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Issue 35 • • June & July 2014 YMCA Youth Leadership Program

BBBS Offers Ongoing Programs

In the photo:The Youth Leadership team takes a break from painting at the volleyball courts for the Y’s Volleyball on the Boardwalk program. (Photo by Brittany Arsenault) By Cindy Floyd The Youth Leadership Program participants at the YMCA are developing important life skills that will assist them in the future. The group holds weekly meetings that focus on leadership skills and they also regularly host guest speakers. The program participants are also very active in the community by providing support for the Y and other community initiatives. The group has helped the Y with fundraising for the Y's Strong Kids Campaign, ensuring everyone has the opportunity to participate in Y programs. They have collected food donations for the food bank, wrapped presents for Christmas families, and assisted at the Camp Glenburn Clean-Up. To learn more about the Youth Leadership Program, contact the Y at 693-YMCA.

By Laurie Collins Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) believes that every child should have the opportunity to reach their full potential. To achieve this we offer one-to-one matches in the community, in schools, and in small group programs during the school year and the summer. BBBS provides well-screened and trained Volunteers/Staff who build healthy, safe relationships with children in the programs and Volunteers/Staff are supervised to make sure that child safety practices are followed. On top of this, we have a whole lot of fun planned over the summer for children involved with the agency. Our summer camps include: Science & Engineering, Kids ‘N’ Kops, Fun While You Wait and a Go Girls! Camp. For information about how to get your child involved, please contact us at 635-1145 or visit http://www.bigbrothersbigsisters. ca/saintjohn

Engaging Young In Leadership Programs

Youth SJ Information

Activities outside the home are important for children; they help build self-esteem and confidence, can help children do better in school and get along better with friends. Parents must make sure that the programs their kids attend are safe! There are a number of questions parents should ask including the following (from a list of 15 suggested by Youth SJ): • Does the organization have a screening process for staff/volunteers which includes a criminal record check, personal interview and reference checks? • Does the agency understand what healthy staff/volunteer and youth relationships are? • Do the organization’s staff/volunteers learn about abuse and what puts children at risk to be abused? For the full list of questions or help in choosing the right program for your child, contact a member of Youth SJ. Saint John Y The Teen Resource Centre Big Brothers Big Sisters Saint John Boys & Girls Club

This group of Young Leaders (15 -25) celebrated the completion of their “Engaging Young Women in Leadership Project” at the Saint John Volunteer Centre with coordinator Rachael Grant. This confident group of women committed over a year to basic governance training, project work experience, and mentoring phase; they are now ready to build in the community and to make a difference. The program was funded by Status of Women Canada. Congratulations from the Staff and Board of Directors of the Saint John Volunteer Centre.

Coordinators Comments

By Juanita Black, Coordinator, Around The Block, Phone: 647-4850. Email: Welcome to issue #35 of Around the Block with a theme of “Youth”. There are highlights on each page that celebrate our up-and-coming young citizens. Stories tell about the athletes from Saint John High School who travelled to Toronto for a national competition, young students achievements with the Sistema music program, crafting for Bobby’s House and the many programs from our community partners will run for summer enjoyment.Congratulations to the many middle school graduates who will move onto high school in the fall and to our high school graduates who will join the workforce or move into the next level of learning. Your parents and teachers are very proud. We are happy to partner with the Port Saint John to bring you this issue. Please take part in a busy schedule for the upcoming Community Day, Sunday June 8, 11a.m. – 3p.m., at the Water Street location. Page 1

Brandon Cramm Skateboard Winner

Every ONE’s Got A Story By Wendy BarronBelmore Margie was born in Saint John and raised on Belleview Avenue here in the Old North End. Margie married and raised her children in the Old North End. She speaks very fondly of her two daughters and two grandchildren. During my interview with Margie she brought me to tears about her heartache and days with her dying husband John.

By Christa Petts ONE Change is proud of one of our own, Brandon Cramm. Brandon has participated in many skate competitions and has won awards and prizes. He has been recognized by his school for his hard work and received a certificate for East Side Board Supply. On a good day Brandon enjoys a day at the skate park or a good game of skate with his friends. Brandon is a great role model to the other youth by ensuring that he is wearing his helmet and safety gear.

Margie got through those sad times and moved on to become a Prayer Warrior through RiverCross Church. Margie claimed her biggest challenge was trying to be accepted as she grew up and lived in poverty. Margie’s fondest memory of the early years of the North End was helping her mother take care of the 100 hens and ducks that they raised. She was one of 14 siblings. Her favorite quote is “take care of yourself, eh?”

Brandon is now recording some of his skate tricks to make a video for YouTube.

Chefs! By Wendy Barron-Belmore The school year is closing which means our CHEFS! Program is winding down and we had great time. We had two five week sessions where the students from Lorne School were able to attend. Basic cooking skills were taught along with healthy recipes. The kids enjoyed cooking the different types of recipes. I believe if you ask the students what was their favorite part about the class, the response would be EATING WHAT WE COOKED.

Thanks, Margie, for being here until you meet your love beyond the moon.

OLD NORTH END Days Soon it will be time to celebrate our wonderful community. With great help from the planning committee and the many volunteers we have a schedule for our upcoming Old North End Fun Days. We hope all of our community will come out and celebrate the good of our community. These are the tentative dates for the week-long celebration. August 12: Teddy Bear Picnic will be held in Victoria Square from 1 3pm. August 13: Bike Rally will be held in Shamrock Park from 1 - 3pm. August 14: Movie in the Park will be held Victoria Square at Dusk around 9pm. Bring blankets to sit on. August 15: Street Dance. Location to be announced. The time will be from 8 - 10pm. August 16: Old North End Fun Day will be held in Victoria Square from noon-4pm.

I would like to thank Mary LeSage and Vanessa Crossman for helping out during these great classes. I really would like to wish all the students who went through my CHEFS! Program the best of luck.

