Extra Bag Days At PEDVAC February 2016, Web site back up

Hello everyone, Vivienne here to remind you that we have extra bag days this month at PEDVAC.


EXTRA BAG DAYS IN FEBRUARY! Our racks are full! So because of this we will be having THREE extra bag days this month! Mark your calendar: February 11, 12, and 13 as well as the regularly scheduled February 18, 19, and 20. We look forward to seeing you! Come in and fill up a grocery bag with clothing for $2.

In other news, PEDVAC Web site along with 33% of the world’s Web sites hosted on WordPress were recently hacked world wide. We have reconstructed as much as we could and are now continually upgrading our security and doing our best to make sure that all our important updates will be protected to keep you up to date with the latest wonderful work that PEDVAC does throughout our region with humble gratitude for your support.

Just to catch you up, here is some of the news you might have missed, which thank goodness for Facebook, we can catch you up on.

Please check our Facebook page here to catch up on what’s been happening the past year. PEDVAC Foundation on FacebookScroll all the way back to November 2015. You will see photos and heart warming stories about:

  • The grants we have received
  • Our community garden
  • Bus trip planned which we will do again this Fall
  • Youth programs
  • Dream vacation raffle winners
  • New computers donated to our office
  • Our lupin quilt and craft fair including classic cars to keep the men happy while you shop
  • Volunteers working at craft shows, helping cut and sew our world famous mittens
  • Our new kitchen for cooking classes
  • Renovations and alterations to make our Food Bank so much more efficient
  • Our Womyn’s Spa Day fund raiser
  • Our new accessible bathroom
  • Food boxes going out to those who most need them including pet food so our furry family members don’t get forgotten, and so much more….

Thank you for your patience while we have been offline. We are now fully visible on the World Wide Web and look forward to your continued feedback and kind generosity.

Most grateful board member,

Vivienne Edwards



PERS Craft Sale

The Youth Group represented Pedvac at the annual PERS Craft Sale on November 17, 2013.  Parents of the youth donated baked goods.

Esteban Martin, Sarah Hall, Jessie MacQuarrie and Maria Beltz at the Bake Sale

Esteban Martin, Sarah Hall, Jessie MacQuarrie and Maria Beltz at the Bake Sale



Maine & New Hampshire Bus Trip Still Has Spaces



Pedvac’s October 25 – 27 cross border shopping trip still has spaces.  Registration will be taken until September 20 and must be paid in full by then.


$265 per Double Occupancy

$240 per Triple Occupancy

$225 per Quad Occupancy

$305 for Single Occupancy





Pedvac Foundation’s annual meeting will be held on Tuesday May 7 at 7 pm at Pedvac.


Here is what Viv posted about it in the St. Clement’s Parish bulletin:



October 25 – 27, 2013

We will be shopping at the Maine Mall, Burlington Coat Factory and Kohl’s in Portland.  There will be TAX FREE SHOPPING at over 60 factory outlet stores at the Settlers’ Green Outlet Village in North Conway, the Christmas Tree Shop and the Christmas Shop.  We will also be shopping at the Bangor Mall and Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts.  Duty Free shopping at the border is included both ways. 



$265 Per Person Double Occupancy

$240 Per Person Triple Occupancy

$225 Per Person Quad Occupancy

$305 Single

Not only is this a chance for you to have a great shopping get-away but in doing so you are supporting a great charity. 

Upon booking your trip a $50 nonrefundable deposit is required.  All bookings must be made by June 21st.  First come, first serve.  Pedvac must receive full payment by September 20th.  Cancellations are non-refundable unless your seat can be refilled due to contractual obligations with hotels and buses.  Trip cancellation insurance is very important.

