Issue 30 • email@example.com • August 2013 Respecting / Accepting Differences
Acon Award For Outstanding Work
By Sheri McAulay, Cultural Diversity Officer Each year, I visit classrooms across Anglophone South School District, running sessions on Respecting/Accepting Differences. I highlight that most of us think about race when we hear of discrimination.
Sherman Palmer, a lifelong Saint John volunteer, has received the prestigious Acorn Award for outstanding work in the Scouting Movement.
In the presentation we talk about discrimination against gender, age, race, as well as mental/physical ability. Sam Moir says SAD is “smashing our society to smithereens”. SAD - stereotypes, assumpHere are the 3 winners for our “Accepttions and discrimination - is ing Differences” Essay Competition. wrong, he said. Jackson From left front: are Jackson Hume, Hume writes about the damDilshad Elavia. Back: Sam Moir. age discrimination can leave Photo Courtesy of Carolyn Thompson/ behind. “If a younger child Telegraph - Journal hears you discriminating (against) someone, they may adopt the same views", he wrote. Dilshad Elavia shares a personal story and highlights the things that those with physical/mental disabilities can do better than others.
He volunteered with the Greater Saint John Community Cablevision, Inc. as a Camera Man, Director, Producer and Vice-President; was a Senior Goodwill Ambassador; a founding member of the 50+ Friendship Games where he served two terms as President and a Founding Member of the Seniors’ Resource Centre where he is the current President. Pictured: Sherman accepting the Mr. Palmer was a member of Logue Award for the Senior’s the now defunct Saint John Resource Centre from Third Age Seniors Advisory Committee; President Ada Rogers and a member of the Good Neighbour Program. Sherman is a regular member of St. John and St. Clement (Mission Church) where he is a Member of Vestry and a member of the Board of Directors. The Seniors Resource Centre would like to congratulate Sherman.
These youth are going to spread their values and reach people that I may never see.
Message From the Minister: Hon. Dorothy Shephard
As Minister of Healthy and Inclusive Communities it gives me great pleasure to support this edition of Around the Block. Our department works closely with the Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation to reduce poverty In New Brunswick. As co-chair I have a front row seat to the work the Community Inclusion Networks have been spearheading throughout our communities. Lots of amazing things are happening, including newer projects like the Carleton Community Garden and Youth Inclusion Programs through ONE Change. The department also strives to promote physical activity, healthy eating, mental fitness and resilience, and tobacco free living - all things that will help us all lead better, healthier lives. I hope you find the enclosed stories as inspiring as I have.
Hon Dorothy Shephard, Minister Healthy and Inclusive Communities
By Juanita Black, Coordinator, Around The Block, Phone: 647-4850. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Welcome to Issue 30 of Around the Block. As soon as we announced the theme for this issue, “Youth and Seniors” the stories and pictures starting arriving from our communities, partners and service groups. There were 83 stories and 158 pictures submitted for this issue. Stories that run from the new video from the Saint John Boys and Girls Club, review of the Seniors Friendship games, youth who are learning how rewarding it is to work side by side with seniors who live in seniors complexes, and even classes on how to bridge the computer gap. There are notices about several programs that are available that assist both our youth and seniors in the City and a wrap up of things that have taken place over the summer in our communities. It has been a busy summer and as fall approaches our families are preparing everything and checking their list of supplies for the opening of schools at the first of September. We were happy to partner with the Department of Healthy and Inclusive Communities to bring you this issue of Around the Block, two of the many things this Department does, is work directly with youth and seniors and to reduce poverty in the Province of New Brunswick.
What’s Happening With The ONE Teen Summer Takeover
What’s Happening At Main Street You may have noticed we built a new building on Forbes Drive!
Main Street Baptist has built a new building in the North End. We had our first worship service Sunday, August 11 at 10 am, and if you don’t have a church home, we’d love to have you join us. We have a great nursery and kids have their own engaging worship time. By Margie Hickey YIP Group Since the beginning of our program our staff and youth from the Youth Inclusive Program (YIP) have had many opportunities to explore our neighbourhood, city and province. We have participated in local cleanups and neighbourhood beautification. We have had presentations from local leaders, the Fundy Solid Waste Commission and The Canadian Armed Forces. Our travels have taken us to St. Andrews, Hammond River and exploring the Fundy Trails. Our hard work has been rewarded with trips to Magic Mountain and Crystal Palace. We are looking forward to celebrating ONE Days and our end of the year camping trip.
Pictured: James Conner (white t-shirt) leading a group of kids
We are also repurposing our facility on Main Street! Here you will find the North End Food Bank (Fall 2013) as well as the Hope Mission (Chapel service & meal), VON Nurse, Clothing Bank, Free Bread Ministry, Adult Literacy, and Caring Community. www.mainstreetbaptist.ca
Music In Victoria Square
Special Presentation to Gina Reid
By Carla Bigney During the Music in the Square event, ONE Change and Youth Inclusive Program (YIP) took the opportunity to surprise Gina Reid. ONE Change presented Gina Reid with a plaque for their appreciation and thanks for all of her hard work and dedication over the years and YIP presented Gina Reid with a memory book that the youth and leaders made with handwritten notes of appreciation and pictures of special moments over the years. ONE Change and YIP would like to take this time to wish Gina Reid all the best at her new organization and with her future endeavours.
By Carla Bigney ONE Change hosted their 3rd annual “Music in the Square” on July 28 at Victoria Square which featured the 4 local bands: including Orbital Tangerine, (left) and Regardless (right) plus many folks taking part in the activities.
North Neighbourhood Contact
Hon. Trevor A. Holder MLA Saint John-Portland Constituency Office 229 Churchill Boulevard Telephone: (506) 657-2335 Email: email@example.com
Wendy Barron-Belmore Phone: 635-2035 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mill Rats Player Helps With Fundraiser
Digging Myself Out Of A Hole
By Steve Deluca, basketball player with the SJ Mill Rats, was part of the fun at Walk for Life on May 25 in Kings Square.
By Brandon Cote (as told to Mary LeSage) Brandon just turned 18 yrs old. At present he is living in a group home (but only until August 14th) on the east side but calls Lakeville his home. During his time here he has been working on his issues through a 4 month program with John Howard Society. Some of have been alcohol, drugs and anger management.
The Walk for Life raises money for the Pregnancy Resource Center of Saint John every year. This year saw the most success in their fundraising with $15,000 raised.
He has been keeping himself busy with mowing lawns, doing construction work and in turn learning anger management skills and learning to use healthier coping mechanisms other than drugs and alcohol.
The Center helps women and their families make informed decisions and find hope for their future.
Stuffed Animals At P.U.L.S.E. 11 year old Hannah Gibson has been collecting these stuffed animals since she was four or five years old.
