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Premier MacLauchlan Cooks with Chef Tony Geraci

This past Sunday, October 23, Premier Wade MacLauchlan graciously hosted Chef Tony Geraci to cook with him and his partner Duncan McIntosh at The Mill in New Glasgow.

The meal they cooked – from a variety of local, healthy ingredients – was shared by a small group of home and school volunteers around a table where local, healthy school food was the topic of the day.

Chef Geraci is on Prince Edward Island this week at the invitation of the PEI Home and School Federation to shine light on our project to introduce a universal school lunch program to the Island's schools; he has done this in other jurisdictions, and is here to share his insights and experiences with Islanders.

Request for Proposals: Video and Audio Recording Services, Oct. 21 to 27, 2016

Update: This Request for Proposals has now closed. The sucessful respondent was Humingbird House Productions.

The PEI Home and School Federation, the provincial umbrella organization representing home and school associations at English language public schools in the province, invites proposals from individuals and companies for the recording of video and audio of activities and events related to the organization's project to organize a universal school lunch program for all Island students.

2016 Semi-Annual Meeting: Building Healthy Communities around the School

The 63rd Semi-Annual meeting of the PEI Home and School Federation is scheduled for Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Gulf Shore Consolidated School, 185 Hilltop Avenue, North Rustico, PE.  Registration begins at 5:30 p.m.

Lunch is included: experience a fantastic, affordable, healthy school lunch conceived by Island chefs.

Online registration is now available.

Delegates will have an opportunity to meet:

Collaboration important consideration in federation

Collaboration is based on the assumption that the process of sharing diverse ideas in respectful discussion will result in more creative solutions and deeper understandings.

Collaboration is the opposite of competition. It is never a one-person show and to be successful, it requires members of a group to support each other and recognize the value of each individual voice.

The first five purposes and objectives of the PEI Home and School Federation are listed in our bylaws as follows:

- To provide an independent organization of citizens concerned with the establishment, encouragement and development of the highest standards in public education in Prince Edward Island;

- To provide members of the public with an understanding of the administration and the content of the various programs of the school system and to provide a meaningful voice in decisions affecting children; at each school level within the school system;

Dr. Helen MacDonald Collaboration and Facilitation Scholarship Recipients

September 2016


For Immediate Release


Dr. Helen MacDonald Collaboration and Facilitation Scholarship Recipients


The PEI Home and School Federation is pleased to announce that the following members have been awarded the Dr. Helen MacDonald Collaboration and Facilitation Scholarship: Deanna Bellamy, West Royalty Elementary School, Leanne Feehan, Mount Stewart Consolidated School, Bobbi Ford, Donagh Regional School and Shannon Johnston, Gulf Shore Consolidated School.


Fall programs focus on variety of topics: Learn about scholarships, school lunch programs, semi-annual meeting and leadership training

Each new leader of a successful organization has the benefit of standing on the shoulders of those who have come before them. This fall, we have established the Dr. Helen MacDonald Collaboration and Facilitation Scholarship in honour of the first president of the PEI Home and School Federation.

In recognition of her focus on bringing people together to “obtain the best for each child in Prince Edward Island” we are offering support to a new generation of leaders who will continue her work of bringing parents, guardians, teachers administrators and staff to the education table.

The scholarship covers the full tuition costs for candidates to obtain a Collaborative Leadership and Facilitation Certificate from the University of Prince Edward Island. For more information see

Free Screening of "Cafeteria Man" on September 19

The PEI Home and School Federation is presenting a free screening of the film Cafeteria Man on Monday, September 19, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Culinary Institute Lecture Theatre at 4 Sydney Street in Charlottetown.

Cafeteria Man asks the question “How can we reform school food programs so that they serve more nutritious and tasty meals for our kids, and are also more sustainable for our communities?”

Dr. Helen MacDonald Collaboration and Facilitation Scholarship

In all our work as Home and School members we try to keep in mind that our first and fundamental objective is to promote the welfare of children and youth in the home, school and community. – Dr. Helen MacDonald, The Guardian, 1954

Dr. Helen MacDonaldDr. Helen MacDonald, the founding president of the PEI Home and School Federation, was deeply committed to the central role that collaboration between home and school plays in public education.

From her involvement in School Improvement League in the 1940s, to her role in helping found the provincial Federation in the 1950s, to her tireless work, over many years, to “obtain the best for each child in Prince Edward Island,” collaboration and facilitation were ever at the heart of Dr. MacDonald’s work.

2016 School Bus Driver of the Year Awards

The Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation presents two annual awards to school bus drivers for their service in keeping students safe as they travel to and from school each day.  This year they were awarded to Bruce MacKay from Gulf Shore Consolidated and Ronnie Drummond from Somerset Elementary.

Glowing letters of support were included in the nomination packages for Bruce and Ronnie.  They are well known, loved and respected members of their school communities.  They take their responsibilities very seriously to ensure the safety of students. 


Tuesday, June 7, 2016  - Bruce MacKay, Gulf Shore Consolidated School

Here are excerpts from letters of support written by students, parents and school staff for Bruce….

Working on change together. Embrace these learning opportunities for the good of all Island children

The past six months has seen dramatic and potentially systemic changes to education governance and the public school system. A new model for education was first introduced last fall and by the end of June, the English Language School Board will be completely dissolved, there will be no trustees and no superintendent, and the final meeting of the School Board will be held on June 14.


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