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ONE Change Supports Lorne Middle School
by OneChange on 
Please see below for our press release regarding the upcoming consultations regarding the future of Lorne Middle School:


November 13, 2014




ONE Change Inc. Supports Lorne Middle School


Saint John, NB – November 13, 2014– ONE Change Inc, the community development agency for the Old North End has announced its support for Lorne Middle School to remain open and continue its important work in the community.

ONE Change is opposed without reservation to the consideration to close Lorne Middle School. The organization will actively work to ensure Lorne remains open as well as advocating for a wider community discussion and plan about the future of Saint John schools.

ONE Change believes that our small urban schools are vital to the neighborhoods where they are located. Our schools are important places of education but also are key to a community's identity and catalysts for urban renewal.

ONE Change President Scott Crawford stated, “The decision to close inner city schools is not simply determining which has the smallest student populations. We're looking for leadership from our District Education Council to initiate a community dialogue examining all the relevant considerations”. He further states, "Lorne has the most talented, committed staff of professionals that you could imagine. Every single teacher and support employee of Lorne is actively engaged in helping these students thrive and succeed".



ONE Change is an Incorporated Registered Charity that began work in the old north end approximately ten years ago with the ‘simple’ mission of improving the quality of life in the old north end. The group was originally brought together by concerned residents and the Saint John Police Force who were concerned with the high levels of crime in the neighborhood. This dedicated group of individuals is made of stakeholders representing police, the churches, housing, the schools, businesses, the City, Province, and health and youth experts. The real experts however are the residents and the youth who live here.


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ONE Build Evaluation
by DavidFleming on 

Last month, I blogged about our ONE Build graduation.  Recently, the program evaluation, put out by Vibrant Communities was released.  You can read the full evaluation here, and here are a few excerpts from the report:

Quote from participant:

“Our kids see both of their parents

going to work every day. We’re

setting a good example. I feel good

about myself.”


Quote from participant

“It made me change my life

around. I used to be alcoholic

and drink every day and now I

don’t drink at all.”


Quote from report:

"All participants (six) that graduated the 22-week program were employed at the end of the

program. Those that did not complete the program built a foundation of skills through WES and

NBCSA training."

 Overall, it was an incredible success, and we hope to be able to have another ONE Build based on the recommendations in the report soon!

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Old North End Fun Day
by DavidFleming on 

Well, I'm a little late with this blog post, but I wanted to say how much fun was had at the final event of our Old North End Days, our Fun Day on Saturday, August 16th.

It was a beautiful day in Victoria Square, and we had so much fun!  There were hot dogs and fruit, handed out by our wonderful volunteers from the YMCA Newcomers group

Relay races for the kids run by the staff from the Nick Nicolle Community Centre,

There were several face painting stations, as it always seems to be so popular!

Even our Community Co-ordinator, Wendy, had her face painted!

Patrick from 97.3 The Wave came by to hand out treats,

And we were provided with wonderful entertainment from our local North End band, GREID, a young North Ender did a magic show for us, and we had a wonderful saxophone player as well.

And closing the day of fun for us was Saint John Idol star Ben Daigle, singing several songs from his run on the boardwalk.  What a treat to have such young talent in our midst!

Overall, it was a wonderful day in the Old North End as we celebrated our community together.  We are looking forward to next year!

Thanks to all the hard work from our Old North End Days committee, the Nick Nicolle Community Centre staff, the YMCA Newcomers group, our face painters, our entertainers, and Wendy Barron, our wonderful community co-ordinator.  These events could not continue without the help of everyone!

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Old North End Days Continue!
by DavidFleming on 

Thursday night, our Old North End Days Committee had planned a movie in the park, but unfortunately, Mother Nature wouldn't co-operate.  Due to the pouring rain, the movie was held inside our brand new Nick Nicolle Community Centre, and while many people stayed away because of the rain, we still had quite a crew out to see our surprise movie, which was The Lego Movie.  There was plenty of popcorn and juice available, and even though there were chairs set up and readily available, blankets quickly became the seating of choice by many of our participants.  For many, it was their first opportunity to see first hand our wonderful, newly renovated Community Centre.

But the fun didn't stop there!  Friday night Mother Nature was much more co-operative, and there was a street dance in the parking lot of the Community Centre.  It was a blast to see everyone out and grooving to the music that our wonderful volunteer DJ, Elaine Winchester, was playing.  There was juice and popcorn available, as well as chewing gum and prizes for the limbo.  One member of the community commented that she usually doesn't stay until the end of our dances, but she was having so much fun, she stuck around until the very end, as the adults (who seemed to be a little more cautious than the children, when it comes to dancing!) danced to Kool & The Gang's "Celebration".

