Dec. 15, 2008
SAINT JOHN (CNB) - Funding of $375,000 will be used to develop a pilot project to strengthen the social infrastructure in Saint John, Premier Shawn Graham announced today.
"Today's announcement will engage residents in five priority neighbourhoods to help reduce poverty in the city," said Graham. "This pilot project goes hand-in-hand with 'Bringing the pieces together,' our engagement initiative to develop a poverty reduction plan for all of New Brunswick and for our journey toward self-sufficiency."
Joining Graham for the announcement were Minister of Supply and Services Ed Doherty, Minister of Social Development Mary Schryer, Saint John Mayor Ivan Court, and Tom Gribbons, chair of Vibrant Communities Saint John.
"A healthy city and province requires sound infrastructure and a key component to this is strong social infrastructure," said Gribbons. "We would like to acknowledge the support of the provincial government, as today's funding will allow us to put into action the Greater Saint John poverty reduction strategy."
Established in 2004, Vibrant Communities Saint John is a not-for-profit group devoted to developing and leading a community response to reducing poverty in five priority neighbourhoods in Saint John.
MEDIA CONTACT: Bruce Macfarlane, Communications New Brunswick, 506-444-4606.