‘I came here with a bad temper and I am going home with the skills to have healthier relationships with people’.
Comings And Goings At P.U.L.S.E Inc.
Wow, summer is almost over and the kids are getting ready to go back to school. We want to know the best way to contact you; we will be rolling out our very own South End Newsletter the first of September!! Look for your copies!!
Due to recent events (the family had a small house fire in which if they weren't home and the family could have lost everything) she decided to share the stuffed animals in the hopes they could bring other kids as much joy as they have brought her!!
Our Wellness Clinics are going strong. Remember the third Tues of the month! Mark Sept 17 and Oct 15 on your calendars from 1:30 4:00 pm. Sheree from the VON will be on duty.
Kudos to Hannah for being a thoughtful, young lady!
As always, Sgt David Hartley-Brown is available Mon from 8 am to 12 pm or by appointment. He can be reached at 648-3700 or by email @ email@example.com. Do you have an idea that you want heard? Come visit me at the office, 251 Wentworth Street. We are open Mon 9 - 2, Tues 9 -1 Wed closed, Thur 9 -1 Fri 9-2. Follow us on Twitter, LIKE us on Facebook, or call 632-6807.
The Winning Square: Laura Marles At a recent Queen Square Market, Laura Marles is seen here winning $100 from our 50/50 Draw. Proceeds going to the Community Garden in Rainbow Park!!
Moving Up!!! By Angela Marie Willis In November 2012, I graduated from Eastern College with a Personal Support Worker Certificate. At the moment, two amazing boys, Josh who is 3 and Curtis who is 5, take up the majority of my day. Currently the boys and I attend the playgroup at the Family Resource Centre during the week. I have taken a parenting course called “Parents 1234”, as well as a program called, “Kids have stress too.” With my oldest entering kindergarten, my ambitions are turning to look for work. My hopes are to go back to school to get a business diploma and in turn to start my own resident care home. I only have one way to move... and that is UP!!
MLA Saint John Harbour
South Neighbourhood Contact
642-9774 • 74 Germain St. firstname.lastname@example.org Constituency Office: Mon 9:30 – 4:30, Tues/Wed 10:00 – 3:00, Thursday 4:00 – 8:00 pm Carleton Community Center: Thursday 11:00 – 3:00 pm
Mary LeSage Phone: 632-6807 E-mail: email@example.com
CV Literacy Programs Receives Grant
Flemming Court Splash Pad Keeping The Park Safe For All
Pictured: Hon Trevor Holder, Minister of Tourism, back row, centre , community partners and youth form Crescent Valley. Photo courtesy of Anne Driscoll The Crescent Valley Resource Centre (CVRC) was awarded a Literary Promotion Grant from the NB Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture. The $8,500 grant will allow the CVRC to bring Storytent and Bookwagon to Crescent Valley families. The presentation was made by the Hon. Trevor Holder, Minister of Tourism, Heritage and Culture during a Storytent session in Crescent Valley. Ann Barrett, president of CVRC said, “This grant will help us keep the ball rolling with family literacy in the CV neighborhood. We have very big shoes to fill now that we have taken over from Quality Learning NB,” said Barrett. “We know how important the programs are to Crescent Valley residents and we are very happy to be able to offer them.” The Storytent is a free outdoor reading program for children and families.; they can read and borrow books for all ages and have a healthy snack. Summer Reading Club sign-up with the SJ Free Public Library also takes place during Storytent, it is open to all. Bookwagon is a door-to-door borrowing program in Crescent Valley. Please call the CVRC at 693-8513 to sign up.
Pictured Splash Pad volunteers from left-right: Nancy Savoie (holding Dakota); Kathy Hanna; Catherine Sabean; Cathy Sabean; Wanda Roche; Lesa & Darren MacLaren; Sandra Chappel; Lisa Clarke and Cst Don Metcalfe. Two children are Deana & Chloe Gionet. Missing from the photo are Rosie McCutcheon & Eva Feddery. Photo Courtesy of Anne Driscoll Many thanks to everyone who came to the launch of the new sign in the Flemming Court Splash Pad on July 18. What a great response to a community effort to keep the Splash Pad and park safe for all. If you didn't get a Splash Pad magnet on launch day - there are still a few left at the CVRC, drop by to pick one up. Thanks go to NB Social Development (Housing), City of Saint John Leisure Services, SJ Police Force - Community Policing and especially to the volunteers who will be helping out. If you want to be part of the team of resident volunteers or just want more info on what the volunteers are doing to keep the splash pad safe, contact Christina at the CVRC, 693-8513.
CV Walking Club
Thank You, Fun Day Partners
By Janet McLaughlin The Crescent Valley Community Tenants Association (CVCTA) celebrated in July with 3 days of planned activities. Our “Best Legs” Contest winners were; 1st place Shawn Gionet, 2nd place Rob Chappel and 3rd place Cathy Sabean. Our “Cutest Baby” winners were; girls 0/6 months Dezehary Schoville and 1-2 years Rachel Speight. Boys 7-11 months Dokota Currie Savoie and 1-2 years Jack Hasselman. In the “CV You Got Talent” the winners were; children & youth; 1st place Kaylee Saunder, 2nd place Abagail Clarke-Christian and 3rd place Meridee Bertin. Winners for the adults were; 1st place Catherine Sabean, 2nd place Cathy Sabean and 3rd place Janet McLaughlin. On Saturday, July 20 the community came together for our 23rd Annual Community Fun Days. We had many free events like a free barbecue with pop & milk, horse and wagon rides, bouncy castle, air tattoo, and snow cones. To top that off, we even gave away many, many donated door prizes. Not only did the many community partners make donations, but they also participated, with staff donating their time.
By Christina Crawford MacDonald We are very proud of our four residents and members of the Crescent Valley Walking Club who have been part of two marathons now. This time it was Marathon By the Sea 2013, on August 11. The four women pictured are; Karen Rodgerson & Lisa Clarke, Cathy Sabean, and Catherine Sabean. These four women started out with the walking club and with some very dedicated training and hard work, are now Nordic Walking Marathoners. It has all paid off with a wonderful accomplishment and an experience they will never forget, friends they have made along the way and a renewed sense of well being for what they have pushed themselves through. Thank you to Marathon by the Sea for sponsoring registration, to Green Lee Shoe for a discount on shoes and fitting and to NB Department of Healthy and Inclusive Communities for funding the CV Walking Club. Congratulations ladies, you are now role models!
