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Issue 21 . February 2012 • • A Strong Woman

Carolyn LeBlanc

By Cheryl Brown Through my literacy work I have met a strong woman. Maybe you know her. She has little income and loves her kids so much she parents without complaint. She makes meals and a home from less than you would think possible. She makes a difference in her community.

By Debbie McLeod I would like to introduce you to Carolyn LeBlanc who raised her 4 children , 3 grandchildren and nurtured a few nieces and nephews along the way! Carolyn has been married to Ed for 46 years and has lived in the Courtenay Bay area for 11 years. Carolyn is a wonderful mother, wife, grandmother and volunteer in her community.

She volunteers even though she has no time. She faces hardships every day and still can laugh. She gets knocked down by sickness, grief and people who said they cared about her, but always gets back up. She has a passion, grace and beauty that shines out whenever she talks about the people and things she cares about. She dreams of safer communities, better schools and equality. She amazes and inspires me. She is all the women I have met.

She is involved in organizing and participating in all the events in the Courtenay Bay area. In the summer you can find her weeding her 2 plots in the Courtenay Bay Community Garden or you can find her participating in the Walking Club or preparing for the Book Club. Carolyn is just one example of strong women that I have the pleasure to work with. Chers (ères) lecteurs (trices)

Message From The Minister Celebrating Women

Je suis très honorée et flattée de faire partie de cette édition du Around the Block. L’équipe de production de cette publication fait un travail exemplaire et je veux féliciter ses membres pour leur professionnalisme, leur engagement et leur passion.

Dear Readers,

I want to start right away by stating how honoured I am to have been selected to participate in this edition of Around The Block. The team behind the production of this publication does amazing work and I want to congratulate all the members for their hard work, their dedication and their professionalism. I have no doubt that Around The Block makes a positive difference in the community by informing the residents on important subject such as this edition’s topic: women’s issues.

Je n’ai aucun doute que la publication de Around the Block fait une différence dans la communauté en informant les résidents sur des questions importantes comme celles de ce mois-ci : la condition féminine. Nous vivons une époque excitante pour les femmes. La directrice exécutive du comité de la condition féminine aux Nations Unies, Michelle Bachelet, a écrit dans un discours que le 21e siècle est celui des femmes et des jeunes filles.

Hon. Margaret-Ann Blaney

Hillary Clinton a récemment déclaré que la participation des femmes aux affaires économiques mondiales permettra de sauver l’économie mondiale.

This is an exciting time for women. Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of the United Nations Women committee said that the 21st century will be the century of girls and women.

À titre de ministre responsable de la condition féminine je vous encourage à saisir les occasions qu’offrent cette époque excitante et à faire une différence dans votre communauté. Je vous encourage à devenir des leaders et des rêveurs. Le Nouveau-Brunswick a besoin de tous les talents disponibles et nous devons tous aider les femmes à devenir des leaders qui guideront la génération de demain. Je suis toujours disponible pour travailler avec vous et faire en sorte qu’ensemble nous accomplissons encore plus pour les femmes de la province.

Hillary Clinton said recently that allowing women to participate in the world’s marketplace can help save the world economy. As Minister Responsible for the Status of Women I encourage you to seize this time and to make a difference in your community and our province. I encourage you to be leaders and dreamers. New Brunswick needs all the talent and we should all be promoting capable women into leadership roles and show the way to the next generation. I am very much looking forward to working side by side with all of you as we accomplish even more for the women of our province.

Hon. Margaret Ann Blaney Minister Responsible for the Status of Women/ Ministre responsablede la condition de la femme

Coordinator’s Comments: Strong Women

By Juanita Black, Coordinator, Around The Block, Phone: 647-4850. Email:

For this issue of Around The Block, we are happy to partner with the Women’s Issue Branch to highlight the strong women in our communities. March 8 is International Women’s Day with a theme of “Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures.” There is no doubt in my mind that the stories you will read in this issue are inspiring, life changing and show us to never give up. There are many amazing stories written by daughters, mothers, grandmothers, husbands and friends. I know you too will be inspired. There are pictures of strong women throughout this issue, do you recognize them from your work or community? I would like to welcome Chris Hopkins as our new layout artist. Chris with his amazing computer wizardry will be an asset to me in keeping our community newspaper up to date for our advertisers and all the community stories and pictures that come our way month after month. Welcome aboard Chris. Please enjoy this issue of Around The Block. Page 1

Single Mom - Priceless

Strong Women At Centennial

By Robert Young My loving, forever giving mom was born and raised in Millidgeville North. Poverty was experienced at an early age. Being one of the oldest of her siblings, responsibility and care for others started at an early age. Mom married at the age of seventeen and had four smart, handsome boys. After years of an abusive marriage, mom left, leaving her a single mom. Mom moved to Toronto, finding shelter in a transition (Photo by ONE Change) house. Impressed, her peers gave her employment. Mom was a guest on a television show about single mothers, shining like a star.

By Caitlin Corkum Centennial School has had the pleasure of working with two wonderful women, two years running. Cheryl Brown and Sheri McAulay have a passion for literacy and learning and have taken that passion and shared it with the families at our school. Through a 10-week Family Literacy program, Cheryl and Sheri encouraged family togetherness, provided parents with strategies to foster math and literacy at home, provided fun and interactive enrichment for our students, and helped parents feel comfortable in our school and see the staff as welcoming and supportive. Cheryl and Sheri care about the families in our community; they care about their education and their well-being and are doing something about it! Thank you for caring Cheryl and Sheri!

Mom returned to NB and finished raising us. We put her through hell and she never complained. We all moved away for work leaving her all alone. Mom had her last child, a daughter Julie, and soon after she started to volunteer in our community. My mom’s always helping, giving and loving. Through it all she still expects nothing in return. That makes Mom priceless.

My Nanny

ONE Change Digital Library

By Sarah Hill From being the most active and energetic person in my life to being diagnosed with lung cancer, my Nan has been the most important woman in my life. She is now struggling but in good spirits. She fights every day to prove that she is strong.

By Brenda Hope The ONE Change Digital Literacy Centre has moved to the North End Community Centre, entrance on Durham St. We have expanded and have space to accommodate more learners. New courses are available in computer basics starting on March 5. Please call Brenda at 652-6625 for more information.

It has been hard for my family and me. Cancer does not care (Photo Courtesy of Sarah Hill) who you are, it will take your life away just like that. The best thing you can do is stay close to your family and talk about all the good memories you had with that person.

Thank You Golden Oldies By Gina Reid The staff and youth from the ONE Change Youth Inclusion Program (YIP) would like to thank the Golden Oldies for all they have done to support the Old North End community this past year. Whether it be hosting a family day in the park, creating a sewing program or offering a hug and some advice, their passion and commitment to helping the community is admirable.

In the end, she has changed my life and I am glad I can call her my Nanny Sunshine. We hope and pray every day for her.

Each year the ONE Change continues to advance its mission of improving the quality of life in the Old North End. Through various programs, we have seen many lives changed. In particular, the ONE Change YIP has made an impact in over 80 young people’s lives by creating tailored intervention plans and offering fun, life changing programs.

Free Tax Clinics There will be FREE tax clinics at the ONE Change, 223 Victoria Street, every Mon and Sat during the months of March and April from 1 - 4 pm. Please call 635-2035 or 1-800-959-8281 for more information or visit .