Youth Summer Program

Digital Learning Centre By Brenda Hope The ONE Change Digital Literacy Center has had another great year here in the North End. I have taught many clients how to use internet, e-mail, MS Office, Windows 8 and cellphones. I will be closing for the summer at the end of June and will re-open the second week of September; I am looking forward to the construction noises ending and the beautiful new Nick Nicolle Community Centre to open. If you are interested in training in GED or Digital Literacy over the summer months, please call SJ-Kings Adult Learning Inc at 333-5480.

By Alison Newton A great opportunity is being offered to youth this summer! The Nick Nicolle Community Centre along with ONE Change will be offering a free 8-week summer program for youth ages 13-17. The program will run Mondays to Fridays and will include service learning, educational learning, and fun activity days. The youth involved in the program will decide what they would like to see included in this program. If you would like more information, or, if you would like to sign up for the program, please contact Alison Newton or Wendy Stephens at 506-635-2035.

North Neighbourhood Contact

Rodney Weston

MP/député - Saint John

Wendy Barron-Belmore Phone: 635-2035 E-mail: T 506 657-2500 email: 90 King Street, Saint John, NB

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New Mural For Front Door

Seniors Police Academy

By Sgt. David Hartley-Brown The Saint John Police Force (SJPF) is pleased to be hosting a Seniors Police Academy at Peel Plaza from May 8 to June 5. We have approximately 25 seniors enrolled in the course. They attend classes each Thursday from 10 - 12noon over a five week period.

Pictured Above - Silvia Borsic Executive Director, The Family Resource Centre (S.J.) Inc.Robert McDermott, Artist (Photo courtesy by Bob McDermott) Young artist Robert McDermott painted a mural of Franklin for the entrance of the Family Resource Centre (S.J.) Inc.

Family Resource Centre Receives Money

Topics include Fraud/ Banking scams, Personal Safety, Police operations, and other relevant courses. We are pleased to have other community agencies as partners for this particular program.

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

Spring has finally SPRUNG!! We had a GREAT clean up with the different streets collecting 50 plus bags of garbage!! We had BBQ’s, home baked cookies, muffins, coffee and drinks!! Summer is right around the corner. Look for details with Splash Pad opening on June 21. Tom Gallant, Past President of the Kiwanis Charities of Saint John and Silvia Borsic, Executive Director of the Family Resource Centre (S.J.) Inc. presents a cheque for $500, for the programs of the Family Resource Centre. Picture by Margot Allain

P.U.L.S.E. – COMMUNITY CLEAN-UPS Starting June 10 - then Every 2



Time: 6 - 8:30p.m. Clean-up Dates: July 8, Aug. 12, Sept. 9 Start at P.U.L.S.E. - End at P.U.L.S.E. (Light Refreshments)

Remember the third Tuesday of the month for our wellness clinics. Mark June 17 and July 15 on your calendars from 1:30 – 4pm. Sheree from the VON will be on duty. Sgt David Hartley-Brown is available Mondays from 8am to 12pm or by appointment. He can be reached at 648-3700 or by email at david. Be a part of the Food Purchasing Club at P.U.L.S.E. The cost ? only $10 for one bag or $20 for two bags. Please bring your reusable bag(s) with your name on it when you pay for your order. Do you feel like doing a ‘Pay it Forward’ good deed for the month and buying and order for someone else? Do you have an idea that you want heard? Come visit me at the office. We are open Monday 9am -2pm, Tuesday 9am-1pm, Wednesday closed, Thursday 9am -1pm, and Friday 9am -2pm. Follow us on Twitter and LIKE us on Facebook or contact us at 6326807.


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

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CV Grads From Promise Partnership

My name is Kendra Eatman, I go to Harbor View High School, and am happily graduating this year. I will be attending UNBSJ in the fall to study for a Bachelor of Science. I want to become a Marine Biologist and study environmental impacts in our world’s oceans. I would like to thank The Promise Partnership for supporting me and setting me up for future success!

Free Day Camp, June 30 - August 15. Registration and kickoff is Friday, June 27, 12noon - 3pm, at CVRC. Summer Squad is free, and activities include field trips, crafts, storytent, aquatic centre and much more! So join us for lots of fun adventures and games, Monday to Friday at the CVRC this summer. Programs will be supervised. Summer Squad is for children who were in kindergarten from September 2013 June 2014, up to children born in 2002. See you at the Blue Building!

Funding For New Play Park

I am Chris Bright, I am 18 years old and I went to Hazen Pictured Above: L-R Chris Bright, White for pretty much all of elWill Smith, Kendra Eatman. ementary and middle school. I am Missing from photo Theo Hannah graduating from Harbor View High School this year. After high school I am going to continue with my military career. Hi, my name is Will Smith. I am graduating in June and I can’t wait. I am looking forward to attending UNBSJ in September and joining the military. I would like to thank The Promise Partnership for all the help they have given me, I would not be where I am today. Pictured Above: Back row, from left: Catherine Sabean; Cathy Sabean; Wanda Roche; CVRC Board President Ann Barrett; Eva Feddery; CVRC board member Nancy Savoie; Minister of Tourism, Heritage and Culture Trevor Holder; Lesa MacLaren; Chris Hanna; CVRC board member Kathy Hanna. Front row from left: Torin Lemieux; Dakota Savoie Currie; Trenton Burley. (Photo Courtesy of CVRC) The Flemming Court Play Park in Crescent Valley is closer to reality! Funding of $55,000 for the project from the NB Regional Development Corporation was announced at the Crescent Valley Resource Centre (CVRC) in Saint John. “This funding will go a long way toward our goal of $165,000 required to bring a play park to the children and families of the area,” President of the CVRC board of directors Ann Barrett said. “A safe, central play area has been needed in Crescent Valley for many years. This project is another example of the positive growth that has been happening over the past several years in this neighbourhood.” The accessible play park will complement the splash pad which opened in July 2011 in Flemming Court Park. The announcement was made by the Honourable Trevor Holder, MLA for Saint John Portland, and Minister of Tourism, Heritage and Culture.

