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PEI Advisory Council on the
Status of Women

E-News for Thursday
December 3, 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) Montreal Massacre Memorial Video Commemoration - at Noon, Sunday, December 6

For decades we have gathered in our communities on December 6 to honour the lives of women that have been lost to violence: PEI women, the women of l’École Polytechnique, and missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. This year, while we cannot be together physically, a video commemoration is being compiled in partnership with Zenith Pictures for online broadcast at noon, Sunday, December 6, via Zoom.

Special contributors appearing in the memorial video will include
  • Elder Julie Pellissier-Lush, Indigenous Opening
  • Debbie Langston, Chairperson of the Advisory Council on the Status of Women
  • Roxanne Carter-Thompson, Guest Speaker
  • Singer-Songwriter Jenn Grant, Sirens Choral Ensemble, and pianist Todd MacLean, musical performances
Political leaders, front-line service representatives, anti-violence community organizations, and families and loved ones of murdered women will light candles in memory of victims of violence in a private ceremony we will document for the video.

If you would like to participate with others in a Zoom broadcast of the video commemoration, please register using Eventbrite. All are welcome to join. Tickets are free. The memorial video will also be available on and after December 6 at

You are encouraged to have a candle or light in the space with you when you watch the video.

A downloadable, printable program will be available online on Friday, December 4 and after.

And look for PEIACSW Chairperson Debbie Langston’s commentary for December 6, “Where Violence Persists, What Women Do,” in local media and at

More info: 902-368-4510
Related Links:

2) Wear your Feminist PRIDE!

A quality black t-shirt with a vibrant logo designed by Megan Dorrell. The shirt was commissioned by the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women.

Available at Iconic Arts PEI.  Anne Putnam and Norm Finlayson formed Iconic Arts PEI to sell Iconic T-Shirts and other products featuring the work of Island artists, authors, and craftspeople.

Iconic Arts PEI will make a donation to Women's Network PEI with every shirt sold.

100% cotton.  Available in a women's or men's cut in various sizes.  Crew neck only.

Free shipping within Canada. Please contact us for international shipping rates.
Sizing Chart for Feminist Pride T-Shirts

To place an order and make payment click on this webpage or if you have any questions contact Anne or Norm at . *with thanks to all the fabulous models - Jay Baglole, Jettlyn Cash Baglole, Bella Jay, Anna and Sam Ledwell-McInnis, Gail Carter-Jay and Leslie Jay, Dawn Wilson and Jillian Kilfoil (special appreciation to Teddy the dog and Bowie cat).

Source (Webpage/Facebook post)


3) New - Supporting Women Through the Holidays Program for the Chief Mary Bernard Memorial Women’s Shelter

Chief Mary Bernard Memorial Women's Shelter
(Source email notice)

4) Volunteer Canada News

What's happening at VC

International Volunteer Day
International Volunteer Day (IVD) is a global celebration of volunteers. It takes place every year on December 5 to shine a light on the impact of volunteer efforts everywhere. This year’s theme – Together We Can Through Volunteering – developed by United Nations Volunteers, encourages us to thank volunteers for their actions and showcase the impact of volunteering during the COVID-19 crisis.

On December 5th, let’s join together to thank volunteers and acknowledge those who help by staying home to protect themselves and their communities. Revisit our National Volunteer Week (NVW) 2020 blog post for ideas on how you can virtually applaud your volunteers and watch for the release of the new theme for NVW2021. #TogetherWeCan #IVD2020

View the e-newsletter for the rest of the information.

(Source email notice)

5) CBCN's "The Gift of Music" fundraiser


A Gentle Art of Sitting and Forgetting was made as a gift to my Mother for battling breast cancer.

The general structure and melodies (except for one composition) were written either during each individual chemo session or the day of. Recorded in my parents living room on my mom's piano in spring of 2018.

find my main artist page at
released November 30, 2020

- Thanks to Raymond Knight for helping record
- Thanks to Max Frazer for mastering
- Thanks to the Canadian Breast Cancer Network for taking this on and fulfilling a personal promise
- Thanks to my Mother for the inspiration and being so resilient

Sean’s mom, Janet, shared her story earlier this year through CBCN’s Our Voices Blog, you can read it HERE.

(Source email notice)


6) Office of Continuing Education and Professional Development Program Registration

Registration is Open for some fantastic programs!

These include the New Managers Certificate, Project Management Essentials and a 2nd cohort of the Executive Administration Certificate.  We're also working on some brand new programs that we've never offered before so stay tuned for more information about those in the coming weeks.
Winter Professional Development Courses
We were thrilled with the response to the Executive Administration Certificate and are offering a 2nd cohort starting in January!  Space is limited for this online program so reserve your seat by clicking the button below.
Here are some responses that we received after the first module which ran this week:  

"Very well done! Rhonda was very engaging and informative and I very much appreciated her extensive admin knowledge :)"
"Fun and interactive even online.. I like it better.. LOL"
"I think Rhonda did a wonderful job, very interesting, can't wait for the minute taking!"
Click Here to Register
The New Managers Certificate starts January 19th online.  

This 8 module certificate program will only be offered once in 2021 so click below to register and save your seat!  Learn leadership and management skills from experts whether you are a new or aspiring manager or supervisor.
Below are just some of the comments we have received about this program.

"Great instructors, very engaging and interesting!"
"Loved the course, so valuable and real."
"Thank you. Course was very informative and presenter quite knowledgeable."
Click Here to Register
The always popular Project Management Essentials 3 day course is back in May with Janice Petley.

This course will be held in person at UPEI and participants will have the opportunity to work together in small project teams over the course of the three days.
Interested?  Here is what part participants had to say:

"Top notch! I felt like we were in very capable, experienced hands, and she facilitated the learning well."
"Janice's examples and experience were excellent"
"Instructor was very easy to understand, especially with complex and situational material."
Click Here to Register
If you need to reach us, feel free to get in touch anytime by email at  We look forward to having you join us!

(Source email Nov 20 E-newsletter)


7) PEIBWA Activities/News


8) PHAC Call for Proposals: Preventing and Addressing Family Violence - the Health Perspective, deadline January 27, 2021

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is pleased to invite eligible organizations to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) for projects that build the evidence-base about preventing and addressing family violence and its health impacts, by delivering, testing and supporting diverse health promotion programs and interventions that are tailored to the needs of those who have experienced, are experiencing, or are at-risk of experiencing family violence.

Applications must be submitted using PHAC’s Preventing and Addressing Family Violence LOI Template. To obtain a copy of the LOI Template, please contact: with the subject line “LOI Preventing and Addressing Family Violence”. LOIs must be submitted by 11:59pm EST on January 27, 2021.

For more information about this Call for Proposals in English or French please see below.
For information in English please click here.
For information in French please click here.

(Source PAC E-Bulletin for December 2020)


9) Introducing Project Fast Track!

Get on the Fast Track to Employment!

Fast Track connects job seekers who have an intellectual disability or Autism Spectrum Disorder (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 (up to four weeks) program that trains participants who have intellectual disability/ASD for jobs at local businesses. Fast Track 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.

PEIACL, through Project Fast Track, has partnered with Rodd Hotels and Resorts and is currently developing a program that will train individuals who have intellectual disability/ASD in Housekeeping and Laundry at Rodd Hotels. In addition to this training, Project Fast Track participants will also receive basic First-Aid training, and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) certification.

Although specific dates and times for training are yet to be finalized, cohorts will be trained over a four-week period ending no later than March 31, 2021.

We are currently compiling a list of individuals with intellectual disability/ASD who are interested in knowing more and possibly participating in this project. If you, or someone you know, would like to know more about this project, please contact the project coordinator, Grace Kimpinski: or 902-394-7555.

Participants will be provided:
TOOLKIT: A training toolkit that outlines the full training schedule.
ALLOWANCE: A training allowance (based on PEI’s minimum wage) up to a maximum of 160 hours depending on the length of training.
TRANSPORTATION: A weekly stipend for transportation of up to $100/week for four weeks, depending on the length of training.
WHMIS and FIRST-AID TRAINING: With the goal of each participant being certified with Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and Basic First Aid.
ADDITIONAL SUPPORTS: Funding through agencies for external supports, such as a job coach who can provide guidance and support throughout the project or specific articles of clothing for a position, can be provided.

Contact Grace to Learn More

(Source email/e-newsletter)


10) Spread the Love Fundraising Campaign

It was #GivingTuesday and we have a big announcement! 📣
PEERS Alliance is launching a brand new fundraising campaign called "Spread the Love!" 🌈❤️

PEERS Alliance is celebrating 30 years of service here on PEI! Can you believe it? We incorporated as an organization in October of 1990 and over the last three decades, the organization has grown a lot, and helped a lot. To continue providing services and programs to Island communities, we need your help!

We are asking folks to donate to PEERS Alliance to help us celebrate our thirtieth anniversary. With the ultimate goal of raising $10,000, funds raised from this initiative will help offset the costs of the essential services and programs we offer right here on PEI and help us continue the work we do for the next thirty years!

To find out more, visit:

(Source Facebook post)


11) Monthly Interfaith Virtual Devotional Gathering Dec 04, 2020- "The Valley of Love”

Greetings and Blessings,
Given the current affairs of our world today where millions of people around the globe are threatened by the growing spread of COVID 19 pandemic, we are in dire need of hope, love & faith. Although we cannot be physically present with one another, the power of prayer can unite, heal, and bring our spirits together. I would like to invite you to our monthly virtual interfaith devotional, scheduled to occur on the first Friday of every month at 7:00 p.m. (PEI-Atlantic Canada Time) for a duration of approximately one hour.  
We are hoping that this monthly space can serve as an opportunity to reflect on inspiring themes and common threads that tie us all together and as an ongoing effort to apply the principles of oneness in our daily actions. It is vital for us to come together with a unified vision of our essential oneness. We are in this together. Let us commit to the process of transforming our neighborhoods and communities through actions that promote unity and aim for the betterment of our societies.

