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February 2017

Living SJ Features
This last month has been eventful with Living SJ partners engaging with the Federal Government around poverty reduction. A number of meetings, focus groups and interviews have been held relating to the HUMA Committee and Tackling Poverty Together project.

We're pleased to introduce a new Transportation project in the North End being led by the Neighbourhood Collective Impact Team, thanks to funding from the Economic and Social Inclusion Network.

Partner Updates 

The Saint John Learning Exchange will now be offering new comprehensive Soft Skills Training to meet the needs of Saint John's residents and employers and to strengthen employment training in Saint John.

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

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HUMA Committee in Saint John

On February 9th, members of Living SJ presented to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA) here in Saint John. This included the YMCA, the United Way, Elementary Literacy Friends, Human Development Council, Housing Alternatives, Economic Social Inclusion Corporation and the ONE Change. Perspectives from Living SJ's Executive Director, Donna Gates were shared along with the Neighbourhood Collective Impact Team Co-Chair Penni Eisenhauer, who provided insights related to lived experience. 
 

MP Wayne Long is a member of this committee which will be instrumental in designing the national Poverty Reduction strategy. Thanks to Wayne for bringing the committee to Saint John to allow for an opportunity to provide feedback and suggestions. You can access the presentations and discussion at http://www.parl.gc.ca/Committees/en/HUMA/Meetings



Tackling Poverty Together Project

In February, Employment and Social Development Canada visited Saint John to begin the research portion of the Tackling Poverty Together project. This will help inform the development of the national Poverty Reduction Strategy. Saint John was the first stop, with others including, Trois-Rivières, Toronto, Winnipeg, Yellowknife and Tisdale. Ference & Company Consulting Ltd. conducted focus groups and one-on-one interviews with those living in poverty and those working in our partner organizations. The focus of this research is to gather perspectives around key challenges faced by people with lived experience of poverty in Saint John; identify which federal poverty initiatives are having the greatest impact; determine how local programs are complementing or overlapping with federal projects, and provide suggestions for improving poverty reduction services, supports and programs. We will be sharing more updates on this project in the coming months.
North End Neighbourhood Transportation Project
UNB SJ Sociology lecturer, Janice Noel joins Living SJ in a new Transportation project working with the Neighbourhood Collective Impact Team to improve transportation services in the North End (Old North End, Crescent Valley and Anglin Drive). The project will establish an inventory of existing transportation methods, explore effective approaches to meeting transportation needs, develop a framework for a coordinated approach to transportation and a plan to pilot a shared transportation network among partners to improve access to low-income families in the North End.  As Janice puts it, “we’re not reiniventing the wheel, we’re putting a new tire on it.” This project calls for innovative solutions to transportation challenges that will connect residents from all areas of the North End to essential programs and services in their neighbourhoods. This will not only positively impact the health and wellness of residents, but will also serve to build a stronger community.  

For more information contact,  Janice Noel - 
janice.noel@bellaliant.net

 

Partner Updates

 
Enhancing Soft Skills in Saint John 
Over the last several years, employers in Saint John have identified soft skills (e.g. attendance and accountability, communication, teamwork, motivation) as a challenge impacting job retention in the city. The Saint John Learning Exchange (SJLE) has, among a wide menu of comprehensive programs, offered soft skills training over the last two years. As a result of their experiences, they have identified a need to develop a formal module of soft skills training to better serve the demands of clients with enhanced programming. Through funding from the Economic and Social Inclusion Network, a new Soft Skills Training position has been created to offer a more efficient and effective training for program participants that includes consistent feedback, promotes continuity of service and offers more opportunity to improve on soft skills. Ultimately this position will create a bridge between the classroom and workplace to make the process of learning more consistent.


For more information contact Christina Fowler - Christina.Fowler@sjle.org

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