Crescent Valley Fun Days

The Crescent Valley Community Tenants Association will be hosting their annual CV Fun Days,July 17 – 19, at their location 55 MacLaren Blvd. Thursday, July 17, 1pm: Cutest Baby Contest Thursday, July 17, 6:30pm: Best Legs Contest Friday, July 18, 1pm: CV You Got Talent Saturday, July 19, noon – 4pm: Annual Fun Day: There will be a big BBQ, air tattoo, bouncy castle, horse and wagon rides, bingo, a DJ, the SJ Fire Department and SJ Police Force, and many, many games. Please come out and enjoy the celebration in our community. Rain day for the Annual Fun Day is Sunday, July 20.

The Crescent Valley neighbourhood is holding a Community Cleanup on June 6 from 11:30am - 2:30pm. The children of Hazen White - St. Francis School will join the residents for a kick-off BBQ provided by McInnes Cooper at 11:30am at the CVRC. After this, everyone will help pick up litter. Thank you to community partners who are making this neighbourhood event possible: ACAP Saint John, AIDS SJ, Atlantic Superstore (Somerset Street), City of Saint John, CV Community Tenants’ Association, CV Resource Centre, Hazen White - St. Francis School, McInnes Cooper, NB Dept. of Social Development, and the Saint John Police Force - Community Police.

Yak And Snack

Join your neighbours and friends for fun, information, and a chance to talk about things in the neighbourhood that are important to you. • Tuesday, June 3, 1:30pm. Tanya Moriarty will talk about Positive & Healthy Relationships with your partners, friends and family. • Tuesday, June 10,1:30pm. Get a look at the plans for the Flemming Court Play Park and find out the kind of equipment that is in store for this exciting CV project. Yak & Snack is FREE, and is for anyone over 18. Call us for info, 693-8513. Thank you to the NB Dept. of Healthy and Inclusive Communities for financial assistance with this program.

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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Roots Of Empathy At St. Pat’s

Carelton Community Garden Has Space For You Last Chance!!! We have a few plots left that are available for planting at the Carleton Community Garden (West Side). Please contact Patti at 674-4335 for more information, first come, first serve basis

Fit & Fun For Girls

By Jill Roberts, Nurse at Market Place Wellness Centre and ROE program Facilitator Ms. Mittelholtz’s grade 5 class at St Patrick’s Elementary School has been a fun place to be during the 2013/2014 school year. The boys and girls have been taking part in the “Roots of Empathy” program and welcoming Baby Noah, his mom Alicia and dad Carlin to visit their classroom. At the heart of this program is a neighbourhood infant and his parents who visit the classroom at least nine times over the school year. A trained instructor coaches students to observe the baby’s development and to label the baby’s feelings. The baby is the “Teacher” and helps children to identify and think about their own feelings and the feelings of others. The children sing to Baby Noah, observe his growth and development and discuss topics that include infant safety, communication and crying. The class even authored a book of personalized nursery rhymes for “their” Baby Noah. Thank you to Alicia and Carlin for sharing Noah with all of us!

By Krista Turnbull, Community Schools Coordinator, St. Patrick’s School On Saturday, May 3, some of the Fit & Fun For Girls group made their way on the Kids on the Go bus to the Kids’ Airport Run! What an exciting adventure for our girls to experience what an official run is like. It was a beautiful day for a run and they all sported their new St. Pat’s team jackets. Special thanks to Jill Roberts who meets with us every week and took time out of her weekend to join in the fun.

Back row: Jill Roberts, Shawna Fillmore, Gennevieve Losier, Aislyn Bulmer Front Row: Bryanna Peterson-Roper, Angel Burgess. (Photo Coutesy of Krista Turnbull)

We even made a very special trip to Menchies for frozen yogurt afterwards. Thanks to Gina Spear-Burrows for her 2 visits with us and encouraging us to register for the run.

Celebrating Greta Craig Westside Wellness Updates

Market Place Wellness Centre, 120 Market Place, • Specimen Collection: Tue and Wed 7:30am -2:30pm by appointment only, please call 648-6681 press #3. • Food Bank: Tue and Fri 1-3pm, summer hours start July & Aug. Tue 1-3pm only • Foot Care Clinic: every 3RD Wed, by appointment-657-2273 • Are you over 50 and want to be more ACTIVE? Join our classes: Tue 10-11a.m. at Hope Centre and Tue and Fri 10am at Market Place Wellness Centre – Free. New classes have started around the city. Call 632-5537 for a place near you. • Yoga: Wed 11-12noon (50 years old & older please)-at Market Place Wellness Centre, $2. • Food Purchase Club: for more information call; West 674-4335, ONE Change 635-2035, Crescent Valley 693-8513, St. Joseph’s Community Health Center-632-5537 • Social Development: worker on site to answer questions, Tue 1-3pm. • Lending Library: “Take a Book, Leave a Book” at Market Place Wellness Centre 674-4335

Greta Craig was 92 years young when she left us at Danell's Dr. Her gracious manner and sharp wit will be well remembered by all. Greta's family presented the Tenants of Danell's Dr. a commemorative park bench in her honour. The Tenants hosted a reception following the funeral service at her home at Danell's Dr.

West Neighbourhood Contact

Dorothy Shephard MLA Saint John Lancaster Tel: (506) 643-2900 Fax: (506) 643-2999

Jill Roberts: 632-5552

Saint John Lancaster Constituency Office 640 Manawagonish Road Saint John, NB Canada E2M 3W5

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SJLE Is Celebating 30 Years

Support The Salvation Army

By Dayna Lutes This year, The Saint John Learning Exchange (SJLE) celebrates 30 years serving the community through education, work services and support for adults. We want to celebrate our work and impact on the community with a fun-filled event in the heart of the Waterloo Village on Friday, June 13, 2014. To celebrate this milestone we will be revitalizing a garden space, painting a mural and having a healthy BBQ in the Waterloo Village area over the noon hour. Learning Exchange learners (past and present), neighborhood groups, community partners and residents are all invited to join us in this celebration!

