The PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women meets four to six times a year in communities across PEI. At meetings, members focus on issues important to the status of Island women, plan actions to advise the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women and her government, and organize events and publications to raise public awareness.

2020-2021 MEETINGS

December 3, 2020, Charlottetown, PEI
Candle-Lighting for Victims of Violence
Council members assisted with a private, COVID-19 compliant candle-lighting ceremony to mark the 31st anniversary of the Montreal Massacre. Decision-makers, front-line workers, survivors, and families of murdered women lit candles in remembrance of the 14 women who died at l’Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal in December 1989, and in memory of the ten Island women who have been murdered since. The candle-lighting was documented for a video commemoration for December 6th. The ceremony was followed by a business meeting.

October 2, 2020, Charlottetown, PEI
Release of Gender & COVID-19
Council gathered in Charlottetown using physical distancing protocols for a business meeting, and we celebrated the launch of the report Gender and COVID-19 in Prince Edward Island: In the Words of Women-Identifying Islanders, March to July 2020. The group welcomed Emma Chilton from Community Legal Information for an informative discussion of CLI’s tenant support program.

June 29, 2020, Summerside, PEI
Gender Impacts of COVID-19
Chairperson Debbie Langston welcomed members to a socially and physically distanced, but in-person meeting, at Eptek Centre in Summerside. Members held a roundtable on the gendered effects of the global pandemic of COVID-19 and the public health measures taken to prevent its spread. This discussion contributed to a Council publication on gender and COVID-19 being prepared for fall 2020.

May 13, 2020, via teleconference hosted from Charlottetown, PEI
Wellbeing Check-In
Chairperson Debbie Langston brought Council members together via videoconference to check in on everyone’s wellbeing. Council members provided feedback to the Province on questions they had put forward about family violence prevention response during COVID-19 and on emergency leave provisions proposed for the Employment Standards Act for job protected leave for those following public health or emergency measures.

2019-2020 MEETINGS

March 6, 2020, Cornwall, PEI
Partnership Review
Council members discussed emerging issues and outlined the partnerships, networks, and coalitions through which the Council chieves much of its work on central issues such as poverty, violence prevention, access to justice, women’s health, and women’s leadership.

May 3, 2019, Montague, PEI
Council Collaborations
Chairperson Yvonne Deagle and Council staff members walked through the Council’s calendar year with new and continuing members and provided updates on Council’s collaborations, coalitions, and partnerships to advance gender equality.

January 18, 2020, Charlottetown, PEI
Gives and Gets
Council spent some time getting to know each other and making plans together. This was the first regular meeting for four new members who had been thrown directly into Montreal Massacre Memorial Service work at their first meeting. Council reviewed the new Equality Report Card model, spent some time in facilitated planning with consultant Sara Roach-Lewis, and appreciated a demonstration of Taoist Tai Chi.

December 6, 2019, Charlottetown, PEI
Montreal Massacre Memorial Service
Newly appointed Chairperson Debbie Langston chaired her first meeting and ably emceed her first Montreal Massacre Memorial Service. Council  helped to coordinate the memorial service and welcomed four new members. Barb McDowall, Serena Smith, Gaylene Carragher, and Emily Rutledge were appointed to the Advisory Council on the Status of Women in October 2019.

September 7, 2019, by teleconference
Appreciation for the Outgoing Chairperson
Yvonne Deagle’s final meeting as Chairperson became a teleconference due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Dorian. Council members thanked Yvonne for her leadership and also thanked outgoing members Madison Blanchard and Pam Schurman-Montgomery whose terms also ended in September. Council members filled in the outlines of the renewed Equality Report Card model and built shared understanding of Council’s work towards equity.

June 28, 2019, Summerside, PEI
Renewing the Report Card Model
Council members met in beautiful Summerside and committed to continuing the Equality Report Card project to assess government progress towards gender equality, with a renewed model. Members defined the outlines of the project towards a next Report Card in 2021 or 2022.