Press Releases

FAMILY SERVICE PEI’S FINANCIAL TOOLKIT “IT’S YOUR RIGHT” NOW AVAILABLE IN PEI PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Trina O'Brian Leggott, Chief Librarian at the Confederation Centre Library receives the "It's Your Right" toolkits in March 2015.

Trina O’Brian Leggott, Chief Librarian at the Confederation Centre Library receives the “It’s Your Right” toolkits in March 2015.

Family Service PEI (FSPEI) is pleased to announce the It’s Your Right- Protecting Yourself Financially As You Age toolkit is now available through the PEI Public Library service.

Over the past year FSPEI has worked with PEI seniors to create a toolkit that addresses the financial needs of the PEI aging population. The toolkit is designed around 8 core topics:  Who can you trust; Lending, giving, donating; Having a conversation about money; Scam and Frauds; Tips and safeguards; Planning for… Continue reading →

FINANCIAL LITERACY MONTH

November 1st marked the official launch of Canada’s third annual Financial Literacy Month (FLM). Financial literacy means having the knowledge, skills and confidence to make responsible financial decisions. This year’s FLM puts the focus on learning or brushing up on the basics of money management at any age.

As a not-for profit organization offering free credit counselling, Family Service PEI meets people of all ages who are looking to improve their financial literacy.Being financially responsible is something that continues throughout the lifespan. However, this task is proving to be difficult in today’s consumer driven society. Family Service PEI believes… Continue reading →

PEI FAMILY SERVICE AGENCIES LOSE NETWORK PARTNER AS FAMILY SERVICE MONCTON CLOSES DOORS

Family Service PEI and the Catholic Family Service Bureau are saddened to hear of the demise of Family Service Moncton, a key community agency supporting families and individuals through counselling services. The agency also helped families deal with the many challenges of contemporary family living by offering Family Education programs, and specialized in the delivery of employee assistance programs to local and regional businesses and governments.

“It is very unfortunate to see such essential services being discontinued,” remarks Denise Lockhart, Executive Director of Family Service PEI, “There are many individuals and families in the Moncton area who have just lost… Continue reading →

June 15th – WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY

The Realities of Elder Financial Abuse

The United Nations (UN) has designated June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). The day aims to focus global attention on the problem of physical, emotional, and financial abuse of elders. As a not-for-profit, community based agency offering therapeutic counselling and credit counselling, Family Service PEI (FSPEI) has come in direct contact with numerous seniors who are victims of abuse. “Financial abuse is the most reported form of elder abuse,” explains Denise Lockhart, Executive Director of FSPEI. “It is happening all around us, and as a society we need to recognize the… Continue reading →

ISLANDERS TO RECEIVE BETTER PROTECTION UNDER AMMENDED COLLECTION AGENCIES ACT

Family Service PEI Supportive of Changes
Family Service PEI is very supportive of the Prince Edward Island Government‘s amendments to the Collection Agencies Act. These amendments were developed after consultation with industry stakeholders and the public and will limit the allowable actions of debt settlement companies, including clear guidelines on the types of fees permitted and the requirement for written contracts that are shared and agreed to by all involved parties to be in place prior to the exchange of funds of any type.

“We have seen many Island families who have worked with these Agencies. The results they received,… Continue reading →

IT’S MENTAL HEALTH WEEK – WHAT PREVENTATIVE MEASURES ARE WE TAKING?

It is the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) 62nd annual Mental Health Week (MHW) with activities taking place nationwide. People from all walks of life are encouraged to learn, talk, reflect and engage with others on all issues relating to mental health and mental illness, including prevention.

“We all have mental health. Mental health is more than the absence of mental illness. It’s a state of overall mental and physical health and well-being. But maintaining good mental health in today’s hectic and stress-filled society is a challenge,” says Peter Coleridge, National CEO, CMHA.

As a not-for-profit organization offering therapeutic counselling,… Continue reading →

FAMILY SERVICE PEI OFFERING GROUP THERAPY

In an effort to better meet client’s needs, Family Service PEI will be offering a four week Group Therapy Program, beginning Thursday April 11th. The first group will be tailored specifically to women who are experiencing high levels of stress.

What: “Stress Management and Reduction” group therapy sessions.
Topics Covered: Coping skills, managing unhealthy thoughts, assertiveness, mindfulness, problem solving, and time management.
Where: 155 Belvedere Avenue, Charlottetown.
When: Thursday evenings from 6:30- 8:30 beginning April 11th until May 2nd.
Cost: $150 for 4 sessions

Unlike individual therapy sessions, group therapy offers participants the opportunity to interact with others with similar… Continue reading →

FAMILY SERVICE PEI AND GREATER SUMMERSIDE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE COLLABORATE TO PROMOTE 2013 FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION WEEK

Wear Purple Business Mixer – February 13th
The 2013 Family Violence Prevention Week is February 10th-16th. In an effort to gain support from and educate the Summerside area business community, Family Service PEI(FSPEI) has collaborated with the Greater Summerside Chamber of Commerce (GSCC). In addition to educating GSCC members about how they can support the 2013 campaign, the GSCC will be hosting a “Purple Business Mixer” on February 13th, the official Wear Purple Day across Prince Edward Island.

Event: GSCC Purple Business Mixer
Date: February 13th, 2013
Time: 4:30-6:00pm
Location: Red Shores Raceway

Description: Participants are encouraged to wear purple… Continue reading →