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January 2017

Living SJ Features
We have a number of Living SJ updates to share with you, including some changes in our Living SJ Co-chairs, Health Collective Impact Team Co-chair and Living SJ staff. We are embracing change, welcoming the new year and off to a good start.

Partner Updates 

Paving the Way is an initiative that draws together mental health service providers and advocates to provide residents of Greater Saint John with better access to appropriate and timely mental health services.

Tamarack's 3rd annual poverty reduction summit, Cities Reducing Poverty: When Business is Engaged will take place April 4-6 in Hamilton, Ontario.

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

Welcome David Alston, Living SJ's new co-chair

Join us in welcoming our new Co-Chair.
David Alston is well known in our province. He's been a part of one of New Brunswick’s top technology success stories, Radian6 and has helped advise hundreds of the region's 
start ups, as well travelling to help others around the world via the volunteer organization, Nomadic Mentors. 
David is a staunch advocate of teaching coding in New Brunswick’s schools and helped co-found Brilliant Labs which now partners with the Education departments here and in Nova Scotia to create 
makerspaces and encourage experiential learning in classrooms. And, he was recently announced as the province's Chief Entrepreneur In Residence, a volunteer role, he says is "really an extension of what I have been doing over the past couple of years."
He has also been involved with our region’s social innovation labs – from 
Noulab to the NB+ digital lab. David sees the potential for this model to drive ending generational poverty through Living SJ.
"These new models have inspired me to want to see more use of these collaborative approaches to 
solve social issues, improve outcomes and unlock economic potential. This creates a space where active and passionate problem-solvers in every sector can play more of a role in tackling some of our biggest social challenges."
Thank-you Jack Keir & John Knight and Farewell Melanie Hientz

Our Thanks to Jack Keir
As Living SJ was getting underway, our interim chair, Grace Losier recruited Jack Keir to serve as co-chair and he bravely accepted the responsibility acting as sole chair for a number of months until Paulette was recruited as the second co-chair.  Together they have made a great team embarking on unchartered territory with a new approach of collective impact to end generational poverty.  Having grown up in the North End, Jack is passionate about the opportunities for kids to be successful in school and have the kind of supports that can make a difference in their lives. Read More
Thank you to John Knight
John has served as one of the three co-chairs for the Health Collective Impact Team since Living SJ began. With the establishment of the North End Wellness Centre (NEW-C) and needing to devote more time as Community Outreach pastor at RiverCross, John is stepping down as co-chair. Dawn-Marie Buck and Sue Haley, co-chairs with John reflect on his contribution.  Read More

Farewell Melanie Hientz
Living SJ wishes Melanie Hientz all the best as she moves west to Vancouver. Melanie has been with Living SJ since the beginning, an invaluable asset starting with the early stages of writing, focus groups and narrowing down our strategy.  Her attention then turned to zeroing in on our targets, indicators to reach these targets, and ways we can measure our progress in the four priority areas.  Her path was uncharted as the evaluation and communications manager but she drew on her team work, strong research skills and ability to create partnerships with many partners to make these happen, including agencies, university, government, business and neighbourhoods.
Melanie transformed numbers and words into a variety of appealing documents shared with our growing network.  

We will miss Melanie and her passion for Living SJ.  Many thanks for all that you have contributed.  

Partner Updates

Paving the Way
Paving the Way is an initiative that draws together mental health service providers and advocates to provide residents of Greater Saint John with better access to appropriate and timely mental health services. The project lead by Family Plus and is funded by MindCare NB and United Way Saint John. Over the past 7 months, the steering committee has been collecting information from front line workers, advocates and clients of mental health. 

On November 17th 35 senior level mental health service providers gathered together to gain a deeper understanding of some of the common barriers and build
short-term actionable strategies to make real sustainable change to our mental health system. At the end of the day a plan was designed to immediately work on some solutions that were achievable within a 6 month time period.  The immense energy and hope that came out of the session will be heightened as we build towards a larger gathering in May that unveils the work completed and the path forward to changing our mental health system in Greater Saint John.
Our conversations with stakeholders (clients, service providers and clients) continues throughout the project.  If your group would like to have your voice heard please contact project coordinator Clare Northcott at to set up a time for our facilitators to connect.

Vibrant Communities Canada Third Annual Poverty Reduction Summit
The 3rd annual poverty reduction summit, hosted by Vibrant Communities Canada and the City of Hamilton will take place on April 4-6, 2017 in Hamilton, Ontario where they will build on the work of their previous national summits in 2015 (Ottawa) and 2016 (Edmonton). In 2017, the Summit will be expanding the conversation to examine the role of business and multi-sectoral approaches to poverty reduction from across Canada. The summit will bring major business leaders together with community organizers, mayors and municipal staff, federal and provincial/territorial governments, Indigenous leaders, as well as funders, policy makers and persons with lived experience with a focus on ending poverty.
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