Pictured Above: Brooklyn Raynes’ centre with councillors Brittany Pye and Linnea Dean By Shelly McCready, Community Ministries Coordinator. 634-1633 Once again The Salvation Army Saint John is pleased to be able to take 50 children, aged 7 - 12 years, to camp in beautiful Nova Scotia for a fun filled week of adventure, completely free of charge. This year's Holiday Camp is July 21st - 25th.

Celebrating Mark Cook

Scotian Glen, situated on the banks of Sutherland's River, offers cozy cabins, swimming pool, playground, camp fires, good food, crafts, games, friends and lots of individual attention from experienced staff. We really want to pinpoint children that may not otherwise have the opportunity to go to camp. If you know a child who would benefit from this event, contact me right away ... there are limited spots available.

Waterloo Village Updates By Penni Eisenhauer The Waterloo Village Neighbourhood Association (WVNA) in partnership with the Courtenay Bay Tenants Association (CBTA) will be hosting their annual Spring Clean Up on Saturday, June 14, 10 to 11:30 am. If you live east of Paul Harris St. or Middle St. pick up gloves and bags at the back parking lot of Brunswick Drive highrise and if you live west of Paul Harris or Middle Street pick up gloves and bags at the corner of Cliff and Waterloo St. Following the Clean Up, there will be a thank you BBQ at NOON in the parking lot in the back of Brunswick Drive highrise and a DRAW for some great DOOR PRIZES. Working together we can make a difference! The Waterloo Village Association continues to meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 148 Waterloo St. (Coverdale Centre for Women) from 12-1 pm. If you are interested in getting involved in your neighbourhood contact Penni Eisenhauer at commorg.penni@gmail. com or Donna McKee at 696-0196.

By Donna McKee I am doing this story on a youth in my neighbourhood, named Mark Cook. Mark has been living in the Courtenay bay area for eight years, and when he started high school he started running into some problems which caused him to drop out several times. This year is a whole different story for Mark: he is in grade 11, he goes full time every day, never skips and he is also involved in the co-op program which he does at Giant Tiger. Mark has great support from his family, neighbours and a best friend that keeps pushing him every day to achieve his goal, which is to finish high school. And as a reward for all his hard work and great effort Mark is receiving an award that is just new this year called the Turn Around Achievement Award. This is offered to students that have had struggles in school but turned things around. This will be presented to him at the Lily Lake Pavilion . Way to go Mark, I have every bit of faith in you that you will finish school and move onto a big bright future.

Planting The Pumpkin Garden By Donna McKee Courtenay Bay Tenants Association will be planting a pumpkin garden on Saturday, May 24. This garden is for the children and youth aged 0-18 years in the neighbourhood. They will plant the pumpkin seed themselves and take ownership of the garden. The garden will have two captains from the neighbourhood and it will be their responsibility to monitor and make sure there is no damage done to the garden. The pumpkins will grow until October and will be carved at the Neighbourhood Halloween Party.

Carl Killen

Village Neighbourhood Contact

MLA Saint John Harbour 642-9774 • 74 Germain St.

Penni Eisenhauer 343-5382

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

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St Pat’s Bowl For BBBS

At last month’s Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids’ Sake, we were fortunate to have PALS partners from JDI, Scotiabank and Bay Ferries bowling. In addition, our PALS at Saint John Energy did Wii bowling at work. Special thanks to all these folks for their dedication in raising money for such a worthwhile cause that St. Pat’s directly benefits from. Every year we have in-school mentors who are matched with students at our school. Students benefit greatly from the weekly hour of one-on-one time spent with their special friend at school. Some like to cook, make crafts, play in the gym, or computer room. Our PALS at Bay Ferries are shown taking on a Gilligan’s Island theme for their costumes. A great deal of fun was had at the event and thanks to everyone for taking part.

SJB-KE Sistema Students By Julie Pugsley, Community Schools Coordinator, St. John the Baptist - King Edward We are thrilled to have a group of students from SJB-KE involved in the after-school program Sistema. The program means joy, motivation, discipline and teamwork for our students while helping to build their confidence and self-esteem. We’d like to highlight some of our students who recently won awards at the NB Competitive Festival of Music: Andon Bright- 2 Silvers and a $25 award; Brooklyn McKillop - 2 Silvers and a $25 award; Paige Young - 1 Silver and a $25 award; Wenxuan Gu - 2 Silvers and a $25 award and the members of the Senior String Orchesta, which won a Gold medal and two awards, are Andon Bright, Hannah Colwell, John (Eric) Ferguson, Wentao Gu, Aaliyah Loatman, Morgan Martin, Lauryn Ogden, Xavier Savoy, and Willow Stanton.

It Takes A Community By Caitlin Corkum, Community Schools, PALS Coordinator, Centennial School Centennial School has many people investing their time into the future of our students. Students recently learned about engineering, firefighting, the Military and Navy, hospitality and tourism, being a mechanic, and the many careers at Port Saint John through a career fair hosted by our PSSC with tours through Hampton Inn and Suites Hotel, and tours with Port Saint John. During our third March Break Camp with Mariner Partners, students took a hands on approach to learning about oceans, marine life, and the many jobs related to the ocean, even taking a trip to the Huntsman Marine Science Centre! Our students have had an incredible time learning about the endless possibilities for their future and it has been wonderful to see them excited about all the things they want to do when they grow up! Thank you to everyone who has invested in our students, your support is greatly appreciated.

St. Pat’s PALS At Saint John Energy

Last month a group of grade five girls made their way to see their PALS at Saint John Energy. The afternoon was a fun-filled one with a visit through their headquarters, a stop in the CEO’s office, a great time in their amazing gym. We even tried our work out in complete safety gear with our goggles, hard hats and vests on. The highlight of the day was certainly our ride in the bucket of the line truck with one of the linemen. We even got amazing SWAG from our PALS to take home. Special thanks to our amazing PALS at Saint John Energy and to Marta and Sherry for planning this great visit.

