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Issue 26 . December 2012 • sjcommunitynewspaper@gmail.com • A Tradition In Giving Back A Holiday Tradition In My Country

By Phuong Nguyen Mid-autumn Festival is a big traditional festival in my country, Vietnam. It takes place on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month when the full moon is at its brightest in the year. It is a festival for children who receive toys, fruit and especially moonshaped cakes as gifts. There are many Mid-autumn toys that people can put a small candle inside. The children will take these toys and go around their homes on that night. That night, people usually eat fruit, moon-cakes, which are delicious, and drink tea. They also talk to each other as long as they want. I think Mid-autumn Festival is one of the festivals I like most. It’s a chance for all members in a family to get together. I have come to Canada where I don’t have Mid-autumn Festival; I remember this festival very much.

Boys And Girls Club Festivities By Tracy Stuart Christmas is a time to be thankful, show appreciation and have a little fun. Christmas at the Boys and Girls Club would not be the same without our annual staff and volunteer social. Our staff and volunteers come to enjoy a night of Christmas festivities including great food, entertainment and a visit from Santa who brings along a special treat. Every year our Volunteer Grandparents come to enjoy a special night out. Our Volunteer GrandPictured above: Volunteer Grandparents Program pairs seniors from the Loch Lomond Villa with parents from the Loch Lomond Villa during the 2011 Christmas Social one of our Evening Program (Photo Courtesy of Tracy Stuart) Youth who meet once a week at the Villa and participate in a fun activity. The Program has run for many years and it is hoped that it will continue for years to come.

Pictured above: Students from Centennial School donate to the Harbour Lights Campaign By Caitlin Corkum, Community Schools/PALS Coordinator Centennial school students feel the generosity of our fantastic Community and PALS partners throughout the year and love giving back whenever they can, especially at Christmas. We are a long and proud supporter of the Harbour Lights Campaign, each year challenging our students to raise money and this year is no different! We will be building our own Harbour Lights tree in the lobby. As classes raise money, they will get ornaments to put on the tree and their name will go into a draw to win the "Star Pinata" on top of our tree. We will also be raffling off turkeys, one a day for a week! Stop by anytime during the month of December to check out our progress!

Christmas Help Just a reminder that time is running out to apply for support over the holidays. The Saint John Community Christmas Exchange provides Christmas Baskets to families over the holidays. A family can apply for assitance through a church/agency in your community. The deadline for application is Tuesday, December 11th. If you would like to support a family over the holidays, please register at 634-7868. The Empty Stocking Fund provides christmas gifts to children in Saint John and surrounding areas. We would like encourage all sponsors to honour your pledges by visiting the Telegraph Journal, 210 Crown Street. Christmas Dinner will be served at Romero House on Christmas Day during regular hours. You can also check with churches in your area for their meals times.

Coordinators Comments

Juanita Black, 647-4850, sjcommunitynewspaper@gmail.com Welcome to our Holiday Traditions issue of Around The Block. We are proud to partner with Mr. Dale Knox, Tabufile Records Management and the Saint John YMCA-YWCA to bring you issue 26. In Saint John our community is very diversified and we want to share some stories from many countries with you. In this issue we have stories from Vietnam, and Dubai,and Muslim traditions as well as, Canadian traditions. We share some quick Christmas receipts you can make with your children for the family to enjoy and a schedule of some area Church services for the holiday season. Our students around the city will soon be off school, university and training programs to relax and enjoy the season with family and friends as we reflect on the out-going year and set new goals for 2013. On behalf of the many, many volunteers who bring you each issue of Around The Block, I wish you happy holidays and remember to not drink and drive, call a cab, take a bus or call a friend. Page 1


ONE Change “Twas The Night Before Christmas Party”

The ONE Change YIP Christmas Tree Lighting

By Carla Bigney On December 8th at the North End Community Centre (NECC), ONE Change had their annual party. This year’s party, as well as previous parties, would not be possible if not for the many volunteers who have donated their time and assistance (organizing, wrapping presents, preparing the meal) or without the support of the many local businesses and organizations who have generously donated pajamas, storybooks and turkeys for the parties over the years.

By Alyson Cronkhite The ONE Change Youth Inclusion Program (YIP) had been working hard all week in preparation for the annual Christmas tree lighting!

Pictured above: Children waiting for Santa (Photo Courtesy of Rose Young)

ONE Change would like to take this opportunity to say a big “THANK YOU” to the many volunteers, businesses and organizations. Without your support and assistance over the years, we would not have been able to host Christmas parties for the residents of the Old North End.

The youth took part in making popcorn balls to decorate the tree, making gingerbread houses for the upcoming Christmas party, decorating their drop-in space with lots of festive decorations and, of course, listening to some holiday music!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

The youth were very eager to get down to Victoria Square on the evening of Friday, November 23rd to take part in the festivities. We all walked down as a group wearing reindeer antlers and singing “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer”. Once we arrived at Victoria Square, some youth helped pass-out candy canes, some helped decorate the tree, and others helped serve hot chocolate. The tree lighting was a great success and everyone had an awesome time!

Closing Another Year At ONE Change

By Wendy Barron-Belmore As 2012 comes to a close, I would like to express my gratitude to each and every one of the residents in the OLD NORTH END. I feel blessed to be a part of this community. Many residents have come into the ONE Change office as strangers and have become friends. I have shared in the hurts, hopes, anger and happiness of each person who has confided in me. I empathize and feel I have struggled alongside them. The best days for me are when someone in the community stops to tell of something good that has happened to them. So, to all the old time residents and to the residents I have yet to meet, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

One Change Updates • • • • • • • • • •

Golden Oldies meet every second Monday Monthly Food Purchase Club Diaper and Formula Program Wednesday afternoon Health Clinic with Ann Marie McLaughlin Walking Club meets once a week Foot Clinic - first Wednesday of each month with VON nurse Barb YIP program making a difference NEW calendar for the OLD NORTH END ONE Change Digital Learning Center opened daily UPCOMING in the new year- morning coffee with special speakers

PLEASE NOTE THAT ONE CHANGE WILL BE CLOSED OVER THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS. THE OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED FROM Dec. 20th to Jan. 2nd.

