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Promoting healthy family relationships by donating books
book donation
(L-R)Roseanne Gauthier, Childrenís Librarian, Confederation Centre Library; Minister Robert Henderson; Minister Valerie E. Docherty; and Dr. Philip Smith, Action Committee Chair

The Premierís Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention is donating 25 childrenís books to Island public libraries to promote healthy family relationships. Books include "Snowflakes Fall" by Patricia MacLachlan, "Zero" by Kathryn Otoshi, "The Family Book" and "The Peace Book" by Todd Parr, "Iím Here" by Peter H. Reynolds and "Cíest Lui" by Oliver Jeffers.

Island-wide activities mark Family Violence Prevention Week
purple ribbon campaign
Premier Robert Ghiz, Minister of Community Services and Seniors and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women Valerie E. Docherty and Dr. Philip Smith declare Family Violence Prevention Week for 2014.

Activities in Island communities will help raise awareness about preventing and responding to family violence. Islanders are encouraged to wear purple to mark Family Violence Prevention Week, February 9-15, 2014.

Senior Islanders celebrated on National Seniors Day
Senior Islander of the Year Award
Community Services and Seniors Minister Valerie Docherty (centre)and 2013 Senior Islander of the Year Award winners Marion Murphy, Lois Brown, Sister Norma Gallant, and John Kenny. (missing - Eric Hammill)

Five Island seniors have been honoured for their achievements and contributions on National Seniors Day with the Senior Islander of the Year Award.

Fighting the flu
The vaccination is free again this year for seniors age 65 and over, children aged 6 - 59 months, pregnant women and household contacts of pregnant women.

Islanders are encouraged to receive their flu shot as it is the most effective way to help prevent the spread of influenza.

Nurturing Foster Parents
National Foster Family Week

National Foster Family Week is October 20-26 and a new website has been launched to offer resources and support to current and future foster parents.

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