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PEI Advisory Council on the
Status of Women

E-News for Thursday
February 11, 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) Purple Ribbon Campaign Online Resources for Preventing Violence

The PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women invites you to use online resources created for the Purple Ribbon Campaign Against Violence to reflect and educate yourself and others throughout Family Violence Prevention Week.

Powerful video commemoration of the 2020 Montreal Massacre Memorial Service for victims of violence,, including 
  • A profound poem by a survivor of violence, beginning at 06:18
  • A commentary by Chairperson Debbie Langston, beginning at 08:37
  • A keynote speech by Roxanne Carter-Thompson, beginning at 22:05
  • Candlelighting for victims of violence, beginning at 29:45
Text versions of key messages from the Purple Ribbon Campaign and Montreal Massacre Memorial, including  Look also for a new commentary by Chairperson Debbie Langston for Family Violence Prevention Week, to be posted in English and in French at


2) 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) Family Violence Prevention Week 2021

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) Tonight - Tenants Unite, Webinar #3: Organizing Basics

This week's webinar will be on the basics of tenant organizing, featuring speakers from the York South-Weston Tenants Union!

You can sign up for this webinar at

(Source Facebook event)


5) Take Back the Night Event Coordinator: Request for Proposals

The PEI Rape and Sexual Assault Centre is seeking proposals to coordinate a project to raise awareness, support survivors, and bring attention to the work needed to end sexual assault, dating violence, sexual abuse, and all other forms of sexualized violence over Sexual Assault Awareness Week (September 20-24) and culminating in the Take Back the Night 2021 event.

Click here for our RFP with full details of the Co-ordinator position for this years events. If you would be so kind as to forward to any perspective candidates, post in the common areas of your organization or highlight it in your weekly newsletters/memos to your constituents.

The PEI Rape and Sexual Assault Centre is accepting proposals to coordinate this work until 5:00 p.m., February 19, 2021, to Selection of potential candidates will follow by February 26, 2020. Please direct questions via email to and include your preferred contact information.

(Source email notice)


6) Work and Study Hubs 

News Release
January 22, 2021

Work and Study Hubs will be available to Islanders in 13 communities across Prince Edward Island.

The hubs are a space where Islanders can bring their own device to access free, reliable internet to work and learn. 

“We know COVID-19 has greatly impacted the way Islanders work and learn as more of us are doing it all at home. Because of this, Islanders need access to a reliable internet connection now more than ever before. Our hope with the Work and Study Hubs is that we can help fill the gap as we continue working towards expanding broadband internet across the province.”

-  Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture Minister Matthew MacKay

Hubs will be available at the following locations:

  • Tignish – Tignish Initiatives 
  • Northport/Alberton – Community Centre
  • O’Leary – Future Tech West
  • Wellington – Royal Canadian Legion
  • Bedeque – Rural Women’s Business Centre
  • Stanley Bridge – Stanley Bridge Hall
  • Kensington – Credit Union Centre
  • North Rustico – North Rustico Lions Club
  • Grand Tracadie – Grand Tracadie Community Centre
  • St. Peters – St. Peters Community Centre
  • Souris – Matthew McLean Building
  • Murray Harbour – Murray Harbour Community Centre
  • Cardigan – Cardigan Fireman’s Office 

“This initiative will help support our Island students who are currently completing their post-secondary education online as well as enhance the spaces currently offered at 13 of our public libraries across the province,” said Minister of Education and Lifelong Learning Brad Trivers. “By working together, we are finding innovative solutions to support the unique needs of Islanders during the global pandemic.”

Eight hubs will open on Monday, January 25, with the remaining five hubs opening the following week.

For location details, operating hours and more information on the Work and Study Hubs visit, Work and Study Hubs Pilot Program.

Physical distancing and mask use is required at all hubs with up to six patrons permitted in the space at one time. 

