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Public talk with Todd Leader
How to lead change in mental health, addictions, education, and other public service programs
September 27

PEI’s Faculty of Education and the Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture program are hosting a public talk by Todd Leader, a transformational leader in health services and health promotion, particularly in the areas of mental health, addictions, and primary health care. Leader’s talk is titled “Transformational Leadership in the Public Sector: how to lead change in mental health and addictions, education, and other public service programs.” The event begins at 7 pm on September 27 in the Alex H. MacKinnon Auditorium, room 242 of Don and Marion McDougall Hall.

Leader will examine the role and ideal nature of transformational leadership in the public sector. He will describe a principle-based way of leading improvement in public services. The approach he will outline is built specifically from the perspective and best interests of the clients, students, families, or public being served. He will discuss ways in which our public systems often maintain the status quo and resist change. He will illustrate, through examples, that much of the frustration with public programs (health, education, community services, etc.) is not the fault of the people providing the services, but instead is caused by the way administrative systems have evolved (rather than being intentionally designed) over time. Leader will provide practical tips for effective leadership and advocacy that move toward truly client-centered, student-centered, or public-centered systems.

Leader has spent his career working as an advocate for client-centered health services and evidence-based healthy public policy. His most recent accomplishment is a book called It’s Not About Us; The Secret to Transforming the Mental Health and Addiction System in Canada. He currently works as a consultant and speaker helping to lead client-centered system improvements.

All are welcome. 


The Waters and the Wild
Tuesdays until October

Stone carvings by Kate PooleRock Barra Artist Retreat Co-operative will hold workshops with artists and naturalists as part of the Canada 150 celebrations. The workshops will be held on Tuesdays running to mid-October. The series will explore pottery, seaweed identification, music, plover watching, visual arts, wild edibles etc. Check www.rockbarraretreat for exact details.

Workshops will engage people of all ages, school children, families, summer residents tourists, visiting artists, community elders, bird watchers, naturalists, and participants from many cultures. In spring and fall, these events will be open to school children for field trips.

Rock Barra Artist Retreat is located on one of the few wild places left on our shoreline. It is home to a large pond and river with trout and salmon, nesting piping plovers, a dune system and a beautiful beach full of shore birds. The Island Nature Trust will add an educational component to many of these workshops so participants better understand and appreciate this unique environment. Through art workshops participants will explore the beauty of this area.

All workshops will be free to the public. Assistance is provided by The Canada 150 fund and financial support of the Government of Canada. www.rockbarraretreat


Coffee Talk with Chip Coffey
October 8

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada, internationally recognized psychic and star of A&E's hit show Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal and Paranormal State, Chip Coffey will travel coast to coast on his Coffey Talk tour. Chip will be at the Rodd Charlottetown, 75 Kent Street, on October 8 from 6–11 pm to talk about his personal life, paranormal stories, offer guidance about individuals abilities, discuss what life is like being a psychic and to answer your general questions. Chip will then conduct both psychic and mediumship readings for randomly selected people in the audience. 

Take this unique experience to the next level with an opportunity to meet Chip accompanied with a one-on-one photo. Those looking for the VIP experience will stick around for the spirit communication/investigation at the end of the evening. Chip will use tactics to establish communication with any spirits that reside in or around the venue.


Boiling Point
October 10

Maude BarlowBoiling Point: A Panel on Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse, and Canada’s Water Crisis takes place October 10 at 7 pm at Rodd Charlottetown, Kent St, Charlottetown. Panelists include: Maude Barlow, National Chairperson, Council of Canadians; Doug Campbell, District Director, National Farmers Union; Scott Sinclair, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. This event is Sponsored by PEI Chapter of Council of Canadians. Info: 902-368-7337