Being A Community Member By Dusty I had placed my order at Grampy’s Yummy Pizza, and as I waited, I began talking to a man sitting at the next table. He introduced himself as Dusty. Dusty and I had a nice conversation, even a bit of a political talk as he finished his donair. Soon Dusty was replaced by Ken who works in the area. Ken figured out that he has been eating Terry’s food since Bombay Burgers in the 70’s. When I left the restaurant, I was Pictured above: Dusty in Yumpleased to find out that Grampy’s my Pizza. (Photo Courtesy of Pizza will donate one dollar to ONE Gerry Leavitt) Change for every 16 pizza’s sold for the remaining 2012 year. Although that was great news, the conversation with Dusty, Ken, Tammy and Terry during lunch became the greatest part of the visit. To sit in a community restaurant, talk to community employees, to socialize with community residents gives me a feeling of belonging. I encourage everyone to experience the feeling of a community as I did. What a great time and the pizza was a bonus.

North Neighbourhood Contact

Hon. Trevor A. Holder MLA Saint John-Portland Constituency Office 229 Churchill Boulevard Telephone: (506) 657-2335 Email: trevor.holder@gnb.ca

Wendy Barron-Belmore Phone: 635-2035 E-mail: theonechangeinc@nb.aibn.com

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The B Th eaut uty Of Of O urr Ne eighb bourhoo od The Beauty Our Neighbourhood Greater SJ Community Foundation Honours Esther Shanks

Winter Memories From The 50’s

By Sue Crozier The Community Service Award is provided to an individual who makes an exceptional contribution in the non-profit sector. This year's recipient, Esther Shanks, was co-founder of the Community Food Basket. She recognized the struggle many people were experiencing trying to provide food for their families. This inspired her to connect with other churches in the area to find a solution. Pictured above: Claire NorthIn May 1984, she and Anne Murdoch cott, Executive Director, opened the Community Food Basket Esther Shanks and and instilled the core value of dignity Dr. Stephen Willis. for those served by the organization. The Community Food Basket is run strictly by volunteers and supported with donations from the community - they receive no government funding. The Foundation also provided a $5000 charitable contribution to the Community Food Basket.

Comings And Goings At P.U.L.S.E. By Mary LeSage We had another successful Safe Halloween Event this year; over 80 trick-or-treaters braved the elements to fill their treat bags! To help defray the costs of treats, 11 Safe Halloween posters were sold to the neighbourhood residents. We also had a busy and successful flu and pneumonia clinic. We have one more Wellness Clinic coming up on Dec. 18th from 1:30 - 4: p.m. and then back in operation for 2013 on the third Tuesday of the month starting January 15th. Did you know that we have a 'new' to us Community Police Officer? Sgt David Hartley Brown is available Monday from 8 a.m .– 12 p.m. He can be reached at 648-3700 or by email david.hartley-brown@saintjohn.ca Do you have an idea that you want heard? Come visit me at the office. We are open Mon 9 am.- 2 pm., Tues 9 am .- 1 pm, Wed - Closed, Thur 9 am - 1 pm Fri day 9 am - 2 pm. Follow us on Twitter LIKE us on Facebook.

SJHS Wins Tin Can Challenge

By Dawn LeBlanc • Skating at the C.Y.O. rink on Cliff St. • Sliding down the hill behind Lady Hazen's house (where St. Joseph's Hospital parking lot is now ). • Going to the neighbours with my sister and friends, asking to see their Christmas treesand getting chocolates on the way out. • Wearing those heavy woollen snow pants and Red River coats. • Visiting Santa at Duval's Pictured above: Dawn with Hardware Store on Waterloo St. Santa Clause • Watching the "Sand Man" walking and expertly flicking the sand from his barrel to sand the streets. • Bringing in the glass bottles of milk and finding it had frozen and pushed the cardboard caps from the bottles.

Trinity Church Serves Meals

By David Goss Trinity Church at 115 Charlotte Street, serves two meals monthly to anyone who cares to drop in. Breakfast is available on the third Wednesday from 9 – 10 a,m,, and supper is served on the last Saturday at 5 p.m. There is no charge for the meals which are made and served by volunteers from Trinity's congregation, sometimes augmented by friends from the neighbourhood.

The photo shows two volunteers, Daphne Wilson and Charlotte Trentowsky at the October 17th breakfast when about 75 turned up for a good beginning to their day.

Pictured above: Daphne Wilson and Charlotte Trentowsky

Trinity Christian Education Trinity Church offers a Christian Education program each Sunday morning at 10:15 ‘til about noon. Using games, stories, songs, and crafts the children are exposed to the stories of the Bible in creative ways. The program is free, and open to all. Pictured above: Participants from Saint John High School, Winners of the 2012 Tin Can Challenge.

On October 17th, the children and some of the team who lead the program, came to the 10:30 a.m. service and sang for the congregation, "We Are the Church."

Carl Killen

MLA Saint John Harbour

South Neighbourhood Contact

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Mary LeSage Phone: 632-6807 E-mail: pulseinc@bellaliant.com

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UNB Saint John Wraps Up A Passion For Reading

Holiday Traditions In Crescent Valley

By Kathryn Asher \Last Christmas, UNB Saint John started a holiday tradition that is being carried on this season for the students of Hazen-White/St. Francis School. The Associated Alumni will be delivering a gift-wrapped book to every student in the school. Each child will receive a book tailored to their grade’s reading level. The books range from storybooks for the younger kids to a trilogy of novels for the older crew. To add a personal touch, each child’s Promise Partnership mentor will individually wrap their book and attach a special handwritten note.

CV Teen Vibe Traditions

By Adam Dunn The Christmas holiday is a special time of year when families, whether near or far, can visit and spend some quality time together. The holiday unites old friends and acquaintances to catch up and share old memories from the past. This time of year also involves home-cooked meals that leave those delicious aromas floating from the kitchen. We all have holiday traditions that we love and cannot wait for as December arrives. Crescent Valley’s Teen Vibe’s holiday traditions include family, friends and of course delicious meals. We enjoy a wonderful Christmas dinner with our friends at Teen Resource Centre (TRC) as well as having a Christmas party at Hazen White-St. Francis School. From all of us at Teen Vibe, we wish you a safe, warm and a very Merry Christmas!

CV Walking Club The CV Walking Club is off to a great start. We recently completed 10 weeks of walking several kilometers twice per week and on Nov 21 we had a celebration to mark our hard work. Congratulations go to Kathy Hanna who won the “Most Spirited Participant” award. Kathy won a pair of sneakers donated by Alex Coffin’s Fitness Shop. The Walking Club has been so much fun it will continue. Pictured above: Kathy Hanna Special thanks to the Active recieves her new sneakers Communities Grant for makfrom Alex Coffin ing the club possible, and to: Day Tripping, Greg Evans, Alex Coffin, Craig Campbell, Sharon Fournier and Kim Spinney for facilitating the Nordic and Trail Walking sessions. Other facilitators were: Joanne Barry, Lori Patterson and Martha McLean. It is not too late to join the CV Walking Club. For information call the CVRC at 693-8513.

By Anne Driscoll The Crescent Valley community has a great tradition of celebrating the Christmas season with many activities and events. Residents take part in a window decorating contest to see who can out shine their neighbour. A community tree lighting takes Pictured above: Community Christmas place where children Volunteers, Catherine Sabean, Cathy place homemade ornaSabean, and Eva Feddery ments on the tree, then (Photo Courtesy of Anne Driscoll) everyone gathers for a cup of hot chocolate, Christmas songs and holiday cheer. Thanks to J.D. Irving for the donation of the tree. Hazen White-St. Francis School celebrates with many events including a huge Christmas feast and Christmas concert, but the highlight of the season is the community Christmas party held at HWSF School. This is open to all residents of CV and associate members of the CV Community Tenants Assoc. The party happens with lots of help from many community partners, local businesses, individuals, volunteers and residents working together to make a memorable Christmas for all.

Introducing Adam Dunn Hello! I am the new Youth Outreach Coordinator for Crescent Valley Teen Vibe/TRC. Although I may be a new face to many, I have been involved with the community as a summer student for Teen Vibe in 2011 and as a youth worker over the last year. I am very excited to be part of the program and community again and am looking forward to the holiday season and New Year! In other exciting news, Teen Vibe has moved to the second floor of Hazen White - St. Francis School so I encourage everyone to come and check out our new home!

Whats Happening At The Blue Building

Healthy Start Breakfast Drop-in: Free! Every Wed and Fri 9:15 -10:15 am, (except when Food Purchase Club is filling orders). Starting in January, Healthy Breakfast will be moving to Mon & Wed mornings. Slow Cooking Class: Every second Tue, 10 am and it’s free! Try a new recipe in our slow cookers. At the end of the day have a great meal with family and friends. Space is limited. Please pre-register at the 693-8513. New members are welcome! Free Clothing Room: The Clothing Room has free new & used women’s, men’s and children’s clothing. Nurse Practitioner: Free drop-in Health Clinic, Fri 9 - 11:30am. See a Nurse Practitioner for help with your health needs. Open to all, not only C.V. residents - Appointments are not needed. If prescription refills are needed, bring the bottle. You must bring your NB Medicare Card. For more info on how to get involved call the Crescent Valley Resource Centre, 130 MacLaren Blvd., 693-8513.

PROUD TO BE A SUPPORTER OF Around The Block

Crescent Valley Neighbourhood Contact Anne Driscoll: 693-8513 CVRC.driscoll@gmail.com

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Colouring Contest

Hats and Mittens By Jill Roberts Market Place Wellness Centre would like to recognize a community member, Louise Belyea, for her generous donation of several sets of hats and mittens to the West Side Food Bank. This is a new tradition that Louise has started over the past few years. Beginning in the early fall, Louise saves scraps of yarn and knits in her spare time. These multicolored sets are sure to keep some lucky boys and girls warm as they walk to school during the cold winter months. Thank you, Louise, for giving back to your community!

The picture above is a photo of 5 year old, Ava, recieving her prize for winning the fall colouring contest that was part of the Market Place Wellness Newsletter. Photo is courtesy of Jill Roberts

In With The New...

EID AL FATER By Atidal Every year after the month of RAMADAN we celebrate a holiday tradition named Eid al Fater. It is an important celebration in all Muslim countries. It is accompanied with big happiness because it follows the month of Ramadan in which Muslims are fasting from the sunrise to sunset, and they spend most of the night praying and reading the holy book Quran. People spend a lot of time preparing for this day by Pictured above; Atidal buying new clothes and toys for the kids, and women cook special treats and sweets. On Eid morning, families go to pray in the Mosque, and after that they meet together in the older family’s house. Usually the men with the kids visit their relatives where they eat breakfast consisting of meat and special Eid bread. They rotate visiting all family members, enjoying Eid cake and sweets with tea and coffee. Finally the Eid is all about visiting relatives, meeting together, forgiving each other, having a good time with kids and families, and most importantly thanking God after we have finished Ramadan month.

Magic Reindeer Food Recipe

In a small zipper food storage bag or empty shaker container, mix: • 1/2 cup uncooked oatmeal • 1/2 cup sugar • 1/4 cup red or green sugar crystals

By Maggie Colwell On December 9, 2012, Westside P.A.C.T., along with the Carleton Community Centre began what it hopes will be a new Westside Christmas tradition. The 1st Annual Westside Christmas tree lighting welcomed the Simonds 527 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron, who entertained with festive music, as families gathered together while the warmth of the holiday season came to life on the city’s Westside. The Christmas tree now sits lit up in festive meaning at the gazebo in front of the Carleton Community Centre at Tilley Square Marketplace, representing the community coming together in the hopes of a brighter, safer, more family-friendly future.

West Side Wellness Centre Updates Specimen Collection: Tue. and Wed. 7:30 am-2:30 pm by appointment only. Please call 648-6681, press #3. Food Bank: Tue. and Fri. 1-3 pm. Monthly Foot Care Clinic: Every 3rd Wed., by appointment. 657-2273. Are you over 50 and want to be more ACTIVE? Join our classes, Tue. 10-11 am at Hope Centre. Tue. and Fri. 10 -11 am at the Carleton Community Centre. Please call 674-4335. Free. Food Purchase Club: West - 674-4335, St. Joseph’s Community Health Centre-632-5537. West Side Community Kitchen Program: Free. 674-4335. Social Development: Worker on site to answer questions, Tue. 1-3 pm. Lending Library: “Take a Book, Leave a Book” at Market Place Wellness Centre.674-4335.

West Neighbourhood Contacts

Patti Kelly: 674-4335 Patti.Kelly@HorizonNB.ca

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Holiday Traditions At The TRC

Courtenay Bay Traditions

By Mel Barrett It’s hard to believe we are about to start another holiday season! The Teen Resource Centre (TRC) loves to fill the Drop In center with decorations, good deeds and holiday cheer. One of our biggest traditions is our Holiday Dinner!

By Carolyn Leblanc Three years ago we started our Tenant’s Association and started our traditions. First we started with our Neighbourhood House Decorating contest with first, second, and third place winners. We also held a Children’s Christmas Party for the community which also included bowling for the teens. The second year we started cleaning leaves in the fall for our community and had a barbeque. The third year we added a pumpkin carving for families in our community and Halloween treats for the children.

We invite TRC youth new and old to join us on December 20th from 5 to 7pm for our Holiday Feast! Drop In is transformed into a dining room and everyone helps set up and prepare the food. We have stuffing, hash brown casserole, veggies, rolls and of course, turkey!