Many thanks to our wonderful Old North End Days committee for putting on two wonderful events for the people of our community.  I can't wait for our final event of Old North End Days, our fun day this afternoon in Victoria Square.  Actually, I'd better go get ready now!  See you all there from Noon-4:00!

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Teddy Bear Fair
by DavidFleming on 

Today was the first day of our Old North End Days, and the weather was perfect for the Teddy Bear Picnic.  Blankets were set up, snacks were prepared, books and teddy bears were donated, and in the end, nearly forty children were registered for the event.

Children started off by listening to a story or two from our guest readers, and then had the opportunity to play games with a parachute, draw using sidewalk chalk, have their faces painted, and playing with bubbles.

Some kids were even so worn out from all the fun, they had a nap on the blanket!

I hope to see everyone out for our next Old North End Days event, a movie in the park in Victoria Square at 9:00.  If it's rainy, we'll be at the Community Centre.  Together, we will celebrate our Old North End forever!

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ONE Build Graduation
by DavidFleming on 

Friday was a wonderful day for six young people who have been involved in ONE Build, a program sponsored by the Department of Post Secondary Education, Training and Labour which aims to have participants develop skills in construction, so that they can use these skills in order to gain employment.  Yesterday was graduation day for our ONE Builders, and they were very excited to be able to take all the skills that they have learned and use them in their futures.  Participants commented that beyond the carpentry skills they have developed, they have also experienced many other benefits of the program.  Some had stated that they have had decreased anxiety since taking the program, while others felt that their children took pride in the fact that their mother or father was going to work every day.

Many people came to speak, including Barry Galloway from Vibrant Communities, who acted as MC, The Honourable Trevor Holder to represent the government of New Brunswick, Scott Crawford, as president of ONE Change, and Dick Hickey of Hickey Brothers Disaster Clean-up, the employers who have worked with the ONE Build students.  Presentations were made by LiUNA (Labourers International Union of North America), ONE Change, as well as gifts from DeWalt, which donated a variety of tools to each of the graduates.

Each of the graduates should be proud of their accomplishments throughout this program, and ONE Change wishes them all the best as they move forward into the employment world.

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Big Day in the Old North End
by DavidFleming on 

Today was our Community Clean-up, and what a gorgeous day it was!  Before we started the clean-up efforts, our MLA, The Honourable Trevor Holder, was on hand to present a check for $50 000 to the Kiwanis Play Park project, which we plan to have built across the street from the Nick Nicolle Community Centre.  Pictured here on the location of the new play park from left to right are Linda Jarvis from the Kiwanis Club of Saint John, Scott Crawford President of the Board of Directors for ONE Change, The Honourable Trevor Holder, and John Knight from RiverCross.

Following the presentation, it was time to get to work.  There were several teams that split up across the Old North End, and approximately sixty people all together.  It was a bright hot sunny day, and it was great to have everyone working hard to clean up.  Once the clean-up was over, there was fruit and water back at the ONE Change building, and prizes were drawn for all participants.  Congratulations to Douglas Avenue Christian Church who received a free room rental from the Nick Nicolle Community Centre for bringing the most participants.  Some residents were so excited they were planning an informal clean-up for August in order to keep things clean in the neighbourhood!

Special thanks to all our partners in this event:  The City of Saint John, Story Tent (Saint John Free Public Library), Rivercross Church, Douglas Avenue Christian Church, Housing Alternatives Inc., Nick Nicolle Community Centre, and the Honourable Trevor Holder.

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Thursday Morning Drop In
by DavidFleming on 

I had the pleasure of visiting the ONE Change building for the weekly drop-in when residents can just come, have some coffee and snacks and chat.  It was clear to me today that our residents are getting very excited about the community clean-up being held on Saturday from 9:00-Noon, beginning at the ONE Change building.

It was exciting to see the passion so many of our residents have for showing pride in our community, and instilling that sense of pride in our young people.  I would encourage everyone and anyone to come out and support this effort, and see the pride that our residents have for our community!

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Passport to Parks at Victoria Square
by DavidFleming on 

What a beautiful day it was today for the Passport to Parks event at Victoria Square.  Lots of live music, zumba, magic, balloon animals, the story tent and face painting.  To check out some pictures from today's event, go to our Passport to Parks Album.

Come on out next week for our community cleanup!

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Passport to Parks comes to Victoria Square Tomorrow!
by DavidFleming on 

Well Arthur did a number on Victoria Square last weekend, but city crews and volunteers have been working hard to make sure that we are ready to host the seventh Passport to Parks event tomorrow, Saturday July 12th from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM.

There will be all sorts of fun activities, including live music from Adam Washburn and The 506, a magician and balloon artist, games, face painting and the story tent.  We look forward to seeing you out as we celebrate the beautiful parks that the City of Saint John has to offer.

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