April's Notes and News and Branch Mailout
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Provincial PEIWI Board Updates
The PEIWI provincial Board has kept in touch since the onset of the current COVID 19 situation and wishes to provide the following updates for you:
How can your branch help during the COVID 19 situation?
- Spring Is in the Air Gala Dinner: The dinner is cancelled. Refunds will be provided and donations will be returned.
- ACWW Day Walk: The Board of Directors encourages all to get out and walk on or around April 29 in support of the Women Walk the World annual global walk. It is important now, more than ever for health, to enjoy fresh air. The Board encourages you to take pictures on your walk of either yourself, your footwear, isolated roads or paths as just some ideas which can be shared. Please images forward to email@example.com so we can share with others. See poster for more details! Please adhere to current health directives - and to adapt Dr. Heather's Morrison sentiments, to stay together we must be (walking) apart.
- WI Roadside Cleanup: Stay tuned! PEIWI is currently in discussions with partners on how to proceed. Updates coming soon.
- Welcoming Newcomers - Diversity & Inclusion sessions: Sessions are postponed, date TBD.
- Provincial Convention: Convention is postponed until fall 2020.
1) ISLANDERS HELPING ISLANDERS - VOLUNTEER SERVICES DIRECTORY - If interested, and if your branch has not been contacted already, branches can be listed with the government based Islanders Helping Islanders Volunteer Services Directory. Any form of assistance from your branch is helpful, for example, it could be simply forming a call list, or to arrange food packages to be dropped off in your community or identify those who may be in need. Details are available here: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-and-wellness/islanders-helping-islanders-volunteer-services-directory#utm_source=redirect&utm_medium=url&utm_campaign=Islandershelp
2) PEI UNITED WAY COVID 19 COMPASSION FUND - Should your branch need funding to assist up and beyond the Islanders Helping Islanders Volunteers Services program, the United Way is set up to provide small grants to organizations during the COVID 19 situation to help others. For full details on the fund and application process, and to access the application link, please visit https://peiunitedway.com/covid-19-response. For further information, please contact Andrea MacDonald at (902) 892-2744 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
3) SHARE BEST PRACTICES - are there best practices or ideas your branch wants shared that we can send to others? Have you set up Chit Chat lines in your community, arranged for food to be delivered, wrote letters to senior homes, or are you taking part of the PEI Bear Hunt (a fun teddy bear initiative for families to spot) or what else might you be doing to which can be shared? Drop a line to email@example.com and let us know how you are helping others (yet still staying home).
4) REMAIN KNOWLEDGABLE - there are many online resources to choose from, a few important ones are listed below:
Prince Edward Island Government - this link provides daily updates at approximately 1:30pm and 5pm and links to all major announcements.
Other popular care givings pages includes: Caremongering PEI: Response to COVID 19 Group and for lighter thoughts the PEI Bear Hunt is a popular reprieve. Send your popular links you may wish to share with others to firstname.lastname@example.org
The following special message is from acting PEIWI President Elect, Farida Chisthi.
Dear WI Members,
On behalf of President Carol Jenkins, and our provincial WI board we wanted to send you a personal message.
While COVID-19 is creating havoc around the world we are blessed to be living in a small province where our health system capably prepares to tackle situations as they arise.
It is the responsibility of every Islander to follow the guidelines and advisories issued by Federal and Provincial Health organizations.
We have to protect ourselves as well as others from this deadly virus, which has no cure as of yet. So self imposed isolation and keeping physical and social distances is of utmost importance.
It is our duty to report who is violating and not following the proper protocol for the safety of everyone. It only takes one incidence to spread disaster.
So during these hard times please keep yourself busy with planning WI activities for the future and take care of each other. It is an ideal time to utilize past WI recipe books or resources but especially to reach out to family members, friends and those in our communities through calling and social media.
We are also living in a diverse cultural landscape so be mindful of other cultures who have adopted PEI as their new home. They too need our support in this crucial time.
This pandemic will hopefully pass soon and we will be enjoying WI activities once again. In the meantime, we wish you innovation and to be creative in ideas to keep in touch with one another.
PLEASE BE SAFE, HEALTHY AND STAY HOME. We are thinking of you, your families, friends and communities at this time.
(Acting) President Elect, PEIWI