January 2012

Successful Charlottetown Leadership Workshop

The Atlantic Summer Institute on Healthy and Safe Communities and Women's Network PEI held a leadership workshop this past Friday, which brought together over 70 Prince Edward Islanders to discuss non-traditional careers for women and engaging men as allies. Workshop updates were posted on Twitter (@ASI_HSC, @TheQuaich and @janeledwell).

The Quaich Inc, as coordinators of the Atlantic Summer Institute, assisted with the organization of 'Blazing New Trails: Leadership Pathways for Women in Non-Traditional Occupations' which was held in Charlottetown. The workshop was one in a series as part of the ASI project: 'Building Leadership Capacity Among Women and Girls in Atlantic Canada for Action on Underlying Conditions Impacting their Lives, their Families and Communities'. Workshops have been held in Saint John and Fredericton, NB; Truro, NS and Charlottetown, PEI. Workshops in Halifax, NS and Nain, NL are yet to come.

As a follow-up to the successful 'Symposium on Gender and Community Leadership' held in August 2011, the series of bilingual workshops is being held throughout the region, and will offer a holistic approach to leadership training or that focus on developing knowledge and skills to take intersectoral and cross cultural action on underlying conditions in communities.  

The Atlantic Summer Institute on Healthy and Safe Communities (ASI) focuses on building regional capacity for healthy and safe communities by addressing the linkages between the determinants of health and the root causes of crime and victimization.  It is a focal point in Atlantic Canada for learning and training; intersectoral networking and collaboration; a facilitator of research; a promoter of healthy and sustainable policies; and a catalyst for social justice and equity.

The ASI's gender and community leadership workshop series addresses the specific needs of women and girls in the context of gender equity, cooperation and collaboration in a future where female and male leaders work together effectively. Over time, the reach of this project will be felt in policies and programs that contribute to healthier, safer, stronger communities.

Workshop dates and locations for the entire series, hosted by local organizations, are:

What Do I Want to Do When I Grow Up?: Women and Community Leadership
October 28, 2011, Saint John NB – Urban Core Support Network

Women’s Leadership in the Community Sector - Path to Equity
November 25, 2011, Fredericton NB – NB Coalition for Pay Equity

Lighting the Leadership Fire Starts with Me: A Workshop for Aboriginal Women
December 6, 2011, Truro NS – Mi’kmaw Legal Support Network

Blazing New Trails: Leadership Pathways for Women in Non-Traditional Occupations
January 20, 2012, Charlottetown PEI – Women’s Network PEI

Rekindling Immigrant Women’s Leadership Passion: Remember the Leader you are!
January 28 & February 4, 2012, Halifax NS – Immigrant Support and Integration Services (ISIS)

(Title to be determined)
March/April 2012, Nain NL – Nunatsiavut government


The project is sponsored by the Atlantic Summer Institute on Healthy and Safe Communities with generous funding from the Women’s Community Fund, Status of Women Canada Dec. 2010-Nov. 2013; Supported by provincial Advisory Councils on Status of Women and Women’s Secretariats in Atlantic Canada. The 3-year project will be continued with facilitator development and youth engagement activities.

For more information, contact asi@thequaich.pe.ca. For information on previous Institute activities, visit www.upei.ca/si

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