Nov. 20, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - A memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed on Thursday, Nov. 19, formally recognizes the unique role the Canadian Red Cross has as an official auxiliary to the Government of New Brunswick, and will enable increased collaboration in the future.
Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General John Foran; Health Minister Mary Schryer; Social Development Minister Kelly Lamrock; John Byrne, Canadian Red Cross director general for Atlantic Canada; and Louise Castonguay, Canadian Red Cross regional director for New Brunswick, took part in the signing.
"The Canadian Red Cross is an essential partner in helping us to ensure that New Brunswickers are prepared for emergencies, and that they have the resources they need to be safe," said Foran. "We look forward to continuing this excellent relationship, and we thank them for the excellent work they do in our communities."
The MOU provides a framework for collaboration in the delivery of public humanitarian programs and services. This may include support of emergency management agencies; helping to support preparedness and capacity-building for health-related emergencies; support for education initiatives; and support to community programs.
"The Canadian Red Cross is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2009, and this historic MOU with New Brunswick will help shape the next century of our collaboration with government in this province, and could serve as an excellent model for others to consider," said Byrne.
"Every day, I hear heartwarming stories that demonstrate the value of our existing relations between Red Cross volunteers and staff, and provincial departments and agencies," said Castonguay. "Through this agreement, we will continue to improve the delivery of programs and services that benefit thousands of New Brunswickers each year."
MEDIA CONTACTS: Meghan Cumby, communications, Department of Public Safety, 506-444-3425; Janice Babineau, communications co-ordinator, Atlantic Canada, Canadian Red Cross, 902-424-1413, cell: 902-223-9271, email@example.com.