceptable.

Resources and Community Funding
For more information: Family Violence Prevention Week 2021 Campaign

(Source FVPW/PAC website)


4) International Women's Day "Choose to Challenge"

The 2021 IWD organizing committee brings advocacy and celebration online this year with a podcast series! Five exceptional women and gender diverse people will share their perspectives and experiences of "choosing to challenge." Each person will be interviewed by an inspiring member of the community, bringing the shared voices to ten. 

All of the podcast recordings will be made available on March 8th, International Women's Day - the day we join women and gender diverse people worldwide in calling for gender equity and justice for all! These can be accessed on the PEI Status of Women Facebook page: or wherever you get your podcasts. 

In addition, everyone is invited to participate by submitting a short video clip recognizing the IWD theme. Send us a recording of yourself and/or a few of your peeps (maximum 30 seconds) by , and we'll stitch your message into a collective banner for PEI!

For more information or to submit a short video clip:   

5) New Chair Appointed to Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence

February 12, 2021

The Premier’s Action Committee (PAC) on Family Violence has appointed Danya O’Malley as chair for a three-year term.Image of Danya O'Malley

Danya O’Malley serves as the executive director of Family Violence Prevention Services and is the 2021 Chair of Family Violence Prevention Week.  A registered social worker, she has made family violence prevention her life’s work and continues to do so while serving the Premier’s Action Committee.  

“Danya’s education, experience and passion will be a tremendous asset to the committee. To address family violence, all of us in Prince Edward Island must work together and share our resources, and Danya comes to the table with passion to work with all organizations and partners for the betterment of our province.” 
- Premier Dennis King

The chairperson serves as the PAC's official representative in areas of responsibility related to community and government. The Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention is entering its 26 year since its first mandate. The committee coordinates the implementation of the provincial family violence prevention strategy.  The Chair of PAC is appointed through Engage PEI

“I’m delighted to serve my community in this role,” says O’Malley. “I’ve been a member of the Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence for the last five years and have dedicated my working life to family violence prevention. I plan to continue to strengthen the important work happening in the province related to family violence.”

Danya has worked at Family Violence Prevention Services since 2008 in various capacities, beginning her term as executive director in 2016. Danya holds a bachelor and master degree in social work from Dalhousie University.

This year’s Family Violence Prevention Week will take place February 14-20. 

(Source PEI Government News Release)


6) Creating an Environmental Bill of Rights - ECOPEI - February 23

ECOPEI will host an online panel discussion on "Creating an Environmental Bill of Rights", online, on Tuesday, February 23rd at 6:30pm as part of its annual general meeting.

After a short business meeting, the panel discussion will begin with guest speakers Tina Northrup, Staff Lawyer with East Coast Environmental Law Association and Dr Nino Antadze, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, UPEI.

Register for the meeting at

This meeting will be held by Zoom, and you'll receive a link by email before the meeting. If you have any questions, please email

(Source email notice)


7) Pink Shirt Day is February 24

CKNW Kids' Fund Pink Shirt Anti-Bullying Day | Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Now a movement celebrated across the globe, Pink Shirt Day has humble beginnings. Inspired by an act of kindness by a group of teens in small-town Nova Scotia, CKNW Kids' Fund, working with partners Boys & Girls Clubs and CKNW 980, was inspired to raise funds to support anti-bullying programs.

After the teens’ act of kindness in 2007, CKNW was inspired to help other youth affected by bullying, with many staff members wearing pink shirts and collecting funds to support Boys and Girls Clubs. Since then, the idea has only grown each year, with worldwide support and participation. Countries across the globe are now organizing anti-bullying fundraisers of their own, including Japan, New Zealand, China, Panama, and numerous others. In fact, last year alone, people in more than 180 countries shared their support of Pink Shirt Day through social media posts and donations.

As the Pink Shirt Day movement grows each year, we not only see more and more people practicing kindness – both online and off – we are pleased to use the funds raised through official merchandise sales and donations to help hundreds of kids affected by bullying here in British Columbia.

(Source Facebook and website)  

8) "Pronouns Make the World Go Round" - Pride PEI Workshop Series

February 25, 2021
Online event
10:00am - 11:30am

Are you a business owner or someone who works with the public? Join us for a deep dive into pronouns: using them right & why they matter!

Pride PEI will be hosting a series of workshops over the coming months to help Islanders learn how we can all foster safer communities for 2S & LGBTQIA+ folx.

In this workshop, we’ll cover why pronouns are important, how to ask for pronouns, and what to do when you make a mistake. Learn how to make your space more gender-affirming for customers and clients. Are you a small business owner or someone who works with the public? Join us for a deep dive into pronouns (i.e. they/them, etc.).

Each interactive workshop will take place on Zoom, featuring a guest facilitator and two of Pride's board members. This initiative is designed to connect, educate and support our communities as they explore a variety of difficult-to-navigate topics. Sign up now - space is limited!