If you would like to find out more or get involved with YIP or any of the ONE Change programs, call 657-2408 or 635-2035.

North Neighbourhood Contact Wendy Barron-Belmore Phone: 635-2035 E-mail:

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Mary LeSage Recieves Award

My Biggest Inspiration By Lisa Morris My grandmother was a working single mom with 8 children who struggled but held her head up. She gave all that she had. The 5 daughters she raised are just as inspirational and have the same compassion and generosity as she did.

By Mary LeSage Where do I start? I remember hearing about this organization a few years back when I was in a self - esteem course. I went back to school for Business Administration (still shy a few courses) but decided I wanted to get out and work. Mind you, I hadn't worked in 8 years; I was excited but nervous as well. I took advantage of all that was available to to me when starting my job search. My Mary LeSage is the 2011 case manager got me in touch with LauRecepient of the Employment ra and Rachel from Partners For WorkRetention Award place Inclusion Program (PWIP.) When I first met Rachel and Laura, they walked me through the steps of resume writing etc. My email was FULL of job opportunities. They were in constant touch with me whether it was through email or phone.

Judy Elderkin and her daughter Lisa(Photo courtesy Lisa Morris)

My mother is one of those 5 daughter’s. She was a single mom who raised her two children to be strong minded compassionate people. She taught me to rise above life’s obstacles with dignity and appreciate what we do have: our family. Thank you friends and family who have shared their stories and have been an inspiration, you have given me strength and the drive to keep going.

As a matter of fact it was one of the very first job opportunities that came across my desk that I was intrigued with - Part-time Operations Manager with a community organization (P.U.L.S.E. Inc - People United in the Lower South End). I had all the qualifications in some way or another. I think Laura even told me my age was a good thing!! Finally!! I have been exposed to so many different things and wonderful people in my job. Without sounding so cliché, I was so glad to get out of the house becoming a working member of society. But then I soon realized, I was meeting actual people AND liking it. The job just felt right for me, it was where I belonged. My disability (MS) is always there but is non - existent at times. Looking at me, you would never know I had it. But it still exists. So part-time was my best bet to start with; a few hours every day, and to be home when the kids got home from school. It was all coming together. And I was making a difference!!

My Special Holiday By Carl Killen I am the proud father of two adult daughters. Among the greatest joys of my life has been watching them both grow into the capable young women they are. My oldest daughter Joanna, already well-established as a professional woman, has recently become mother to Neil. To watch her become a mother has been equally as thrilling for me as becoming a grandfather.

Comings And Goings At P.U.L.S.E.

Partnering with the VON our Wellness Clinics have been quite successful. We will be back running on the 3 Tuesday of the month, next one will be Feb 21 from 1-4 pm.

Pictured are Joanna , Neil and Katie (Photo Courtesy of Carl Killen)

Saint John the Baptist King-Edward School is looking for skates for the Skate Swap/Giveaway again this year!! Drop off is at the P.U.L.S.E. building. Helmets will be gladly accepted as well!!

My other daughter is in her final year as a veterinary student and became engaged over the Christmas holidays. In every instance, my daughters have been the determiners of their futures and I have full confidence in them both.

Feb 18 from 10:30-1:30 we will be having a community engagement event at Mahogany Manor 220 Germain St. about a memorial to Jacqueline Dawn Brewer and John Turner. A small fee of $5 for soup and sandwich will go to a fund. Complimentary tea and coffee. We want your input!!

Three Sisters

Free Tax Clinics

Weigh In On The Meaning Of “Strong Women” Every woman has a different opinion about what it means to be strong. To some, it may mean the strength of bearing children and keeping a family together. Still for others, working and keeping up with a busy lifestyle is where their strengths lie. We all face challenges each and every day. Some we conquer, yet still at times we fail. I believe the true strength of a woman is her ability to strive with her failure in tow, no matter what obstacles life throws; we have our mitts ready to catch it fair or foul. We all do different things with our lives yet somehow we make it work and this truly is the strength of a woman.

PULSE Inc at 251 Wentworth St on the following dates: March 15, 29 from 5:30 - 8:30 pm. March 10, 24 from 12:30 - 3:30 pm, April 5, 19 from 5:30 - 8:30 pm., April 14 from 12:30 - 3:30 pm. St. Andrew & St. David Church at 164 Germain St, March 31, April 21 and April 28 from 12:30 - 3:30 pm. Please call 632-6807, for more information, or 1-800-959-8281.

South Neighbourhood Contact Mary LeSage Phone: 632-6807 E-mail:

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Crescent Valley’s Strong Women

Jennifer Carhart

By Cst. Don Metcalfe, Community Services Unit, Saint John Police Force Before I came to work in Crescent Valley as a community police officer, one of my last patrol calls in 2010 was to Hazen-White/ St. Francis School. As I entered the school, I was met by the principal, Jennifer Carhart. That meeting was the beginning of my adventure into Community Policing in Crescent Valley and my introduction to one of the many powerful women who keep the strong bond that connects the neighbourhood known as The Boulevard. In January 2011, I officially began my role as Community Police Officer for Crescent Valley in the Crescent Valley Resource Centre. I was soon brought to the Dept. of Social Development – Housing, where I met Dana Thompson, Debbie McLeod, and Susan Smith. These women were among the first of many female leaders that I met. They look after all the housing concerns and complaints of Crescent Valley and the surrounding areas. From there I was introduced to Janet McLaughlin and Juanita Black, two women who are the inner strength in the heart of Crescent Valley. These women are the go to people if you want or need something done and done with success. I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge many of the other women who I have gotten to know over the past year and who have brought me many smiles in my workday. Lisa Clark, Melissa Clark, Shawna Jarvis, Wanda Roche and Sandra Chappell are just a few of the women who go out of their way to work with me and support me in doing my job. These women are at every event, and without their support the success of Crescent Valley would be compromised. One cannot talk about strong women in Crescent Valley and not mention Anne Driscoll, Tara Parlee (staff of the Crescent Valley Resource Centre), Ann Barrett, a CVRC board member and Shaundell Curran, Teen Vibe coordinator. I feel these women are the key to programming and supporting the residents and teens of Crescent Valley. They are amazing at what they do.

Jennifer Carhart is the principal of Hazen White-St. Francis School. In this article she answers questions on what makes her a strong woman. How does your school community and the Crescent Valley community inspire you as a leader? The challenges of working in a priority neighbourhood are the same challenges that inspire me as a leader. (Photo by Anne Driscoll) Crescent Valley is full of strong women as leaders; from our students to the women I work with daily. In my role I can help parents and students take advantage of all the opportunities life presents to them to be their best. Part of being a strong woman is about self-help, and self-improvement. How important is self-improvement, continual learning and trying new experiences to you? Self-improvement is very important to me. Every day I reflect upon the decisions I’ve made and how they may impact others. Every day I try to find ways to provide support, and guidance to empower through leadership. Trying new experiences is something that was instilled in me as a child. My parents pushed my sister and me to try new things, and having new experiences is something that provides me with great motivation. What advice do you have for Crescent Valley women and girls on being strong and confident? Hold your head high, be proud of where you live, be proud of your family and who you are. Dare to try new things, push yourself to the limit. Allow yourself to be open to opportunity. Do your best every day. Dare to dream, set goals and reach them.