To reserve your seats and for further information contact Anne at 506-538-7638 or pedvacfoundation@nb.aibn.com

PEDVAC First Annual Shopping Bus Tour Great Fun Great Bargains


Back Row left to right: Jean Trenholm, Chris Morrison, Heather Walton, Sarah LeBlanc, Shirley MacPherson, Natalie MacQuarrie, Joyce Cummins, Dianne Allen, Susan Allen, Cheryl MacGregor, Joyce Baxter, Roz Antcil, Lynne Brander
Middle Row, left to right: Judy Scott, Rita Cosgrove, Nita Conrad, Marilyn Prescott, Shirley Wall, Pat Legere, Heather Hastings, Dianna Baxter, Sally Scott, Wanda Wood, Edith Helm
Kneeling, left to right: Bert White, Annette Carter, Vivienne Edwards, Jan Legere, Carlene Patterson, Heather Murray

Hello All, Vivienne here to share with you the fun we had on the First Annual PEDVAC Shopping Tour. PEDVAC, a non-profit social agency is always looking for new and fun ways to raise funds for the very important work and social support needed in our region, thus the shopping bus tour was born. To learn more please see “All about PEDVAC” and “What’s Happening”.

28 shoppers from Sydney and Amherst, NS, Port Elgin, Sackville and Moncton, NB, boarded the bus at 6:00 a.m. and with our strong Canadian dollar, it was the perfect time for some cross-border shopping; and shop we did! Bargains were so plentiful that a couple of us even went over the $800 limit for duty free.

There was lots of room on the bus which was just over half full. Once we were en route to the CANADA/USA border I took the opportunity to tell our shoppers a little bit about PEDVAC and to thank them for their support by joining this tour. On board were some of our board members, including myself, former board members and staff, many of whom sell tickets to our annual Dream Vacation Raffle. A very big thank you to all the shoppers and Bert, our bus driver who bought tickets. Good luck to you all and I sure hope one of you wins first prize!

Calling our numbers to do head count

We learned to make sure we were all aboard with everyone calling out their number after each stop. Next year we’ll definitely have name tags; at least while on the bus so that I can have at least some hope of remembering everyone’s name 🙂

We made stops at Duty Free on the way out at St. Stephen’s NB and on the way back at Houlton, ME and found great deals there too. Both shops managed our group smoothly and we got back on the bus on time to keep to our schedule. The border crossing could have been more pleasant at Calais, ME so we chose to return instead via Woodstock, NB on the return.

Friday was a full day after the long drive with lunch at  Dysart’s Truck Stop & Restaurant in Bangor, Maine where the food was delicious and the service excellent.  On we rolled until the quick check in to the hotel then off to Burlington Coat Factory in South Portland, ME, which as the name may imply is not just a coat factory, but in fact is a clothing, accessories for the whole family and home decor department store. The Maine Mall was our next shopping and dining experience. As you see by their Web site, this is a huge mall with premier shopping, dining and entertainment in Portland, Maine with wonderful little boutiques, mall kiosks, food court, JC Penney, Sears, Best Buy, Macy’s and The Sports Authority among many other top stores,  shops and brands. Back at the hotel we had tons of bags and confusion as we unloaded the bus. Next year we’ll have large bags with our names on them in the luggage hold.

On Saturday and Sunday we rose early for the long days of shopping and dining. The Howard Johnson’s Hotel had an indoor pool, a restaurant and bar, The Season’s Grille which was fine and we were all quite satisfied with our rooms. Some of our ladies opted not to shop at some points, but to dine in instead and even enjoying a karaoke night in the bar/restaurant.

The North Conway, NH Settlers’ Green Outlet Village with TAX FREE SHOPPING at over 60 factory outlet stores was not to disappoint.  We shopped for many hours, taking breaks to eat and have tea in the food court in between. Some ladies even made 3 to 4 trips to some stores, the bargains were that good! There was always one or two of us at the food kiosk where they served Red Rose tea drifting in for breaks and to share our finds.

The Christmas loft

Christmas Loft magical Christmas wonderland

The scenery going through Maine into New Hampshire was breathtaking with the White Mountains as a backdrop and  mist rising over the lakes on either side of the 2-lane road and on through the little town of North Conway with rows of charming little shops. On the way back an unscheduled but very pleasant detour was made to the Christmas Loft  a true Christmas wonderland shop with magical charm, decor and every kind of ornament you could imagine to decorate the tree and home.  Also on the return we went to a scenic lookout point to take this great photo of the group at the foot of the White Mountains.

