March 5, 2009
SAINT JOHN (CNB) - Saint John-area residents have another opportunity to take part in the New Brunswick Poverty Reduction Initiative. An additional dialogue session will be held on Monday, March 23, 6:30-9:30 p.m., at the Somerset Community Centre, 100 Ropewalk St., in Saint John.
Dialogue sessions are designed to encourage discussion among participants on how to reduce poverty. With the assistance of facilitators, participants work in small groups to share views, personal stories, experiences and ideas about poverty. No presentations or speeches will be made.
Individuals and organizations interested in participating must register in advance by calling 1-888-315-6606.
More than 100 people participated in the first session in Saint John, held Jan. 19. Because that session was full, organizers have decided to hold another session in Saint John.
The dialogue sessions are part of Bringing the pieces together, a comprehensive public consultation enabling New Brunswickers to become involved in reducing and preventing poverty.
The initiative is being carried out in three stages: a dialogue phase; a round-table phase; and a final forum phase. The process is expected to be completed later this year. The result will be a plan to reduce and prevent poverty.
Thirteen sessions have been held during the past six weeks. About 1,500 persons have participated, either by attending the sessions or providing input through a website, http://www.gnb.ca/poverty.
Individuals and organizations may also share their views by fax, 506-462-5150; or by regular mail at A Poverty Reduction Plan for New Brunswick, c/o The Department of Social Development, P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, NB, E3B 5H1.
MEDIA CONTACT: Robert Duguay, poverty reduction initiative, Social Development, 506-444-2155.