Let’s Talk About Food In Crecent Valley FREE Wednesday February 29, 1-2 pm

We’re looking for? New ways to engage residents of Crescent Valley and surrounding areas (Anglin Drive, North End, Stephenson Tower, etc.) to increase food security by enhancing knowledge of basic nutrition, getting the best nutritional value for your money, as well as improving access for all families to healthy food choices. Do you want to take action to improve your health? Do you want to make a difference in your community? Do you want to learn & teach others about healthy eating? Are you involved with a community kitchen or garden? Drop in to the Crescent Valley Resource Centre, 130 MacLaren Blvd to share your ideas and enjoy a snack! Call 693-8513

Our Mrs. Colwell By Krista Turnbull Community Schools/ PALS Coordinator, St. Patrick’s School and Hazen-White St. Francis School 721-7314

Mrs. Colwell, as you may all know, is simply one of the strongest women we know. She has been everyone’s mothers! so to speak for the last 10 years. Mrs. Colwell always has a smile on her face while she is holding down the fort and is ready and willing to get everything done. The students, parents and staff at Hazen-White/St. Francis School are so lucky to have such a kind hearted person to greet and help them every day. Crossing paths with a person like Mrs. Colwell is a gift that is to be cherished.

Free Tax Clinics

Volunteers from the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) help eligible people who have low income, and simple tax situations. Please come to a free Income tax clinic at the CVRC, 130 MacLaren Blvd. Drop-in only, no appointment needed. The Tax Clinics are on: Wed. March 14 & 28 April 11 from 1 - 4 pm., Wed. March 21, and April 4 from 3:30 - 6:30 pm , Sat. March 31 and April 14 from 1 - 4 pm. Please call 693-8513 for more information, or 1-800-959-8281

Crescent Valley Neighbourhood Contact

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

Anne Driscoll: 693-8513

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Danell’s Drive Association Donation

Our Rhonda Coston By Krista Turnbull (Community Schools/PALS Coordinator, St. Patrick’s School and Hazen-White St. Francis School, 721-7314)

By Wayne D Fry Mary-Eleanor Shillington, in the middle is presenting a donation of food and a cheque to Darlene Losier and Gwen McKnight, volunteers at the West Side Food Bank. Also, there was a contribution from the tenants association of Danell’s Drive to the Pennies of Africa, sponsored by St. George’s Church.

Rhoda Coston is a wonderful parent volunteer at St. Patrick's School. She is the chair of our PSSC as well as the parent volunteer who was instrumental in generating interest for our new Home & School at St. Pat's. (Photo courtesy of Krista Turnbull)

Rhoda coordinates a hot lunch program at the school one day a week with other parent volunteers. Our after-school lending library took on a new look and feel this year and Rhoda has coordinated the running of the program.

(Photo Courtesy of Wayne D Fry)

Strong Women By Patti Kelly Women are strong, Women are smart, Women can admit when they are wrong. Women are mothers, Women help others, Women are achievers, Women are believers. Women WILL stay STRONG!!

"Happiness is created,” says Rhoda. “So I choose to learn, change and grow. I always look for the positives and I have also realized that knowing what you don't want will help you discover what you do." We are so lucky to have Rhoda at St. Patrick's School!

Westside P.A.C.T. Thanks Sponsors By Mary Lou Price As you can see from the picture, the Westside P.A.C.T. office was over-run by stuffed animals and PJs for our annual Christmas PJ Drive. The community response was overwhelming. We were able to outfit 100 kids from both community schools with hats, mittens, PJs, undergarments, and socks. We were also able to include a stuffed animal, board game, hygiene products, and a small gift.

Westside Wellness Centre Updates

•Specimen Collection: Tue and Wed 7:30 am to 2:30 pm, by appointment only: 648-6681. • Food Bank: Tue and Fri, 1–3 pm • Art for Seniors: Thu 1–3 pm: 674-4335 • Monthly Foot Care Clinic: every 3rd Wed by appointment: 657-2273 • Are you over 50 and want to be more ACTIVE? Join our free classes Tue 10–11am at Hope Centre and Fri 2–3 pm at Carleton Community Center. Please call 674-4335 • Food Purchase Club: for more information call 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, Tuesday afternoons from 1–3 pm.

Mary Doiron Is A Giver By Patti Kelly If you see her on the street she is well put together, but if you knew her struggles you could do nothing but admire her. She volunteers with the Market Place Wellness Centre, Community Kitchen. Mary has a health condition, which she takes in stride. She is always courteous and has a smile that when you see her you can’t help but smile too. Mary takes what she knows and shares with the less fortunate. We could only hope to have more Mary’s around to make our lives more positive and meaningful. Thank you Mary for being you!

Photo of Mary Lou Price and Darlene Splane (Photo Courtesy of Tom Splane)

A huge thank you to all of our supporters, we couldn't have done it without your help! We are so blessed to live in such a kind city, where supporting your community just comes naturally!

Free Tax Clinics

There will be a FREE tax clinic at the Carleton Community Centre every Monday during the months of March and April from 11 am – 6 pm. Please call 658-2920. for more information, or 1-800-959-8281.

Did You Know? Fort La Tour is a provincial and national historic site in Saint John, commemorating the French fort established by governor of Acadia Charles Étienne de la Tour in 1631. Françoise Marie Jacquelin (16021645), known as Madame La Tour, died at the Fort La Tour site in 1645 after leading a valiant defence of the fort during her husband's absence.

West Neighbourhood Contacts Patti Kelly: 674-4335 Mary Lou Price: 693-5123

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Rose Misner - Big Accomplishments

A Wise And Wonderful Woman

By Cindy Floyd Rose Misner joined the Saint John Y in January of 2011. She won a contest that was sponsored by the YMCA and CBC Radio for 6 month membership and biweekly training sessions with a personal trainer. She had never worked out at a gym before. Since joining the Y Rose has lost 86 pounds! Here are Rose’s comments:

By Patty Donovan Strength takes many forms and oftentimes we miss the quiet force of those on the front lines who teach perseverance, patience, acceptance, tolerance and love. Elder Sheila Croteau, with her ongoing support of our community, has dedicated herself to these principles in all her teachings. She continuously offers the talents and wisdom that she has acquired over the years freely, seldom asking for anything in return. Sheila is one of the strongest and (Photo courtesy of Patty Donovan) kindest women I have had the pleasure of working alongside and I am very grateful for her friendship. Thank you Sheila for all that you do and all that you teach our community!

My Strong Mother By Linda Scott My mother was a strong women in many ways. She was raised on a farm. Being the oldest child she helped with the younger ones. My grandparents ran a hotel and of course she helped with the cleaning and cooking. At 17, she went to a remote community in now Base Gagetown and taught school Grades 1-8. She then went for training in the Saint John General Hospital to be a nurse. She nursed in the (Photo courtesy of Linda Scott) hospital here during World War II. In 1951 she moved to Gagetown to look after my father's aunt. She continued her nursing by working with the country doctor – in some hair rising situations. She opened and operated a maternity home where babies were born at our home.