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Crescent Valley Neighbourhood Contact Anne Driscoll: 693-8513 CVRC.firstname.lastname@example.org
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Marigold Day At 880 Danells Drive
West Community Garden Dream Comes True
By Unity Moore, President, Danells Drive Tenant Association On June 6, a bright and sunny day, we the residents of Danell’s Dr. along with 90 students from Seawood School, planted marigolds that were grown by the students themselves. This is another initiative of S.K.I.P. (our Senior’s and Kid’s Intergenerational Program). The children arrived in two groups, one at 9:30 and the other at 10:30. We planted flowers in flower boxes and hanging baskets. There were lots of dirty hands for both adults and children. We shared cookies and juice and lots of laughs together. This was the last time we would see each other until September so it was a special day! We look forward to September when the children will return.
Pictured Above : Members of the community work together to make way for their new garden on the city’s lower west side. Due to a $3,000 grant from the Department of Healthy and Inclusive Communities, a community garden will be developed on the city’s lower west side with Partners for Food Security. The garden will be located beside the Wellness Centre by the Saint John Port Authority. The funds will be used for fencing, tools, a shed and maintenance of the garden.
Let’s Get Growing!
“There is a group of volunteers anxious to prepare the site,” said Minister Dorothy Shephard. “This has been a long time goal for this community and will promote community pride.” People will get to know their neighbours, learn how to grow fresh produce and enjoy the benefits of physical activity. The West Side Food Bank will have their own plot and donate produce to its clients
Back To School: The Countdown Is On By Jill Roberts Summer is quickly coming to an end. Conversations around the Carleton and at the playground are no longer about going to the beach, but are all about going to school. There is a chill in the air early in the morning; a sure sign that fall is on the way. Children are experiencing lots of emotions at this time of year, including excitement and possibly even a little anxiety.
Gerry Lowe, Councillor, Ward 3
Let’s remind them to be kind to each other and maybe to try and go out of their way to welcome the little ones to kindergarten and the older ones to their first year in middle school, or high school. When your kids talk about the emotions they are feeling about this transition time, let them talk and express their emotions. Talk about what they have enjoyed most during the summer and what they will miss, what they may be nervous about in the school year, but also what they are looking forward to. Talk about how you feel, how you remember feeling at their age, and what you did then and do now to get yourself ready for the school year. It's a new year, full of exciting things - but also full of unknowns. They need reminders and reassurances that it will all be ok.
by Jill Roberts Saturday, July 20, was a day to celebrate on the Lower West Side. Community volunteers joined Gord Lucas and Home Depot staff to construct a tool shed and till garden plots, on a piece of land that has been provided by Jim Quinn and the Saint John Port. Special guest, the Honorable Dorothy Shephard, Minister of Healthy and Inclusive Communities presented a cheque in support of this initiative. Master of ceremonies, Harry Cross, also welcomed councillors Donna Reardon, Gerry Lowe and John Mackenzie. Alberta Stanton gave a donation from the Fundy Wellness Network. Students from St Patrick’s School helped get the area ready to plant a garden plot of their own. West Side P.A.C.T. and the Red Shirt volunteers came out to show their support, as well. Healthy fruit and vegetable shish kabobs were enjoyed by all. Interested in planting a plot of your own? Please call 674-4335 for more information.
I have recently been elected to Ward 3. Parts of the Lower West Side, Lower South End, and parts of the East and a bit of the North by the Rockland Road area. Each area has its own particular needs, hopes and potential for growth. I will work closely with residents in each neighbourhood to promote the well-begin of all. Together we can build a safe, supportive and sustainable community. I can be reached by phone at 721-5690 and by email at Gerry.Lowe@saintjohn.ca. Hon. Dorothy Shephard MLA Saint John Lancaster
West Neighbourhood Contact
Saint John Lancaster Constituency Office 649 Manawagonish Road Saint John, NB E2M 3W4
Jill Roberts: 632-5552 Jill.Roberts@HorizonNB.ca
Tel: (506) 643-2900 Fax: (506) 658-9885 Dorothy.Shephard@gnb.ca www.gnb.ca
Third Annual Clean Up
Salvation Army 50+ Club
By Shelly McCready The 50+ Club runs September to May for all those age 50 and older. We do many fun things together. It ranges from special events like a sleigh ride, bowling, or a trip out of town (apple picking, sugar bush etc.) to tournaments of Catch Phrase, bingo, playing the Wii or watching a movie. The last meeting of each month Hal Williams, well known singer/story teller, Pictured: Members of 50+ picnic trip entertains us. Every meeting to Deer Island is topped off with a wonderful, home cooked meal. All are welcome to attend free of charge. We meet each Thursday at 2 pm. Call Shelly McCready 634-1633 for more details.
Updates: Waterloo Village Association The Waterloo Village Association meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 148 Waterloo Street (Coverdale Centre for Women) from 12 to 1 pm. We continue to work on neighbourhood priorities such as safety, beautification, and engaging residents to become involved in their community. The group is currently working on a business engagement project and a fundraising event. The group will also be working on beautification projects throughout the summer. If you are interested in being more involved in your neighbourhood, contact Penni Eisenhauer at email@example.com or Donna McKee at 696-0196.
By Linda Harvey and Carolyn LeBlanc The third annual Waterloo Village/Courtenay Bay Clean Up was held on Saturday June 15, which was a hot sunny day! The event was held from 10 am to 12 noon followed by a BBQ. There were two locations to pick up your bags and gloves, which were provided by A.C.A.P. Saint John. We gave away 5 hanging flower baskets to lucky winners who participated in the cleanup. We had a surprise visit from MLA Carl Killen, his wife and granddaughter who also participated in the activities. Many thanks go out to all the sponsors and volunteers. Without your help and support we could not have made this great day happen.
SJ Free Public Library Supports Courtney Bay By Lisa Chamberlain The Saint John Free Public Library Board of Commissioners presented Quality Learning NB (QLNB) a cheque for $500 to support the story tent in the Courtenay Bay area. Accepting the cheque are: Alison Gayton, President of QLNB and myself, Lisa Chamberlain, Storytent Coordinator. Pictured: Left to right Jason Alcorn, ChairThe story tent is going man of the Library Board, Lisa and Alison on right now for eight weeks, and started June 24. We have partnered with the Saint John Free Public Library Children’s Department so the kids enjoy reading many different books and do Summer Reading Club crafts. They also enjoy a healthy snack.
Prince Edward Walking Club By Linda Scott Residents of the Prince Edward Square Apartments continued their walking club this past winter. We had 7 less members this winter but we walked a total of 1484 miles together.
Last year’s total was Pictured: Left to right Philip Williston, Alice only about 400 more DeLong, Alma Richard, Betty Bourgeois, miles. One member and Jean Whipple. walked 500 miles herMissing from photo is Shirley Allaby self. Congratulations to everyone.