SJB-KE Fundraising By Julie Pugsley, Community Schools Coordinator, St. John the Baptist - King Edward St. John the Baptist – King Edward School is currently coordinating a Fundraising Dinner and Auction to take place on June 4, in the school’s gymnasium. This will be a fun evening featuring a dinner catered by Thandi Restaurant and friends of the South End Lions Club. The goal of the evening is to raise funds for SJB-KE School. Our school will use the funds raised during this event to subsidize the cost of enrichment programs, special events, guest speakers and field trip costs. These opportunities provide valuable learning experiences outside the classroom.

Partnering from Kindergarten to Grade 12 and Beyond • • • • • • • • • • • • •

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

Tickets are $25 per person and the event will feature a wonderful buffet meal, entertainment and auction tables. For more information, to purchase tickets, or to donate an item for our auction, please contact Julie We ALL have something to offer! at (506) 658-2213 or by email at We hope to see you there! Page 7

Deborah Fisher Susan Tipper Caitlin Corkum

FREE Movies In The Park

Live Well! Bien Vivre! It’s time make your health your priority. What kind of changes do you want to make?


•Control portion sizes? •Get more exercise? •Manage stress? •Prevent or manage diabetes? •Quit smoking? We can help you take control of your health. Contact your free local Health Coach to get started: Lesley Melanson, Health Coach, Saint John Region (506) 608-6498 or

Disability Awarness Week Saint John Ability Advisory Committee’s DISABILITY AWARENESS WEEK June 01 – June 07, 2014 Schedule of Events OPENING CEREMONIES

Monday, June 02, 2014, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 1st Level Brunswick Square, 39 King Street, Saint John, NB Information booths on various disabilities, City’s declaration, group presentation. Awards for individual, group and employer who have significantly supported persons with disabilities.


Monday – Friday, June 02 – June 06, 2014 City of Saint John Police Force Saint John Parking Commission City-wide handicapped parking blitz each day at various locations.



Thursday, June 05, 2014, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. Key Industries, 239 Charlotte Street, Saint John, NB View, learn and operate Accessibility and Adaptive software and hardware that help remove barriers and provide strategies to enhance a person’s ability to participate in all aspects of community: social, educational and employment opportunities. CNIB, Community Autism Centre, LDASJ, Compusult, Providers for adaptive and assistive services and devices, Audiology clinics. Friday, June 06, 2014 Cruise terminal to City Hall, Saint John, NB Also a province wide 15-minute Walk and Roll Challenge will be held at schools and other public locations in New Brunswick.


Saturday, June 07, 2014 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 1st Arch, Rockwood Park, Saint John, NB Barbecue, games, races, door prizes, face painting, cake cutting ceremony, meeting and greeting.

SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETING SERVICES WILL BE PROVIDED Accessible Transportation available upon request HANDI-BUS – 648-0609 For further information call Barry Freeze at 658-4709 or Cathy Patterson at 634-6888 Presented by SJAAC and our Partners

Will be hosting 7 Movie nights and have a great lineup for the community. A movie in the Park is funded entirely by the Tim Horton’s Pavilion Cup Pond Hockey Tournament and the Hatheway Pavilion at Lily Lake. The Lily Lake Pavilion Inc. is a registered charity, non-profit organization and operates the Pavilion to give back 100% of profits to the community it serves. The movies are hosted every Tuesday night and begin at dusk. Free popcorn and drinks are also provided. Date   Movie   July 8  Muppets Most Want  July 15  Captain America – The Winter Soldier  July 22   Mr. Peabody and Sherman   July 29   Need For Speed  August 5   Rio 2  August 12   Divergent  August 19  The Amazing Spiderman 2    

Compassionate Friends SJ Chapter

Supporting family after the death of a child Meet the secound & last Monday of the month. St. Joseph’s Community Centre 116 Coburg Street. 7 - 9:00 pm For more information, please contact: Pamela Hopey 696-7786 or Rose Mchpee 672-7019 An international self- help organization for parents who have experienced the death of a child, any age, from any cause.

Protect Your Head - Wear A Helmet

By Jill Roberts Just a few more weeks and school will be out for the summer, which means that kids will be out and about riding bikes and skateboarding at the new skateboard park beside the Carleton Community Centre. Make sure that your child has the right size helmet, that it fits properly and that they are wearing it. The helmet should sit on top of the head and should not move sideways, or up and down. The straps should be buckled snugly, but not too tight. You should be able to put one finger between the strap and the chin. The straps should form a V under the ears when buckled. The rim of the helmet should be two finger widths above the eyebrows. Please slow down and watch for children playing and for children on bicycles. You can also stop in at the Market Place Wellness Centre any weekday if you would like to have your helmet checked. Remember that damaged or dented helmets need to be replaced.

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SJHS Nike Grand Prix Wrap Up

Creating Unity At Centennial School

By Melissa Clemance Below are the notable results for the Saint John High School track and field trip to Toronto. The full results can be found here: 1st place - Girls 100m Hurdles; Victoria Leblanc 5th place - Boys 800m; Josh Shanks 2nd place - Boys 1500m; Josh Shanks 4th place - Girls 200m; Victoria Leblanc 4th place - Girls Shot Put; Lauren Hogan 2nd place - Girls Long Jump; Victoria Leblanc Team photo with Nike Olympic athlete Jessica Smith.

By Caitlin Corkum, Community Schools, PALS Coordinator, Centennial School We were very fortunate to have the chance to transform our school gym into a space of pride and unity. With the support of the ArtSmart Grant and Lachlan Grant, a local artist, we transformed our gym into a swarm of bees, our school mascot.