#1 health goal: Reducing my Body (Photo courtesy of Saint John Mass Index. I don’t have any co-morYM-YWCA) bidities and I’d like to keep it that way. Biggest challenge: Portions. Though I crave more fruit and veggies, I still don’t get enough of them. Biggest accomplishment: From Jan 2011 to now, my BMI has gone from 67 to 51 and I have lost 86 pounds. I don’t eat after supper and my addiction to potato chips disappeared the day I won the membership. I absolutely have to share another. I had set a goal to walk up the steep hill where I live in the spring. (about 1k) On Jan 19th, because I missed my bus from the mall, I decided to try it now. This added about 1/2k. I did it in half an hour!!! I will continue to live a healthy lifestyle by: Working on my portions, work out and challenge myself at the Y and celebrate milestones with new clothes instead of eating out. Personal tip: Out of shape bodies and minds can get in shape again. Yes it’s work but each victory is a reward - celebrate it!

Free Tax Clinic There will be FREE tax clinics at the Grace Presbyterian Church, 101 Coburg Street, every Wed during the months of March and April from 10 am –1 pm and on Sat April 14, 21, 28 from 10 am –1 pm. Please call 634-7765, for more information, or 1-800-959-8281.

My Mother By Lori Doyle When asked if I had a “strong woman” that I might like to write a piece about for ATB I immediately thought of my mother. She worked fulltime and always did an amazing job of juggling work and home. She too had an amazing mother who helped her with that juggling and was our caregiver so she could work.

She continued her nursing by operating a home for aged people in West Saint John. She was an amazing nurse! All nurses are angels in disguise.

Amazing Growth

It was then that I began to think of the many strong mothers I have met throughout my 26-year teaching career. Whether they were mothers of students I taught, or teachers I worked with, there are so many who have sacrificed so much for their children. There are strong single mothers, like my sister, who struggle to fulfill the role of two parents. I have seen these women raise absolutely wonderful, vibrant, successful children on their own. Mothers who struggle with their own issues, yet, always manage to put their children first, clothe them, feed them, and get them to school on time each day while providing a nurturing loving home.

By Carolyn MacLennan I would like to say what inspires me is when women have the courage to take a course that will help them change their lives. I am currently enrolled in the 6 week self-esteem course at the Community Health Centre and I love it! It is so amazing to see how the women in my group are growing and transforming. The growth from the first day up until now has been awesome. That inspires me; strong women who have the courage to listen and grow. It takes a lot of courage to make changes in your life and when I see everyone, including me, in the group growing stronger every day it gives us all hope.

In recognizing “Strong Women” I salute mothers whose children are their priority and who are doing the most important job there is-shaping our next generation! Cheers!

Village Neighbourhood Contact Penni Eisenhauer 343-5382

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VON Wellness Clinics Starting

Living With Liver Disease

Tues. Feb 14, 9:30 am–1 pm at Main Street Baptist Church

"Living with Liver Disease" is a public education session, hosted by the Saint John Chapter of the Canadian Liver Foundation in celebration of March Liver Health Awareness Month. Want to learn more about liver health? Don’t miss this chance to have all your questions answered!

Tues. Feb 14, 1–4 pm at Crescent Valley Resource Centre,130 MacLaren Blvd.,2 pm Exercise program Tues. Feb 21, 9:30 am – 1pm at Main Street Baptist Church

Date: Fri March 2, from 9am –4:30pm. Location: Saint John Regional Hospital, Level 1 Conference Room.

Tues. Feb 21, 2 –4 pm at P.U.L.S.E Community Center, 251 Wentworth Street

The session will feature expert speakers who will provide practical information on a variety of liver health topics relevant to daily life. Keynote speakers include Dr Marie Laryea, Dr Lisa McKnight, a nutritionist/dietician, physiotherapist, and personal stories of living with liver disease and liver transplant.

Tues. Feb 28, 9:30 am –1 pm at Main Street Baptist Church

Saint John Free School

Cost: free to the general public with healthy lunch & breaks sponsored by Aquila Tours Inc. Pre-registration is required. Contact: 214-3511.

The Free School creates an opportunity for people to share knowledge, skills, and ideas via free workshops in an open, non-discriminatory environment as an effort to encourage community interaction. The third full day event will be held on Saturday, Feb 18 at the North End Community Centre. Free meals, free child care, and musical entertainment are provided throughout the day.

Get Your Piece Of The Money Pie You may be missing out on benefits and credits if you have not filed your income tax return. Did you know … • A single person could receive up to $1,197 each year. • A single parent with one child under the age of 7 could receive up to $4,371 each year. • Two parents with two children under the age of 7 could receive up to $8,497 each year. • If you are eligible to receive the 2012 School Supplement benefit you must file your 2011 tax return. These are just a few of the many benefits you could be missing. To learn more about these benefits visit or call 1-800-387-1193.

For more information about the Saint John Free School, please visit

PRUDE Mentorship Program Volunteer Mentors Needed! Make a difference by becoming a mentor and friend to a woman from the newcomer community. Mentors are needed to help newcomer women learn more about our community. Share your knowledge while you develop or increase your cultural awareness and leadership skills. The time commitment is only four hours a month for five months. For more information about the program, please contact Joan Richardson at 634-7538, by email at or stop by our office located on the 3rd floor of the City Market.

Yoga Flow

YOGA FLOW every Wed evening from 6:30 –7:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist, 545 Sandy Point Road, (across from HW-SF School) The program will be for ages five and up, but we offer child care as well. There will be a free will offering.

Winter Safety Tips Here are some winter safety tips, from the Westside P.A.C.T., to remember while having fun outdoors! • Remember, if the wind chill factor is reported as -25C (-13F) or greater. This is the temperature at which exposed skin freezes in a few minutes) you should play indoors! • Ice on frozen ponds, rivers, lakes or canals should be at least 15 cm (6 inches) thick and 20 cm (8 inches) thick for skating parties or games. Beware of quick thaws which can weaken the ice surface. • Stay away from the banks of ponds, lakes, streams and rivers during the spring thaw. • When you are sliding make sure that the hill is free of hazards trees, rocks, bumps, fences and bare spots. Do not sled on icecovered areas. • Be sure that the sliding hill is situated away from roads, rivers or railroad tracks and that there is plenty of room to stop at the bottom of the hill. • After finishing a run, look out for the other guy moves quickly to the side and walk up and away from the sliding path. • Always wear your helmet when snowboarding.

Day Of Caring - Call For Projects

Join the Saint John Volunteer Centre and the United Way of Greater Saint John to make a big difference in one day. In early June, volunteers will be mobilized throughout our community, completing meaningful hands-on projects to create visible change on our Day of Caring. We invite non-profit organizations and community groups to submit a project that would take one day to complete. Depending on the volume of projects submitted, it is possible that not all projects would be completed. The deadline for submitting project ideas is March 30, 2012. For further information please contact Ron Oldfield at the United Way office by phone 6581212 or email

Did You Know? The first local association of the YWCA in Canada was founded in 1870 by Agnes Blizzard in two rented rooms in a house on Germain Street in Saint John. It was disbanded after only a few years, apparently as a result of financial difficulties and the poor health of its founder. Parks Canada recognized the founding of this first YWCA as a national historic event, and will be mounting a plaque. Page 7


Strong Women - Gurl World By Melissa Barrett “Gurl World” is just one of the programs The Resource Centre for Youth (TRC) offers in hopes of “helping youth reach their full potential.” Gurl World is a five week self-esteem workshop that expands on topics like healthy and unhealthy relationships, boundaries and anger, internet safety and becoming assertive. We give girls the tools necessary to make better informed decisions by having open and honest discussions armed with the facts. We also ensure the girls that anything discussed during our session is confidential and private. By offering programs like this, we hope that our girls grow into strong women that can become role models in our community. Please go to our web page if you would like more information.

