World Refugee Day to be Recognized in Saint John

Posted: June 19, 2014

June 20th is World Refugee Day, an international effort by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to bring greater awareness to the public about the enormity of the global crisis of the refugee situation. The trauma of becoming a refugee, whether displaced within ones’ own country or completely removed from their country, culture and language is a growing struggle.

World Refugee Day is an opportunity to acknowledge, respect and recognize the lives of refugees around the world and in Saint John.  A group of local service providers including YMCA Newcomer Connections, PRUDE, SJMNRC, Human Development Council and the Refugee and Immigrant Support Centre will host an event to share information and bring attention to our local community of refugees.

The public is invited to attend this special event on Friday, June 20th at 12 noon in the Brunswick Square Atrium. Two refugees will share their personal story. Carl Killen, MLA and Councillor Shirley McAlary will also be on hand to provide remarks.

“YMCA Newcomer Connections  receives an average of 50 Government Assisted Refugees each year,” stated Shilo Boucher, CEO of the YMCA of Greater Saint John.  “Our desire and goal is to resettle them here and assist them to become fully integrated members of our community. World Refugee Day is an opportunity to recognize and reflect on the bravery and resilience of those forced to leave their home country and to support newcomers in our community. Connecting to community is essential in everyone’s well being.”



RBC Will Support the New Saint John YMCA Facility

Posted: May 30, 2014

Support for the new Saint John Y facility has the potential to significantly increase during the month of June because of an exciting announcement by Royal Bank.

Demonstrating their commitment to the project and desire to engage the community, RBC announced a unique grant in support of the new facility.  The RBC Matching Fund will double any donation made during the month of June, up to a maximum of $60,000.

“The YMCA of Greater Saint John plays an integral role in our community and impacts so many families.  When the new facility is complete, that impact will significantly increase as they will be able to reach so many more people,” says Colin Krulicki, RBC Regional Vice President, Western NB. “The RBC Matching Fund is a way for the entire community to play a role in the success of this important fundraising campaign.”

If fully utilized, RBC’s commitment could result in an additional $120,000 for the new Y facility on Churchill Boulevard.

“We are thrilled with the support we are receiving from the Royal Bank,” said Shilo Boucher, CEO of the YMCA. “Not only is this a wonderful financial commitment and demonstration of support, they are also providing an opportunity for the people in our community to make a donation and have it doubled through this matching fund.”


YMCA of Greater Saint John participates in national YMCA Healthy Kids Day – June 1, 2014

Posted: May 26, 2014

On June 1, 2014, the YMCA of Greater Saint John will join YMCAs across Canada in hosting YMCA Healthy Kids Day. Designed to help kids and families embrace healthy habits that can become a lifelong practice, this free community event will focus on fun and engaging activities, practical information and simple ways to be healthier in spirit, mind and body.

Across Canada, most children do not meet recommended levels of daily physical activity. Rising rates of obesity and related chronic disease tell us that getting kids active should be a top priority for parents, schools, and all Canadians.  “Our children’s health is very important to us. Our aim is to show families, children and youth that making healthy choices can be fun and easy,” says Shilo Boucher,  CEO at the Y of Greater Saint John “And we hope the children and families who attend this event will share what they learn with their friends and other family members,” adds Mrs. Boucher.

Although the YMCA models and incorporates healthy practices into its programs and activities for children and youth year round, YMCA Healthy Kids Day places special emphasis on teaching children, youth and their families about exploring healthy living habits that will make a difference throughout the year.

The Y of Greater Saint John will be hosting YMCA Healthy Kids Day on June 1 from 10 am until 2:00 pm at the Glenn Carpenter Centre located on Foster Thurston Road. The free event is open to everyone.

Specific YMCA Healthy Kids Day activities at the Glenn Carpenter Centre include:

  • Water activities including swimming, canoeing, kayaking and a water trampoline
  • Inflatable bouncy tent
  • Archery
  • Frizbee Golf
  • Arcade Box Active Games
  • Hiking
  • Fun activities
  • Healthy Barbecue provide by the Y’s Men’s Club

For additional information contact the YMCA at 693-YMCA.


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Posted: May 26, 2014

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YMCA Settlement Services Changes Announced

Posted: May 21, 2014

YMCA Settlement Services has refreshed their identity. “Newcomer Connections” was launched today as the new name for the department that provides services and support for newcomers.

Recognized as the centre for immigrant settlement services in Greater Saint John, the new name reflects the connections that will transform the community into a lasting, successful home for immigrants around the world, and from all walks of life. The importance of connections with immigrants, staff, volunteers and the public is critical to community development. Newcomer Connections will help newcomers connect as people, connect as a community, connect through language and connect to a wide range of services offered in our community.

“The YMCA is committed to revitalizing  our community and making the vital connections necessary for immigrant success,” stated Shilo Boucher, President and CEO of the YMCA. ” Newcomer Connections is well positioned to grow program capacity  endeavouring to more fully support provincial and municipal efforts to recruit and retain newcomers. The Y will continue to focus on creating integrated diversity in the community,  through partnerships and collaboration that helps build community. ”

The YMCA of Greater Saint John has been supporting immigrants since 1992. By supporting settlement needs, English language training, employment preparation, counselling and referrals, Newcomer Connections supports successful integration and participation in Canadian Society.




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