Seasonal Residents of PEI Inc. (SRPEI) is a member-based non-profit association incorporated in Prince Edward Island in 2021. The original impetus for the association came as a result of seasonal residents being restricted from accessing their homes on PEI; a measure put in place in the spring of 2020 as a result of COVID-19.
A private Facebook group for Seasonal Residents of PEI was established shortly after access was restricted, with the goal of providing a way to connect seasonal residents with each other and to provide and share accurate information around protocols relating to access. The Facebook group quickly grew to become a valued source of support, education, connection and solace for close to 1,000 members by the end of 2020. The Facebook group now has over 1,500 members.
Through the many discussions and conversations of members over the course of the year since, many recognized that formalizing an association would provide benefits extending beyond the pandemic given the unique challenges often faced by individuals and families owning a residence that can be thousands of kilometres away from their other home. The overall goal of the association is to serve and represent seasonal residents of PEI through education, communication, and advocacy.
The PEI incorporated association is governed by corporate by-laws administered by a voluntary Board of Directors who are elected by the members at the annual general meeting (AGM) each year. A minimum of 4 and not more than 9 directors are elected at the AGM and hold office for two years. Nominations for election may be made before or at the AGM. The full text of our bylaws can be found here.
As per the articles of incorporation, the objects and purposes of the association are to foster a sense of community among members, to facilitate the exchange of information for members, and to act as a common voice for members on shared interests and concerns. The overall goal is to enhance and protect the quality and enjoyment of life on Prince Edward Island for all of us and the Island in general.