HWSF - Teen Who Care Awards

Lachlan set the scene creating a beautiful backdrop of trees, hives, and animals and supported the students as they created their traditional black and yellow bees and bees painted in the students likeness. Our students had an awesome time working with Lachlan creating their bees and our grade 5 students especially enjoyed the project as they were able to leave a piece of them behind for years to come! Stop by the school and see our masterpiece, the students love to show it off! By Monica Vautour Grade 8 students Emily Esson and Alex Firlotte were recent recipients of the TRC “Teens Who Care Award”. The students were presented with the awards on Apr 29, at a ceremony hosted by the TRC Executive Director, June Breau-Nason at the Lily Lake Pavilion. The “Teens Who Care” awards are presented to teens who demonstrate leadership and compassion in their community. Alex and Emily are both well known for their high level of commitment and involvement in both academic and extracurricular activities. The school recognizes the high level of citizenship that they bring to school each day and are extremely proud of both Alex and Emily.

Youth Program Office Stacy Wang As a dedicated community worker, Stacy Wang is celebrating her 3rd anniversary working for SJMNRC. Beginning as a Newcomer Ambassador, Stacy has met more than 1000 newcomer families from over 100 countries during her 3-year work period, and she has become a significant resource for newcomers in Saint John and surrounding regions. Now Stacy specifically is in charge of the Youth Program at SJMNRC. (Photo Coutesy of Aaron Cao) She will be introducing international students in middle school and high school to SJMNRC and to various attractions around the community that will enhance their knowledge and interests in sports, recreation and culture as a way of promoting living and learning in Saint John. Stacy is hard at work right now developing a number of summer camps Page 9

YMCA Community Camp

An opportunity for single parent families to experience an overnight camping experience while spending quality time together, being active and building stronger relationships. • Bus service available to and from Camp Glenburn • August 3 - August 7, 2014 • Accommodations and meals provided • $50 per family

YMCA of Greater Saint John

Camp Glenburn T : 506-693-9622

Anglin Drive New 3 On 3 Basketball

TRC Planning Summer Events

By Pat Porter On May 24 residents and volunteers celebrated their new Anglin Drive 3 on 3 basketball court with Partners and the Mill Rats. Joining in the celebrations were Hon Trevor Holder, Councillor Greg Norton, Councillor John MacKenzie, Barry Freeze City of Saint John, Debbie McLeod Social Development and Ian McCarthy Mill Rats Manger. After the ribbon cutting ceremony the Anglin Drive Mighty Mice basketball team were cheered on by the Mighty Mice Cheerleaders as they broke in the new court by playing scrimmage against the Mill Rats and Partners. Everyone enjoyed a tasty barbeque provided by Investors Group and delicious cake provided by Social Development. What a wonderful day full of fun and excitement!! Special thanks to all for making this a very special and memorable day!

Pictured Above L-R: Kayara, Shelby, Ethan, Josh, Jeremy, Anthony and Nick from the Police Week Parade. ) (Photo by Melissa Barrett) By Melissa Barrett Hard to believe summer is just around the corner! The TRC youth have had a busy winter playing in the snow, baking, watching movies and volunteering whenever we can. We are now gearing up for our summer program and are always looking for new youth to join the fun. If you are a youth ages 12 to 18 years old come check us out and ask for a tour of our awesome Drop In facility. The best part of our summer is coming up with new ways to give back to our community and volunteer as much as possible. Our youth also took part in the Police Week Activities, on May 13. They walked in the parade and volunteered at the TRC booth.

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Pictured Above Ribbon Holders: Rachel Campbell, Daniel Ttaway and Meride Bertin

Saint John Multicultural and Newcomers Resource Centre


St Pat’s Crafts For Bobby’s House

For more information, contact or call 642 4242. Pour plus d’information contactez ou appellez 642 4242.

By Krista Turnbull, Community Schools Coordinator, St. Patrick’s School Mrs. Griffin’s grade 2 class recently made some spring birds to share with the folks at Bobby’s House. It was explained to the children that families whose loved ones are living at Bobby’s Hospice experience some very sad days and that their beautiful colourful birds may put a smile on their faces, if only briefly. The children will soon deliver their birds to our neighbours

Funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick through the Canada-New Brunswick Labour Market Agreements. Financé par le gouvernement du Canada et la province du Nouveau-Brunswick dans le cadre des Ententes Canada/Nouveau-Brunswick sur le marché du travail.

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YMCA Summer Camps

Congratulations Kittana Espinoza

Summer is just around the corner and the Y of Greater Saint John is providing fun and educational summer camp options that will get kids outdoors, active and having fun! We believe that camps are like no other childhood experience and that every child deserves to take part. The Y is a safe, welcoming place where every child is nurtured to reach their full potential. We will be providing a wide variety of day camps at 7 locations including Prince Edward Square, Millidgeville Community Centre, Forest Glen Community Centre, Barnhill School, Glenn Falls School and the Carpenter Centre. If you want to enjoy more of the great outdoors at an overnight camp, then consider spending a week at Camp Glenburn on the beautiful Belleisle Bay. Financial support is available through the YMCA Strong Kids Opportunity Fund. Phone the YMCA to learn more at 693-YMCA or visit: www.saintjohny. com

SJB-KE Fundraising

By Julie Pugsley, Community Schools Coordinator, St. John the Baptist - King Edward School St. John the Baptist – King Edward School is currently coordinating a Fundraising Dinner and Auction to take place on June 4, in the school’s gymnasium. This will be a fun evening featuring a dinner catered by Thandi Restaurant and friends of the South End Lions Club. The goal of the evening is to raise funds for SJB-KE School. Our school will use the funds raised during this event to subsidize the cost of enrichment programs, special events, guest speakers and field trip costs. These opportunities provide valuable learning experiences outside the classroom.