We hope to add more when the Association gets their own place. Have a very special holiday from everyone in the Courtney Bay Tenants Association.

The Dragon Boat Festival

We talk about things we are thankful for and about our hopes for the New Year.

By Min The Dragon Boat Festival is May 5th in the Chinese lunar calendar. According to the history record, there is a famous poet named Qu Yuan in the Song Dynasty. He is against the unfair political system and used his poem for the poor people.

We love to finish off the evening with ice cream, pie and eggnog.

Updates From The Waterloo Village By Penni Eisenhauer On Wed, Nov 14, a group of residents and community partners came together at Prince Charles School to talk about the Waterloo Village Neighbourhood. This discussion was based on the existing neighborhood priorities being: Safety, Beautification and Communication and Resident Engagement.

In the final part, he jumped into the lake, because he felt he had failed; he couldn’t do anything and he couldn’t change anything. The people went to the lake where he had died to mourn him. They used sticky rice, dates, and palm leaves to make Zong Zi, then put them into the lake to protect him, so that the fish couldn’t eat his body. Now on a certain day, we have a celebration party, eating Zong Zi and having a Dragon Boat Race to remember him.

Some of the new initiatives for the upcoming year are: Traffic Calming measures related to speed on Union Street - Waterloo Street - and Brunswick Drive, Adopt-a-Garbage can project, sidewalk snow removal, continuing beautification of the Grace of God garden and planter project, Community Bulletin Board, and resident / community partner engagement in the redevelopment of Chown Field in partnership with the City of Saint John. If you are interested in getting involved in your neighborhood, the next Waterloo Village Association meeting will be held on Wed, Jan 9, ‘13 at 12 noon located at Coverdale Centre for Women, 148 Waterloo Street. For more information please contact Penni at 343-5382 or commorg. penni@gmail.com.

Village Neighbourhood Contact

Rodney Weston

MP/député - Saint John

Penni Eisenhauer 343-5382 commorg.penni@gmail.com T 506 657-2500 email: westor1@parl.gc.ca 90 King Street, Saint John, NB

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Centennial School Bazaar

Caitlin Corkum Community Schools/ PALS Coordinator Centennial School has many holiday traditions that we look forward to every year. For many years, with the support and generosity of many of our PALS Partners and volunteers, we have transformed our gym into a bustling shopping centre for our annual Christmas Bazaar. At the bazaar, students purchase gifts for their loved ones and have them “professionally” wrapped! The Christmas Bazaar is one of my favorite times of year; it gets me excited for Christmas watching the students thoughtfully pick out gifts. Each year our PALS and Community Partners also turn into Santa’s helpers and put their culinary and shopping skills to the test to deliver all the treats, turkey, and supplies the students could want! Thank you for making Christmas special for us each year!

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Love Of Indigo! By Kathleen Doiron Last June, Glen Falls School’s staff and students were thrilled to hear that Glen Falls School would be the recipient of the coveted Indigo Books’ Love of Reading Grant. Tears of joy were shed when we learned that we would be receiving $40,000 over three years to purchase books and other reading related materials. When we returned to school in September for the new school year, teachers made wish lists for their classrooms, students suggested books for both classroom libraries and the school library, and students dreamed of books they longed to own. It was with great excitement that every class traveled to Indigo Books on Oct. 10th, 2012, so each student could choose his/her own book to add to their personal libraries. Every student left Indigo with a good-fit book of their own choosing, and boxes of exciting new books were added to classroom libraries and the school library. We are proud to have received the Indigo Books Love of Reading Grant, but above all, we’re grateful to Indigo Books for being an avid and generous supporter of our learning community. Putting good-fit books into the hands of children is one of the most important steps in developing a love of reading in each child. Indigo Books’ generosity will impact our students and our community for years to come.

Lorne Middle School “Best Float”

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By Denise Long It has been a tradition for Lorne’s PALS Partner, the City of Saint John and Local 18, to supply Lorne School with a magical Santa Claus float. This year’s float won for “BEST SCHOOL.” Lorne would like to thank many people who always help to keep this tradition going. It takes a team of people working together to pull this event off. A big thank you goes to our City carpentry shop for constructing our float. A BIG THANK YOU to CUPE Local 18 (Gordy and his crew) for the use of a flat bed, their help on decorating day by providing generators and Christmas trees as well as staff to drive the float in the parade. Cindy, thank you for providing the pizza party for the Float Committee on decorating day and for organizing and booking all crews. Thank you to Irving for transporting us to the parade with the Kids on the Go Bus. A big THANK YOU to Lorne’s young ladies who helped decorate and who happened to be the cutest little Elves on the float: Chelsea Albert, Merissa Brown, Chloe Gibson, Chelsey Cullins, Lorraine Brown, Alex Bright, and Ally Brideau. As you can see it takes a team. We sometimes have to remember why we volunteer and do the things we do. We need to look at the big picture. We have made great Middle School memories for these young ladies. THANKS again EVERYONE for keeping this tradition alive.

St. Pat’s Christmas Traditions By Abbygail Craig, St. Patrick’s School, Grade 5 Every year a group of St. Patrick’s School kids go to the tree lighting with Irving Pulp & Paper. It is always fun! Last year there was somebody dressed up like Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer! It was so funny. There were also elves dancing and passing out candy. Before they lit the tree, we sang Christmas songs like Jingle Bells, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Silent Night. The Irving Pulp & Paper men let one of our kids help them light the tree. I had a ball there last year! My favorite part was when we sang Christmas songs! I could tell by the look on everybody’s faces that they were having fun. Even the Irving Pulp & Paper men were smiling and laughing. Irving Pulp & Paper is so nice to our school and we are so lucky to have Irving Pulp & Paper as our PALS Partners!

Celebrating Our Holiday Traditions By PCS Elves PALS Partners for Prince Charles School always look forward to the wonderful traditions that help everyone get into the spirit of the holidays. The season is kicked off with a rooftop tree at PCS and students and staff decorating the windows at 300 Union with classic holiday pictures while others decorate the huge Christmas tree in the lobby at JDI using beautiful decorations that have been personally handcrafted by each student. Another tradition for many years includes the Zeta Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi who turn into Santa’s helpers and cook a wonderful turkey dinner with all the trimmings for everyone at PCS. Holiday Hampers and Santa’s Workshop are some more tried and tested traditions at PCS!