Professor David Mellor speaks
October 17

The Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre at the Atlantic Veterinary College, UPEI, will host eminent animal welfare scientist Professor David Mellor, University of Massey, New Zealand, in Octobe. During his visit, Dr. Mellor will give a public lecture entitled “Thriving, not merely surviving: A fresh perspective on animal welfare” on October 17, at 7 pm, in Lecture Theatre A, Atlantic Veterinary College, UPEI, Charlottetown. Dr. Mellor will look at both negative and positive emotions in animals and how these emotions affect behaviours. He will offer a fresh perspective on animal welfare management through promoting positive states and minimizing negative ones, and consider the interaction between them. Much of his pioneering and well-recognized work in the field of animal welfare is on animal emotions and behaviour, and the promotion of positive welfare states in companion animals, farm animals, and others. This lecture is part of AVC’s annual community workshop series. Info: Janice MacWilliam, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 902-566-0589


Carbon-Neutral Province?
October 26

Dr. Catherine PotvinLiving on a small, low land-mass, Islanders are immediately vulnerable to sea-level rise. What can be done about it; and how can we provide a model of positive action for elsewhere. One possibility would be for us to attempt to set an example for others by becoming Canada’s first carbon-neutral province. How this might be done will be the topic of a Public Symposium to be held at UPEI’s MacKinnon Auditorium, Rm 242, McDougall Hall, October 26, from 7–9 pm. This event is sponsored by UPEI’s Institute of Island Studies, in conjunction with UPEI Research Services and the UPEI Climate Lab. The title of the Symposium is “Making the Case for Prince Edward Island to be Canada’s First Carbon-Neutral Province.” The speaker will be Dr. Catherine Potvin, professor at McGill University and associate staff scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. She leads the group Sustainable Canada Dialogues, a voluntary initiative that mobilizes over 80 researchers from every province, with sustainability being at the heart of their research programs. The objective is to identify actions designed to have large, viable impacts to help Canadian governments at all levels to make commitments to greenhouse-gas emission reductions. The public is invited to attend. Admission is free. There will be time for discussion and questions. Info: Laurie at the Institute of Island Studies, 902-894-2881, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


George McRobie Lecture
October 27

The Sixth Annual George McRobie Lecture will be presented by Wayne MacKinnon, at the Macphail Homestead October 27 at 7 pm with reception and cash-bar at 6 pm. The title of the talk will be “When Did Farm Become a Four-Letter Word: A History of Sustainable Agriculture in Prince Edward Island.” Wayne MacKinnon, was raised on a farm in Brooklyn, PEI. He has written extensively on PEI politics, and co-authored a study on traditional, sustainable agriculture on PEI for the Institute of Island Studies. He served as senior communications officer with the Dept of Agriculture and Fisheries, and currently holds a position with the Dept of Finance. He is a sessional lecturer in political science at UPEI. The presentation will provide insight into the patterns of land use, ownership and stewardship, the post World War 2 transformation of the sector and the politics of agriculture. He will explore the role that farm organizations played in the development of the industry. This lecture is named in honour of Dr. George McRobie, who was one of the world’s leading proponents of sustainable agriculture and appropriate, small-scale technology. He was a close friend and colleague of the radical economist E.F. Schumacher, whose landmark book Small Is Beautiful made such an impact in the latter part of the 20th century. McRobie served as President of the Soil Association, Britain's foremost farm organization promoting organic agriculture. McRobie developed a special affinity for PEI: he was awarded an honorary degree by UPEI and became a part-time Islander, dividing the year between homes in London and Brackley Beach. He attended all five previous McRobie Lectures at the Homestead. Come at 6 pm to mingle and have a drink preceding the lecture. You may register in advance: 902-651-2789, Angie, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Health of our children
November 2

Ensuring the future health of our children & grandchildren… it takes a village is a public presentation by Todd Leader taking place November 2 at 7 pm at the Irish Cultural Centre, 582 North River Rd, Charlottetown. Learn more about ways to create a healthy community for the next generation, and what you can do to make a difference. Todd Leader is a Registered Psychologist and a Registered Social Worker. He has spent 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. The event is hosted by the Chief Public Health Office of the PEI Dept of Health & Wellness in partnership with the East Prince Seniors Initiative, Health PEI, and Heart & Stroke PEI. hpconference@gov., 902-368-6523


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