Our theme for February is Take Yourself to the Edge. School District 8 encourages each of us to venture to our own edges and allow ourselves to be our best, to take risks and give everything we’ve got to the tasks before us. Thought for the Month: “Take the first step in faith.You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March Our theme for March is Look for Possibilities. School District 8 challenges us all to take advantage of the possibilities before us.

Female Role Model

Thought for the Month:

By Alex Sabean and Tamika Cullins

“Take a chance! All life is a chance.The man who goes the furthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.” - Dale Carnegie

A good female role model for us is Shaundell Curran. We met Shaundell two years ago and she was very welcoming, but that’s not what makes her a good role model. She is a good role for many reasons, a few reasons are: she’s helpful with us teens, Front Centre: Shaundell Curran and her dog she knows how to Cassie (Photo courtesy of CV Teen Vibe) make good decisions, and she knows how to make other people happy. When ever we teens need someone to talk to she always knows the best thing to do, and if we need help with homework or anything she tries her best to help. If we teens are having any trouble with making decisions she makes it clear which one is better. Also if we are having a bad day she can make us happy with the smallest things, just by saying something. That’s why Shaundell is a good role model.

During the months of February and March students will be “Taking Themselves to the Edge” and “Looking for Possibilities” as they prepare for and participate in the District Science & Technology Fair. Check out all the possibilities discovered on March 22, 2012, District 8 Office, Lower Conference Room. For more information on the Celebrate what’s RIGHT with the world initiative, contact Joan Wilkins, Coordinator, School District 8 at 6436884.

Kudos To Travis Hogan By Mary LeSage and Community Police Officer Cst. Deanna Cole.

K-Kids At HWSF

TRAVIS HOGAN, a St. Mac’s grade 10 student, shovelled out, not only the walkway of the PULSE building, but the entire parking lot. He was very sweet. I asked him if he was asked to do this by the original snowplough driver. He said, no, he was bored, off school...and he didn't mind! WOW...and I swear there wasn't a spot left untouched. I did thank him repeatedly.

By Krista Turnbull K-Kids is a new group at Hazen-White/St. Francis School this year. We are very fortunate to be one of four K-Kids groups sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Saint John. K-Kids pledge to "serve my neighbourhood and my school; I will show respect toward my environment; and I will try to make the world a better place in which to live."

P.U.L.S.E. Inc. would like to thank Travis for his good deed with a free coupon to SUBWAY!! Thanks Travis!!

This year we have ten members from grades 4 and 5. We have visited our PALS Partners at the Chateau de Champlain to sing Christmas carols, we are collecting Campbell's soup labels to help out someone at Christmas and recently we started a new friendship with the prekindergarten students in our school. We spent time reading with the young boys and girls and look forward to helping them with puzzles and crafts in the coming weeks. We are happy to be making a difference and thank the Kiwanis Club of Saint John for sponsoring us.

Strong Women Trivia


CityKidz By Jacob Yeomans

Strong women come from all walks of life and have influenced us in many ways. They challenged the status quo of gender roles. Do you know who these women are? 1Anne Sullivan 2. Bonnie Parker 3. Muriel McQueen Fergusson 4. Francoise Marie Jacqueline 5. Roberta Lynn Bondar 6. Daphne H. Patterson 7. Mary Eileen Travis 8. Anne Frank 9. Martha Jane Canary Burke 10. Rosa Parks Answers are on Page 15

About two months ago I attended a trip to Hamilton, Ontario, with Bobby Hayes. The purpose of our trip to Hamilton was to visit CityKidz, an organization that works to impact the lives of inner city children. We were able to participate in all of their programs including their Saturday program where they run 16 buses and reach out to over 2000 children each week. It was an amazing experience. Todd spent time talking with Bobby, giving him insight and advice on how to grow the Joshua Group to its full potential. We came home motivated and ready to improve our group. Hamilton has a high child poverty rate, but they are making a difference in these children’s lives. Their motto is “To Inspire, To Instill, To Impact.”

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My Biggest Role Model

Mill Rats Raise The Roof

By Keely McLaughlin For me, my role model is my mom, Theresa Williams! There are so many reasons why, but I’m only going to name a few. For starters, the biggest reason is because she is the best and she's always there for me. It's awesome because she wants to be there for me. Another thing that makes me happy, is she's always helping me, even when neither of us realizes it. She talks to me when no one else will, and keeps me strong when I can't be. Oh, and don't even get me started on all the things that she's done for me. Like in the last year she's done like one hundred billion things and still hasn't stopped and honestly, I don't think she ever will!

Committment To Our Youth By Sandra Voutour Debbie Cooper has been a fixture of the Boys and Girls Club since she was a small child. Starting as a member of the club when she was young, followed by a variety of roles including part time staff, full time staff, then Executive Director. Debbie has been a mentor to many people through her work and her many volunteer roles.

Pictured are the Saint John Mill Rats sporting their Raising the Roof Toques (Photo Courtesy of Colin MacDonald)

(Photo courtesy of Saint John

Boys and Girls Club)

Debbie has been recognized over the years for her commitment to this community. She received a Canada 125 medal, Saint John Sportsperson of the Year award and she was selected to carry the torch for the Olympic Relay. Debbie was also recognized by Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada for 30 years of service.

By Colin MacDonald The Saint John Youth House took part in our first Raising the Roof campaign, a national initiative to end homelessness in Canada. The experience was a great one! Over 600 of the Stylish Raising the Roof hats sold, which participation from Saint John’s sport franchises, the Sea Dogs and Mill Rats. Events like these are a great reminder of what a great community Saint John is, and how much people really do care. Throughout the campaign we spoke with many Saint Johner’s who were excited to hear about the work that is happening to support homeless youth in our community. On Behalf of the Saint John Youth House I would like to sincerely thank Saint Johner’s for their dedication to those in need in our community.

Debbie has proven to be a strong voice in our community advocating for our children and youth, she has made a lifetime commitment to the betterment of Saint John.

Did You Know? In 1948, Edna Steel of Saint John became the first woman elected to a municipal office. She served as city councillor and deputy mayor until 1950. Commenting on Edna’s election in 1948, a local wit remarked: “Saint John is not only built on solid rock, but its City Council is re-enforced with Steel.”