By: Julie Pugsley, Community Schools Coordinator, St. John the Baptist - King Edward Kittana, a student at SJB-KE school, received a Turn-Around Achievement Award from the district; an award presented to students who have demonstrated perseverance, commitment and effort in “turning around” their lives. Something amazing happened this past year and Kittana realized that she has a lot to offer. She started to participate and work diligently in every class and is now one of our top academic students. Her art is amazing and she has become a top athlete. In her spare time she likes to box and loves to read and write – this helps her express what angers her. This young lady has it all together now. She is an independent thinker who is fun to talk to and is always offering to help. We are so proud of Kittana.

Tickets are $25 per person and the event will feature a wonderful buffet meal, entertainment and auction tables. For more information, to purchase tickets, or to donate an item for our auction, please contact Julie at (506) 658-2213 or by email at We hope to see you there!

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C V Singers Give First Concert

Safe Harbour Construction Has Started!

Pictured Above: Back row, L-R Sue Duke, Catherine Sabean, Kathy Hanna, Darlene Verner, Roberta Gardiner, Cathy Sabean, Mark Driscoll. Front row, l-r: Janet Johnson, Steve Zaat, Bonnie Thibideau. Missing from photo: Kim Cookson The Crescent Valley singing group, Rhythm and Brew, has been having so much fun over the last few months, but the opportunity to enjoy each other’s company and get out of the house is only part of the fun. They create wonderful music together! The group has been meeting at the CVRC and practicing diligently and they recently gave their first public performance at Stephenson Towers for a large group of appreciative residents. Everyone had so much fun.

Constructiion has started on the new youth shelter in Saint John. Safe Harbour Youth Transitional Services’ will be located on Broad Street in the South End. It will have 10 beds for at-risk youth ages 16-24. So far, the foundation has been set and the project is coming along nicely. Construction is set to finish in August with a fall 2014 grand opening!

Many thanks to leader, Steve Zaat who has helped bring out the diva in each of the members, and to Mark Driscoll who accompanied on piano. Call the CVRC for info about joining at 693-8513.

Update On The New YMCA!

On June 24th, 2016 The Greater Saint John Community Foundation will be celebrating our 40th anniversary. In anticipation of this important milestone, the 2014 Anniversary Grant will be increased from an allocation of $30,000 to $40,000. In addition, this year’s award will be disbursed as one grant, the largest single grant in the Foundation’s history. Letters of Intent are now being accepted until Sunday, June 15th.

Site preparation and construction is underway for the new YMCA facility on Churchill Boulevard. The hole has been dug for the pool, footings are in place and some of the cement for the foundation has been poured. It is a busy site with lots of activity occurring each day.

The Anniversary Grant was established in 2006 to commemorate the Foundation’s 30th Anniversary. Past recipients include; First Steps, The Salvation Army, Saint John YM-YWCA, The Crescent Valley Resource Centre, ACAP Saint John , Marco Polo-the Musical, GSJ Teen Pregnancy Committee, AIDS SJ for the Sex Trade Action Project , The Elizabeth Frye Society & The Saint John Learning Exchange.

Gerry Lowe Councillor Ward 3. I am your Councillor for 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 vwork closely with residents in each neighbourhood to promote the well-being of all. Together we can build a safe, supportive and sustainable community.

The Anniversary Grant applicants must address an identified community need and demonstrate strong partnerships, collective impact and sustainability. Visit our website to find out more –

76 Princess Street, Saint John, NB E2L 5B2 672.8880 .

I can be reached by phone at 721-5690 and by email at Page 12

On June 8, The Port Of Saint John Is Your Playground

Port Saint John’s fourth annual Community Day will bring thousands of locals down to the waterfront for a day of fun and fundraising on June 8th. This year’s event, sponsored by Irving Oil, raises funds for PALS (Partners Assisting Local Schools), an organization providing children in priority neighbourhoods with the tools they need to learn. “PALS makes education more accessible to local children, especially those in need. We are firm believers in the power of education and strengthening our community from an early age. That’s why we’re supporting PALS for the second year in a row,” said Jim Quinn, president and CEO of Port Saint John. This year, Community Day is the first day of Port Days, an annual business networking and economic development event hosted by the Port. Community, Connections, and Commerce are the guiding themes for this year’s event.

We are thrilled that PALS has been chosen as the recipient of the funds raised during Port Days. It is promising to be a fun-filled day for all and we can’t wait to take part,” Deborah Fisher, PALS co-ordinator said. “All moneys raised will go directly to participating PALS schools to address student needs and to supplement programs and activities that support student learning.” When Community Day arrives, it will be impossible not to see and hear the excitement. The Marco Polo and Diamond Jubilee Cruise Terminals will be filled with displays and entertainment, while the parking lots will be filled with games, treats and activities. Cotton candy and barbecued hot dogs are on the menu, with proceeds supporting PALS. Activities are free of charge, with the exception of the barbecue and snack station which will be cash only. Local acts entertaining the crowd that day include Fredericton funky musician Stephen Lewis and the BIG Band of One and Tomato/Tomato. The InterAction School of Performing Arts will bedoing live theatre and some princesses will be making a magical appearance for photos. There will be bouncy castles, airbrush face painting, carnival games and multicultural displays. CFB Gagetown will be on site with LAV rides, equipment displays and camouflage-style face painting. The tugboats from Atlantic Towing will be doing a water show in the harbour. Community Day is also a learning opportunity. Aquila Tours will be offering trolley rides throughout the Port for people to learn more about what goes on behind the gates. The tour will span the east and west sides of the Port. “Community Day is a chance for citizens in Saint John to support a great cause and get to know the Port better. Our doors are open to the community and we’ll be welcoming people for fun, a bite to eat and an opportunity to learn more about what we do. We can’t wait to see everyone,” Quinn said. To learn more about Community Day, visit Port Saint John on Facebook.