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT: PALS (PARTNERS ASSISTING LOCAL SCHOOLS) AND HOW YOU AND YOUR BUSINESS/GROUP CAN BECOME INVOLVED, PLEASE CONTACT: DEBORAH FISHER 650-5116 OR SUSAN TIPPER 651-8941

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Hair Conditioner for “Healthier Hair” The “Healthy Hair-Happy Head” campaign has started in the north end to provide free information on hair care and the treatment of head lice. We invite you to visit one of the hair conditioning pumping stations near you, to receive information, as well as free hair conditioner. Bring along a small bottle to fill with conditioner and refill this bottle as needed.

New Traditions At The United Way By Jennifer Ross Employers and individuals want to give more than just money to their community. The United Way has responded with new innovative opportunities for local businesses and organizations.

Pictured above L to R: Chuck Gorji, Bekah Johnson and Laurie Runcie (Photo Courtesy of Joanne Barry)

The hair conditioning stations are located at: Anglin Dr- Unit #143, Crescent Valley Resource Centre (130 MacLaren Blvd), Hazen White St. Francis School (538 Sandy Point Road), Main St Baptist Church (211 Main Street), and Smart Choice Variety (157 Metcalf St). For further information contact Public Health at 643-2005.

These include the Loaned Representative Program where an employer loans a stellar employee to the United Way for 15 weeks during campaign, High Impact volunteers where a highly skilled employee works on a finite project, and volunteering in the Day of Caring. As a Loaned Representative from Social Development this year, I have had the opportunity to experience first-hand the tremendous benefits of this program. These programs positively impact both the employer and the employee through these professional development opportunities. Most importantly, the community as a whole is strengthened through a stronger United Way.

City Of Saint John Noise By-Law By CST Metcalfe Tired of the music playing all hours of the night? Or the early morning as you’re trying to sleep after working all night? What can I do? How does the noise by-law work? What does it take to be enforced? What’s the protocol? The by-law states that no person shall during the times set out, permit to be made on property which is owned by him or leased by him, a noise that is clearly audible on a street and is likely to cause a public nuisance or disturb one or more people. Examples that are often concerning to many residents are: yelling, shouting, hooting, or unreasonably loud whistling or singing at any time; the operation of any radio or stereo system used for reproducing or amplifying sound at any time. These are two of the concerns that we deal with on a regular basis and in order for the police to enforce this by-law, only one statement is needed from a complainant and at that time the person committing such an offence is liable to a fine of not less than $250.00 and not more than $1,070.00.

Affordable Housing Ideas - Redevelopment and Renovations Acquisition and renovation of existing housing is a costeffective way of providing affordable rental housing. Usually, it is less expensive to purchase an existing building than to develop a new building. However, in each situation a life cycle cost analysis should be done to determine if it is costefficient to upgrade the building or replace it. To find out more about different strategies that can be used to help produce affordable housing, visit www.cmhc.ca/ah. For more information, contact Francine DiMambro, CMHC Corporate Representative, by phone at 506-850-3747, by fax at 506-851-6188 or by email at fdimambr@cmhcschl.gc.ca.

Please respect people’s property and your neighbours by keeping your music and noise level within reason. If you would like further information on the by-law go to the City of Saint John’s website.

____________________________________ Des idées de logement abordable - Réaménagement et rénovation La stratégie d’acquisition et de rénovation des logements existants est un moyen efficace d’offrir des logements locatifs à prix abordable. Il en coûte ordinairement moins cher d’acheter un bâtiment existant que d’entreprendre des travaux de construction domiciliaire. Cependant, dans tous les cas, il faut analyser le coût du cycle de vie pour déterminer s’il est plus rentable de moderniser un bâtiment ou de le remplacer.

The Copper Penny Restaurant 231 Churchill Blvd., Ricky’s Mini Mall, FaceBook: The Copper Penny Restaurant or phone 633-1100

Pour en apprendre davantage au sujet des stratégies qui peuvent aider à la création de logements abordables, visitez le www.schl.ca/la.

Mon - Tue 11 am - 9 pm Wed - Sat 11 am- 11 pm. Sun - 3 pm - 11 pm. 16” pizza + 12” GCF + 2L pop, $24.99 + tax 16” pizza + 10 wings + 2L pop, 24.99 + tax

Pour obtenir de plus amples renseignements, appelez Francine DiMambro, représentante de la SCHL, 506-8503747 ou communiquez avec elle par télécopieur, au 506851-6188, ou par courriel, à l’adresse fdimambr@cmhcschl.gc.ca.

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The Boys And Girls Club Of Saint John

A Great Gift To Give This Holiday Season

Get in it to Win it! The Boys and Girls Club of Saint John Weekly Draw – Modified 50/50 It’s easy as 1 - 2 - 3 1. $2 to play. 2. Pick a number, fill out your name & phone number, put one part in the green box & keep the other. 3. Play weekly by placing a green label with you number on a toonie & drop it in the green Gold Rush Box location. You can also play on line at www.sjbgclub.com or call 634-2001 ext 231 for more information.

The Kidney Foundation Saint John Chapter is a volunteer organization helping families deal with kidney failure. The Kidney Foundation reduces the burden through funding and stimulating innovative research, education, peer support and public awareness for all organ donations. Volunteering is fun and easy, a great way to expand your social network, meet new friends and build a sense of accomplishment. As the holiday season approaches, think about donating some of your time this coming year to help save the lives of others. Just a couple of hours a month can last a lifetime. Contact Judy Cannon at The Kidney Foundation for information at 634-0519 or email judy.cannon@kidney.ca.

Free Breastfeeding Clinic

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL COMMUNITY INFORMATION CENTRE

When: 3rd Thursday of every month 1:30 - 3:00PM Quand: 3e jeudi de chaque mois 13:30 - 15:00

INFO-LINE - 633-INFO (4636)

Where: Saint John Family Resource Centre 211 Wentworth Street Où: Centre de Ressource Familiale de Saint-Jean 211 Rue Wentworth

WWW.SAINTJOHNINFO.CA

THE BEST SERVICE TO FIND THE RIGHT SERVICE

For more information please contact: 633-2182 Pour plus d’information contactez: 633-2182 (All moms and babies are welcome/ Toutes les mères et les bébés sont les bienvenus)

Attention Women

CMHA Program Registrations By Brittany Sullivan Canadian Mental Health Association Saint John Branch is pleased to announce that we are accepting registrations for our winter education programs. Beginning on February 5, 2013, we will be hosting Hope & Healing: Coping with the Suicide of a Loved One. This is a ten-week education program designed for individuals who have lost a loved one to suicide. Our hope is to provide a supportive environment that encourages listening and sharing stories with others who have experienced a loss through suicide, while enhancing your understanding about suicide and helping you to move forward in the healing process. Advance registration for this program is required. Please contact us at 633-1705.