Rodney Weston

MP/député - Saint John

T 506 657-2500 email: 90 King Street, Saint John, NB Page 9

Equality And The Status Of Women There Is Progress

Judy Juliano By Debbie McLeod and Marla Barton

By The Women’s Issue Branch, Government of New Brunswick Here is a look back at how things used to be: • Over 61% of women are now in the labour force. • Thirty years ago, many elderly women lived in poverty in N.B. These days, about 4% of all elderly women are in that situation. Less significant progress has been made for lone mothers. Women don’t earn as much as men, but the difference is getting smaller and smaller. • Since 1971, discrimination based on sex is prohibited in a provincial law. • A law was required in 1906 for New Brunswick women to be accepted as lawyers since they were not considered persons. • The first woman who trained as a teacher in Saint John had to wear a veil, arrive ten minutes before classes, sit in the back, leave five minutes before the end and speak to nobody. • In 1981, Sandra Lovelace won her complaint to the United Nations to have abolished the section of the 1869 Indian Act that stripped Indian status from Aboriginal women if they married a non-Indian man. • In 1981, a provincial law established that marital property must be divided equally upon separation or death. (First Nations women on reserves still do not have similar protection). The work is not done, equality has not been reached.

By Ann Marie Jackson A strong woman is your great-great grandmother, who lived during the World Wars and the Great Depression. The woman who did what she could to make food last, making sure everyone was fed and clothed. She raised her own children and possibly someone else's. The woman you see on the street is strong too; some may look down upon her, while others envy her strength and courage to be able to live in such conditions. The strong single mother does it all on her own. Maybe she grew up where everyone fought all the time and got out of an abusive relationship. Maybe there is a strong woman living next door, battling cancer alone. Your great-great grandmother, mother, sister, aunt, cousin, niece, and maybe even you: every woman is strong in her own way with her own story. All women are strong, because life makes us that way!

By Linda Nickerson For the low cost of $25.You can participate in any number of these games, and enjoy the opening ceremony complete with a barbeque and musical entertainment, the awards banquet; and the company of old friends and meet new ones. For further information call the Seniors’ Resource Centre at 633-8781 Events include: Auction 45’s, croquet, pickle ball, timed walk, bowling, euchre, poll, volleyball, bridge, golf, scrabble, washer games, chess, horseshoes, shuffleboard, wizard, cribbage, lawn bowling and swimming.

Judy Juliano has been balancing full time work, family, and her community for years and has been able to do so with a huge smile, a positive attitude and a great sense of humour. Judy has decided to retire after 28 years of dedication to her career. We will miss her wisdom, laughter, knowledge and sunny disposition. We thank you so much Judy for all you have done for your community, workplace and family! We have big shoes to fill.......enjoy your retirement,” Our role model and friend”!

Growing Strong

A Strong Woman

50+ Friendship Games June 3-8

We have the privilege of working with many strong women in our Department but there is a familiar face that has been greeting us Good Morning for 28 years!

By Tina Melvin Growing up, I always felt very weak. I battled depression at a very young age and had my first child at 17. I struggled with relationships as a young mother and even had to make the heartbreaking decision to place my second child for adoption. I continued to find myself in controlling and abusive relationships and had two more children. After ten years, I finally got up the courage to leave my abusive relationship and move forward with my life. Despite losing my beloved job due to a back injury, I still believe I've come a long way from the woman I once was. I know I would never be where I am today without the love and support of my now boyfriend and amazing sister. I know now that someday all of my dreams WILL come true.

Jean Manzer By Kathleen Zwicker Jean Manzer has made a difference in the lives of many a child in East Saint John. As chair of Glen View United’s Outreach, she coordinated the Breakfast Program. For 22 years, 50 children a day experienced the hospitality of a hot breakfast, and adults who read books, helped with homework, assisted on the computer and, most importantly, valued them and listened to them. When children entering Glen Falls School had never been read to, Jean began a Head Start program. The Preschool will celebrate its fortieth year of service this year. Jean has initiated many outreach endeavors and mentored countless volunteers. Although Jean is no longer able to volunteer, her legacy lives on in the active and innovative ministry of the congregation.

South End Community Kitchen By Mark Leger Do you want to learn how to cook affordable, healthy, tasty meals for your family? Join the South End Community Kitchen being organized by P.U.L.S.E. Learn from experienced cooks and enjoy the company of people from your neighbourhood. For more information, contact Mary LeSage by phone: 632-6807. Email: Page 10

Crescent Valley Food Purchase Club By Jennifer Bower and Mary Ella Buckley Volunteering at the Crescent Valley Food Purchase Cub has become something we really look forward to. Once a month (every 3rd Friday), people with a common interest in our community get together to organize and distribute fresh produce. The food purchase club Pictured are Mary Ella Buckley, Jennifer is a wonderful way to Bower, Tara Parlee, Sharon Hooper, Debbie ensure families get lots McLeod (Photo Courtesy of Chuck) of fresh fruit and vegetables each month. You can purchase a $10 or $20 order which gives a great selection of fresh produce. We look forward to our morning at the Resource Centre and would encourage more people to volunteer or order food. It is a fun time and the best value in town!

Community Loan Fund Presentation

(Photo Courtesy of Rob Roy)

Jim Elgee receiving painting, “Winter Follies,” with Louise Beland, President of the Saint John Community Loan Fund and Margaret Graham, the artist.

Les nouveaux arrivants ont besoin de votre aide! Toute personne qui a quitté sa ville ou son pays serait d'accord de dire que l'expérience d'expatriation peut créer l'isolement. Ce n'est pas facile de laisser ses amis, sa famille et ses coutumes derrière soi pour recommencer une nouvelle vie dans un nouvel endroit. Ici à Saint-Jean, nous sommes chanceux d'avoir des nouveaux arrivants qui, même avec ces défis de changer, choisissent de faire de notre ville leur terre d'accueil. De ces nouveaux Saint-Jeannois sont des femmes fortes et indépendantes qui veulent contribuer comme membre de notre société.

Affordable Housing Matters! You can now learn more about affordable housing by reading some of our online project profiles. These profiles tell the story of approaches others have used in their community to help make affordable housing a reality in Canada. Featured on the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) web site is the First Steps Housing Project Inc. in Saint John. Discover how this project provides affordable housing and a supportive environment to young mothers and pregnant teens. To view the online project profile, search key words ‘‘First Steps Housing Project’’ on For more information, contact your local CMHC Corporate Representative, Francine DiMambro, by phone at 850-3747, by fax at 851-6188 or by email at

Au Centre d'accueil multiculturel et des nouveaux arrivants de Saint John (SJMNRC) et à PRUDE Inc., nous offrons des activités et programmes pour aider avec l'intégration et l'établissement de tous les nouveaux arrivants. Le programme « COME TOGETHER the Canadian Way » de PRUDE, par exemple, aide les femmes nouvellement arrivées de divers groupes ethno-culturels à se préparer pour leur vie dans la société canadienne. Le programme « Les Copains de Langues dans le Bus » de SJMNRC créé un jumelage entre les familles nouvellement arrivés et les Saint-Jeannois pour encourager l'amitié et l'échange culturel. Les nouveaux arrivants ont besoin de votre aide! Pour plus de renseignements sur nos programmes, et comment s'impliquer comme bénévole, prière de nous contacter au:

Newcomers Need Your Help!

