Port Saint John donates $25,000 to priority neighbourhoods

Saint John, N.B. – Port Saint John is donating $25,000 to the five priority neighbourhoods surrounding the port. This equates to $5,000 to five charities in our area including the Carleton Community Centre Inc, ONE Change Inc, Crescent Valley Resource Centre, PULSE and the Waterloo Village Neighbourhood Association. Throughout this time of renewed prosperity on the waterfront, the port realizes their responsibility to ensure the whole community benefits from the recent growth of Port Saint John.

“We know that many are struggling to make ends meet this year, so we are happy to be able to make this donation to support these five charities that do so much to help our priority neighbourhoods,” said Craig Bell Estabrooks, President and CEO of Port Saint John. “It’s our responsibility as a member of the Saint John community to be responsive to local needs and we hope that this donation will fill a gap for these organizations.”

“ONE Change would like to take the opportunity to thank the Port of Saint John for their donation to our organization. This is a great example of the Port supporting community organizations that work in Saint John, said Tamara Kelly, Executive Director at The ONE Change Inc. “The donation from the Port will assist us in offering quality programming to the residents (youth to senior) in the Old North End. Having the Port as a community partner highlights their support of the work we do within our community.”

“We are so appreciative that Port Saint John recognizes the need is great in our community and is taking an active role to support the work of these neighbourhood organizations. These funds will assist the Crescent Valley Resource Centre in enhancing our programs and services in 2023,” Anne Driscoll, Executive Director, Crescent Valley Resource Centre.

“The Carleton Community centre extends our appreciation and gratitude to Port Saint John for the generous donation. This donation will help us deliver programming to our vulnerable, youth, and senior population on the lower west side. The Port has been a dedicated community partner and we look forward to working together in 2023,”Jen Brown, Executive Director, Carleton Community Centre.

PULSE would like to thank the Port of Saint John for their continuing support of our organization and the residents of the Lower South End over the past several years.  Partners like the Port allow us to provide basic necessities to residents like food and personal care supplies from our Help Yourself pantry and emergency food program.  Working with limited resources, donations like these are instrumental.  Their support for summer programs hosted at PULSE are a hit with residents of all ages and provide opportunities for people to come together.  The Port is part of our community and we

appreciate their commitment to the neighbourhood, said Mary LeSage, Neighbourhood Developer at P.U.L.S.E. Inc. “The Port Saint John’s donation to the Waterloo Village Neighbourhood Association is greatly appreciated. This money will help to support our food security initiatives and the residents who access these services”. Jasmine Chandra,   Chair of the Waterloo Village Neighbourhood Association

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About Port Saint John:

The vision of Port Saint John is to be a catalyst for growth, recognized for our community leadership.  The Port of Saint John is Atlantic Canada’s largest port by tonnage and has a diverse cargo base, including dry and liquid bulk, break bulk, containers, and cruise.

Media contact: Paula Copeland, Vice President, Engagement & Sustainability , [email protected], (506) 650-5288