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Wishing you the Happiest of Holidays!

Where Saint Josephs Community Health Centre 116 Coburg Street Childcare and transportation costs are covered by the Dept of Social Development

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Holiday Season Worship Services ‘Around The Block’ has compiled a list of worship centres and services for the holiday season. Central/South End Central/So

Portland United Church 50 Newport Cres. (across from Baxter Dairies) Dec. 15 - 3 pm, is our Blue Christmas Service. This is a service for anyone who needs comforting during the Christmas season. Dec. 24 - 7 pm, Christmas Eve family service . Dec. 24 - 11 pm, Service, with Communion.

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception 91 Waterloo St. Dec. 24 - 4 pm, Christmas Mass. Dec. 24 - 7 pm, 12 am, Christmas Eve Mass Dec. 24 - 12 am Midnight Mass Dec. 25 - 10 am, Christmas Day Mass Cornerstone Baptist Church 42 Leinster St. Dec. 24 - 7 pm, Family Christmas Eve Service, all welcome. Centenary-Queen Square United Church Church of St. Andrew and St. David 164 Germain St. December 16 - 10:30 am, Chorale Service of Christmas music. December 16 - 2 pm, is our Blue Christmas Service. This is a service for anyone who needs comforting during the Christmas season. December 23 - 10:30 am, Regular Church Service. December 24 - 7 pm, Family Christmas Service with Communion. The Salvation Army 36 Waterloo Street December 24 - 6 pm, Christmas Service Christ The Saviour Is Born

St. Luke’s Anglican Church 369 Main St. (corner of Main St. & Lansdowne Ave.) Dec. 24 - Christmas Eve 7 pm, Contemporary Family Service with Holy Communion. Dec. 24 - 10 pm, - Traditional Book of Common Prayer Service. Dec. 25 - Christmas Day 10:00 am, Celebration of the Nativity of our Lord with Holy Baptism & Holy Communion. St. Pius X Parish 316 Somerset St. Dec. 24 - 4 pm Christmas Eve Family Mass. Dec. 24 - 7 pm Traditional Mass of Christmas. Dec. 24 - 10 pm Traditional Mass of Christmas. Dec. 25 - 10 am Christmas Day - Morning Mass of Christmas. Main Street Baptist Church 211 Main Street Dec. 24 – 5 & 7 pm, Christmas Eve Service .

Saint John Vineyard Church 204 Carmarthen St. Celebrate the birth of Jesus on Dec. 24, 6 - 7:00 pm, at Saint John Vineyard Church.

St. Peter’s Church 50 Clarendon St. Dec 24 - Christmas Eve at 4 pm and 7 pm Dec 25 - Christmas Day at 9 am East Side

Trinity Church 115 Charlotte St. Dec. 24 - 2 pm, 4:30 pm, Christmas Eve family service. Dec. 24 - 11 pm, Midnight Service. Dec. 25 - 9 am, Holy Communion. (said with carols) Dec. 26 - 10:30 am, Holy Communion. (sung)

Glen View United Church 8 Upland Rd. (corner of Upland and John T. McMillan) Dec 23 - 11 am, Christmas service with Holy Communion. Dec. 24 - 7 pm, Christmas Eve Service.

Saint John Jewish Synagogue 91 Lenister St. The menorah lighting ceremony to mark the first day of Hanukkah will be Sat. Dec 8, 7:pm, at the Saint John Jewish Historical Museum / Shaarei Zedek Synagogue. Regular Synagogue services are held on Fri evening at 6 pm and Sat morning at 10 am. North End

West Side Parish Of West Saint John 100 Watson St. Dec. 16 - 7 pm., an evening of Christmas Carols (to be held at the former St Judes Church 319 Lancaster St.) Dec. 24 - 7 pm, 11 pm, Christmas Eve service and Communion. Dec. 25 - 10:30 am, Christmas Day service and Communion. Our Lady of the Assumption 360 Dufferin Row Dec. 24 - 4, 7, 10 pm, Christmas Even mass and Communion. Dec. 25 - 11 am, Christmas Day Service and Communion.v

Crescent Valley Gospel Centre 500 Somerset St Dec. 24 - 6 pm, Candlelight Eve Service.

On behalf of Monsieur Henneberry, staff and parishioners of St. Pius X Parish, we wish you the joys of the Christmas season, a time we celebrate the “reason for the season.” Christ Among Us

Main Street Baptist Church would like to wish the people living in Saint John’s priority neighbourhoods God’s joy and blessing during this Christmas season. We are proud to call each one of you our neighbour and our friend! www.mainstreetbaptist.ca

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Tribute To Big Sister, Tashia Boyce

ONE Change Recieves Donation From RBC

Pictured above L to R: Alisha with her big sister, Tashia (Photo Courtesy of Laurie Collins) By Laurie Collins In the last issue of Around the Block, we celebrated Little Sister Alisha Wilson who received an award from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saint John. Alisha was pictured with her Big Sister, Tashia Boyce who at the time was very ill. Our hearts have been aching since hearing the news that Tashia passed away from brain cancer on October 13th. Along with touching the lives of her Little Sister Alisha and her family, Tashia deeply touched the lives of her Big Brothers Big Sisters family as well. She was a loving daughter, sister, family member, and friend and will be forever missed for her love of life, positive energy and volunteer spirit. We miss you Tashia!

Holiday Traditions At The Y By Heather Oldfield If you are looking for a fun place to spend your holiday vacation, please consider the YMCA's Forest Glen Community Centre! We will be running Holiday Camps both weeks that school is out. Week One: December 24 (half day 7:30am - 12pm) and December 27 and 28 from 7:30am - 5:30 pm. Week Two: December 31(half day 7:30am -12pm) and January 2, 3 and 4 from 7:30am - 5:30pm. We will be spending our days doing fun activities including Winter Olympics, outdoor adventures, crafts and more. To register please call 658-2816 and ask for Heather. We look forward to making new holiday traditions with you!

By Wendy Barron-Belmore, Community Coordinator. ONE Change Inc., 223 Victoria St 635-2035 Theresa Keane-Gormley of RBC presented $5000.00 towards the afternoon program of the ONE Change Youth Inclusion Program (YIP). On behalf of ONE Change, Gina Reid, Scott Crawford and some of YIP participants accepted the generous donation. ONE Change would like to thank Royal Bank of Canada for their kindness and generosity to the residents of the Old North End.