Village Neighbourhood Contact
MP/député - Saint John
Penni Eisenhauer 343-5382 firstname.lastname@example.org T 506 657-2500 email: email@example.com 90 King Street, Saint John, NB
St. Pat’s Attend Adventure Camp By Krista Turnbull | Community Schools Coordinator | St. Patrick’s School, Hazen-White/St. Francis School | 7217314 A group of St. Patrick’s students had the opportunity to attend Adventure Camp for a week. The camp focused on the Port of Saint John and all the exciting things that go on in and around our Port. Thanks to our fantastic driver, Greg, we toured around the Port on the Kids on the Go Bus, visited Reversing Falls, the Harbour at Market Slip for a tug boat water show courtesy of PALS Partners at Atlantic Towing and had a picnic lunch at the Irving Nature Park. We also owe special thanks to all our PALS at Port Saint John, for the great educational package they prepared for us. Thanks to Hillary for enduring our overly excited summer enthusiasm while guiding us on a tour of the new Diamond Jubilee Cruise Ship Terminal and a tour and lunch on board the Carnival Glory. Adventure Camp was a very exciting week and we learned so many amazing facts about our Port that we didn’t know about. We have lots to write about in our memory books about camp!
Making New Friends at Stephenson Tower and Charlton Place By Caitlin Corkum We have forged a fast friendship with the residents at Stephenson Tower and Charlton Place. For the past two years students have had the opportunity to meet and get to know a number of residents at Stephenson Tower and Charlton Place through walking together weekly, exchanging Pen Pal letters, playing games, and learning new things together. It is really exciting to see two different generations have the opportunity to come together and form friendships and create a stronger community; the residents provide encouragement for our students to strive for success and in turn our students offer bright smiles, lighthearted conversations and friendship. Our students really enjoy hanging out with the residents; they needed reassurance at the end of the school year that they would be able to keep seeing them in the fall! Thank you Debbie McLeod, Alberta Stanton, and all the residents at Stephenson Tower and Charlton Place for opening your doors and your hearts to our students, we are so happy you joined our Centennial Family! See you in the fall!
St. Patrick’s School Helps With Community Garden
Thanks From Centennial School Caitlin Corkum, Community Schools/ PALS Coordinator- Centennial School, PALS Program Assistant. 721.5570 or firstname.lastname@example.org
What another great year we had at Centennial School! We were able to ensure that our students were well fed, well clothed, made new and enriching friendships, participated in lots of new and different activities, had fun educational opportunities and exciting after school programs, had a BBQ to celebrate the end of the year, and had fun camps to go to during their down time all because of you, our volunteers! Our students are always excited to go to school because we are able to make it a safe, welcoming, and exciting place to be and you are a big part of this! Thank you for investing in and caring for our students. Together we are laying the foundation for each of our students to have bright and successful futures, how awesome is that! I hope you have a fantastic summer and I hope to work with you again in the fall.
By Krista Turnbull | Community Schools Coordinator | St. Patrick’s School, Hazen-White/St. Francis School | 721-7314 Some K-Kids of St. Patrick’s School gathered together recently on a beautiful sunny Saturday morning to help at a work day for the new community garden located by the Carleton Community Centre on the Lower West Side. Working with our good friend, Jill Roberts who organized the day, we had a chance to see the new site and lend a bit of a hand with clean-up efforts. We also had an opportunity to be on hand for the presentation of a cheque by the Hon. Dorothy Shephard, another friend of St. Pat’s, to the new garden. We even had our photo taken with some city “friends”. A great time was had by all and we look forward to planting our garden next Spring.
Celebrating Our Partnerships With Our Seniors!
Partnering from Kindergarten to Grade 12 and Beyond
By Deborah E. Fisher, PALS Co-ordinator PALS (Partners Assisting Local Schools) Some of the most valuable partnerships we have at our schools are those involving our students and our seniors!
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Whether it is HWSF students playing a game of Bingo or singing with the residents of Chateau de Champlain, the students of Lorne and Centennial participating in a walking program with the residents of Stephenson Towers, SJBKE students visiting and decorating at the Turnbull Home, St. Patrick’s students reading and singing at Carleton Kirk and for the veterans at Ridgewood, or seniors volunteering their time at Glen Falls and Prince Charles School and all our schools, the interactions between our young people and our seniors enriches all their lives. Sharing stories, enjoying good times and just being friends - our students are glad to have our seniors in their lives!
Partnerships Volunteering Mentoring Role Models Coaching Focus on Literacy Having Fun Tutoring Breakfast/Lunch Programs New Opportunities After School Programs Career Exploration Making a Difference
We ALL have something to offer!
Deborah Fisher email@example.com Susan Tipper firstname.lastname@example.org Caitlin Corkum email@example.com
Live Well! Bien Vivre!
SeaBelles Start Practice
Terra King (left) and Lesley Melanson (right) have achieved great results together. Lesley is a Live Well! Bien Vivre! Health Coach and she helped Terra come up with a plan to start eating healthy food and exercise more. Terra stuck to her plan and achieved her goals, and now she can play with her children without back pain. Health Coach Lesley can help you too. Phone her at (506) 608-6498 or email her at lesley.melanson@ diabetes.ca. You can also visit us on Facebook at Facebook.com/ livewellbienvivre.
Fall will soon be in the air, and Sea Belles, a ladies a cappella chorus, will soon be starting their regular Tuesday evening practices, starting September 10, 2013 at Forest Hills Elementary School in East Saint John. If you're a young girl over 14 yrs or a woman of any age and love to sing and can carry a tune, we'd love to share the FUN of a cappella harmony with YOU! New members are always welcome, but we'd especially like to meet you at one of our September Tuesday rehearsals. But please let us know you're coming by contacting Vangie at 6331811. For more information on our chorus, go to www.seabelles.ca or visit our Facebook page. We're just “Ordinary Women making Extraordinary music!” and we want YOU to share your voice with Sea Belles Chorus!
Volunteers Needed For Bobby’s Hospice
Income Tax Clinic
Is your Income tax not done? No worries; Are you missing out on money you are entitled to? we have a year round income tax clinic! We can prepare tax returns for individuals who have low income and a simple tax situation. P.U.L.S.E. Inc located at 251 Wentworth Street. Call for an appointment at 632-6807
Volunteers are an important part of our care team at Bobby’s Hospice. If you are interested in working alongside our nursing and support staff to provide compassionate support, then contact Hospice at 632-5593 or visit our website at www.hospicesj.ca for an application form. Applications are due by September 15 and all candidates must pass an intensive screening process and meet all of the qualifications and requirements of the position to be accepted into the training program. Our annual training program takes place Thursday evenings from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. on October 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2013. For more information and a photo tour of Bobby’s Hospice, visit www.hospicesj.ca
Hospice Free Grief Support
Renewal of the Poverty Reduction Plan
Renouvellement du plan de réduction de la pauvreté
Be part of the change!
Soyez au cœur du changement!
