More than 300 job seekers Attended the Newcomer Employment Fair

More than 300 Job Seekers attended the Newcomer Employment Fair

Saint John, NB — YMCA of Greater Saint John’s Newcomer Connections organized the Newcomer Employment Fair in partnership with CCRW (Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work) and the Saint John Newcomers Centre on Thursday, November 10. This Employment Fair at Market Square sought to provide employment opportunities to newcomers and anyone living with a disability or experiencing barriers to employment.

“The CCRW is pleased to continue its longstanding relationship with the YMCA of the Greater Saint John and the Saint John Newcomers Centre,” said Andrew Cosman, Job Developer at CCRW. “Specifically, we have a track record of assisting newcomers overcoming and combatting the many unique intrinsic barriers related to finding meaningful long-term employment. CCRW has created accessible opportunities, implemented specific accommodation plans, as well as met labor market demands for a variety of local employers. As a result, our collaborative efforts have helped

November 10th, 2022|

YMCA of Greater Saint John receives $20,000 grant for Rainbows Program from the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund

YMCA of Greater Saint John receives $20,000 grant for Rainbows Program from the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund

Saint John, NB — The YMCA of Greater Saint John is pleased to receive a $20,000 grant from the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund to support the Rainbows program.

The Rainbows Program fosters emotional healing among children and youth experiencing a loss from a life-altering crisis. The curriculum is designed to assist individuals grieving a death, divorce or any other painful transition in a safe and supportive environment, where they can process their feelings through a unique peer support program. The Rainbows volunteers facilitate these programs at accredited sites from Sussex to St. Stephen.

The grant received will provide course materials for 170 participants, and will support training 12 new Rainbows facilitators.

“The Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant will support 170 children this school year, through programs where everyone feels safe and supported,” said

October 19th, 2022|

YMCA of Greater Saint John celebrates Welcoming Week!

YMCA of Greater Saint John celebrates Welcoming Week!

Saint John, NB — The YMCA of Greater Saint John is celebrating Welcoming Week through a series of events from September 9 to 18. These events will not only foster a sense of belonging in newcomers in our community but our region.

“We are thrilled to be celebrating Welcoming Week as new Saint Johners are a vital part of our community—bringing fresh perspectives and new ideas, starting businesses, and contributing to the vibrant diversity that we all value,” said Shilo Boucher, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Saint John. “By working together, we can achieve greater prosperity and make Saint John the kind of place where people from around the world feel valued and create a sense of belonging.”

YMCA of Greater Saint John will host the following events during Welcoming Week:

Coffee House on September 9: YMCA of Greater Saint John will

September 9th, 2022|

YMCA of Greater Saint John to run programs for all ages in Eastern Charlotte County

YMCA of Greater Saint John to run programs for all ages in Eastern Charlotte County

Saint John, NB – The YMCA of Greater Saint John has partnered with the Village of Blacks Harbour to develop and implement programming for Eastern Charlotte County residents of all ages. Programming will take place at the Patrick Connors Recreation Complex in Blacks Harbour, thanks to the decision made by the Blacks Harbour Council.

“Blacks Harbour Council has agreed to partner with the YMCA to utilize the arena complex to hold programs for all ages,” said Mayor Craig of Blacks Harbour. “This decision will breathe new life into a major asset of the community by utilizing the building on a year-round basis.”

The initiative will focus on closing the gaps the community has identified and addressing community health needs. Currently, there is limited recreational and health and wellness programming in this region. This project will create safe

June 14th, 2022|

The first Y IGNITE cohort kicks off in June 2022

Y IGNITE: Building New Brunswick’s Workforce and Developing Youth Employment Skills

Saint John, NB – The YMCA of Greater Saint John and the Department of Post-Secondary Education Training and Labour have partnered to help develop the talent pipeline and support the leaders of tomorrow in Southeastern New Brunswick, through a youth employability program – Y IGNITE.

Y IGNITE is a curriculum-based program that will provide youth ages 15-30 the opportunity to learn transferrable workforce skills, while earning gainful employment at the YMCA.

Through job training and weekly professional development courses participants will become equip for a future of success.

