Family Violence Prevention Week gets breakfast boost from Lions and Kinsmen
SUMMERSIDE - Family Violence Prevention Week got a great promotion in the East Prince region, with a pancake breakfast served up by members of the Summerside Lions Club and the Kinsmen Club of Summerside.
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From left, Summerside Kinsmen club member Sam Arsenault joins Lions Club of Summerside member Ed Arsenault and East Prince Family Violence Prevention Services outreach coordinator Norma McColeman as they display the events for the upcoming Family Violence Prevention Week, assisted by Allan and Taylor Sonier, who provided the entertainment at the promotional pancake breakfast.
Norma McColeman, outreach coordinator for East Prince Family Violence Prevention Serivces Inc., welcomed young and old to the breakfast at the Wilmot Community Centre, in support of activities and the Family Violence Prevention Week schedule.
As part of the events that will be taking place across the province, there will be a community-family skate at the Evangeline Recreation Centre in Abrams Village on Sunday, from 1 - 2:30 p.m.
At 6:30 p.m., there will be an interfaith service to reflect, and to renew commitment to work together to end family violence. Michael Pendergast will be providing music, and the Silent Witnesses, silhouettes in honour of Island women killed by thier partners, will be on display. Refreshments will be served compliments of the Premier's Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention.
There will be a Women's Wellness Evening on Tuesday, February 12, from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Credit Union Place. The event will include fitness demonstrations from the Fit Stop, motivational tips, information booths and light refreshments.
Women of all ages are invited to register.
Lennox Island will be hosting a healthy relationships bingo, starting at 6:30 in the Chief Mary Bernard Memorial Women's Shelter.
Wednesday, Wear Purple Day across the Island, will feature an information session in Alberton, on "Circle of Connection", a community-based volunteer organization that can help meet the needs of victims of family violence, with a specific presentation about Women and the Law. It starts 10:00 a.m. in the Rural Action Centre, 455 Main St.
Lennox Island will host a walk for prevention awareness, starting from the Health Centre at 3:30 p.m., and the Wellington Boys and Girls Club hosts an after-school presentation and discussion, 4 - 6 p.m., on bullying prevention. Younger children will create drawings and older children will act out bullying prevention situations.
Freeland will witness the ULTIMATE evening of health & wellness event for Women, from 6:30 pm–9:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Freeland Community Centre, 82 Miligan's Wharf Rd. It will include acupuncture, aromatherapy, and yoga (bring mat and towel) by Sandra Ramsay. This free event is about renewing from within, empowering women to learn and experience the tools that they can easily access to help reboot and grow!
Friday will be a random-acts-of-kindness sort of day, with East Prince Family Violence Services Inc. distributing information and treats to promote awareness of the work being done in the region. Bakin' Donuts in West Prince will be randomly giving out free coffees during the day along with random-acts-of-kindness cards.
Vinny's Restaurant in O'Leary, which hosts a weekly fundraiser for family violence prevention, will also have a daily draw for a free lunch special during the week.
Province House will be coloured purple all week, as well. The Premier's Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention invites everyone to go purple; decorate with purple lights or other purple supplies to shine a light in support of family violence prevention.