Citizens, business people, organizations and government representatives are invited to take an active part in the renewal process of Overcoming Poverty Together, New Brunswick’s comprehensive and non-partisan poverty reduction plan.
Tous les citoyens, gens d’affaires, représentants d’organismes et du gouvernement sont invités à participer activement au processus de renouvellement de Ensemble pour vaincre la pauvreté, le plan de réduction de la pauvreté global et non-partisan du Nouveau-Brunswick.
Much has been accomplished so far. And there is more to do!
Beaucoup a été accompli jusqu’ici, et il en reste encore beaucoup à accomplir!
Dialogue Sessions will take place across the province in September and October 2013.
Des séances de dialogue auront lieu dans la province en septembre et octobre 2013.
Participants will take part in group discussions to share ideas on how to reduce poverty and promote economic and social inclusion. Come as you are. All we want is your ideas!
Les participants aux séances partageront des idées sur les façons dont on peut réduire la pauvreté et promouvoir l’inclusion économique et sociale. Venez vous faire entendre; nous voulons vos idées!
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Inscription à l’avance par téléphone au 1-888-295-4545 ou par courriel à email@example.com
Dialogue Session in Saint John/Séance de dialogue à Saint John Tuesday, October 8, 2013/mardi 8 octobre 2013 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m./18h à 21h Carleton Community Centre/Centre communautaire Carleton 82 Market Place www.gnb.ca/poverty www.gnb.ca/pauvreté
Hospice is offering a FREE 7-week “Finding My Way” Grief Support Group on Wednesday, beginning September 11, 2013 and running until October 23, 2013. “When someone you love dies, you grieve the loss and it changes your life,” says Diane Sullivan, Hospice Grief Support Manager. “Grief is hard work. You need time to heal and someone to talk to. Hospice understands and can help.” Meetings take place every Wednesday evening from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Bobby’s Hospice. Space is limited. Register in advance by calling 632-5593. For more information visit the Hospice website at www.hospicesj.ca
Seniors Wellness Fair
Seniors Wellness Fair, Carleton Community Centre. Wednesday October 9, 12:30 – 3:30 pm 12:30 – 2:30 pm., Over 30 display tables 2:30 – 3:30 pm., Musical entertainment Door prizes Donations accepted for the West Side Food Bank Information – Seniors’ Resource Centre – 633-8781
Learn And Go - Working For Change
Christopher Leadership Course
Last year more than 30 participants attended “Learn and Go” with skill building workshops covering topics such as teamwork, working with media, and pitching ideas. Participants put their new skills into action, developing neighbourhood projects with the support of mentors from Irving Oil and finished up with a presentation to potential partners and funders. Team projects varied with cross walks, playground improvements, pole ashtrays, fence panels painted by local artists, and an Anti-Bully program. Would you like to make a difference in your neighbourhood? Learn and Go begins in September! Please join us for an Information Session August 29! For more details contact Pat Porter 650-7329 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Learn and Go Partners: Urban Core Support Network, NB Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation, and Irving Oil Ltd.
Many people in our neighbourhoods have wonderful stories to tell. These stories have the potential to change lives and build neighbourhoods; however, they are often lost because the storyteller finds it difficult or even impossible to stand up before a group and share their life lessons. Through funding from the City of Saint John, Department of Leisure Services, a 'Christopher Leadership Course in Effective Speaking' will be offered this fall, beginning on Wednesday, September 18, 2013. It will run for three hours each Wednesday from 6:30 to 9:30 PM in the community room of the Saint John Police Force - 1 Peel Plaza. Interested persons should register through their neighbourhood offices by Friday, September 6. Four spots per neighbourhood have been reserved but a waiting list will be created. 'Christopher Leadership Courses' build confidence, stimulate enthusiasm and provide persons with the skills to speak effectively in public. Be prepared to grow!
Fundy Wellness Network The Fundy Wellness Network, in collaboration with the Grand BayWestfield In Motion Committee, will be highlighting any events that are going on the community during Wellness Week, October 1 – 7. To start it all off, we will be recognizing the excellent work that people are currently doing in our communities by honoring them as “Wellness Champions”. We will then share their efforts with the public, and help others in our region to familiarize themselves with accessible and affordable programs. A Wellness Champion is anyone in your community/workplace/organization, from youth to senior, who is working to bring wellness to the forefront and following the four pillars of wellness (Healthy Eating, Physical Activity, Mental Fitness & Resilience, and Tobacco Free Living). To find out more information, please visit www.fundywellness.ca/contests . Nominate your wellness champions today!
Pictured above is Former Learn and Go participants at Graduation with community partners
You are cordially invited to…
United Way serving Saint John, Kings & Charlotte Campaign Kick-Off & Fundraiser Tues. Sept 10th
12:00—1:30 pm At the Delta Brunswick Ballroom
JOIN US for a beginner’s g series in Tai Chi Q Quan;; a graceful, flowing form of Tai Chi that combines the power of breath with balance & flexibility. Low impact movements will gradually put into motion every joint joint, tendon & muscle increasing circulation while reducing anxiety. Call (506) 693-8587 www.citymarketseniors.com/taichi
Tickets: $40 ($25 for non-profits) Table of 10 : $400 ($250 for non-profits) R.S.V.P. (506) 658-1212 Sponsored by:
Anglin Drive & The United Way
This year the Anglin Drive Neighbourhood Tenants Association (ADNTA) had a concern with the trees by our community playground and soon to be 3 on 3 basketball court area and we had a chance for a group from United Way Day of Caring to come out and clear the trees and bush. The Saint John Association of Community Living Members came out and they all worked so very hard. There was this one man who stood out, he didn't stop working from the time he got there until the time he left. He knew our concern with the children playing there. They all did a very good job. Thank you very much, for giving us the chance to meet you all and to learn different things. Thank you all, from Anglin Drive!
Pictured above is Hon. Trevor Holder with Community Partners and the youth of Anglin Drive Hi my name is Charlene Good and I am President of the Anglin Drive Neighbourhood Tenants Association (ADNTA). We have had storytent in Anglin Drive now for a few years. I started as a helper, then a worker and now I co-ordinate the program. I have been mentored by Cheryl Brown and Wendell Dryden through the last 8 years, they have been a big help. We run an 8 week program from July through the end of August. A two hour program that includes a healthy snack. This year we also have 2 adults and a teen working each week. This year, Heather McKend and a helper from the library come and stayed for an hour to read stories. The kids have fun with them and learn while they are there. We received help from the ADNTA, a grant from the Saint John Free Public Library of $500., to buy new books for story tent and the Hon. Trevor Holder, Minister of Tourism, Heritage and Culture made a presentation of $1000., to the program.
