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Looking for hope and opportunity

Emerging from winter to the hopefulness that comes with spring, we eagerly await the day we can live our best lives post-COVID. At times like this, I am mindful of the people in our communities who don’t feel that hope and those who need a helping hand. This is why the United Way exists –…

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Thank you – your generosity pushes our campaign past its goal

I am delighted to share with you the success of the 2020 United Way Saint John, Kings & Charlotte campaign. When we launched our campaign, there was uncertainty about how we could achieve our goal. I knew that the people and organizations of Saint John, Kings and Charlotte understood that their support was needed more…

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COVID-19 and Atlantic Compassion – One Year Later

It’s been one year since COVID-19 became part of our daily lives here in New Brunswick. It’s an anniversary we likely never dreamed of, but one most of us won’t forget. This pandemic has forced all of us to change quickly, and often. When public health restrictions began last March, we immediately saw some significant…

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Thanks to you, more than $1 million flows to organizations in need

At the United Way, we are immensely grateful to our community for their generous donations. Because our donors have risen to the challenge, we are able to invest in programs that are so critical for our region’s most vulnerable citizens. Even during the trying times we face with the COVID-19 pandemic – and sometimes because…

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In 2021, we see hope – and need

As we launch into a new year with collective hope that the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic will ease and we will succeed in moving past it, I want to express my most sincere gratitude to our donors, supporters and partners in helping our community’s most vulnerable during this most difficult time. With generous support,…

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The enduring strength of the human spirit

Many have remarked on what a strange and difficult time this year has been. And while that’s certainly true, it has also been a year in which the very best in people, and our community, shone through. Here at the United Way, we are deeply impressed by the unity of purpose and the determination shown…

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Summer school with promising results backed by Million Dollar Pledge

Summer school with promising results backed by Million Dollar Pledge A unique summer school quietly backed by a group of socially minded business leaders in New Brunswick is showing such promise in helping students in reading and math that officials are eyeing expansion to other areas of the province. As kids get ready to head…

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Say No To Say Yes

This is my favourite times of the year. The successes and stories from our funded partners are rolling in. For the 3rd straight year the results are not only impressive they are frankly awe inspiring! Sometimes I feel as though I spend more time saying no than saying yes. Here are three quick reasons why…

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Measure Twice, Cut Once

There are strong feelings in the community sector whether social improvements can or even should be subject to measurement. My preoccupation with this tension started in grad school learning program evaluation and then the first five years of my career as I helped charities in Saskatoon evaluate programs.  It was never straightforward or easy, but…

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