*************************************************** L’abordabilité – c’est important! Vous pouvez maintenant en apprendre davantage sur le logement abordable en lisant les profils de nos projets en ligne.On y prend connaissance des démarches utilisées par des organismes ailleurs au Canada afin de créer du logement abordable dans leur collectivité. L’ensemble d'habitation First Steps, à Saint John, est l’un de ces exemples que la Société canadienne d'hypothèques et de logement (SCHL) présente sur son site Web. Découvrez comment il offre des logements abordables et un milieu de soutien aux jeunes mères et aux adolescentes enceintes. Pour voir ce profil, allez sur le site Web de la Société, au www.SCHL. ca, et faites une recherche en utilisant les mots « First Steps Housing Project ». Pour obtenir de plus amples renseignements, veuillez communiquer avec Francine DiMambro, représentante de la SCHL à Saint John. Vous pouvez communiquer avec elle par téléphone, au 850-3747, par télécopieur, au 851-6188, ou par courriel, à l’adresse fdimambr@

Anyone who has moved to another city or another country will attest it can be an isolating experience. It’s not easy to leave friends, family, and customs behind to start a new life in a new place. Here in Saint John, we’re fortunate to have many newcomers who, even with the challenges of relocating, choose to make our city their new home. Among these new Saint Johners are several strong, independent women who want to be contributing members of society. At SJMNRC and PRUDE Inc., we offer activities and programs to help newcomers integrate and feel welcome. PRUDE’s COME TOGETHER the Canadian Way, for example, helps newcomer women of all ethno-cultural groups prepare for their life in Canadian society. SJMNRC’s Language Buddies on the Bus partners newcomers and longtime Saint Johners to encourage friendships and cultural exchange. Newcomers need your help! For more information on our programs, and to get involved as a volunteer, please contact us: PRUDE Inc. - Telephone: 634-3088, Web: SJMNRC - Telephone: 642-4242, Web:

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Journey To Great Success

Nurses Are Angels In Disguise

By Paulette Hicks and Claire Ashton Energy, passion, and focused planning skills have contributed to Paulette’s 18 year journey from food and beverage service to becoming the General Manager of the Delta Brunswick Hotel and Brunswick Square Operations.

By Linda Scott I witnessed a special beauty every day within your role You cared for patients, family and friends, as you met your nursing vows and goal. Over and over in this role you made a difference, one that went beyond just care Going beyond the role of nursing, a special gift you shared. It was a gift that eased sorrow, eased pain and fallen tears One you chose to give freely, without compromise or fears. In your touch there was a healing, known on earth and above It was that special beauty I witnessed, when you touched a heart with love.

Pictured is Paulette Hicks, General

“After graduating from Manager of Delta Saint John college I accepted a posi(Photo Courtesy of Claire Ashton) tion with Delta as a restaurant hostess; ten months later I became Restaurant Supervisor. After filling in maternity leaves for Sales Coordinator and Conference Service Manager, I applied to become Sales Manager. Over the next few years I was promoted to Provincial Sales Manager, then Manager of Delta Brunswick Sales Operations, then General Manager of the Delta Brunswick. In 2006 I earned my current position.”

I saw your willingness to help, your strength to always give Though we didn’t always agree, you gave me a great role by which to live. I am very proud to be your daughter; you are an angel who has definitely earned her wings.

Strong Women In My Life

Paulette values that she has been employed for her full career with the complex in Saint John. She has a strong commitment to our community and is involved with many organizations, including those (like Ties 2 Work) which help Saint Johners gain the skills they need to guide their own journey to success in work and life.

Vagina Monologues

By Patty Donovan On February 13 and 14, the highly acclaimed, universally lauded and still very relevant “The Vagina Monologues” will be performed at the Imperial Theatre. Written by Eve Ensler in 1997, this is a play that examines violence against women through a series of monologues based on real women’s stories. But it is more than a play, it is a deeply moving and enlightening experience that transforms the way we think about women, sexuality, and violence. This year the proceeds will go to Coverdale Centre for Women, a nonprofit organization that seeks to work with the community to create a safe environment for women. Coverdale Centre has dedicated itself to raising the profile of women’s issues around the province by spearheading many campaigns, such as the Purple Ribbon campaign, to raise awareness of the impact of violence against women in our community. For more information, contact Coverdale Centre at 634-1649.

PRUDE Mentorship Program Pride Of Race, Unity, Dignity, Through Education

By Dianne O’Connor I decided to write about a strong woman in my life. I realized that it would be a difficult job to choose just one, so I’ve chosen to write about a group of four strong women who have been with me, both as colleagues and as friends, for about 28 years now. Being a retired teacher, I have met many people, but as I grow older I realize the value of true friendship and the strong bond that can be shared among women through laughter, fond memories, and even sorrow. These women have been my “go-to” friends when I needed support, advice, or when I needed a “well done!” So here’s to you, Sandra, Anne, Cathy and Judy!

Glen View United Church Updates By Reverend Kathleen Zwicker Income Tax Preparation Phone for dates and times of appointments. Call 696-3773 or check out Glen View United on Facebook and our Webpage: for more information, or 1-800-959-8281 Standing Our Ground Standing Our Ground is a program for parents who are bullied by their teenagers. The program will be offered at Glen View United Church, 8 Upland Road, February 16 and 17. Register by calling 696-3773. This is an award-winning program from the Halifax YWCA, hosted by Glen View and sponsored by the Saint John YW/YMCA.

Did You Know?

Volunteer Mentors Needed! Make a difference by becoming a mentor and friend to a woman from the newcomer community. Mentors are needed to help Newcomer women learn more about our community. Share your knowledge while you develop or increase your cultural awareness and leadership skills. The time commitment is only four hours a month for five months. For more information about the program, please contact Joan Richardson at 634-7538, by email at or stop by our office located on the 3rd floor of the City Market.

The First Black Woman to Attend a University - Mary Matilda Winslow of Woodstock who graduated from the University of New Brunswick in 1905 with a Bachelor of Arts and the Montgomery Campbell Prize for excellence in classics. Like Arthur Richardson, the first Black man to graduate from UNB in 1886, Mary Matilda was unable to get a teaching position in New Brunswick. She went on to teach in Halifax, but eventually moved to the United States. She married there and became a music teacher and dean at Central College in Alabama.

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Donation To Romero House

Warm Hands, Happy Hearts By Gerri Gautreau For the second year, the busy fingers of the ladies of the Stephenson Tower and Charlton Place have knitted and donated dozens of hats, mittens, and scarves to the Joshua Group, the Romero House Coffee Mobile, and First Steps. Little hats were also knitted for newborns at the hospital. Pictured from left: Maria Hart with Every Wednesday aftervolunteers from The Joshua Group (Photo courtesy of Bob Wood) noon the ladies show up with the yarn and needles. Fingers fly and tea is enjoyed. By the end of the year, we will again be able to warm little hands and our hearts are happy to be able to help. We are always looking for donated yarn.

Pictured are Dave Arsenault, Manager of No Frills, Fred DeWitt, Chairperson NPC, Tena Gaunce, VP NPC and Cst. Tony Arseneault (Photo Courtesy of Chris Pine)

The Neighbourhood Police Council (NPC) in partnership with Dave’s No Frills, prepare to load 100 turkeys that were donated to Romero House for their Christmas dinners and to have in the stock room.