Coming Soon - Anglin Drive Fun Day
YEP Recieve Grants To Help HWSF
Anglin Drive is having our second Fun Day on August 31, 1-3 pm. There will be face painting, and many games for all ages to play, such as plinko, bean bag, and sucker games. There will also be bingo, the bouncy castle, a fire truck and much more. Tickets will be .25 cents/ each or 5/$ 1.00. Then come back out to our Back to School Street Dance from 7-10 pm. There will be a barbecue, with hot dogs and pop for $1 and a live dj. Come on out and have lots of fun. Pictured above left to right: Doug MacDonald, Chair GSJCF, Ann Barrett, Secretary/Treasurer of YEP and Dr. Michael Simon, Board Member of GSJCF Hazen White St Francis School provides many programs for its students above the regular academic programs. These have helped to enrich the students overall wellbeing. A very important part of these are the Nutrition programs that ensures the students are healthy, full of energy and ready to participate. The Youth Enhancement Program (YEP) works to get grants to help fund the breakfast program, lunch program and afternoon snacks before the after school programs such as the Mentoring program, recreation programs and cooking classes. So far for the next school year YEP has been able to secure a total of $1300 - $3000 from the Wiggins Home Foundation, $5000 from Greater Saint John Community Foundation (GSJCF) and $5000 from RBC Foundation. Thank you to these supporters. Their donations really make a difference. Page 10
Enjoying Some Curling With ONE Change Youth Inclusion Program
Thanks to a $3,000 grant from the Department of Healthy and Inclusive Communities, youth in Saint John’s Old North End (ONE) are getting a chance to take part in activities with others and receive help with their education. “The ONE Change Youth Inclusion Program (YIP) is a neighbourhoodbased program for youth aged 11 to 15,” said Minister Dorothy Shephard. “It was created to help youth live a more active lifestyle by introducing them to a variety of sports and recreation opportunities.” A partnership with PRO Kids was developed so that youth, challenged by financial constraints, Pictured above: Carley Morton could attend. enjoys some curling as part of Among the program goals are inthe ONE Change YIP creased physical activity, reduced youth criminal behavior and volunteer opportunities that would have a lasting impact.
Youth Programs At The Y
The YMCA-YWCA of Greater Saint John has a long history of providing programming for youth in our community. The Youth Leadership Program (previously called Leader Corps) provides youth with many opportunities to develop their leadership skills. Many of the current leaders in our community were members of the Y's Leader Corps. This fall the Youth Leadership Program will be held at the Y's Prince Edward Square location. The program is open to youth between the ages of 9 - 12 and 13 - 18 years. The program will include social activities, volunteering, physical fitness, leadership activities and guest speakers.
Camping At Fundy National Park With SJMNRC
Pictured above left to right: my son, Yasin; me; my husband, Mohsen; my daughter, Golazin By Atoosa Nejati Living in Canada and building a future for my kids was my husband’s and my biggest dream. We moved to Canada in 2012. Our recent camping trip was one of the most outstanding experiences in Canada so far. We had the chance to be part of a group who went to Fundy National Park, a partnership with the Saint John Multicultural and Newcomers Resource Center. Our children had the opportunity to participate in several activities, such as Bioblitz (exploring wild life), hiking, and swimming. We took part in Tidal Art (on the Bay of Fundy) and canoed on Bennet Lake. We met new friends from different countries and enjoyed various campfire treats and activities. It was an amazing experience for my children! Participating in those activities and sleeping under the beautiful night sky would certainly inspire any child to develop a love of Canada and Canada’s great outdoors. Many people participated in this event under SJMNRC’s Youth Program. More information on SJMNRC and its Youth Program can be found at: http://www.sjmnrc.ca/main.html.
The Forest Glen Community Centre and the Millidgeville Community Centre will be providing free youth programs on week nights and on Saturdays starting in September. Youth from 5 - 18 years of age will play sports in the gym, games in the games room, art and leadership activities will also be featured. For more information contact the Y at 693-YMCA.
Support For HWSF Nutrition Program
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The Youth Enhancement Program (YEP) receives $3000 from the Wiggins Home to support the Hazen White St. Francis School Nutrition Programs. In Picture Left to Right students from HWSF- Kelsea Edgett, Baley Basque, Jessica Collins, Christian Rowe. Page 11
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Busy Summer At The TRC
REALTORS ® Donate To CV
Hard to believe it’s August already! The Teen Resource Centre (TRC) has had quite the summer so far and had many changes along the way. We are so lucky to have three brand new summer students working with us and helping to create a fun and active atmosphere for the youth. They bring an exciting and energetic vibe into Drop In and we will be sad to see them go in September! If you are interested in volunteering with the TRC throughout the school year, please contact Melissa Barrett, Drop In Coordinator at 632-5615 for more info!
Pictured above left to right: Erin, Stefan and Nancy
Saint John Free Public Library Supports Family Literacy An avid supporter of Storytents/Bookwagon and family literacy programs throughout the city, the Saint John Free Public Library (SJFPL) recently made a $2,000., donation to the Crescent Valley Resource Center (CVRC) toward its work with Storytents and Bookwagon in Crescent Valley. Additionally, the SJFPL is providing support to help CVRC outreach the provincial Summer Reading Club program during the summer.
REALTORS® from the Saint John Real Estate Board held a breakfastfood drive and a fundraising softball game in June in support of the Crescent Valley Resource Centre’s (CRVC) breakfast program. REALTORS Pictured above left to right: Tim Somerville, Care® co-chair, Angela Boudreau, Andrea Hughes, (members of Andrea Hughes the SJREB); Anne Driscoll, Executive Director, said, “We were CVRC; Christina Crawford MacDonald, Program absolutely thrilled Facilitator, CVRC. Photo courtesy of Saint John to have a chance to help support the amazing work done by CVRC. They provide a much-needed service to our community, and we are grateful for everything they do.” The “Batter Up!” event, which took place at Shamrock Park, raised donations of breakfast food items and nearly $1400. for the Centre’s program. The CVRC provides Healthy Start Breakfasts at no cost to any Crescent Valley resident, all year long. The REALTORS Care® Committee, a group of REALTORS® representing nearly 240 real estate professionals in Greater Saint John raises funds, collects donations, and hold events in support of charitable groups across the region.
Boys And Girls Club Goes Viral
Pictured above left to right: Jason Alcorn, Chair, SJFPL Board of Commissioners, Anne Driscoll. Executive Director, CVRC Photo courtesy of SJFPL
Jason Alcorn, Chair of the Saint John Free Public Library Board of Commissioners said, "The SJFPL is pleased to support the CVRC's family literacy initiatives with our ongoing contribution to the Storytent. In its 11th year, this child-led reading program continues to grow and evolve yet it is still a fun program that helps to develop reading skills and instill a love of reading for pleasure. We appreciate that the CVRC has taken on this program and also continues to offer the children a chance to participate in the public library’s Summer Reading Club program.”
