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Prince Edward Island Rape and Sexual Assault Centre (PEIRSAC) is a non-profit, government funded organization


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The Prince Edward Island Rape and Sexual Assault Centre (PEIRSAC) is launching a poster campaign “The Island Shot” to bring in licensed venues across the Island to create a safer drinking culture. Since 2017 the “Angel Shot” has been a code that a patron can use to signal their server that they are in an unsafe situation. Ordering the drink “neat”, and a server will escort the patron to their car, “on the rocks” results in a cab being called, and “with lime” means police intervention, with the server escorting the patron to a safer location.


Prince Edward Island is a community driven province, and PEIRSAC believes that by introducing the “Island Shot”, it calls on all Islanders that work within and frequent establishments that serve alcohol to be mindful of one another, and to create environments that feel safer, and more guided by community care.


Laura K. Bird with PEI Human Rights Commission is the project manager for Workplace Sexual Harassment Project (SHIFT) “The goal of SHIFT is to address and prevent sexual harassment in Island workplaces through awareness, education and training that is tailored for employers, employees, high school students and the general public.” [1] Bird and Hagen feel like “Island Shot” campaign and SHIFT are a natural partnership that focus on creating a permanent “shift” in the normalization of sexual harassment and violence that permeates throughout drinking culture. Bird believes that, “Safe workplaces also include the safety of customers.”


“The goal of this campaign is not to call out any individual bar or drinking establishment, but rather call folks in to create a shift in consciousness when it comes to drinking culture on Prince Edward Island. We all want to have safer venues, and to create a community where we genuinely take care of one another.” - Candace Hagen, Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Coordinator with PEIRSAC.


Hagen will be reaching out to licensed establishments across the Island to ask if they would be willing to place Island Shot posters in all of their washrooms, as well as an informational poster behind the bar with emergency contact numbers for staff. Each establishment will have to undergo a training session prior to receiving their posters, carried out by SHIFT project manager, Laura K. Bird, to ensure their staff feel empowered to act in the requested manner of their patron. Hagen is pleased to announce that Upstreet Craft Brewing has already signed onto the project.


Award winning Island musician and anti-violence advocate Kinley Dowling is in full support of the project. “When the Charlottetown drink spiking story was released in November of last year, [2] I knew I would continue to lend my voice to causes that aim to create a safer community. The Island Shot sends a message to everyone that we’re looking out for one another, and that together we can build a stronger, safer province.”


Island Shots Campaign


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CAREER OPPORTUNITY | Executive Director


PEI Rape and Sexual Assault Centre (PEIRSAC) is a feminist organization working to eliminate sexual assault/abuse, and to change the current socio-political culture that fosters sexism, social injustice and other forms of oppression. PEIRSAC has been supporting survivors of sexualized violence since 1983. Its therapeutic counselling, advocacy and prevention services are vital to creating communities free from sexualized violence and abuse. 


The Executive Director is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organization according to the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors.


The ideal candidate will have the following:


  • Graduate level University degree in a related field (e.g. MSW, MACP, MEd)

  • A commitment to the mission, goals, and values of the organization

  • Knowledge & experience in:

    • trauma counselling and clinical case management

    • collaborative feminist leadership, supervising and evaluating staff

    • issues related to sexualized violence and ability to speak with government, to media, and publicly in a knowledgeable and confident manner

    • community development and relationship-building with underserved communities

    • human resources, financial, and project management

    • program development and evaluation

    • working with a Board of Directors


To view the complete job description please CLICK HERE.


PEIRSAC is committed to building a diverse staff team and encourages applications from candidates from Equity-Seeking groups who bring important perspectives to the work.




Salary range: $85,000 - $100,000, plus health and RRSP benefits. Relocation allowance may also be available to those not currently living on PEI.


DEADLINE TO APPLY: 28 February 2023


Please send your resume and a cover letter to:

Deborah Langston, Chair, PEIRSAC Board of Directors c/o

If you are looking to apply for a job or volunteer opportunity with PEIRSAC, please contact us!

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