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December 2016

Happy Holidays!

Many thanks to our partners for their hard work and great progress over 2016. We would like to wish everyone a happy holiday and warm wishes for the new year.

Living SJ Features
This month we're excited to introduce our new Executive Director, Donna Gates. She is joining the network with experience and energy to continue the charge in our work in Saint John. Welcome Donna!

Cathy Wright will be transitioning into semi-retirement, and she will surely be missed. Her passion, dedication and force have driven Living SJ since its inception. We are grateful to have worked with Cathy.

Partner Updates 

Between the Bells - Learn about a new project to help us achieve our Education Collective Impact targets of literacy and high school completion.

The Future of Inner City Schools - Check out the schedule for the second round of community meetings to discuss the infrastructure planning for Saint John's inner city schools.

If you have content to share with us - or feedback on Living SJ News - please get in touch.

In this issue:

Living SJ Features

Partner Updates

Living SJ Features

Thank you, Cathy Wright
As we wrap up 2016, we would like to acknowledge the hard work and progress of our partners. In particular, there is one individual we'd like to thank. 

Cathy Wright has been foundational to the work of the network and has demonstrated great leadership in our movement to end generational poverty in Saint John. As she enters semi-retirement, we're happy to know that she isn't going far and I'm sure we'll be seeing her vibrant smile around our community. 

A thank you message from the Co-Chairs of Living SJ

Cathy's reflections about her time with Living SJ
Welcome Donna Gates


Thanks so much to everyone for the warm welcome I have received. I have been following Living SJ's progress over the past years with great interest and am thrilled to have the opportunity to build upon what Cathy has accomplished. She is an amazing community leader and has been so generous with her time and knowledge. I know 2017 will bring great things as we continue to work together and close in on our targets and set new goals. I wish all of you the very best of the season and look forward to seeing you in the new year.


Partner Updates

Between the Bells: Collaborative co-design of effective after-school programming for priority neighbourhoods in Saint John
A new project commissioned by the United Way serving Saint John, Kings, and Charlotte and supported and directed by the Living SJ Enriched Education collective impact team is targeting effective after school programming in Saint John’s priority neighbourhoods. ‘Between the Bells’ will work towards developing a better understanding of the current state of after school programming resources and recommend a future state of resources based on improved distribution, impact and best practices evidence. Quality after-school experiences nurture a child’s healthy development, enrich academic achievement, play a major role in mitigating crime and victimization, and help working parents. There are over 1,000 students from k-8 attending priority neighbourhood schools. Children who struggle in school can be at risk of not graduating. We anticipate this work to begin in early 2017 and will contribute to achieving our Education Collective Impact targets of literacy and high school completion.   
The Future of Saint John's Inner City Schools
The District Education Council for the Anglophone South School District will be holding a second round of community meetings to discuss the infrastructure planning for Saint John’s inner city schools. The recommendations prepared by Ernst & Young is that one new school (grades 6 to 8) be built, with several reconfigurations and potential closures. More information can be found here.
The following inner city schools are part of the planning process:
Millidgeville North (3-8)
Centennial (K-5)
Hazen White/St. Francis (K-8)
M. Gerald Teed Memorial (K-2)
St. John The Baptist/King Edward (K-8)
Prince Charles (K-8)
Princess Elizabeth (K-8)
Opportunities to discuss the recommendations in the 
report and provide feedback will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. according to the following schedule:
Monday, January 16 – Saint John The Baptist King Edward
Wednesday, January 18 – M. Gerald Teed School
Wednesday, January 25 – Centennial School
Wednesday, February 1 – Hazen-White/St. Francis School

Written feedback can be submitted:

via email to

Or send a letter to the attention of:
Robert Fowler, Chair
District Education Council
490 Woodward Avenue
Saint John, NB E2K 5N3

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