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    Date(s) - 30/04/2018 - 31/12/2018
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    Happy February Everyone.

    Here are a few items of interest happening this month.


    • Vibrant Communities Charlotte County is excited to announce that we have hired Rachelle Snelgrove as our Food Security Coordinator for Charlotte County.  She is passionate about food and community and we are happy to have her join our team.  She will be reaching out to many of you over the next while, but if you are passionate about food and would like to be a food champion in your area, please email Rachelle at rsnelgrovefood@gmail.com.  We look forward to seeing what the future holds for Charlotte County and Food Security.
    • Do you, or someone you know, need help with taxes?  The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) is a collaboration between community organizations and the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).  Various community organizations host free tax preparation clinics and arrange for volunteers to complete tax returns for eligible individuals who have a modest income and simple tax situation.

    For more information or to book an appointment please contact:


    Volunteer Centre of Charlotte County



    199 Union Street, St. Stephen


    Karen Ouellette



    • Give A Day – Get Away

    Win a FREE weekend Package!!


    2 nights stay at Hampton Inn and Suites Saint John including breakfast

    4 Tickets to a Cineplex movie & 4 free popcorn

    4 Tickets to New Brunswick Museum Saint John

    $250 for gas and meals!!


    For your chance to win:

    Volunteer 5 hours in Charlotte County

    Total 5 hours required per entry


    Registration at:

    www.thetide.ca from

    January 22nd to February 28th

    Winner announced on 98.1 The Tide: March 2nd, 2018


    • Startup St. Stephen

                Co-Working Space

    St. Stephen entrepreneurs and business folks: what has been your experience with finding good office space? We’ve developed a survey to gauge people’s interest and needs in a co-working space, and we’d love it if you could fill it out.

    Co-working spaces are places that provide you with flexible work space,    professional meeting rooms, high quality office equipment (and connectivity) as well as professional networks. Examples in NB are Planet Hatch in Fredericton, Connexion Works and the Enterprise Hub in Saint John, and the Sackville Commons.

    Please share with your networks!

    • Boys and Girls Club of Charlotte County

                BGCCC has partnered with Milltown Elementary School to offer a Preschool program at MES.  Spaces are still available for 3 or 4 year olds.  The preschool is open daily from 7:30am to 5:30pm, year round (with the exception of holidays and snow days).  Contact BGCCC for more details or to register.  (506) 466-4300

    Thanks Everyone!  Have a great rest of Winter!


    Joy Benson Green
    Community Coordinator/Coordonnatrice Communautaire
    Vibrant Communities Charlotte County/Comté de Charlotte
    Tel: (506) 660-0805
    Email:  joy@vibrantcc.ca

    Working Together to Reduce Poverty/
    La réduction de la pauvreté, c’est l’affaire de tous!


    To: All Local Churches

    We are in searching for volunteer drivers in ALL areas of Charlotte County. The ride requests are increasing every day, so we require additional volunteers to fill these requests.

    How can you help? Any suggestions you have on spreading the word to the community would be much appreciated. If you are able to include information on Charlotte Dial a Ride (see below) during church service, church meetings, or in the church bulletin, it would be greatly appreciated. We have brochures that we can provide to you to display. If you would like our Executive Director, Dana Planetta, to come speak about Charlotte Dial a Ride, we can arrange a time convenient for you.

    We drive members to dialysis, oncology, school, daycare, doctor and specialist appointments, and for so many other reasons. Some patients who would need to stay in hostel if we couldn’t drive them to treatment and back home. This would be impossible for one of our members who has a young child in school; she needs to be home after treatments. She told us it takes a lot of worry off her shoulders, especially under such frightening circumstances. Many people have specialist apts. in Saint John, and they can’t get there because of cost or no transportation. Before our service began 12 years ago, these individuals had to cancel because they had no access to affordable transportation.

    We provide transportation to a lady from one community in Charlotte County to another to visit her family once a month. Without this ability to travel, she would be isolated from her family. It’s wonderful for persons to be able to get out to shop or socialize, especially during holiday seasons.

    Another type of a drive is to travel to work. An autistic young man is driven from St. Stephen to the Algonquin four days a week from the spring until fall. He has worked at his job for several years and has never missed a day. Circumstances have changed and his parents are not able drive him to work. He really enjoys his job, and his father says it would be devastating to him, if he could not get to work.

    So you see, volunteers make such a difference in people’s lives. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without them!

    General information about Charlotte Dial A Ride

    Charlotte Dial a Ride is a charitable non-profit organization offering transportation services throughout Charlotte County to individuals without access to transportation due to affordability or remote location and those who need help due to a disability.  We drive for medical apts. education, social, shopping, etc. Hours of operation are Mon.–Fri. 8:30 am–5pm. We do not operate on week-ends or holidays. Our drivers are volunteers from the community. The volunteers use their own cars and are reimbursed 35 cents/km for mileage from their home and return. They decide if they are available to do a drive when asked. No schedule to keep; drives are by appointment only.

    If you would like more information please call Dianne at 466-4444, drop by at 73 Milltown Blvd, St. Stephen or contact us by email – dispatcherdialaride@nb.aibn.com  and we will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.


    Dianne Young, Administrative Assistant/Dispatcher

    Charlotte Dial a Ride


    Rural Lynx Public Transit for Charlotte County A Service Operated by Maritime Bus

    Get Your Tickets!

    • Online at www.rurallynx.ca or www.maritimebus.com
    • Call Maritime Bus toll free at 1.800.575.1807
    • At any Agency or Terminal location*:
      • °  St. Stephen Circle K Irving
      • °  St. Andrews Irving
      • °  St. George Circle K Irving
      • °  Maritime Bus Terminal, Saint John*Parcel service also available at these locations



    I had the privilege of interviewing our very own Jeremy Barham for Vibrant Communities Canada.  Jeremy and I talk about the ins-and-outs of Business Bootcamp as a replicable, scalable model of collaborative poverty reduction and local economic development.  Check it out here.

    Joy Benson Green
    Community Coordinator/Coordonnatrice Communautaire
    Vibrant Communities Charlotte County/Comté de Charlotte
    Tel: (506) 660-0805
    Email:  joy@vibrantcc.ca

    Working Together to Reduce Poverty/
    La réduction de la pauvreté, c’est l’affaire de tous!

    Ministers Island Heritage Park is looking for an Executive Director. 

    The Van Horne Estate on Ministers Island Inc. (VHEMI) is a non-profit corporation working in partnership with the Province of New Brunswick in the protection and development of the Ministers Island Heritage Park, its physical assets and the delivery of programming reflecting the Island’s diverse history, celebrating the life and achievements of Sir William Cornelius Van Horne, as well as the Passamaquoddy heritage and other eras of settlement and development.

    Click here for more information.