NOTE: All of Pride PEI's events are for current Pride PEI's Members only - Membership in Pride PEI is free, is renewed annually, and all folx are welcome to become a Member online at - If you are a public servant, journalist, or other professional to whom organizational affiliation is prohibited, please message us at for a waiver in non-capital Membership in Pride PEI.
📍 Land Acknowledgement
Pride PEI and the PEI Pride Festival operate in Mi’kma’ki, the homeland of the Mi’kmaq People. We recognize that the land on which we gather is the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq First Nation, and we pay our respects to the Indigenous Mi’kmaq people of this territory: past, present, and future. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” with Mi’kmaq Peoples.

🤝 Safer Space Agreement
Pride PEI is dedicated to providing space that is accessible, inclusive, and free from oppression, harassment, and discrimination. In this space, we will treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of age, race, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, levels of ability, and all our other diverse identities. Everyone entering this space has a responsibility to uphold these values.

Related Link:
CBC PEI Article: How to make everyone more comfortable when it comes to pronouns (Feb 8, 2021)  

(Source Facebook event)


9) PEIBWA Activities/News


10) Legal Information for Seniors Video Series

Legal information developed by seniors, for seniors. The video series addresses a variety of topics including, wills, power of attorney, health care decisions, senior care facilities, and other topics of interest.

View the videos HERE.  

(Source Community Legal Information website)


11) Government of Canada to Invest $100 Million to Support Women Impacted by the Pandemic

From: Women and Gender Equality Canada
News release
Funding for projects helping those in greatest need to ensure a more inclusive response and recovery

February 11, 2021 – Ottawa, Ontario – Women and Gender Equality Canada

The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified systemic and longstanding inequalities, with women and girls disproportionately affected by the crisis. The Government of Canada is taking strong action to prevent the pandemic from rolling back progress or reversing the hard-won gains of women in Canada.

Today, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, launched a new call for proposals through Women and Gender Equality Canada’s Women’s Program. The call, entitled “Feminist Response and Recovery Fund”, will provide $100 million for projects helping those in greatest need. The funding will allow recipient organizations to launch new projects or scale up past projects that increase women and girls' participation in Canada’s economic, social, democratic and political life.

Eligible projects will tackle barriers, address harmful gender norms and attitudes, or improve policies, practices, resource distribution, networks and relationships. Recognizing the need for a feminist, intersectional response to COVID-19, Women and Gender Equality Canada will direct funding to projects supporting marginalized or underrepresented people, including Indigenous women, Black women, women of colour, women who are members of LGBTQ2 communities, and women living with disabilities or in rural or remote communities.

The call for proposals aims to provide flexibility, allowing organizations to respond to a wide range of issues in order to accelerate progress on gender equality and ensure that Canada’s response to and recovery from COVID-19 is inclusive of diverse women. These projects will serve as building blocks for long-term, lasting change to advance women’s equality.

The women’s program provides funding to eligible organizations in three priority areas:
  • Ending violence against women and girls
  • Improving women’s and girls’ economic security and prosperity
  • Encouraging women and girls in leadership and decision-making roles
Today’s announcement builds on previous steps taken to ensure an intersectional response to the pandemic, including commitments in the 2020 Speech from the Throne to create an Action Plan for Women in the Economy and move forward on a Canada-wide early learning and childcare system.

Recognizing that COVID-19 has increased the rates and severity of gender-based violence (GBV), the Government of Canada has provided $100 million directly to organizations that support survivors and their families. Combined with new flexibilities to existing programs, this funding has supported over 1500 organizations, helping them keep their doors open at this challenging time.

The call for proposals is open until March 25, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. (Noon) Pacific Standard Time). Visit for more information and for details on how to apply.

“The feminist response and recovery fund will support local; regional and national efforts to end violence against women and girls, improve women’s economic security and to increase the participation of women and girls in decision making roles. Women have been hardest hit by COVID. They continue to take on the majority of the work on the frontlines of the pandemic. The shecession is real and unless Canadian women are working, safe, with their families cared for, we will not fully recover from the pandemic. Our government is investing in women’s and equity seeking orgs because it’s one of the best ways to advance gender equality. Each year, our partners across the country improve the lives of millions of women, children and families and we thank them for their essential work.”
The Honourable Maryam Monsef, P.C., M.P., Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development

