What does PEI Citizen Advocacy do?

In addition to recruiting advocates from the community, PEI Citizen Advocacy:

  • Provides support for each match
  • Promotes Citizen Advocacy in the community
  • Provides short-term crisis advocacy; and
  • Partners with other organizations to improve the quality of life for Islanders who have an intellectual disability.

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Our Goals

Here at PEI Citizen Advocacy, we strive to:

  • Enable individuals who have been labeled intellectually disabled to live fuller lives with the same choices as others.
  • Involve competent volunteer advocates as friends and supporters in the lives of citizens who have been labeled intellectually disabled.
  • Operate a program that is independent and autonomous in order to assure the advocate freedom from conflict of interest while acting on their friend’s behalf.
  • Develop a more supportive and open community which embraces diversity with respect to intellectual disability.

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Over the last couple of weeks, we have visited much of PEI in support of our Advocating for Seniors project and expanding our impact across the province. Without building up trusted networks and contacts for recruiting advocates we cannot grow our program.For over 30 years, PEICA has matched ordinary citizens (advocates) in freely given relationships with intellectually disabled Islanders (protégés). All of our matches are made through trusted networks of people we know.As you can imagine, it can be challenging to make meaningful contacts in an area you don't reside in. We are seeking volunteers from every corner of PEI who would be willing to act as "Connectors" and introduce us to potential advocates. Connectors are active in their community and have a wide network of friends and contacts – a people person. PEICA makes a modest number of matches each year. We find the protégé first, then seek out the right advocate for that person. We may not have a protégé seeking an advocate in your area for quite sometime but we'd still like to stay in touch. Our Connectors would be willing to serve on an "as needed" basis. If you would like to become a Connector or learn more about Citizen Advocacy in general please call 902.566.3523. ... See MoreSee Less
PEICA visited Eastern PEI today! Lots of stops and great conversations. As of now, we’ve crossed much of PEI, tip to tip, in our efforts to raise awareness of our Advocating for Seniors project and our wider program. ... See MoreSee Less