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PEI Advisory Council on the
Status of Women

E-News for Thursday
October 22, 2020

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) Diverse Words and Beyond

Reading Street Presents:

in partnership with the PEI Writers' Guild and TD Bank.

Public · Hosted by Julie Pellissier-Lush

October 25, 2020

The Carriage House at 
Beaconsfield Historic House
2 Kent Street Charlottetown

Come and enjoy the stories, songs, poetry and fun with:
  • Jane Ledwell
  • Julie Bull
  • Yvette Doucette
  • Minister Brad Trivers
  • Chijioke (Ceejay) Amadi
  • With Drumming to open the afternoon, and Emcee: Julie Pellissier-Lush
This event is created to promote reading, writing, storytelling and to make everyone who attends want to go home and create their own masterpiece.

There are 36 seats available for our guests!
This event will operate under the rules and guidelines of the Public Health Office of PEI.

(Source Facebook event)


2) Blooming House "Seeds of Hope' Monthly Donor Program

October is the month of Thanksgiving, and many of us have so much to be thankful for. During this time, we realize that there are many who are struggling and need to lean on the services Blooming House offers. As many of you know, Blooming House opened its doors in January of 2019 as a three month pilot project and it was quickly realized that a longer term solution was needed for homeless women on Prince Edward Island. 

Since that time, we have provided a safe and warm shelter for over 100 women who found themselves in need. We have an incredible staff of qualified individuals and recently hired an Executive Director to work with our Shelter Coordinator and our Community Outreach Coordinator as we continue to grow and work to meet the needs of the women we serve.
Covid-19 has created new challenges for many people in so many ways; one of the areas that we have noticed a major challenge is in the area of fundraising.  Many traditional methods and events are just not possible at this time. Sadly, the restrictions of COVID-19 has negatively impacted our ability to raise funds and awareness of homelessness for women on Prince Edward Island.

In order to continue to provide warm meals, warm beds, and warm shelter for the women we serve, it is imperative that we have reliable and consistent income each month. We rely on the charitable hearts of the community to help us provide services for those most vulnerable on our island. 

This fall we are launching our ‘Seeds of Hope’ monthly donor program. A monthly donor program allows many people to take part in providing funding for our shelter.  As an example, a donation of $5-10 provides a coffee card for a woman to be able to purchase a warm drink during the day.  A donation of $100 a month provides fresh produce for our home for a week.  Amounts like these, small and large, can make a huge impact - ESPECIALLY as a monthly commitment! 

We have set a goal of adding 31 monthly donors in the 31 days of October. 

We hope you will consider being a part of the important work we do and we want to thank you so much for the generosity and support that we’ve already received.

(Source Facebook/e-news)

3) Health PEI AGM 2020

Health PEI AGM 2020
Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 6:30 pm

Delta Charlottetown, 18 Queen Street,
Charlottetown, PE C1A 4A1

Islanders are invited to participate in Health PEI’s Annual General Meeting and be part of the discussions about health care on Prince Edward Island.

People can attend in person or watch live on the web at
French interpretation services will be available.

Please RSVP by October 22, 2020
by emailing or calling 902-368-4637

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, pre-registration is required.

Please provide the name of attendees and your phone number for contact tracing. Space is limited. Please confirm early to secure your seat.

COVID-19 Mandatory Attendance Instructions:
• Bring your own Mask
• Maintain a minimum of 2 meters (6 feet) between guests

(Source email notice)

4) Apply to the PEI Climate Challenge Fund

Excerpt from PEI Government webpage:

What is the Climate Challenge Fund (CC Fund)?

In 2020, the Government of Prince Edward Island established a $1-million annual Climate Challenge Fund (CC Fund). The CC Fund is intended to generate the best innovative solutions to respond to the threat of climate change by students, experts, communities and businesses.  

The CC Fund aims to support projects that align with the Climate Change Action Plan 2018-23 commitments to: 

  • adapt to projected impacts of climate change; 
  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions; 
  • increase opportunities for carbon sequestration; 
  • build capacity and resilience in a changing climate through public outreach and education; and 
  • expand research and knowledge.

Who can apply to the Climate Challenge Fund?

The CC Fund will accept applications from businesses; municipalities; academic institutions, non-profit organizations; organizations representing culturally diverse communities, service providing agencies, or services for diverse groups; Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) communities, organizations and groups; and not-for-profit organizations doing projects in Prince Edward Island.  

CC Fund contributions will be limited to a maximum of $100,000 per project, or $100,000 per applicant/year for applicants with multiple projects, unless otherwise approved by the Climate Challenge Working Group (CCWG)

For more information and to view the full criteria, go to this webpage.

(Source PEI Government webpage)  


5) Mental health for adults with developmental disabilities during COVID: A virtual course for family caregivers

The Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre at CAMH is inviting family caregivers of adults with develoopmental disabilities to take part in a virtual course on mental health, developmental disabilities and COVID-19. This course is offered as a 6-week series starting November 3, 2020 (1:00-2:30pm EST). 

Interested? See the course overview below and click SUBMIT to register.

Questions about this course? Email or call Tiziana Volpe at 416-535-8501 x 30751.

1) Assessment: Getting help for mental health concerns | November 3, 2020
Families play a key role in supporting adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to understand and get help for mental health concerns in the context of pandemic restrictions. This session will focus on risk factors for mental health issues and strategies for promoting wellness during COVID-19.

2) Empowering family caregivers to improve health care communication | November 10, 2020
This session will focus on key communication tools to support adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families to get the best health care possible.  We will introduce the Family Matters Toolkit, a resource to help: 1) manage common health issues; 2) talk about health issues and health care; and 3) navigate the health care system.