The “I Wish” video project was funded by the Boys and Girls Club’s program called Creation Nation: Youth Take Charge. This project is an initiative to support youth in Clubs across Canada in showing leadership towards making a positive difference in their communities. Creation Nation encouraged our youth to take ownership and create an exciting project that represents their issues, empowering our youth to have a voice. Hayden White composed all the music for the song “I Wish” and he and Owen McCluskey wrote the lyrics. They spent many nights during our Evening Youth Program in our Music Room writing and recording their parts. Katie Ross and April Veinot were eager to become vocalists for this project and sang the chorus. Kyle Wills, our Music Program Coordinator mentored our youth throughout this entire project. His talent in writing and recording helped our youth to develop skills in this area. The video was directed by Steven Doiron. Steven had the youth involved in every aspect of the video from the story to the directing. Kyle Wills was the producer and guided the youth throughout video. Check out the link on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQXqZs-f7JI
Safe Harbour: Coming Soon To The South End
By Jenny O’Connell Safe Harbour, through collaboration with community partners and youth, will provide shelter in a safe, empowering environment. It will support youth in making positive changes in their lives. Safe Harbour will offer emergency and transitional housing to homeless and at-risk youth in our region. Safe Harbour is looking forward to being a part of the South End community. Our youth are our future and we want to make sure they have all the supports they need to succeed! Page 12
On Wednesday July 31, behind Hazen White School, there was a flurry of activity as children from Crescent Valley and Anglin Drive enjoyed a beautiful sunny day while participating in a bike rodeo.
By Laurie Collins Relationships matter a great deal to children and youth, especially to those who are exposed to adversity. Having a mentor of any age can help change the odds to make it more likely that children will succeed in life! A mentor can change the life trajectory of a child or youth from one filled with problems to one of resilience and positive growth. Imagine the life experience and stories that you could share as a senior. It takes a short amount of time to build hope and optimism, to teach a child to cope with, and bounce back from, life's challenges and demands. Take some time to build a positive, healthy relationship with a child today…call us at 635-1145 Pictured above: School Mentor Dave to start something BIG! with In-School Mentee Nic and Big Sister Mavis with Little Sister Maddie
CV Skate Day Rolls On By Adam Dunn Youth Outreach Coordinator It has been four years since the inception of Crescent Valley’s Skate Day, and it has continued to get bigger and better every year. The community’s annual skateboard day is organized by Teen Vibe and is held at the Crescent Valley Resource Center (heart of the community). This year’s event was sponsored by East Side Board Supply, who generously donated their time to support skateboarding in the community. Along with barbecued goods, competitions and prizes, the youth took to the street for lessons from some of Saint John’s finest skateboarders. CV Skate Day has developed into an incredible community event and we would like to thank everyone for the support over these last four years.
There were 63 excited children testing out their bicycle skills, learning about head safety, getting fitted for a new helmet (that they get to keep) learning about bike maintenance and of course having some great snacks! Many thanks go out to our community partners as these fun filled events would not happen unless we had their support. Many thanks goes out to Steve Dever of State Farm Insurance, Social Development (Housing), Leisure Services, Community Policing, Horizon Health, CV Community Tenants Association, CV Resource Center, Anglin Dr. Neighbourhood Tenants Association, Canadian Tire East, Dairy Queen and The Salvation Army. Alyssa Hicks from Anglin Dr. was the lucky winner of a brand new bike. Congratulations Alyssa.
SJ Energy Donates To Crescent Valley
Pictured above: Ann Barrett, President of CVRC; Ray Robinson, Saint John Energy; Peter McGuire, CVRC Board Member; and Anne Driscoll, Executive Director, CVRC The Crescent Valley Resource Centre recently received a $1,000 donation from Saint John Energy. “We are happy to support the work of the CVRC”, said Ray Robinson, President and CEO of Saint John Energy. “They are building capacity in the neighbourhood and are engaging residents in innovative programs, uncovering new talent and discovering unknown assets.” Page 13
Bridging the Computer Divide
By Amanda Beckwith and Richard At PRUDE, we are seeing a need and desire amongst seniors who want to bridge the digital gap for various reasons. One reason being to keep in contact with family members that do not live nearby.
Rédigé par Ginette Hébert La Maison des jeunes ZonAdo de l’ARCf de Saint-Jean a ouvert ses portes aux jeunes le mercredi le 28 mars 2012. Elle est située au 67 chemin Ragged Point au Centre communautaire Samuel-de-Champlain. Chaque semaine, une moyenne de 108 jeunes fréquente la maison les midis et 26 les après-classes. En mars dernier, nous avons eu une activité intergénérationnelle très enrichissante. Environ 12 jeunes sont venus servir un délicieux souper St-Hubert à plus de 63 de nos amis du Club Arc-en-ciel. Ce club est composé de membres de 50 ans et plus et situé à l’arrière du Centre. Ensuite, les jeunes ont interagi avec les plus âgés pour apprendre à les connaitre. Les jeunes ont appris de nouveaux jeux de cartes et les deux générations ont eu un plaisir illimité. Quelle expérience et échange enrichissantes!
Intergenerational Experience By Ginette Hébert ARCf de Saint-Jean’s Maison des jeunes ZonAdo youth centre opened its doors to youths on Wednesday, March 28, 2012. It’s situated at 67 Ragged Point Rd at the Centre communautaire Samuel-de-Champlain. Each week, about 108 youths hang out at the youth centre during the lunch hour and 26 after school. Last March, we held a very enriching intergenerational activity. About twelve youths came to serve a delicious St. Hubert supper to more than 63 of our friends of the Club Arc-en-ciel seniors’ club. Situated at the rear of the centre, this club is comprised of members that are 50 years and older. The youths then interacted with the seniors to get to know them. They learned new card games and both generations had endless fun. What an enriching experience and exchange!
That is what brought Richard to our centre. “I had received Photo Courtesy of Marlene Abbott a laptop from my daughter in Montreal for Father’s Day 2012. I took the lift to the fourth floor where I found Amanda, who graciously listened to me. I came the following week and many weeks after. Amanda’s program is well organized so that I got acquainted with my laptop enjoyably, with expertise and patience. ” Richard also learned about the keyboard, saving items to his computer, maintenance, and how to surf the web.
It Is Possible By Shirley Mitchell Is it possible? Just ask Melissa. Yes it is. Melissa had the opportunity to be involved in a workplace initiative that gave her an opportunity to change her life and that of her family. The Ties 2 Work program, now known as Work Links, gave Melissa an opportunity to work at Coast Tire & Auto Service back in 2010. Melissa worked hard, was willing to learn and overcome some of the adjustments to life as a full time working mom, but she did it. She now owns her own car, has become a home owner and has never looked back!
