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    Winter Solstice at Ganong Nature Park

    December 16, 12-4 pm

    Click on this poster link for all the info poster 2017.docx


    November 22, 2017

    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


    Operation Christmas Joy 2017

    Operation Christmas Joy is in full swing for its 15th year of impacting Charlotte County Families that are experiencing temporary economic hardship. We are writing you today to thank you for your past support and dedication to this program and we are asking you to join with us in supporting this worthy endeavor.

    Together with your participation and generosity, we have assisted almost 1250 Local Families representing well over 2300 children enjoy a full Christmas. Operation Christmas Joy is the largest service provider in Charlotte County.

    You can assist this program through donating an item/s to be auctioned off at the Garcelon Civic Center on Saturday, November 04th, 2017 during the Charlotte County Aces home game or you may wish to donate directly in the form of funds that will be used in the purchasing of new goods for the children.

    With the assistance of yourself and others, we are able to provide identified families with a minimum of 2 new complete clothing outfits for each child, other items such as outerwear, undergarments, socks, a major gift or large toy, a family board game, minor toys and stocking stuffers.

    All items are displayed and the parents choose gifts that would best suit their family’s needs. This takes place in a controlled environment keeping in mind that the family’s privacy and dignity are of the utmost concern. We partner with other local assistance programs to determine and ensure that all referrals have not been duplicated. 100% of all donations received go directly towards the purchasing of gifts for the families. All information received is held in strict confidence.

    A program of this magnitude cannot be successful without the support of partners such as you. Each donation is tax deductible. Tax receipts will be issued.  Checks can be made payable to “Gateway, Operation Christmas Joy”.

    Look for an exciting program change and new partnerships to be introduced in the near future that will only strengthen this community driven program!

    Thank you for your consideration in partnering in this project and helping those in need.

    If you require additional information, you can contact Gateway Cathedral, 18 West Street, St. Stephen, N.B., telephone 466-2503 or Don & Linda McGee @ 321-9057 or visit our website at www.operationchristmasjoy.ca

    Committee for Operation Christmas Joy

    Don & Linda McGee

    Please join me in welcoming Minister John Ames as the minister now responsible for Poverty Reduction and the Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation, and who will now become the Co-Chair representing the government sector at ESIC’s Board of Directors.  We are pleased that Minister Ames is joining the ESIC team and expect great things.

    • Check out ESIC’s Small Acts, Big Impact campaign for a chance to showcase people doing small acts that are having a big impact in your community… a great way to thank our volunteers and to be reminded that overcoming poverty starts with each of us. 
    • Rural Lynx Bus servicing travel to and from Charlotte County and Saint John has finally begun its schedule!  This is exciting for many people who have dreamed of this happening and have worked hard for the past years to see it to fruition.  It is now up to all of us to spread the news and schedule of the bus and take advantage of this new addition to Charlotte County.  Attached is a copy of the Rural Lynx bus schedule.


    • I can’t believe I’m about to give a Christmas announcement!  Friday, November 24th, will be Midnight Madness in St. Stephen.  Many establishments will be having specials throughout the night.  Details of the event to be advertised.  This is a great way to begin the Christmas season, and to support our local businesses.


    • And lastly, CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the 27th Annual Business Gala in St. Stephen on October 17th.  Business of the Year – ANR Accountants, New Business of the Year – The 5 Kings Restaurant and Picaroons Brewhouse & Non-Profit/Charitable Organization of the Year – Boys & Girls Club of Charlotte County.  We are proud of all you are doing to make Charlotte County a better place to live!

    Have a great week!


    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!

    Service en français disponible

    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.

    Ongoing in the Community:

    • As a charity or community organizations in Charlotte County, are you interested in ways to do what you do even better?  The United Way is looking for 2-3 organizations they could work with to help strengthen. You could be looking for support with something like governance, operations, financial management or reorganization. First they would work with you to do to identify where to focus our attention, then they would match you with a coach with expertise to help you create the change you would like to see. If you are interested, please contact Sarah@unitedwaysaintjohn.com
    • Lonicera Hall is a non-for-profit housing organization in St. Stephen providing affordable assisted living accommodation for older adults. The home is currently seeking eighteen more people to come live with them in their beautiful 1841 mansion. Recent updates include a new elevator to access second and third stories, new bathrooms, and new bedroom decor. The home is centrally located and within walking distance to shopping, places of activity, and services. Contact lonicerahall@nb.aibn.com for more details.
    • If you are an employer, please fill out this survey which the Women’s Equality Branch is using to determine the knowledge and use of pay equity in compensation practices in NB.
    • Click here to access the Canadian Financial Literacy database.
    • Go to NBCC’s elevatED page to comment on and contribute to their 2017-2022 Strategic Plan.
    • The HungerCount 2016 study shows that food bank usage in New Brunswick has persistently increased in the last decade, from 15,368 in 2008 to 19,769 in 2016. See attached letter from the Common Front on Social Justice which summarizes the results and calls for action.
    • To see the attached poster to see type of projects that community inclusion networks (like Vibrant Communities Charlotte County) across NB have funded through grants from the Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation.
    • Big Brothers and Big Sisters needs four men to be mentors for boys who are between the ages of 10-14 in Charlotte County. This will involve hanging out and playing sports for 90 minutes a week for 10 weeks through the Game On! program. Contact at meagin.huisman@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca or 635-1145 for more information.
    • Please see the attachment from the St. Andrews Food Bank calling for donations of baking, hand-made items, and clothing for their Sweet & Warm Holidays campaign.
    • Vibrant Community Charlotte County and the United Way are looking for people in Charlotte County with expertise that would be helpful to charities in the region. We are looking for people with expertise in areas such as; governance, finance, strategic planning, evaluation, program planning, needs assessments, management practices, fund development or fund raising, human resources, communications, change management, technology. There may be opportunities to volunteer or obtain short term contract work in the region and we want to be ready. If you are interested, please send a brief description of what you have to offer to sarah@unitedwaysaintjohn.com

    Future scenarios of Charlotte County

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