Quick facts
  • In June 2020, Canada was recognized by CARE as having the most gender-responsive plan to address COVID-19
  • Budget 2019 committed $160 million over five years to the Women’s Program to enable further community action to tackle systemic barriers impeding women’s progress, while recognizing and addressing the diverse experiences of gender and inequality across the country.
  • Projects funded by Women and Gender Equality Canada are estimated to have reached approximately six million people in 2019-20, reducing barriers in areas of economic equality and gender-based violence, and building capacity and confidence in the areas of leadership.
  • Between 2015 and 2019, the Government of Canada increased funding to support the work of women’s and gender equality seeking organizations from under $20 million per year to over $100 million available in 2021/22.
  • In the Fall Economic Statement, the Government of Canada committed to sustaining investments in early learning and accessible, affordable child care, including by proposing to make funding permanent at 2027-2028 levels, providing $870 million per year and ongoing, starting in 2028-2029. 
  • The Government of Canada is helping women entrepreneurs through the pandemic by providing up to $15 million in additional funding through the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES). 
Associated links (Source email notice/website)


12) RCMP are now accepting applications to the Family Violence Initiative Fund

RCMP in Prince Edward Island are inviting community groups and organizations to apply to the Family Violence Initiative Fund. The objective of the fund is to help communities respond to relationship and family violence and victim issues.

The fund can provide awareness, assist victims, and support crime prevention programs aimed at making a positive change towards relationship and family violence that takes place in all communities across Canada and here, in PEI. Often front line workers are exposed to the silent struggles that take place behind closed doors and RCMP officers would like to make a positive difference in those struggles.

Information about how to apply is provided on the RCMP website: The site also offers examples of past projects and a link to the Public Health Agency of Canada Family Violence Initiative.

If your community group has the opportunity to affect some positive change in these challenging times, take a moment to review the information and apply to the fund. Since 2004, the fund has supported over 400 initiatives across Canada. In 2019-2020, the fund supported 34 initiatives, with a total of $386,991.00. Applications will be accepted until March 31, 2021.

For more information, contact your local RCMP detachment ( or email

(Source email notice)


13) Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation Award - Call for Nominations


Do you know an individual, organization or corporation that has advanced the prevention and elimination of family violence?  

The Fergusson Foundation is calling for nominations for the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation Award.
The Award was created in 1992 to recognize outstanding contributions toward eliminating family violence.  In the name of the recipient, the Foundation will make a donation to a registered charity of the recipient’s choice, whose objectives further the goals of the Foundation.
Individuals, organizations or corporations whose achievements have advanced the elimination of family violence are eligible for nomination.   

The nomination form can be downloaded at

All nominations for the Award must be received by April 14, 2021.

Past Award recipients:
1993    June Callwood
1994    Dr. Peter Jaffee
1995    Margaret Norrie McCain
1996    Sister Cecile Renault (posthumously)
1997    Dr. Donald G. Dutton
1998    ‘Making Waves’
1999    The Body Shop Canada
2000    Fredericton Sexual Assault Crisis Centre
2001    Dr. Sandra Byers
2002    Rina Arseneault
2003    Red Cross RespectED
2004    Senator Sharon Carstairs and Margaret Newall
2005    Margaret-Ann Blaney
2006    Penny K. Ericson
2007    Madeleine Delaney-LeBlanc
2008    Bernard Richard
2009    Rona Brown
2010    Native Women’s Association of Canada
2011    White Ribbon Campaign
2012    Ghosts of Violence
2013    Dr. Nancy Nason-Clark
2014    Sigrid Rolfe & Dr. Philip Smith
2015    Family Enrichment and Counselling Service
2016    Julie Devon Dodd
2017    C. Anne Crocker
2018    Maryse Rinfret-Raynor
2019    Dr. Judith Wuest
The Award will be presented at the Fergusson Foundation’s 2021 Award Ceremony.
For additional information on application procedures, please contact:
Rebecca Francis
Executive Director

(Source email notice)


14) Mental Health and Addictions Supports & Services List from The Employment Journey on PEI

Click on the webpage below for links to the bulleted content:
  • Mental health and addictions services and support available for Islanders – Overview
  • Bridge the Gapp online resource for adults and children
  • BounceBack® program – Canadian Mental Health Association 
  • 211 PEI Information for both everyday needs and times of crisis
  • Government of PEI: Mental Health Programs from your home
  • Where can I access a Mental Health Call-in Clinic?
  • Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) – PEI division – INFO HUB
  • Family Service PEI offering free online counselling during COVID-19
  • Triple P gives parents simple tips to help manage the big and small problems of family life
  • Additional provincial co-parenting supports now available
  • Resources and community support available for family violence prevention
  • FARMERSTALK.CA: Farmer Assistance Program of PEI; toll free number 1-800-736-8006
  • No Islander Alone – United Way of PEI and Hospice PEI joint initiative to help seniors 1-844-954-7433 
  • The Island Helpline – 1-800-218-2885
  • Kids Help Phone -1-800-668-6868 or text 686868
  • 4 Love 4 Care: Local group of volunteers available to chat with Islanders experiencing social isolation 902-393-1993

(Source The Employment Journey on PEI online)


15) 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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