United Way: 50 Ways And 30 Days

Strong Woman: Juanita Black By Belinda Kumar It seems only fitting that in this issue of Around the Block featuring strong women that we profile our very own coordinator, Juanita Black. What defines a strong woman? Is it being physically strong or emotionally strong? Is it being able to take hits and recover gracefully or is it being able to bounce back from life's difficulties? Whichever definition you choose, (Photo courtesy of Adam Black) she meets the criteria for me. If she doesn’t know the answer she will ask, if you need help she’ll gladly volunteer, and most importantly she puts all of herself in everything she does. She is driven, passionate, motivated, and willing to share all of her experiences to help others. I also asked a mutual friend of ours, Michèle Brideau, to write what she thinks makes Juanita a strong woman. Here are her words: “I believe Juanita Black's inner strength comes from living through many challenges and more than her fair share of adversity. But she's doing more than just living through it, she's actually found a way to triumph by investing herself in her community with the new skills she has learned and mastered. Every time she pays it forward, she grows and this is how she renews her strength and contributes more than ever before.” Juanita Black has touched the lives of many and sets an example for many of us in this community. I’m glad that I have had the opportunity to work with her, learn from her, and most importantly call her my friend. We are lucky as a community for all of the work that she has done and will continue to do.

Did You Know? In 1967, Brenda Robertson, a home economist from Riverview, became the first woman elected to the provincial Legislative Assembly. In 1970, she became the first female Cabinet minister. She remained a Progressive Conservative MLA until her appointment to the Senate in 1984.

By Jim MacDonald Many people are surprised to learn that money donated to the United Way campaign never leaves the region. United Way has listed more than 50 example donations that directly affect local families. For instance, $75 ($2.80/pay) provides milk to support the health of a child in a day care. $130 ($5/pay) provides home care so an elderly person can continue to live at home for another month. $250 ($9.62/pay) feeds an abused mother and her 2 children in an emergency shelter. A leader’s gift of $1,000/year ($38.50/pay) achieves even more and United Way is searching for 30 new leaders by the end of February. To see how a little gift goes a long way, visit: or call 658-1212.

Strong Women Trivia Answers

1. She is credited with educating to a high level: a person without sight, hearing or normal speech, Helen Keller. 2. She and Clyde Barrow were the anti-heroes of the depression era, Bonnie and Clyde. 3. Muriel McQueen Fergusson was born in Shediac and became the first female speaker to the Senate. NB’s Family Violence Research Centre was named in her honour. 4. This is the first Lady LaTour, the first European woman to make and defend her home here in Saint John which was then Acadia. 5. Roberta Lynn Bondar was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. She was Canada’s first woman astronaut. 6. In 1954 Daphne H. Patterson of Saint John was NB’s first female pilot and Canada’s first commercial pilot. 7. Born in Rothesay, Mary Eileen Travis became the head of the Children’s Department of Saint John Library. She became the first woman to head the Saint John Board of Trade and in 2004 she was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada. 8. Born in Holland she was a German and Dutch diarist, whose diary is famous for depicting the life of a young Jewish girl during WW ll. 9. Better known as Calamity Jane, a professional scout, and friend of Wild Bill Hickok. 10. Rosa Parks was a civil rights leader. Her refusal to give up her seat on a city bus to a white man sparked a civil rights movement. ***These are your answers from the trivia questions on page 8***

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Sister Sheila

Putting Love In My Work By Arlene Augustine with Claire Ashton My path to becoming a personal support worker started with taking care of my family, then at the Saint John Learning Exchange I took a workplace Program and TIES 2 Work. enjoyed them: I met good friends and special facilitators. I learned skills that I would be using in my new job.

Mission Church (Photo Courtesy of Valerie Evans)

By Valerie Evans Sister Shelia was 53 years old when she began what would become her life’s work in Saint John. Together with Sister Mary they worked out of the Mission Chruch and were there for everyone who needed help. During this period, times were very difficult in Saint John: there were no food banks nor soup kitchens and very little government assistance for anyone, let alone black individuals.


I have been with Bayshore Home Care for seven months. I started part-time, and now (Photo Courtesy of Claire Ashton) I work full-time. I completed my training certificate and I’m going to continue and complete all my courses, and maybe work in the hospital in palliative care one day.

This is a true story. A black family in a dilapidated house was told by their landlord to get out. The family was extended, with grandparents, children, and grandchildren all living there. They asked for a delay in moving as the grandmother was not well. The landlord threatened he would tear down the staircase, leaving the family with no exit. He followed through on his threat. Sister Sheila had a ladder built to reach the third floor. Every day for about two weeks, she climbed that ladder in her long brown robes, carrying a large basket of food and medicine, until the family found another place to live.

I just love working with the elderly and they just love me! They understand and accept you as their own, “I would take you as my own daughter,” one client said to me. In my native community they are called “The Elders,” they are more respected and people listen to what they say and follow the guidance they give. I bring all of that into my work.

Young Leader

Things Come Together By Shelley Smith Two years ago I found myself back in Saint John looking to achieve my GED. I found the Saint John Learning Exchange (SJLE), and have been working hard ever since. Through the SJLE I have connected with other organizations in our community. The Saint John Loan Fund’s A$$ets Program helped me gain selfempowerment, goal setting, and much more. Through TIES 2 Work I have uncovered employment skills that I thought I didn’t have.

By Tanya Moriarty I immediately thought of Sarah Woodward when asked about a strong woman. Sarah was a participant in the TRC Skills Link program (which was a 10 week program that gave life and employability skills to youth). She was very successful and gained many useful tools. Since completion, she has gone on to prepare for NBCC in the fall, participate with Roller Derby teams and gain full-time employment. Sarah was also an important piece of the “Babies...No Returns” social media teen pregnancy campaign that brought awareness to the issue. Sarah is a determined young woman who will be very successful in the near future!

After my share of struggles with housing, I have a new, comfortable place to live at the Abbey, which is a big help in developing a positive outlook on life. I would tell anyone that no matter what journeys we have gone through, it is never too late to begin a new one. Try reaching out to the great network of free organizations and opportunities available to begin to achieve your dreams one at a time. I say this from personal experience.

Around The Block Team (Issue 21)

Did You Know? A Long Fight for the Vote - The Women’s Enfranchisement Association, founded in Saint John in 1894, worked for 25 years towards obtaining the right to vote for New Brunswick women in provincial elections, which was won in April 1919. The WEA was the only N.B. women’s group devoted exclusively to women’s suffrage, and the only separate suffrage association known to have existed in the Maritimes and Newfoundland. N.B. women were not allowed to run as candidates in provincial elections until 1934.

Old North End: Wendy Barron-Belmore. South End: Mary LeSage. Waterloo-Village: Penni Eisenhauer and Linda Scott. Crescent Valley: Anne Driscoll and Debbie McLeod. Lower West Side: Patti Kelly, and Mary Lou Price. Proof readers: Mary Collier Fleet, Kathryn Asher, Anna O’Hara, Linda Boyle, Rona Holwald, Mark Driscoll, Belinda Kumar, Cindy Bishop, and Randy Hatfield. Layout and Design: Chris Hopkins, and Juanita Black. Community members: Carl Tricky, Lyn King and Amanda Maxwell. Vibrant Communities: Cathy Wright.

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Around The Block Issue 21  

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Around The Block Issue 21  

Around the Block Issue 21. Drag the edge of the page to turn. Click to Zoom in on a desired Article.