(Source PEI Government Webpage)


7) New Wild Child Youth Program - Sierra Club PEI

As of February 5: 

** UPDATE ** We are opening up this program to allies as well! Spots still available!!

Do you want to use your imagination to tell stories together,  playing as a team of comic book-style superheros? "Masks: A New Generation" is a superhero roleplaying game in which a team of young heros fights villains, saves lives, and tries to figure out who they are. Come create stories through play, explore strange possibilities as a new character, and roll some dice!

This is a free program for 2SLGBTQ+ youth and allies aged 12 to 18 years! This program will run on a weekly basis from 6 to 8:30pm at the Farm Centre (420 University Av, Charlottetown, PE C1A 2Y9) starting February 18 to April 1st (taking a break for March Break).  If conditions with COVID changes during the program, then we will attempt to continue the program online!

This program is designed for 2SLGBTQ+ youth (and allies are welcome!), and we will be prioritizing registrations for marginalized youth including (BIPOC youth, genderqueer/trans youth, youth with disabilities, and neurodivergent youth such as autistic youth). 

Please fill out this application if you are interested. Please note that this is an application form and doesn't automatically mean that your child has been accepted. We can only take a very limited number of youth, and we will contact everyone to let them know if they have been accepted, or not. Thank you!

Poster art from the book, illustrated by Michael Lunsford. Thank you to Magpie Games for donating the books, and Tatamagouche Centre for supplying snacks!!

Application form link:

(Source Facebook post)


8) PEIBWA Activities/News

9) City of Charlottetown announces free activities for Islander Day

Feb 5, 2021

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — The City of Charlottetown will be offering a number of free, family-oriented activities to coincide with Islander Day on Feb. 15.
Activities will include family swims and skates, movies, basketball skills camps, performances by Silly Robbie and more.

Pre-registration is required for all in-person activities and will be available through the city’s website beginning Tuesday at 10 a.m. unless otherwise noted.

Things kick off at Cody Banks Arena at 9:15 a.m. with a family skate. Simmons Sports Centre will also host a family skate at 2:20 p.m. The Bell Aliant Centre is offering two family swims at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Free tickets can be booked through Bell Aliant Centre in person or by calling 902-569-4033.

East Coast Art Party will host a virtual painting session between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Anyone with access to the video link can follow along with an instructor to create a fun winter painting. A limited number of free art kits will be available at City Hall on a first-come, first-served basis with a limit of two art kits per household. A list of required supplies for the painting will be posted on the city’s website for those who are not able to access a free art kit but would still like to participate.

Local children’s entertainer Silly Robbie will be featured in three, 30-minute high-energy shows at The Guild. Showtimes are at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets can be booked through The Guild via telephone at 902-620-3333 or in person at the box office.

There will also be two basketball skills camps at Eastlink Centre. The first camp for children in Grades 1-3 will run from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. A second camp for children in Grades 4-6 will run from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. All skill levels are welcome.

Families also have their choice of two movies at Cineplex Cinemas. Abominable will play at 12:30 p.m. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World will play at 1:15 p.m.

For those looking to get outdoors and enjoy the sights of downtown Charlottetown, there will be free horse and wagon rides, departing from outside Founders’ Food Hall and Market every 30 minutes from noon to 4 p.m. Those looking to book a timeslot can do so by calling 902-652-2396 or visiting Emerald Isle Carriage Tours on Facebook.

COVID-19 guidelines will be in place for all in-person activities. Facility-specific rules are listed on the city’s website and will be communicated to ticket-holders in advance of Islander Day. Due to capacity limits at venues, tickets will be limited to five per family for all in-person activities.

(Source The Journal Pioneer article/City of Charlottetown webpage/Facebook event page)

For more information, call the City of Charlottetown switchboard at 902-566-5548 or email us at


10) Invitation to participate in a study on the reputation of pharma during Covid in 2020 - just 3 more weeks

Our latest publications looked at the experiences and challenges faced by patient organisations during Covid. 

We are now supplementing the previous Covid research by looking at the performance of pharma during Covid from the perspective of patients/carers known to your organisation.

Participants in PatientView studies are entitled to receive any analyses/reports produced by PatientView. 