PEDVAC Shopping Bus Tour

The PEDVAC Shopping Tour group stops to enjoy the breathtaking backdrop of the White Mountains

This day ended with some going to Kohl’s Department Store across the street from the hotel, some staying in and a very few going to Target. Next year we definitely will include Kohl’s and omit Target.

On the way home Sunday we took in the Christmas Tree Shop. The description given  to me was that “it’s like a dollar store but a thousand times better and that much more selection”, and it did not disappoint. Everything from nick knacks to kitchen gadgets, seasonal items for not only Christmas but Halloween and every other holiday in the year. This is certainly not just a Christmas Store.

Lunch at the Happy China Buffet in Bangor, Maine was fast, efficient, and delicious and we were given a group rate for a buffet that was the largest one I’ve ever seen in 12 years of working in the travel industry. The custom stir fry where you pick your own raw ingredients was also included in the buffet price for a tip in the jar at the grill. We had 2 hours here but could have been in and out in one to take in the Joanne Fabrics store across the street for all our crafters on the tour.

On our way to shop some more!

By all accounts this fund raising bus trip was a resounding success. The pace was hectic, the scenery beautiful, the bargains plentiful, the bus driver was helpful and funny, and best of all we had a great group of 28 ladies who made my job as tour escort easy and fun. We already have our tour dates tentatively pencilled in for next year 2013, most of our ladies who went this year have already said they’ll go again next year and some even have additional friends and family committed to join us.

Put your email and name in the “Get Updates To What’s Happening At PEDVAC By Email Each Time We Post” form in the sidebar to subscribe for updates so that when Val posts the confirmed dates and itinerary for next year’s tour, you will get an email notice.

Until next year, save up your pennies and come have some fun for a good cause.

Wishing you all a blessed and safe Christmas Season,

USA Shopping Trip- Hotel Address Change

Hello All,

Vivienne here with a brief update on the tour this Friday. The hotel information on the itinerary is incorrect.

We are actually staying at:

The Howard Johnson
155 Riverside Street
Portland, ME 14103
Phone: 207-774-5861

Just wanted make sure those of you who need to leave contact information with loved ones have the correct address and phone number.

Howard Johnson Plaza – Portland
155 Riverside Street/I-95, I-95 Exit 48, Portland, ME 04103 US

See you all at 06:00 a.m. at PEDVAC.
Thank you all for supporting PEDVAC and looking forward to having a great time.

Lupin Quilt and Craft Fair

There is nothing to compare with the beauty of a handcrafted quilt.

At the Lupin Quilt and Craft Fair there are more than 200 quilts and hooked mats for sale or on display from all over the Maritimes.
Would you like a closer look at this time-honoured tradition? Quilting and hooking demonstrations give you a chance to see how it’s done. Take a break for refreshments then wander among the craft booths where you can choose a handmade gift for someone special.

This fair has showcased some of the most talented quilters in our region. Make this the year to come and see for yourself!

The 30th annual fair will be open from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday July 2 and from 11 am to 4 pm on Sunday July 3. The fair is held at 33 Moore Rd., Port Elgin, New Brunswick, Canada. Follow the signs posted on highways.
Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for students, under 6 free. There is a canteen and a playground available.
For the vehicle enthusiasts there is also the 2nd Annual Lupin Car show being held on Sunday July 3 from 1 to 4 on the same grounds. No admission fee.

PEDVAC Fund Raising Spa

Hello there, welcome to the PEDVAC Web site.

As we set our Web site up to have a presence on the world wide web, the next event is our annual fund raising Spa Day, this Sunday April 3, 2011 from 12 noon to 4 pm at our newly renovated building.

For a cost of $30 patrons will receive a choice of 3 treatments from the following. All practitioners have donated their services:

– head, neck, and shoulder massage
– pedicure
– eyebrow wax
– reiki treatment
– foot massage
– facial

To book and make your choices call Val at (506) 538-7638. Spaces were filling up fast as we write this, so please don’t be disappointed if you don’t get in. There’s always next year 🙂