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Posted on 19 November, 2008
Joshua Darrach, a fourth-year student at the University of Prince Edward Island, has been chosen to be one of 25 youth attending the next UN climate change conference in Poznan, Poland, in early December of this year.

Darrach was chosen to attend the conference by the Canadian Youth Delegation (CYD) to Poznan through a highly competitive process that drew an outstanding roster of applicants. The CYD to Poznan is joining over 500 youth from around the world to voice their concerns about climate change and advocate for stronger measures to fight it.

“The conference in Poznan is potentially the largest and most important international meeting on climate change in the past 10 years,” he says. “With the Kyoto Protocol set to expire in 2012, discussions must start now to decide how countries will address the issue of climate change. The time to take action is now...
Posted on 17 November, 2008
Strong leadership is an essential ingredient of a successful education system. School principals, academic program developers, and informal educators such as media and communications personnel become more effective when they strengthen their leadership skills, and this directly benefits the many constituencies they serve—that was the key message during a special celebration on November 14 to mark the first decade of UPEI’s Master of Education in Leadership and Learning program.

The guest speakers included the Honourable Gerard Greenan, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development; the Honourable Richard Brown, Minister of Innovation and Advanced Learning; and Katherine Schultz, UPEI Vice-President of Research and Development. The celebration was hosted by Tim Goddard, UPEI Dean of Education.

“Our 10-year celebration has provided a valuable opportunity...
Posted on 12 November, 2008
The University of Prince Edward Island recently paid tribute to a woman whose wisdom and tenacity have led to significant advancements in nursing education in PEI.

Vera Dewar’s efforts contributed to the opening of the UPEI School of Nursing in 1992, making PEI the first province in Canada to set the baccalaureate degree as the entry-level requirement for nursing. Throughout her long career, she has inspired students and colleagues to strive for excellence in nursing education and practice.

In recognition of her legacy to the nursing profession and her generous support to UPEI through current and planned giving, UPEI has named the School of Nursing’s main teaching and learning area as the Dr. Vera E. Dewar Learning Resource Centre.

“I can’t think of a more appropriate person to honour in this way,” said UPEI Dean of Nursing Kim Critchley. “Vera has...
Posted on 12 November, 2008

It takes a heroic effort by people at every level of the community to support dynamic athletics and fitness programs that build community pride and develop youth leadership across the province. Today, the University of Prince Edward Island held a public celebration to recognize that heroic effort.

“On the field, court, or rink, or in the pool; as a coach or fan; as a supporter or donor, heroes are all around us,” said Ron Annear, UPEI Athletics Director. “We're very fortunate to have so many of them here in Prince Edward Island—and at UPEI.”

He introduced the 20 “Corporate Heroes” who are partnering with the University in its pursuit of sports excellence. The businesses are supporting UPEI’s push to enhance teams, programs, and community outreach activities though a new initiative called the Heroes program.

UPEI’s Corporate Heroes are...

Posted on 7 November, 2008
Mary Simon, national leader of the Inuit and president of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), will give a talk called “Inuit and the Canadian Arctic: Sovereignty Begins at Home” at the University of Prince Edward on Thursday, November 20.

Simon’s talk at UPEI will take place in Room 242 of the Don and Marion McDougall Hall, from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Her visit to P.E.I. is part of a national speaking tour to help Canadians become better informed about contemporary issues facing Inuit in the Canadian Arctic, such as climate change, sovereignty, and social and economic challenges.

“We want Canadians in the south to understand our issues and take them up with their local politicians,” says Simon. “We are asking Canadians throughout this wonderful country to help us Inuit in our efforts to improve the Arctic, our communities and society and hence make this a better...
Posted on 7 November, 2008
Corrie Melanson, of OXFAM Canada, will give a presentation called “From Poverty to Power: Women as Active Global Citizens” at The Guild on November 15 at 7 p.m.

Melanson’s talk is part of the University of Prince Edward Island’s international women’s speaker series. In conjunction, Resilience and Dreams: Women as Global Citizens, an exhibition of photographs by social documentary photographer Carlos Reyes-Manzo, will be on display at The Guild from November 15 to 29. The exhibition was on display at UPEI and Holland College earlier this fall.

“OXFAM believes that ending global poverty and injustice begins with women's rights,” says Melanson. Her interactive presentation will examine women's rights and active citizenship in a global context - sharing stories and images of resilient women from around the globe.

In his photographs, Reyes-Manzo...
Posted on 7 November, 2008
Remember when you and your friends spent hours debating the “big questions” of the day? Well, here’s your chance to take part in an interactive discussion about a topic that affects many people.

The PEI Health Research Institute (PEI HRI) will host its second Café Scientifique on Thursday, November 20, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Confederation Centre’s Studio Theatre.

Entitled “Battling Brain Disease,” the café will explore the question of whether medical research should take a more integrated approach to understanding and battling brain disease.

The speakers will be Dr. Andy Tasker, Professor of Biomedical Sciences, Atlantic Veterinary College, and Director of the Atlantic Centre for Comparative Biomedical Research, and Dr. Cai Song, Canada Research Chair in Psychoneuroimmunology, University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI), and Visiting Worker,...
Posted on 7 November, 2008
Anne Simpson, one of Atlantic Canada’s finest poets and novelists, and a popular creative writing teacher, returns to PEI with a new novel, Falling. She will give a reading on Thursday, November 20, at 7:30 p.m., at the Confederation Centre Art Galley in Charlottetown. A reception and book signing will follow.

Simpson lives in Antigonish, where she teaches part-time and coordinates the Great Blue Heron Writing Workshop at St. Francis Xavier University.

In Falling, on a Nova Scotian shore, a young woman makes a mistake that claims her life, while down the beach, her brother Damian is unaware she is drowning. Beginning with this shattering event, Simpson’s mesmerizing novel takes us to Niagara Falls, where Damian and his mother Ingrid scatter Lisa’s ashes and visit Ingrid’s estranged brother, once a famous daredevil of the Falls, now blind and...
Posted on 5 November, 2008
The Environmental Studies program at the University of Prince Edward Island is hosting a public forum called “State of the Island Environment 2008: Looking Back, Looking Ahead” on Thursday, November 13, at 7 p.m. in Don and Marion McDougall Hall, Room 242.

“The aim of these forums is to bring together a diverse panel of knowledgeable and concerned people from environmental organizations and government agencies to discuss important local environmental issues that have included water quality, waste and GMOs,” says Dr. Don Mazer, the former coordinator of the Environmental Studies program.

 “Public education is an important part of the mission of our program,” says Dr. Darren Bardati, the new Director of Environmental Studies at UPEI. “UPEI is an ideal place to bring together members of the university community and the broader Island community to hear different...
Posted on 5 November, 2008
Debra Sandler, worldwide president of McNeil Nutritionals LLC, a Johnson and Johnson company, will speak to students in the Faculty of Education's Global Issues course on Thursday, November 6.

Her presentation, "The Global Consumer: Transforming Markets and Brand Communications," will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in McDougall Hall 242, with overflow seating in Kelley 237, and again from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Duffy Amphitheatre. Members of the public are welcome to attend one of the sessions.

Sandler has had a distinguished career in consumer product marketing and brand management, including international management responsibilities with Johnson & Johnson, Pepsi Co., and others. She was responsible for the highly successful consumer launch of SPLENDA in the U.S. Today, SPLENDA is the number-one selling sugar substitute in the United...
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