HW/SF Christmas Dinner Tradition Hi, my name is Alicia Peterson. I’m a grade six student at Hazen White/ St. Francis School (HWSF). Today I will be writing about HWSF’s Christmas dinner tradition. If you would like to learn more, keep reading. Every year at HWSF we have a very delicious Christmas dinner. Usually for dinner we have roast turkey, mashed potatoes, peas, carrots, corn, rolls and gravy. For dessert we have an extremely yummy chocolate or vanilla cake. We also get a present. For a present we usually get a PJ set and a pair of sneakers. Last year I got a brand new pair of purple sneakers and a purple PJ set. Cooking turkey for a large crowd is a lot of work. A tremendous effort is put into this extraordinary event. The effort put into this event is truly remarkable. The staff here is amazing and does a great job of cooking this wonderful Christmas dinner. Overall, the HWSF Christmas dinner is an amazing tradition that I and the whole school hope goes on forever!

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Take Our Kids To Work - St.Mac’s

Neighbourhood Police Council Supports BBBS

By Susan Tipper Take Our Kids to Work is the Learning Partnership’s signature program involving grade 9 students all over Canada. On November 7, grade 9 students in the Saint John area visited the workplace of a parent, neighbour or Pictured above: Students making slime friend. Some students are in the NBCC Chemistry Lab. unable to visit a workplace (Photo Courtesy of Susan Tipper) on the designated date and for 19 lucky students from St. Malachy’s Memorial High School, a day was planned for them by the High School PALS Coordinator, Susan Tipper.

Pictured above L to R: Laurie Collins, Executive Director and Fred DeWitt, NPC Chairperson (Photo courtesy of Big Brothers Big Sisters) By Laurie Collins Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saint John would like to wish a Happy Holiday Season to The Neighbourhood Police Council and The Saint John Police Force for supporting the Kids ‘N’ Kops mini police academy for the past 16 years. Over 300 youth have participated in the program along with over 200 police officers and cadets. The Kids 'N' Kops program provides an opportunity for 9 to 12 year olds to have fun and learn about law enforcement. The "little" police recruits obtain a heightened respect for the law, police and the community and have a whole lot of fun. The Police Force and The Neighbourhood Police Council were recently recognized for their commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of “littles”.

The students left the school at 8:45 a.m. and toured Canaport LNG, NBCC, and the Irving Tissue Mill. These students were treated to lunch, hosted by the Saint John Board of Trade. The ‘Unlimited Possibilities Luncheon’ held at the Trade and Convention Center was a great experience for students and supervisors. We would like to thank the sponsors and tour guides for making this a wonderful day for all. On behalf of the students and staff at St. Malachy’s Memorial High School, we wish everyone a healthy and happy Holiday Season.

May your days be Puissent vos jours être

Holiday Gift Giving 101 Let’s Start A New Tradition Let’s be truthful with ourselves: these days, most of us have more than enough stuff and struggle with what to buy other folks that would make a perfect gift for them! Instead of buying more trinkets and gadgets for family and friends, have you given thought to making a donation to a local charity in their names? Since the feel good part of gift-giving is knowing you brightened someone’s day, it might make sense to give your gifts to those who are truly in need — and your recipients might agree. Lots of local charities have a way for you to donate online! Example: Big Brothers Big Sisters will send a Holiday Gift Card to someone for you in turn for a donation made in their name www.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/saintjohn. Find more charities doing good work at www.dogoodtoday.ca.

Saint John Multicultural & Newcomers Resource Centre Centre d’accueil multiculturel et des nouveaux arrivants 47 Charlotte Street, City Market, 3rd Floor (506) 642-4242 / www.sjmnrc.ca photo: Lily Lake, Rockwood Park

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Dubai Shopping Festival By Sarah Shuhait Dubai Shopping Festival started on February 15, 1996 in Dubai – United Arab Emirates. The idea of the festival is that people enjoy and celebrate with other nationalities. The tourists came to Dubai because all of the events that take place during the festival. Also the shops offer deep discounts and fireworks light Dubai’s night sky, lighting the streets. They have a global village where the people bring their own culture, traditions, and traditional food. During the festival Dubai is a very crowded city with tourists and the local people, who await this big ceremony. At the end when you see the festival for the first time you will have a desire to come back again and enjoy the festival.

CQS Adult Care Centre

Pictured above L to R: Santa, Bobby Logan, and volunteers (Photo Courtesy of CQS Care Centre) Pictured above: Sarah Shuhait

Reindeer Treats By Linda Scott Chocolate covered Marshmallow Reindeer.. Marshmallows are dipped in milk chocolate, the pretzel antlers are dipped in dark chocolate, candy eyes, m-n-m nose (red nose for Rudolf). You can use a little melted chocolate as your glue to put the items together. Sucker sticks can be found at your local craft store in the cake/candy decor section. If you chill the marshmallows in the refrigerator before dipping, they won't melt when you put them into the warm melted chocolate :) Then you can refrigerate them to harden the chocolate quickly.

By Carla Daniels It’s that special time of year again! What better for the adults who attend Centenary Queen Square Adult Care Centre than to engage in the Christmas traditions that have been around since the Centre’s inception in 1977. Providing adults with special needs with fun and meaningful social/recreational opportunities has always been our goal. But this time of year is especially rewarding for clients – in sipping their hot chocolate with friends, making one-of-a-kind gifts for loved ones, and baking special goodies to eat and share. It’s the simple things that matter most. Experiencing the nostalgia as clients are invited to reminisce about their favourite childhood toy along with anticipation for the party and gift exchange that will occur in December, or even greater still, Santa’s arrival, make this yet another Christmas to remember!

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A Family Celebrates The Holidays

Irving Oil’s “Fuel The Care” Lends A Helping Hand To Local Families

By Amanda Maxwell I was talking to a youth and asked - what are your holidays like? Here is what one child said; Leaving cookies and milk out for Santa Claus and waking up the next morning and then waking up everybody else, yelling it’s Christmas. Mom would say only open your socks until she comes down stairs. We would say a little pray and thank God and wish him a happy birthday. Mom and dad would be right there taking our pictures as we opened our gifts. A few hours later you could smell the turkey dinner cooking. Christmas to me is my family being together and being thank full for what we have.

RBC Donates To ONE Change Pictured above: Logan Gibb and his mother, Jean Middleton. (Photo Courtesy of Martin Flewwelling) For over ten years, Irving Oil’s Fuel the Care Program has helped more than 35,000 families throughout Atlantic Canada and New England by providing them with fuel gift cards. The free fuel enables families who must drive their child long distances for urgent medical treatments to have one less thing to worry about. The program has helped the family of six-year-old Logan Gibb of Saint John. At birth, Logan was diagnosed with a rare genetically inherited disease, and ever since, he’s been driven regularly to the IWK Health Centre in Halifax for treatments. “My husband has remained at work in Saint John and travels to Halifax every Friday for the weekend so we can all be together,” Jean Middleton, Logan’s mother said, “Without the help we have received from Irving Oil, these weekend visits would not be possible.” For more information about Fuel the Care, visit www.facebook.com/ irvingoil.