“We are thrilled to see Y IGNITE come to life through this partnership with the Department of Post Secondary Education Training and Labour,” explains Shilo Boucher, CEO of the YMCA of Greater Saint John. “Throughout the past two years we have seen firsthand the power of community collaboration. As we look to the future,

May 17th, 2022|

Strong Communities Campaign launched

Strong Communities Chairs excited for community to get behind 2022 campaign

SAINT JOHN, NB – The YMCA of Greater Saint John is kicking off its annual Strong Communities Campaign to improve and enrich the lives of thousands of children, adults, seniors and families in southern New Brunswick.

The Y’s 2022 Strong Communities Campaign officially launched on April 14 to raise funds for people in our community who face financial barriers. Through the Strong Communities Campaign, thousands of people will have access to Y programs and services such as summer camping, licensed child care, youth mental health support, recreational programs, digital literacy for seniors, and health and fitness memberships for all ages.

The Honouary Chairs for this year’s Strong Communities Campaign are well-known local philanthropists Brice and Cathy Belyea. The Belyea’s have supported the Strong Communities Campaign for many years because they know the positive impact the fund has made for so many

April 14th, 2022|

Tickets now on sale for Red Triangle Awards Gala

Recipients of Red Triangle Awards announced, tickets on sale now for gala in May

SAINT JOHN, NB — The YMCA of Greater Saint John has announced the details of the 2022 Red Triangle Award Gala, as well as the recipients of the Red Triangle and Leader to Watch Awards.

The Annual Red Triangle Award Gala, presented by Emera New Brunswick, will be held on Thursday, May 26 at the Irving Oil Field House. The Red Triangle Award recognizes long and meritorious service, outstanding contributions and achievement in the community, while the Leader to Watch Award honours an individual who is a role model for other young adults in our community.

“Emera New Brunswick would like to offer our sincere congratulations to this year’s award recipients,” said Emera New Brunswick General Manager Ryan O’Hara. “Your commitment and service to the community has made a tremendous difference to many people. Emera New Brunswick is

March 17th, 2022|

YMCA makes prestigious list

YMCA named one of Canada’s Best Employers of 2022

– SAINT JOHN, NB – The YMCA is thrilled to have been recognized on the Forbes list of Canada’s Best Employers 2022. This prestigious award is presented by Forbes and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider. The awards list was announced on January 25 and can currently be viewed on the Forbes website.

Forbes and Statista selected the Canada’s Best Employers 2022 through an independent survey applied to a vast sample of more than 10,000 Canadian employees working for companies with more than 500 employees in Canada. The evaluation was based on direct and indirect recommendations from employees that were asked to rate their willingness to recommend their own employers to friends and family. Employee evaluations also included other employers in their respective industries that stood out either positively or negatively.

Based on the results

March 7th, 2022|

Community survey launched

Community survey will help with 5-year strategic plan

– SAINT JOHN, NB – The YMCA of Greater Saint John is developing a new strategic plan that will guide our work over the next five years. An important step in our process is to gather information from the community through a survey. The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete and will be available until February 24, 2022.

All responses to the survey are anonymous and confidential. Your input is vitally important.

Thank you for caring about the future of the YMCA of Greater Saint John! Take the Survey

February 8th, 2022|

Dog Agility Competition at the Irving Oil Field House

Irving Oil Field House to Host international Dog Agility Competitions

SAINT JOHN, NB – The YMCA of Greater Saint John is thrilled to announce that the Irving Oil Field House will be hosting the UK International (UKI) Canadian Open Agility competitions in 2022 and 2023. At this event, between 300 and 400 teams of dogs and their handlers from across North America will showcase their abilities in agility, jumping, speedstakes, and game class competitions. It also serves as try-outs for Team Canada in the World Agility Open, which will be hosted in the Netherlands in 2023.

“The Irving Oil Field House is one of the premiere indoor sporting facilities in Atlantic Canada,” said Shilo Boucher, CEO and President of the YMCA of Greater Saint John. “Hosting Canadian Open Agility competitions will provide additional world-class experiences at the Irving Oil Field House.”

“We are very excited to be hosting this event at the

January 24th, 2022|
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