ONE Build Provides Opportunities

By Mary Beth Watt Have you always thought about taking up a trade but you didn’t know where to begin? The ONE BUILD is a 22-week pilot project designed to train participants in carpentry skills. Administered by ONE Change and funded by the Government of New Brunswick’s Department of Post Secondary Education and Training, the program offers workplace essential skills training and an introductory skills building trades program. This is followed by 12 weeks of paid onthe-job training. Currently, eight young men and women are well on their way to becoming apprentices and obtaining permanent employment. Matching enthusiastic young people to employers in our community is a truly worthwhile endeavor! Page 13

Aly Niang

Around the Block would like to apoligize for errors in Issue 34. The two stories below were published with the wrong pictures. Here are the correct stories and pictures for you enjoyment once again!

Millidgeville Community Centre Volunteer Janice Patchell has been volunteering with the Millidgeville Community Centre for over three years. Janice dedicates 40 hours a week making sure everything is running smoothly at the Centre. You can often find Janice volunteering for the evening programs and events as well. Janice hardly ever misses a day, claiming “she has to be there for her kids". The children truly enjoy and appreciate Janice and when absent they always miss her. Thanks to all the dedicated volunteers at the Y. You have truly helped to build a healthy community.

(Photo Coutesy Marie Camihort) Mon rôle est de planifier, offrir, et évaluer des événements multiculturels pour les nouveaux arrivants et clients du CAMNASJ/SJMNRC en français. Un exemple d’activité que nous organisons pour les enfants : durant l’année scolaire, un club de devoir (en français) pour les enfants, est organisé, tous les mardis et jeudis de 16h00-18h00, de la 1ére année à la 7 ième année, afin de renforcer les capacités de nos jeunes pour exploiter leur potentiel. Ce club de devoir est changé en club de lecture durant la période des vacances. (Photo Coutesy Brittany Arsenault)

HWSF Celebrates Volunteers

Volunteering At The Y Hannah Koven has been volunteering at the YMCA Child Care Centre since June, 2012, and she currently volunteers three mornings a week. Hannah was a coop student at the YMCA before becoming a dedicated volunteer. She takes “her job” very seriously and looks forward to coming in each week. The Y has provided Hannah with a place to belong and she always (Photo Coutesy Brittany Arsenault) has a smile for everyone. She is very helpful with the children and the staff appreciate all the support she provides.

Above are three volunteers of the month for Crescent Valley for April. During this past month Julie Jeffrey, Vanessa MacKinnon, Rhonda Kinney (who are three teachers at HWSF School) have gone out of their way and worked above and beyond the call of duty to include parents in their classrooms. They have put on special demonstrations of work in a cafe style to include our school community. The parents all attended and the smiles on the students’ faces were heart-warming. Creating opportunities like this take a lot of work, time and energy that is beyond the regular role of a teacher. Missing from the photo is Pat Adams, who spent one entire day cleaning out all the storage and garbage from HWSF School, and Wayne Delong, who has been helping out every day while we've been short staffed.

Proud Supporter Of Saint John Community Newspaper “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” ~ E.E Cummings

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Congratulations Gerry Pond

UCSN 20th Anniversary

By Marc Gosselin On Tuesday May 20, Saint John business man, Gerry Pond was presented with the Wolf Blass Lifetime Achievement Award at the Startup Canada Atlantic Awards in Halifax in recognition of his leadership and for supporting the startup ecosystem in region.

By Marc Gosselin The Urban Core Support Network in Saint John celebrated its 20th anniversary on May 22. The organization is a partnership of people and organizations working to reduce poverty in their community. The organization represents community agencies, individuals living in poverty, churches, businesses and government departments. They focus on public awareness, develop strategies and provide support. One program that the UCSN runs is called POWER UP and has graduated 185 women.

One comment made at the event was that the influence Pond has on the Maritimes is too large to measure, whether it be through mentorship, serving on boards or simply caring about the individuals.

Congratulations to Brenda Murphy for her leadership and guidance for the past 20 years.

Samantha Smith

Grant For Healthy Breakfast

The Crescent Valley Resource Centre (CVRC) recently received a $2,550 Community Food Action grant from the NB Department of Healthy & Inclusive Communities for the Centre’s Healthy Start Breakfast program. Healthy Start Breakfast is a free drop-in program Pictured Above: L-R, Wanda Roche, Cathy held on Monday and Wednesday from 9:15am Sabean, Lisa Clarke, Catherine Sabean, Rosie McCutcheon, Eva Feddery with her - 10:15am at the CVRC, grandson Trenton, and Kathy Hanna (CVRC 130 MacLaren Blvd. board member accepting the cheque) and the Hon. Trevor Holder, MLA Saint John The program is open to Portland (Photo Courtesy of CVRC) all and children with a guardian or parent are welcome.

Pictured Above: Janelle Flanagan ( the BEST instructor on the left) and Samantha Smith(right) (Photo Coutesy Dayna Lutes) Attending the Learning Exchange was an opportunity that changed my life. Being involved in the BEST Program helped me to realize that with motivation and determination I am capable of great things. When I first came to the Learning Exchange, I had no dreams for a future because I truly did not feel like I would ever be good at school. After a few months of coming to the BEST Program (basic essential skills program) I found that I was learning more than I ever thought possible. The teacher was there to help me and stuck with me every step of the way. As my time in the program came to an end, I left not only knowing more, but also viewing life more positively. I’ve learned how much potential I really have and I find myself looking back on my first days admiring how far I have come. College is now in my nearfuture and I believe I can do anything I put my mind to.

Around The Block Team (Issue 35)

Old North End: Wendy Barron-Belmore. Lower South End: Mary LeSage. Waterloo-Village: Penni Eisenhauer. Crescent Valley: Anne Driscoll. Lower West Side: Jill Roberts, Patti Kelly and Krista Turnbull. Proof readers: Mary Collier Fleet, Mark Driscoll, Anna O’Hara, Rona Howald, Dayna Lutes, Belinda Kumar, Jenny O’Connell and Pamela Marie Pierce. Layout and Design: Chris Hopkins, and Juanita Black. Ad Design: Chris Hopkins. Community members: Carl Tricky, Lyn King, Kelly Ann Kell, Lisa Chamberlain and Debbie McLeod Page 15

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