Grants will help build community, support inclusion

Michelle Harris-Genge, Jillian Kilfoil,Cybelle Rieber, Minister Paula Biggar, Dawn Wilson, and Patrick LeClair.

Cybelle Rieber knows that meeting the needs of Prince Edward Island’s most marginalized residents is essential to building a compassionate, equitable place for all Islanders.

Her organization – the PEERS Alliance – is one of five community partners supported in 2018 through Interministerial Women’s Secretariat Grant from the provincial government. The groups will engage the community and work with youth on projects that support gender and diversity issues.

“This grant will allow us to work with other community-based organizations to move knowledge into action,” said Rieber, the PEERS Alliance executive director, “and integrate harm-reduction strategies – while ensuring the voices of those impacted – are an integral part of this project.”

The Interministerial Women’s Secretariat Grant is intended to support organizations that:

  • provide direct services and programs for the benefit of women;
  • support projects that enhance awareness, education and social action on women’s legal, health, social and economic equality; and
  • support the capacity of women’s organizations that promote women’s equality through advocacy, research and policy development.

“Through a strong economy and responsible government spending, the Province of Prince Edward Island is pleased to support our community organizations and recognizes the invaluable service they provide to Islanders,” said Minister Paula Biggar, minister responsible for the Status of Women. “Our combined efforts are helping build safer, more inclusive, and supportive communities.”

The Interministerial Women’s Secretariat has provided over $300,000 in grants to community organizations across the province since May 2015.

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Here are the 2018 IWS Grant recipients.

Coalition for Women in Government

PEI Coalition for Women in Government has been approved for the funding amount of $14,705 for their project to enhance awareness, education, and social action on women's legal, health, social and economic equality by offering training workshops to cities and towns in PEI on how to use gender and diversity analysis in their roles as municipal councillors and staff.

Women's Network PEI

Women's Network PEI has been approved for the funding amount of $25,000 to redefine what masculinity means in PEI particularly for younger males. By engaging a multi-stakeholder group, WNPEI will explore the impacts of toxic masculinities and highlight strategies for expanding notions of gender particularly for younger Islanders. This project will work directly with students, as well as organizing a conference with a broader stakeholder group and via an online social media campaign.

PEERS Alliance

PEERS Alliance has been approved for the funding amount of $16,000 to engage local community based organizations currently providing services to women, transgender and non-binary people in capacity building activities that integrate gender and diversity analysis with harm reduction principles and a trauma informed lens. The engagement and capacity building activities will be directly designed to support organizations to enhance the services they provide by offering a gender and diversity analysis to the interconnectedness of trauma, risk taking and efficacy of harm reduction approaches.

Actions Femmes

Actions Femmes has been approved for the funding amount of $4,000 for the development of awareness tools in French (such as videos or printed resources) to work with young people to understand toxic masculinity. These resources will be distributed in schools and to the general public.

Skills Canada PEI

Skills Canada PEI has been approved for the funding amount of $3,000 for a Women's Build a Skill event for women and girls to explore possible careers in the skilled trade and technology fields through various hands-on workshops, guest speakers, and female mentors.

General Inquiries

PEI Interministerial Women's Secretariat
3rd Floor Sullivan Building,
16 Fitzroy Street,
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-368-6494