Kiwanis Community Projects

Named in honor of our longest serving member, Abe Zakem House is a 22-unit affordable housing project located on Water Street in Charlottetown. This project was the first multi-unit residential rental project to be developed under the Canada-Prince Edward Island Affordable Housing Agreement signed in May 2004.

“The development of the Abe Zakem House is a practical way for us to reach out and serve our community, which is an important and integral part of the Kiwanis mandate,” said Mark Belfry, President (2004) of Abe Zakem House Inc.

Through a community needs assessment, the Club initially envisioned providing some means of assistance to senior citizens to allow them to remain in their neighbourhoods for a longer period, at a reasonable cost. That concept later expanded to include provision of assistance to other citizens in the community in need of affordable housing. This new vision, coupled with the desire to support the revitalization of downtown Charlottetown, culminated in the Kiwanis Club’s Affordable Housing Project.

The building operates as an independent not-for-profit entity, based upon a model of self-sustenance and non-subsidization. The $1.5 million facility opened in the Fall of 2004.

The Kiwanis Club supports the Air Cadets program with the goal of helping PEI youth  meet new people and make new friends while learning to become more self reliant and better citizens

By choosing to be an air cadet, a young person becomes one of more than 25,000 people across Canada involved in a fun and adventure filled program.

A young person must be between 12 years of age and 18 year of age to join the cadet program.

Air Cadets meet a minimum of once a week, to learn drill, citizenship, leadership, instructional techniques, effective speaking, aircraft identification, meteorology, principles of flight, aircraft engines, radio communication, survival and physical fitness.

Many Squadrons offer optional training such as: drill team, music training, flying, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, shooting, biathlon, first aid training and more.

For most cadets, the opportunity to attend summer training centres is the highlight of their year. Training is conducted across Canada and the Atlantic Region Summer Training Centre is located at 14 Wing Greenwood in Nova Scotia. Courses offered include: Basic, Introduction to Leadership, Physical Education and Recreational Training, Band, Aircrew Survival, Instructor’s Course and Survival Instructor.

If a young person is interested in flying, cadets who work hard enough have the opportunity to earn a glider or flying scholarship. Cadets who earn flying scholarships train at the Regional Gliding School (Atlantic) in Debert, Nova Scotia and at power sites in Shearwater, Gander and Moncton. Cadets receive a Department of Transport glider or pilot’s license upon successful completion. For more information go to:

Cadets even offer the opportunity to travel abroad as part of the International Air Cadet Exchange program. Cadets travel all over the world as goodwill youth ambassadors for Canada.

If you wish to get more information on becoming an air cadet, please contact: 

Commanding Officer: Captain Jim McInnis
Telephone: 902-892-5651
Mailing Address: 60 Confederation RCACS, Box 922, Charlottetown PEI, C1A 7L9

Sponsored by: Kiwanis Club of Charlottetown & 201 Wing Air Force Association of Canada
Chairperson of Sponsoring Committee: Darren Creamer

International speaker, and co-author of the New York Times Business bestseller Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work, Martin Rutte has teamed-up with the Kiwanis Club to challenge Island youth to build a better world.

Rutte’s call to action is simply “Why not create Heaven on Earth? And why wait? We can start right now”. He’s discovered that once people reflect on the kind of world they want, and feel free to talk about it, they experience a powerful transformation.

The Kiwanis and Rutte are offering all Island High School students the opportunity to win a Heaven on Earth Leadership Awards valued at $100.

Rutte says “ If I was to give you a magic wand and with it you can create ‘Heaven on Earth’. What is ‘Heaven on Earth’ and what will you do to make it happen?” Basil Hambly of the Kiwanis Club of Charlottetown is excited to see what the youth members create. “We answered this question with participants at an international event we hosted a year or so ago, and it’s a powerful individual and group experience,” notes Hambly.

The $100 prizes are awarded in the spring to those who best demonstrate leadership through their projects.

The recipients are decided by a panel of volunteers judges.

This initiative is a natural fit with the mandate for Kiwanis who work with youth in a number of ways including the Colonel Gray Key Club. Key Club is an international student-led organization which provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character, and develop leadership. Their vision statement is, “We are caring and competent servant leaders transforming communities worldwide!”

Martin Rutte is the founder and former Chair of the Centre for Spirituality and the Workplace Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, and is a management consultant specializing in corporate responsibility and strategic visioning. Rutte is also a long time seasonal resident of PEI.

For more information contact Basil Hambly, Kiwanis Club of Charlottetown, 902-368-1971,

Mission statement

Key Club is an international student-led organization which provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership.


We are caring and competent servant leaders transforming communities worldwide.


  • To develop initiative and leadership.
  • To provide experience in living and working together.
  • To serve the school and community.
  • To cooperate with the school principal.
  • To prepare for useful citizenship.
  • To accept and promote the following ideals:
    • To give primacy to the human and spiritual, rather than to the material values of life.
    • To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships.
    • To promote the adoption and application of higher standards in scholarship, sportsmanship and social contacts.
    • To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive, and serviceable citizenship.
    • To provide a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render unselfish service and to build better communities.
      • To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism which makes possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism and good will.


        The Colonel Gray Key Club teacher adviser is Suzanne Lee.  She has been the adviser since the Key Club started in 2000.  Nora Wotton assists Suzanne with the Club.  

Since 2005, the Kiwanis Club of Charlottetown has been the major funding partner for the PEI Music Festival.   We are proud to support music excellence for youth in Prince Edward Island.   Find out more by visiting the PEI Kiwanis Music Festival website.

Kiwanis Club of Charlottetown
P.O. Box 1806
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island  C1A 7N5