Saint John South End Lions Club If you would like to change something in your community this program is for YOU! Please join us for an Information Session August 29th at the John Howard Society, 44 Peters Street.
Ready to Help Whenever a Lions club gets together, problems get smaller. And communities get better.
Two sessions to choose from: Morning: 9:30 – 11:00 am Evening: 6:00 – 7:30 pm
That's because we help where help is needed – in our own communities
Transportation and childcare support available but please register in advance. For more details please call Pat at 650-7329 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Learn and Go Partners: NB Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation, Irving Oil Ltd.
Become part of the answer For information on how to become a Lions Member contact email@example.com
GSJCF Supports CV Families
Legion Memorial Stone Rededication
Members of the Royal Canadian Legion take part in the rededication of their Memorial Stone at the Saint John Horticultural Society, Public Gardens. The Memorial can be visited by the general public and the Legion will hold events and their Remembrance Day Service at the new location.
NB Children’s Foundation Funds CV Childrens Program
The New Brunswick Children’s Foundation (NBCF) recently made a $5,300 grant to the Crescent Valley Resource Centre (CVRC) for their Summer Squad children’s program. Summer Squad is a community-based, free recreation program for children from Crescent Valley and area ages 5-12 years. The program operates MonPhoto above: Ron Rose, Treasurer; The day to Friday during NBCF, and Anne Driscoll, July and August and is based at the CVRC on MacLaren Blvd. Children enjoy crafts, Storytent, field trips, physical activities, games and receive daily breakfast and nutritious snacks. “We are so grateful for this donation from the NB Children’s Foundation,” said Anne Driscoll, executive director of the CVRC, “Without it, we would see many neighborhood children in unstructured activities who are unsupervised throughout the summer. We are happy to be able to offer safe, fun-filled days for the children.”
Photo above: Doug MacDonald, (left) Chair of the GSJCF board and Dr. Michael Simon, (right) GSJCF board member, present Anne Driscoll, Executive Director of the CVRC. The Greater Saint John Community Foundation (GSJCF) recently awarded the Crescent Valley Resource Centre (CVRC) two grants totaling $4,600 for the Centre’s nutritious meals and snacks program, and for the Storytents / Bookwagon family literacy programs. “These grants are so important to our work engaging Crescent Valley families and children in reading and in promoting literacy,” said Ann Barrett, President of the CVRC board of directors. “Providing participants to our programs with nutritious snacks and meal choices is one way we can help residents on their way to a healthy lifestyle.” The CVRC thanks the Greater Saint John Community Foundation for making these programs possible.
Seniors Programs At Y The Y provides many opportunities for seniors to be active and socialize. From September through to June we hold a Cardiac Maintenance Program. The class is diversified and includes cardio, strength, stretch, agility, and flexibility components in a fun and interactive environment. Many seniors also participate in the popular BOSU classes (balance trainer). BOSU is a program that focuses on the basics while providing a good workout for your cardiovascular and core muscles. A Seniors’ Outreach program is available at the Brunswick Street and Smythe Street Seniors buildings on Thursday, when we bring fitness to you! For more information on any of these programs, contact the Y at 693YMCA.
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50+ Friendship Games Wrap Up
Photo above: – Eighty-eight happy seniors enjoyed playing cribbage at RCL Br. #69, one of the events during the week-long 50+ Friendship Games The 50+ Friendship Games celebrated its 23rd annual games June 2-7. Events included auction 45s (three locations), bowling (three locations), bridge, cribbage, croquet, euchre, golf, horseshoes, pickle ball, pool, scrabble, shuffleboard, swimming, timed walk, washer toss, and wizard. Two hundred and forty people participated in this weeklong event which began with a barbeque at the Lily Lake Pavilion and ended with a banquet at Exhibition Park. At a total cost of $25.00/person, golf fees included, these games are very affordable. Thank you to our sponsors, the Province of New Brunswick and the City of Saint John.
Tai Chi For Seniors Makes Sense By Xin Xin Tai Chi is an ancient internal Chinese martial art that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise for better health of mind and body: fluid, smooth, soothing movements in a focused manner accompanied with deep breathing. Tai Chi is for all ages, but it is particularly popular among the elderly. A national study shows a 25% reduction of falls in senior Tai Chi practitioners. It especially helps to improve flexibility and balance. Come over to Saint John City Market Seniors to get more information about the Tai Chi classes currently offered. Saint John City Market Seniors is located on the second floor of the City Market. This is a partnership with Project Hope, Saint John City Market Seniors, and the Saint John Multicultural and Newcomers Resource Centre.
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People from the Greater Saint John area are invited to share their thoughts and ideas on economic and social inclusion, and poverty reduction, during a public dialogue to be held on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at the Carleton Community Centre, 82 Market Place, Saint John. Vibrant Communities Saint John and the Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation will be hosting the dialogue session which is part of a province-wide public engagement process leading to the renewal of Overcoming Poverty Together, New Brunswick’s poverty reduction plan currently in effect. Everyone is welcome to participate in the public dialogue and provide input to help change the culture and build a fair, inclusive New Brunswick. Following the 12 public dialogues, a new plan to reduce poverty will be developed by representatives from the business, non-profit and government sectors, as well as citizens of New Brunswick. Advanced registration is suggested – but not mandatory – by calling 1-888-295-4545 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. More info is available at www.gnb.ca/poverty
Seniors In The City Market
By Charlene Thompson If you're sliding into fall without holidays, take a break and stop for breakfast Friday morning at 7:30 am to 9 am. Enjoy the chance to connect with friends in a historic space overlooking King Square. City Market Seniors and OutFlow Ministries are partnering on an amazing breakfast every Friday morning on the second floor of the City Market Head Tower. We'd like to invite you to join us for breakfast and support two community partners. We welcome neighborhood groups who may want to support their community by organizing their own Friday morning breakfast. Five to six people come together, raise the funds, cook and serve and clean up after the breakfast. Money raised supports programs at City Market Seniors and OutFlow Ministries. Call us today at (506) 693-8587 or email: citymarketseniors@gmail. com. LIKE our Facebook page (Saint John City Market Seniors) to stay up to date with our happenings and check out our website: www.citymarketseniors.com.
Around The Block Volunteers (Issue 30)
Old North End: Wendy Barron-Belmore. Lower South End: Mary LeSage. Waterloo-Village: Penni Eisenhauer. Crescent Valley: Anne Driscoll, Debbie McLeod and Richard Northorp. Lower West Side: Jill Roberts. Proof readers: Mary Collier Fleet, Belinda Kumar, Cathy Wright, Jenny O’Connell , Denise Dukeshire 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. Page 16
Issue 30 focuses on Seniors and Youth