Gala event to honour Senator Catherine Callbeck

Senator Callbeck was the second woman ever elected to the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island in 1974 as the Member for the Fourth District of Prince. From 1974 to 1978 she served as the first female Minister of Health & Social Services, Minister Responsible for the Disabled and Minister Responsible for Non-Status Indians. In 1978, she left provincial politics and returned to the family business.

Ms. Callbeck was the first woman elected as the Member of Parliament for Malpeque in 1988, making her the second woman ever to be elected to the House of Commons from Prince Edward Island. During her time in the House of Commons she served as the official opposition critic for Consumer and Corporate Affairs; Energy, Mines & Resources; Financial Institutions as well as Associate Critic for Privatization and Regulatory Affairs. She was also vice-chair for the Caucus Committee on Sustainable Development.

She was elected Leader of the Liberal Party of Prince Edward Island on January 23, 1993 and was sworn in as Premier and President of the Executive Council on January 25, 1993. She was elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for the First District of Queens in the general election of March 29, 1993. She was the first woman in Canada to be elected as Premier. While in office she was presented with an Honourary Doctorate of Laws by Mount Allison University in New Brunswick. and was named Sponsor of the HMCS Charlottetown. In October 1996 she retired from provincial political life and returned to the family business.

On September 23, 1997, Ms.Callbeck was called to the Senate of Canada.

An Historic Property New Home for CHANCES

New Location

77 Upper Prince St., Charlottetown
CHANCES has acquired a prominent historic property to serve as a new home base and as an integrated platform of programs and services. This facility will enable CHANCES to maximize and extend its reach in a cost effective manner, and will achieve new synergies between infrastructure and creative program opportunities
The property was designated a Heritage Resource in 2013.

Supporting Families Building Communities

Established over 20 years ago, CHANCES Family Centre has a history of success that has created a province wide system of support for children from pre-natal to school entry and beyond. As a non-profit, charitable organization CHANCES continues to support a comprehensive range of programs offered to families with a particular focus on those children and families experiencing additional life challenges.

The key goals of CHANCES continue to be focused on leveraging more positive outcomes for young children by focusing on the periods of early development where the greatest change is possible;

  • To enhance parents capacity to parent more effectively;
  • To provide opportunities to promote early positive experiences while nurturing overall healthy child development;

More Information

Purpose: To honour Senator Catherine Callbeck for her lifetime of community leadership and public service making a difference for PEI.


  • To host a fundraiser gala event to honour Sen. Callbeck;
  • All funds raised will go to support CHANCES Family Centre;


  • The venue for the event is the Convention Centre in Charlottetown;
  • Hon. Margaret Norrie McCain is the honorary Chair of the event;
  • Hon. Frank McKenna has agreed to be a keynote speaker;
  • Premier Robert Ghiz – Opening Remarks
  • Wade MacLauchlan is providing leadership and will MC the event;
  • Approximately 400 guests will participate in the event;

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or call Alyson at (902) 892-8744