We will highlight a specific topic/theme every month, accompanied by live music, audio-visual pieces, selections of writings from various faiths, philosophers, authors, leaders, and indigenous cultures, and inspirational stories from all over the world 
Below is the date & the details for the Upcoming Monthly Virtual Interfaith Devotional for Dec 04, 2020, on the theme: "The Valley of Love"
Date: Friday, Dec 04, 2020
Time: 7 pm (PEI & Halifax time- Atlantic Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 899 9081 1038
Passcode: 1844
For local time zones in other regions:

I welcome your participation in this open virtual devotional space. Please feel free to invite others to join and reflect together on inspirational themes while we pray for the betterment of the world.
Do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.  

Peace & Blessings
Farahnaz Rezaei
Prince Edward Island, Canada
(Source email notice)


12) Environmental Scan of “Equality-Seeking” Organizations in Atlantic Canada

Women and Gender Equality Canada (ESESO ATL)
Department of the Government of Canada


The Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research has been commissioned by the Women and Gender Equality (WAGE) Department of the Government of Canada (formerly Status of Women) to gather information for the Atlantic portion of a national study. The study is collecting information about organizations, groups and networks working to advance equality with respect to sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. The groups invited to complete this survey have been selected for their efforts to improve the realities of diverse groups of women and members of the LGBTQ2 communities, whether it is their primary focus or not.
The goals of this research are to map, as well as conduct an environmental scan and generate a comprehensive list, of the groups in the Atlantic region doing this timely and important work. WAGE will use these resources to inform its funding programs, resources and supports. WAGE reserves the right of unrestricted use of the data, including the right to modify, edit, update, or make any information, materials, and products it develops available for use by the department and/or the public.
The primary investigator is Dr. Mary C. Milliken, and the research assistant is Abbey MacLean. We estimate this survey could take between 30-60 minutes of your time to complete. Some of the questions address your organization's identity while others are about the context it operates within and the work it does. 
This project has been reviewed and approved by the University of New Brunswick Research Ethics Board (REB 2020-125).

Would you like to contribute to the research? Do you know an organization that should be included?

If yes, please share or use the link below to fill in the online survey in either English or French until December 18, 2020 5:00 PM Atlantic.

The survey can be completed in multiple sittings at your own pace.
Take the Survey
If you have any questions about the research you can contact:

Mary C. Milliken
Phone: (506) 440-1286

Catherine Holtmann
Director, Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research
& Associate Professor, UNB Sociology Department
Phone: (506) 458-7442 

David Coleman
Chair of the UNBF Research Ethics Board
Phone: (506) 453-5189
(Source E-Newsletter)


13) Anderson House Needs List for December 2020

Thank you for checking our needs list! This list is updated each month to reflect the items we
need the most. We are grateful for the tremendous generosity of Islanders as we continue to
receive valuable donations to help with shelter operations and the women and children we
serve. While we truly appreciate all donations, we have very limited storage and must be thoughtful about our current needs. For instructions on our new CONTACTLESS DROP-OFF please call 902-368-8658. Thank you in advance for your support!

At this time we are in need of the following items:
Food Supplies (please ensure food items are not out of date – thank you!)
× Coffee – Ground & Instant
× Peanut Butter
× Honey
× Chicken Noodle Soup
× Tomato Soup
× Pasta Sauce
× Tomato Paste
× Taco/Fajita Kit
× Rice
× Salsa
× Baking Goods
× Kids Lunch Items
× Frozen Food Items – Chicken Strips, Breaded Fish, Pizza,Lasagna, Chicken Pot Pie, Shepherd’s Pie, Pizza Pockets

Household Supplies
× Liquid Hand Soap
× Disinfecting Wipes
× Lysol Spray
× Dish Soap
× Dishwasher Pods
× Laundry Pods
× Paper Towel
× Toilet Paper
× Medium and Large Freezer Bags
× LED Lightbulbs
× No 4 Coffee Filters

Special Holiday Items
× Grocery Store Gift Cards
× Body Wash (full size)
× Shampoo and Conditioner (full size)
× Christmas Chocolates

(Source PEIFVPS webpage)


14) Now Available in French: Familicide in Canada – 2010-2019

The Domestic Homicide brief draws on data from the CDHPIVP domestic homicide database (from media and court records) to explore familicides that have occurred in Canada between 2010 and 2019. Based on the data collected to date, familicides are more likely to occur in rural, remote and northern regions of Canada. We are pleased to announce that the brief is now available in French.

The report is available in both English and French Below
For the English version of the report please click here.
For the French version of the report please click here.

(Source PAC E-Bulletin for December 2020)


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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