For the attention of: PEI Breast Cancer Support Groups Charlottetown

The Covid pandemic has put the pharmaceutical industry into the public spotlight in 2020. But has the industry been effective in supporting the patients known to your organisation? We would be very grateful to hear your views on this important subject—particularly as organisations such as your own have been actively working to meet the challenges posed to patients by Covid, and are therefore well placed to comment on the reputation of pharma during this difficult year.

As mentioned above to thank you for participating, PatientView will provide your organisation with the full final report on the survey's results, when it is published in April 2021 (if you would like to receive it). 

  • The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete.
  • The questionnaire is being carried on a specialist survey website, so allowing all responses to be completely anonymous (unless you wish otherwise).
  • The study is conducted entirely independently. No pharmaceutical funding is involved. PatientView funds the whole exercise itself by selling final reports to industry (including to leading pharma companies), to governments, and to national and international drug-regulatory bodies.
  • The survey will close March 1 2021. To be sure we receive your response in time, we would be grateful if you could provide your feedback as soon as possible.

(Source email e-news notice)


11) Provincial Art Bank seeks submissions from Island artists

February 9, 2021

Island artists are invited to submit their work by March 12, 2021 to be considered for purchase by the Provincial Art Bank.

The Provincial Art Bank collection includes 257 works of art by 123 Island artists. The art bank acquires, loans and displays art that was purchased or donated. Pieces are displayed in public buildings and spaces for Islanders to enjoy and are available for educational use.

“The Art Bank is just one way we continue to support and celebrate Island artists by having their art displayed and appreciated by Islanders across the province. I encourage all local artists to submit work to be considered for the Art Bank.”

- Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture Minister Matthew MacKay

Provincial Art Bank purchases are made possible through provincial government funding of $10,000 annually. For information on how to apply or to become a jurist, visit: PEI Art Bank Collection or call 902-368-6300.

(Source PEI Government webpage)


12) Snowshoes After Dark

Bring your adventurous spirit and your flashlight and experience Victoria Park’s beautiful trails at night! 

As part of Ice City Festival, Parks & Recreation is offering FREE snowshoe rentals on Friday, February 12 and Friday, February 26 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Victoria Park.

Meet at the Victoria Park Ball Field Clubhouse where there will be a limited number of snowshoes available to sign-out on a first come, first served basis. Drop by to pick up a pair and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa.

(Source Facebook Post)


13) Islanders invited to celebrate 211 Day

News Release
February 11, 2021

The United Way of PEI and the provincial government are recognizing February 11 as 211 Day, to increase awareness about how the 211 service can support Islanders. 211 is a free, confidential helpline that is available 24/7, every day of the year (including holidays) in 150+ languages. 

When someone dials 2-1-1, they reach a 211 Service Navigator who will help them through the human services system quickly and easily to find what they need. The 211 PEI service is available by phone and online, as well as by text and email.  

 “Across our province, there are community and government services working tirelessly to support the needs of Islanders. The 211 service provides a single point of entry for Islanders to access these supports. As a community, we must work together to ensure all Islanders have access to the resources they need to live, work and thrive.”

- Social Development and Housing Minister Brad Trivers

All Islanders, local businesses and organizations are encouraged to celebrate 211 Day on February 11. To help raise awareness, Charlottetown City Hall, will be illuminating their facades in red. Islanders are invited to take a photo of themselves in front of the building and share it on social media using the #211DayCanada hashtag.

“211 PEI has become a valuable resource for Islanders looking to connect to the services they need to succeed,” says Andrea MacDonald, CEO of the United Way of PEI. “The service helps to equip Islanders with the information and referrals they need to access programs and services in their communities.”

The 211 service was launched on PEI in June of 2020.  Since that time, 211 PEI has received more than 1,500 calls, and has had more than 15,000 visitors to the website. 211 can be accessed any time, day or night by dialing 2-1-1 or visiting: 211 PEI.


(Source PEI Government webpage)


14) 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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