About Christine

Christine is the co-owner of Manley Mann Media and on the Board of Directors for the Islanders By Choice Alliance. In her spare time, Christine enjoys a good cup of coffee, an excellent book, and a square of chocolate (to off-set her love of food, she also enjoys various exercise endevours!).

IBC Picnic a Huge Success!

We couldn’t have asked for a better day. Even though Mother Nature had us all wondering earlier in the day what would happen, she must have shaken off her cranky pants because we ended up with The Perfect Day for a picnic. Submission A:

We had a wonderful turnout, and while we didn’t do an official head-count, our unofficial stats methods (i.e., one Director asking another Director, “how many people do you think are here?”) tells us that around 60 people showed up to enjoy a relaxing afternoon and early evening at Canoe Cove, PEI. Submission B:

There was swimming and playground fun. There was kite flying and washer throwing. There was even sack races! And, of course, there was picnic goodies and some BBQ-ing. Pretty soon, we’re going to set up an IBC Flickr account and I’ll post more photos to the gallery then, but for now, I’ll leave you with a few snapshots of the day.

Thank you to everyone who came out!

Come join us for a Family Picnic

We’re having a picnic and we want you to come!

So, all the details can be found in this poster:

But in case you can’t read it, or your computer screen is wonky and the font is fuzzy, here are the details:

Where: Canoe Cove
When: July 24, 3-6PM (that’s a Sunday)
Bring: your own food (there are BBQ shelters on site, but no BBQs), games to share, kites, fun activities, etc., and a willingness to meet new friends

It’s going to be a great time. Look forward to seeing you all there!

Islanders By Choice Bus Tour: A Great Success

While it certainly isn’t unusual to see a tour bus travel the north shore of the Island (especially on a warm, sunny day), what stood out for a group of 21 people embarking on a recent tour was why they were going sight-seeing.

Yesterday (June 11), members of the growing Islanders By Choice Alliance participated in a fundraiser to assist in ongoing relief efforts in Japan, and they got to meet new people while doing so. This half-day tour was organized through us and sponsored by Bruce MacNaughton (PEI Preserve Co.) and John Dunphy (Target Tours).

Bruce and John showed their support of the IBCA and the size of their hearts by donating tour money collected to the Red Cross. Bruce provided lunch at no-cost to the group and John topped up the donation cheque. At the end of the day, the group presented $750 to go toward relief efforts in Japan.

The IBCA extends a huge thank you to Bruce & John!

We made the decision to donate the proceeds to the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund mainly because of the strong bond between PEI and the Japanese people. Most of the partners donating goods and services have depended on tourism from Japan and this was a way of giving back. (John Dunphy)

The tour itself included various aspects of the North Shore such as North Rustico Fishing Harbour, Cavendish Beach, Green Gables House, and the PEI Preserve Company, as well as a city tour of Charlottetown, all narrated and brought to life by step-on guide Donalda Doucette of Target Tours. Donalda treated the participants to  colourful stories of PEI culture, entertaining even those who have lived here for decades.

Janice MacLean has lived on PEI for years, but admits she doesn’t always take the time to appreciate this province’s beauty. A bus tour allowed her to do just that.

It was great to not just see the land that we now call home, but we got to really see it. We loved every moment of it, and are looking forward to having this happen again. (Janice MacLean)

Our VP, Heather went on the tour and fully supports this type of “meet and greet” idea for anyone living on PEI who would like a fun way to get to know people.

It’s amazing how much fun you can have when you combine an activity such as a bus tour with meeting new people. You not only get to see and learn about different parts of the Island, but you also have the opportunity to make some new potentially lifelong friends. It’s a win –win situation!

So, it sounds like our first bus tour was a huge success! That’s great because we plan on organizing more bus tours in the future, including a winery and food tour on the east coast of the Island.

Some very happy Islanders By Choice: