Buy-a-Bed Campaign update: Saint John Business Community has pledged 34 beds for Syrian Refugees worth $13,900

Posted: February 11, 2016

The Saint John Business Community is helping make new Syrian families feel welcome and comfortable as they arrive in our awesome city.

More than 20 businesses have donated beds to the families who are extremely appreciative of the support.  Saint John has already welcomed 285 people with more to come.

A huge thank you to Saint John Energy for their recent donation of 10 beds.

 A special thanks to all contributors:  Port Saint John, DFS Inc. Aquila Tours, Blue Chip Leasing Atlantic, CFO Atlantic, Enterprise Saint John, The Chamber, Brain Works, Urban Deli, Costco, Eastern Credit Management Services, Vision Coaching Inc., Saint John Kiwanis Club, Town of Grand Bay-Westfield, TLC Solutions, Lawson Creamer, Saint John Energy, Colin Boyne and Amelia Barry, Gary Chouinard, and Gary and Deborah MacDonald.

 If you would like to get involved, please contact Enterprise Saint John,  at, or 658-2877. 

Syrian Family


YMCA Seeking More Volunteers to Support Syrians

Posted: January 19, 2016

As we prepare for the arrival of many more Syrians in our community, we are recruiting new volunteers to be part of our Welcome Teams.

The Welcome Team is comprised of 3 to 5 people and provides various supports to help the newcomers during their transition and initial settlement process. As a Welcome Team member, you are assigned to work with a newly arrived Syrian Refugee family or individual, and have a unique opportunity to see individuals experience Canada for the first time.

This is a 6 week commitment that begins when the newcomers arrive at the airport. Volunteers need to be available during the day and in the evening.

To learn more about this exciting volunteer opportunity, attend one of the Information Sessions:

Wednesday, January 20                      General Volunteer Session                 7:00pm  Saint John Regional Y

Thursday, January 21                          Welcome Team Session                      7:00pm  Saint John Regional Y

Wednesday, January 27                      General Volunteer Session                 7:00pm  Saint John Regional Y

Thursday, January 28                          Welcome Team Session                      7:00pm  Saint John Regional Y


For more information visit the website:


Red Triangle Award Recipients Announced

Posted: January 6, 2016

Saint John, NB— The YMCA of Greater Saint John announced the recipients of the Red Triangle and Leader to Watch Awards at a Press Conference held today at the Saint John Regional Y.

The Red Triangle Award recognizes long and meritorious service, outstanding contributions and achievement in the community.  This year’s recipient is Mr. John K.F. Irving.

John K.F. Irving is involved with numerous organizations and initiatives in this community, in the province of New Brunswick and beyond. He has served on the board of a variety of charities and foundations and is active with a number of university committees. He is passionate about Saint John and quietly supports numerous initiatives that make a difference in the lives of many people.

The Leader to Watch Award recognizes a young individual that is a role model for other young adults in our community. The individual demonstrates leadership and enthusiasm in their work, in learning and in volunteering in our community. This year’s recipient is Mr. Craig Bell Estabrooks.

Craig Bell Estabrooks is an active volunteer, serving on various committees and supporting a number of organizations and community initiatives. He is determined to make a difference and improve the quality of life for people in the community.

Mr. John Irving and Mr. Craig Bell Estabrooks will receive their awards at the Red Triangle Event this spring.

“I am pleased that we are recognizing such dedicated and community focused people,” said Shelley Rinehart, Chair of the YMCA of Greater Saint John Board of Directors. “The Red Triangle awards are about people that make a difference in the lives of others, role models that lead by example.  John Irving and Craig Bell Estabrooks embody these characteristics.”

The 26th annual Red Triangle Event will adopt a new format this year. Held at the new Saint John Regional Y, the elegant reception style event will feature delicious food stations, live music and the formal presentation will highlight the evening.

Tickets will go on sale in mid-January and will be available at the Saint John Regional Y. They can also be purchased online at


Red Triangle Award Recipients to be Announced

Posted: January 5, 2016

The Board of Directors of the YMCA of Greater Saint John is excited to announce the recipients of the 2016 Red Triangle and Leader to Watch Awards. This will be the 26th Anniversary of the Red Triangle Award Event which is being revised this year. Details will be announced during the Press Conference.

The Media is invited to attend the Press Conference that will be held on Wednesday, January 6th at 11:00am at the Saint John Regional Y.

We hope that you are able to join us for this exciting announcement.


YMCA Newcomer Connections Prepares for Syrian Refugee Response

Posted: November 26, 2015

Saint John, NB— Syria’s civil war is the worst humanitarian disaster of our time. After 4 years of civil war almost 12 million Syrians are now homeless. There are 8 million internally displaced people inside Syria and 4 million refugees in neighbouring countries.

The Government of Canada has committed to resettle Syrian refugees through the Government Assisted Refugee process. In addition, a number of community groups have stepped forward to privately sponsor refugees.

As one of three providers in New Brunswick of the Resettlement Assistance Program, Y Newcomer Connections has a long history of welcoming government assisted refugees to Saint John and helping them get settled in the community. We are now preparing to welcome Syrian government assisted refugees and support groups that are privately sponsoring refugees.

With some of the refugees potentially arriving within the next couple of weeks, the team is ensuring all systems are in place to welcome and support the newcomers.
A new web page has been launched so the people in the community are able to see the various ways that they can get involved and support this important initiative. There are opportunities to volunteer as part of a Welcome Team, Housing and Donations Team, Interpreter Team or the Documentation Team. There are opportunities to give financially and through gently used clothing, household items and furniture.
A number of information sessions have been scheduled including Private Sponsorship Training and Public Information Sessions. All session dates and locations are listed on the website.
For additional information, visit the website: or call 634-4860.



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