Welcome Message and Information

We are looking forward to sharing a great experience with you during the Leadership Development Program for women in politics.

Please read this entire message as it contains important information. We do not send reminders for the sessions so we ask that you enter all dates in your calendar, including storm dates as it is very likely a storm date will be required. Participation in all program components is necessary to achieve program outcomes.

Session 1

The Session 1 (two full days from 8:45am to 4:30pm with only your cohort) of the program will be held at a rented facility near the ropes course at 392 St. Peter’s Road (Faith Bible Church). Please arrive at 8:45am for a 9:00am start. We’ll finish by 4:30pm. Lunch will be provided only on full day sessions.

As portions of Session 1 (the first two days) will take place outdoors, we ask that you wear comfortable warm clothing. For the ropes course days, we suggest that you dress in layers as the temperature can change a great deal during the day. It is best to err on the side of being dressed too warmly and then you can take off layers as needed. Warm gloves or mitts, a hat and rain gear are recommended for chilly/damp days.  Many people like to wear leather gloves while they climb to stay warm and the leather doesn’t reduce grip. You should wear supportive, closed-toe, low-heeled footwear as there will be some physical activity throughout the program. Please bring a change of socks and clothing as we will be doing certain activities outside rain or shine.

In order to get as much out of the program as possible we recommend that you reduce your commitments during the evenings before and after these two days to the degree possible and get a little extra sleep if you can.

We want to emphasize that although a component of this program involves climbing, one does not have to climb high, or climb at all, to get great value from the program.  The level of physical activity will vary based on individual choice. You will decide what level of challenge will help you meet your goals for the program.

Group experiences are used to develop an atmosphere of trust, cooperation, and teamwork in which individuals can achieve new levels of growth in an enjoyable, non-threatening manner. We ask that you plan to remain present for the entire program in order to optimize your own experience, as well as to ensure that group activities are optimal for others in your cohort.

Please note: For safety reasons, policy at the ropes course precludes pregnant women from wearing a harness and doing the high climb, around which the first two days of the program center. There may be other medical or physical conditions which impact the advisability of your participation in the high climb or certain low ropes activities. Should you have other medical conditions or limitations which may impact the advisability of your participation, please be advised that you are responsible to ensure your participation is the right choice for you by seeking advice from a suitably qualified medical practitioner.  Participants not climbing will take on support roles during that portion of the program.  All who choose to participate in the program are required to sign a waiver at the beginning of the program in order to permitted to proceed. The link for the waiver is on the welcome website. If you wish to participate in the program, we ask you to print and bring the signed waiver with you the first morning of Session 1.

Sessions 2, 3, 5, 6, and 8

Sessions 2, 3, 5, 6, and 8 (half day sessions with only your cohort) will be held at the Canadian Red Cross building located at 29 Paramount Dr., Charlottetown off MacAleer Drive.

Session 4

Session 4 is a full day session lead by Women’s Network PEI held on October 22, 2018 involving all cohorts and other stakeholders. You will receive additional information regarding session 4 from Women’s Network PEI.

Session 7

Session 7 is a full day collaborative skills training session with all cohorts held on February 4, 2019 (storm date February 8). Please arrive to this session at 8:45am. We will finish at 4pm.


Please note: Storm Cancellation Policy – We do not proceed with a session when the Queens County provincial civil service offices are delayed opening or closed. If this happens the missed session will be held on the scheduled storm date.

Other important project dates

The Leadership Development Program for women in politics delivered by Winding Path Inc. is offered as part of the Engaging Island Women in Political Action Project, a partnership of the PEI Coalition for Women in Government, Winding Path Inc., and Women’s Network PEI.

Cohort participants are invited to engage in other project activities and events, including:

  • Welcome Reception for Year 2 Cohorts of the Engaging Island Women in Political Action Project, March 14, 2018 from 4:30 – 6:00 pm in the Beach/Dunes Room at the Holman Grand (123 Grafton Street, Charlottetown). This reception is open to members of the Year 1 and 2 cohorts, parties, elected officials, other stakeholders, and members of the public. The storm date is March 15 at the same time and place); and
  • PEI Coalition for Women in Government’s Provincial Symposium May 24-26, 2018. The symposium will engage stakeholders, including women, elected MLA’s, political parties, and women’s equality organizations on the topic of women’s leadership. The provincial symposium will focus on workshops related to skills-building and transforming conditions for women in political domains.  Additional information regarding the Symposium will be provided by the PEI Coalition for Women in Government at a later date.

Looking forward to getting started!