On behalf of ONE Change Wendy Barron-Belmore received a donation of $1000.00 from Theresa Keane-Gormley of RBC. ONE Change would like to thank Royal Bank of Canada for their kindness and generosity to the residents of the Old North End. Wendy Barron-Belmore, Community Coordinator. ONE Change Inc., 223 Victoria St 635-2035

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Fall Bus Tour

By Debbie McLeod On Friday, October 5, 53 people loaded on to a 55-seat bus on route to Gagetown and Mama George's for the day. We enjoyed the fall foliage and the BINGO games so graciously hosted by Helen Bridgeo of Leisure Services. Wilf Hiscock greeted us with open arms at Charlotte's Family Orchard, where we had the opportunity to pick apples and buy some homemade preserves.

Crescent Valley Recycles By Anne Driscoll The CV Caring / Blue Run Recycling contest was a big hit in CV. Residents took part in a friendly competition to see which team had the highest rate of recycling and were rewarded with a pizza party.

Pictured above: Jean Chaission, Wilf Hiscock, Dugna Howe (Photo Courtesy of Debbie McLeod)

Dugna Howe and Jean Chaission were the lucky winners of a pumpkin as they guessed the weight of the large pumpkin which was on display. The weight of the pumpkin was 706.5 pounds!! After a wonderful time at the Orchard we headed back down the countryside to Mama George’s, where we each had a wonderfully prepared home cooked dinner. A great time was had by all.

Individuals who recycled the most were eligible to win a prize. Sandra Chappel, left, and her son Ryan, centre, were winners and received a gift certificate from Patti Driscoll of the Blue Run.

Pictured above: Sandra and Ryan Chapelll recieve gift from Patti Driscoll

The CV Caring / Blue Run competition continues with several "Mystery Draw" winners already announced. Keep up the good work recycling CV!

U.C.T. Donates To The Community

(Photo Courtesy Of Pauline Cosgrove/UCT Publicty) United Commercial Travelers (UCT) made presentations to area groups; Around The Block received $1000. And $300 presentations were made to; East Saint John Minor Basketball; Lancaster Minor Hockey Assoc; River Valley Basketball; KV Basketball. The cheques were presented by Rod Borden (Youth Committee Chairperson) and Norma Mullett (Senior Counselor) with other members of Jack Kidd Council in attendance.

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Le Canada Atlantique fête l’Immigration francophone ! Connecting To The Job: Charles By Claire Ashton A new program at the Saint John Learning Exchange connects individuals to the workforce. A team of job coaches and, job Developer supports individuals to overcome barriers to work, develop skills, research opportunities, execute job search strategies, and access and maintain employment. Here is one of the many stories to tell.

Pictured above: Mairiame and Cindy

Charles completed the workplace essential skills program at the Saint John Learning Exchange. Apart from co-op placements in high school, Charles had never secured employment and was anxious about the prospect of entering the workforce. The Job Developer secured a connection with Warehouse Product Demonstrators, the company that promotes products in Costco. Charles has always had a love of theatre and performing and the Workforce Coaches encouraged Charles to approach his job as an opportunity to bring forth his love of acting in his presentations, and his ability to connect with people as customer service. Two months later, Charles is considered an asset to his employer, and he couldn’t be more pleased with his entry into the working world.

CHC Computer Room Reopening Hello Job Seekers! My name is Lizzy Gresh and I am going to help you find your next great opportunity. Here, at the Community Health Centre (116 Coburg), we have just launched the Community Job Support Centre - a room with ten computers, internet access and one-on-one support to help you access online job postings and enhance your digital skills. Drop in between 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Mon thru Fri to work independently or book a private session with me to review resumés, cover letters, set-up email accounts and browse online job sites together.

Par Fatoumata Diallo Agente de communication et de Francisation Centre d’accueil multiculturel et des nouveaux arrivants de SaintJohn(SJMNRC) La 1ère édition de l’Immigration francophone fut organisée du 5 au 9 novembre 2012 dans toutes les provinces du Canada Atlantique. À cette occasion, par l’entremise du Comité atlantique sur l’immigration francophone (CAIF), les dites provinces se mobilisèrent pour sensibiliser leurs citoyens sur les enjeux de cette réalité parfois mal comprise. Pour ce faire, des actions événementielles et médiatiques furent organisées partout en Atlantique. Il faut reconnaitre que si l’immigration francophone est une ressource économique, elle est aussi une ressource humaine qui aide les cultures du Canada Atlantique à garder leurs diversités. Durant cette semaine, la parole fut donnée « à tous les témoins de l’immigration francophone – directs ou indirects de chaque province –, à ceux qui la vivent, qui la voient ou qui ne la comprennent pas ». À Saint-John, le Centre d’accueil multiculturel et des nouveaux arrivants (SJMNRC), en collaboration avec le District scolaire francophone Sud et le Centre scolaire communautaire Samuel de Champlain ont organisé le 28 novembre dernier une soirée dénommée Bienvenue dans la famille ! Une occasion de fêter à la fois l’immigration francophone au Canada Atlantique et souhaiter la bienvenue aux nouveaux arrivants dans le Grand Saint-Jean. WISHING YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS TMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR

For more information call 632-5545. See you soon!

Around The Block Team (Issue 26)

SAINT JOHN ENERGY RG GY ID DE IS PROUD TO PROVIDE IN NG CHRISTMAS LIGHTING TO THE RESIDENTS SO OF SAINT JOHN

Old North End: Wendy Barron-Belmore, and Gerry Leavitt South End: Mary LeSage. Waterloo-Village: Penni Eisenhauer. Crescent Valley: Anne Driscoll and Erin Adams Lower West Side: Jill Roberts and Megan Cowell. Proof readers: Rona Howald, Anna O’Hara, Mark Driscoll, Belinda Kumar and Linda Boyle. Layout and Design: Chris Hopkins, and Juanita Black. Ad Design: Chris Hopkins. Community members: Carl Tricky, Lyn King, Amanda Maxwell, Kim Williams, Lisa Chamberlain and Randy Hatfield. Vibrant Communities: Cathy Wright, and Barry Galloway.

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Around The Block Issue 26  

This issue focuses on Holiday Traditions

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