Family Violence Prevention Week goes Feb. 9 to 15

Published on February 5, 2014
Mayor Basil Stewart (seated right), and Norma McColeman, outreach co-ordinator with East Prince Family Violence Prevention Services, sign a proclamation to recognize Feb. 8 to 15 at Family Violence Prevention Week in the city. Looking on are David O'Brien (standing left), senior crown attorney and member of Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention; Terry Shea, general manager of P.E.I. Mutual Insurance Co. Ltd., financial sponsor; and Cpl. Ron MacLean, a member of the P.E.I. Police Association, a financial sponsor of the week.
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SUMMERSIDE — Feb. 9 to 15 is Family Violence Prevention Week on P.E.I., a time where education and awareness concerning family violence is promoted throughout the province.

Recently, Summerside Mayor Basil Stewart and other partners in family violence prevention efforts met at City Hall for the signing of a proclamation recognizing the week in the city.

“Creating public awareness helps strengthen communities and contributes to making homes and families, and workplaces safer,” said Norma McColeman, outreach co-ordinator with East Prince Family Violence Prevention Services. “Residents and businesses in all communities are an important part of making positive changes when it comes to taking steps that eliminate family violence and all of its consequences.”

She added that many of the week’s events and activities would not be possible without the support from the City of Summerside, P.E.I. Police Association, P.E.I. Mutual Insurance Co. Ltd. and the Journal Pioneer.  

The Summerside Kinsmen and Lions Clubs members are also hosting a breakfast fundraiser Saturday to kickoff the week.

In East Prince, there will be various activities and events throughout the week.

Some of the events include:

-    Feb. 8 — Joint full-page awareness ad for Prince County in the Journal Pioneer and a community outreach breakfast fundraiser at Wilmot Community Centre, from 8 to 10:30 a.m.;

-    Feb. 11 —Women's Wellness Evening at Credit Union Place from 6 to 9 p.m. Pre-registration is required by calling 888-3310. The event is free and seating is limited. Storm date is Feb. 12;

-    Feb. 13 — Client night/movie presentation and discussion on abuse awareness. Also, an EPFVPS training session on healthy relationships with EPYDC Youth Empowerment Group; and

-    Feb. 14 — Random acts of kindness blitz in the community by EPFVPS staff and volunteers.