3) Mental health interventions: An introduction to treatment options for mental health concerns | November 17, 2020
This session will offer an overview of mental health interventions for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, a discussion of evidence-based treatments and strategies to manage mental health difficulties, and the impact of virtual adaptations to treatment during COVID-19.

4) Health care planning: Things to know about health care decisions | November 24, 2020
The session will focus on health care decision-making for your family member with an intellectual and developmental disability, including advance care planning. We will also share tips and practical tools to make this process easier.

5) Grief and loss | December 1, 2020
This session will focus on understanding the impact of grief and loss (e.g., loss of routines, loss of contact with family and friends) during COVID-19. We will also discuss the impact of grieving the loss of loved ones and strategies to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities grieving during this time.

6) Self-care: Caring for the caregiver | December 8, 2020
This session will focus on the family experience of caregiving, including the impact on parents and siblings during COVID-19. We will build awareness of family distress screening tools and evidence-supported inventions to promote caregiver mental health.

Click submit to proceed to registration
(Source Centre for Addiction and Mental Health/course overview page)


6) A New Certificate & Some Old Favourites

Fall Professional Development Courses

Establishing relationships and building on them is at the heart of collaborative leadership. This certificate is for leaders who want help with buy-in, more involvement in implementation, trust building, elimination of turf issues, access to more and better information and ideas, better opportunity for substantive results, generation of new leadership and organizational empowerment.

This 6 day certificate will be offered IN PERSON from October 26-28 and November 2-4, 2020.
Click Here to Register

This 6 module online certificate will begin November 18th, 2020 and space is very limited!  If you miss out this time, don't worry we'll be offering it again soon, but if you want to claim one of the last seats, hurry and send in your registration!
Click Here to Register

Start this certificate together with a diverse group of fellow managers.  Not only will you learn important management skills, these courses offer excellent networking opportunities all online.
Click Here to Register
Click here to view our Cancellation Policy
If you need to reach us, feel free to get in touch anytime by email at  We look forward to having you join us!

7) PEIBWA Activities/News


8) Reminder: Free LEAF Panels

Gender Justice Now Three-Part Panel Series

LEAF is hosting a three-part panel series as part of its Gender Justice Now symposium - and we are making these panels available free online to all who are interested!

Join us as we explore topics crucial to understanding the use of law in working towards gender justice.


Intersectionality and Gender Justice

Our first panel in the Gender Justice Now series will explore the role and use of intersectionality in gender justice advocacy and work. It will feature Grace Ajele (Calgary Legal Guidance), Jena McGill (University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law - Common Law Section), and Sarah Jama (Disability Justice Network of Ontario), with moderator Rosel Kim (LEAF National).

This panel will take place on Monday October 26, from 1:15pm to 2:45pm EST.

The link to the livestream will be provided the day before the panel. Simultaneous interpretation into French will be provided. The panel discussion will also be recorded and made available for later viewing.

LEAF acknowledges the support of Women and Gender Equality Canada for this panel series.


Legal System & Justice for Indigenous Women, Girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA Persons
Our second panel in the Gender Justice Now series will examine the uses and limitations of the legal system in advancing the rights of Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA persons. It will feature Lynn Gehl (Writer and Artist), Beth Kotierk (Maliiganik Tukisiiniakvik), Naiomi Metallic (Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University), and Alana Robert (McCarthy Tétrault), with moderator Breanne Lavallée-Heckert (LEAF National).

This panel will take place on Tuesday October 27, from 2:30pm to 4pm EST.

The link to the livestream will be provided the day before the panel. Simultaneous interpretation into French will be provided. The panel discussion will also be recorded and made available for later viewing.

LEAF acknowledges the support of Women and Gender Equality Canada for this panel series.


Opportunities Moving Forward
Our third panel will highlight opportunities and challenges for using law to advance gender justice in the current moment. It will feature Fay Faraday (Faraday Law and Osgoode Hall Law School, York University), Raji Mangat (West Coast LEAF), and Megan Stephens (LEAF National), with moderator Cee Strauss (LEAF National).

This panel will take place on Wednesday October 28, from 12pm to 1:15pm EST.

The link to the livestream will be provided the day before the panel. Simultaneous interpretation into French will be provided. The panel discussion will also be recorded and made available for later viewing.

LEAF acknowledges the support of Women and Gender Equality Canada for this panel series.

(Source: E-news/Eventbrite)


9) Announcing CBCN's Virtual Education Sessions

 Please share broadly with your networks; registration is required but there is no charge for these events.

Jenn Gordon 
Director of Operations/Directrice des opérations
Canadian Breast Cancer Network / Réseau canadien du cancer du sein


10) 211 on PEI

Funding to bring 211’s award-winning service to everyone in Canada comes from the #COVID19Canada #ECSFund created by @ESDC_GC and announced in April. 211 provides access to info on services and supports to cope with the pandemic and life's everyday challenges. #HelpStartsHere
(Source Tweet)


11) Statistics Canada Job opportunity

Statistical Survey Operations - Statistics Canada
Various locations
IN-EXT-01 - Field interviewer, IN-INT-01 - Telephone interviewer
$17.83 to $21.78 per hour (dependent on the position being staffed, there may be applicable salary premiums for second language use or evening and weekend work.)
For further information on the organization, please visit Statistical Survey Operations

Closing date: 30 October 2020 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.

For more information and to apply online, go to this webpage.


12) COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Prince Edward Island Information Webpage

Stay up-to-date about the latest COVID-19 news on Prince Edward Island and how we can all work together to prevent the spread of the virus and keep our community safe.

PEI will continue to take careful steps to ease restrictions until a vaccine and/or effective treatment is available, unless more restrictions are needed before that time.

Following public health guidelines will help keep people safe and healthy during COVID-19 and our cases per capita among the lowest in Canada. 
(Source PEI Governement webpage)


13) 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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