Message From P.E.I. Home & School

Home and School News November 2017
1. HEALTHY COMMUNITY – Free presentation
Ensuring the future health of our children & grandchildren… it takes a village‘.
There will be a public presentation on Thursday, November 2nd, 7:00 – 8:00pm at the Benevolent Irish Society (582 North River Rd, Charlottetown) by Todd Leader.  There are many parts to make a community as healthy as possible.  It is more than just trying to encourage people to eat healthy and exercise.  Come be inspired by Todd Leader to learn more about ways to create a healthy community for the next generation, and what you can do to make a difference. Huge improvements for our children and grandchildren can be made, if we use the approaches that we know work well, and if we work together in ways that we know produce results. Come be part of creating a healthy future for young Islanders. Todd Leader is a Registered Psychologist and a Registered Social Worker. He has spent the last 27 years working as a transformational leader in health services and in health promotion.

There will be a door prize of a $100 grocery card.   More information on facebook or email feel free to share broadly.     This event is hosted by the Chief Public Health Office of the PEI Department of Health & Wellness in partnership with the East Prince Seniors Initiative, Health PEI, and Heart & Stroke PEI.
2.  AED Survey, Queen Elizabeth Home and School Association
Darby McCormick, President of Queen Elizabeth Elementary Home and School Association is gathering information on Automated External Defibrillators (AED). Home and School presidents are invited to complete her brief survey which will determine how many AEDs are located in Island schools. For more information, contact Darby at:   The survey is linked at:
3.  Leadership Training Tailored to needs of Locals
As always, the Federation is available to provide leadership training, facilitate meetings, and to help bring people in your school communities together around common goals and visions. Leadership training opportunities is offered that is tailored to the needs of local associations. Our facilitators can help bring members together to discuss common concerns, define their visions for their schools, and develop plans for action on healthy school food. Contact the PEIHSF office at 902-620-3186 or, toll free, 1-800-916-0664, for more information .
Local Home and School Association membership fees are due November 30th.
See form online at:
Let’s Talk Food
The City of Charlottetown, the Food Security Network, and the United Way of PEI invite you to join us for an engaging and interactive event focused on Food.   Prince Edward Island has been referred to as Canada’s Food Island, the Garden of the Gulf, and a Foodie’s Paradise. We are fortunate to be acknowledged for the high quality food we bring to the table but we must also recognize that for manyslanders there is trouble in paradise. According to the Statistics Canada, Canadian Community Health Survey (2014), 15.2% of households in Prince Edward Island experience marginal to severe food insecurity.  The experience of food insecurity can range from concerns about running out of food, and not being able to afford healthy food, to going hungry due to missing meals, or in extreme cases not eating for days at a time due to inability to afford food.

Whether the focus is positive or negative, public engagement in food on our Island is high, making the time ripe for discussions around our current food system. Our vision for the Let’s Talk Food event is to bring together the many industries, organizations, and individuals who are integrally linked to our Food system on Prince Edward Island to talk about their common interests the issues that matter to them. From these conversations, we hope to harvest ideas, make plans and get to action.

We hope you can join us for this interactive exploration of PEI’s food system. To register, please visit
For additional details please contact:  Jessica Brown, Sustainability Outreach Coordinator for the City of Charlottetown
902-629-6368 or
Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation Inc.
Shirley Smedley Jay, Executive Director
PO Box 1012 Charlottetown PE C1A 7M4
Street deliveries only:  40 Enman Crescent C1E 1E6
Phone:  620-3186  Fax:  620-3187
Toll Free: 1-800-916-0664 (PEI only)
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