One Change Blog http://onechangesj.com/blog.html hourly 1 1970-01-01T00:00+00:00 ONE Change Supports Lorne Middle School http://onechangesj.com/pc_url_34423138 Please see below for our press release regarding the upcoming consultations regarding the future of Lorne Middle School:<div class="plain"><br></div><div class="plain"><p class="plain"><b><u>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:</u></b><u></u></p> <p class="plain"><b>November 13, 2014</b><u></u></p> <p class="plain"><u> </u></p> <p class="plain">                                                                        </p> <p class="plain"><b> </b></p> <p align="center" class="plain"><b><span class="heading2">O</span></b><b><span class="heading2">NE Change Inc. Supports Lorne Middle School</span></b></p> <p align="center" class="plain"><b><span class="heading2"> </span></b></p> <p class="plain"><b>Saint John, NB</b> – 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.</p> <p class="plain">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.</p> <p class="plain">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. </p> <p class="plain">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".</p> <p align="center" class="plain">_____________________________</p> <p align="center" class="plain"> </p> <p class="plain">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.</p> <p align="center" class="plain"><b>####</b></p><br></div> OneChange 2014-11-13T05:11:45-08:00 ONE Change Supports Lorne Middle School ONE Build Evaluation http://onechangesj.com/pc_url_33916209 <p class="plain">Last month, I blogged about our ONE Build graduation.  Recently, the program evaluation, put out by <a rel="" link="" target="_blank" href="http://www.vibrantsj.com" class="plain">Vibrant Communities</a> was released.  You can read the full evaluation <a rel="" link="" target="_blank" href="http://0304.nccdn.net/1_5/000/001/651/f60/ONE-Build-Evaluation.pdf" class="plain">here</a>, and here are a few excerpts from the report:</p><p class="plain"><br></p><p class="plain"><blockquote><table width="80%" quoteborder="#C6C6C6" style="border: 1px solid #C6C6C6" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="10"><tbody><tr><td class="plain"><p class="plain"><b>Quote from participant:</b></p><p class="plain"></p><p align="LEFT" class="plain">“Our kids see both of their parents</p> <p align="LEFT" class="plain">going to work every day. We’re</p> <p align="LEFT" class="plain">setting a good example. I feel good</p> <p class="plain">about myself.”</p><p class="plain"></p><p class="plain"><br></p><p class="plain"><br></p><p class="plain"><br></p></td></tr></tbody></table></blockquote></p><p class="plain"></p><p class="plain"> <blockquote><table width="80%" quoteborder="#C6C6C6" style="border: 1px solid #C6C6C6" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="10"><tbody><tr><td class="plain"><p class="plain"><b>Quote from participant</b></p><p class="plain"></p><p align="LEFT" class="plain">“It made me change my life</p> <p align="LEFT" class="plain">around. I used to be alcoholic</p> <p align="LEFT" class="plain">and drink every day and now I</p> <p class="plain">don’t drink at all.”</p><br><p class="plain"></p></td></tr></tbody></table></blockquote></p><p class="plain"></p><p class="plain"> <blockquote><table width="80%" quoteborder="#C6C6C6" style="border: 1px solid #C6C6C6" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="10"><tbody><tr><td class="plain"><b>Quote from report: </b><p align="LEFT" class="plain">"All participants (six) that graduated the 22-week program were employed at the end of the</p> <p align="LEFT" class="plain">program. Those that did not complete the program built a foundation of skills through WES and</p> <p class="plain">NBCSA training."</p><br></td></tr></tbody></table></blockquote></p><p class="plain"></p><p class="plain"><br></p><p class="plain"> 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!</p><p class="plain"></p><p class="plain"></p><p class="plain"></p> DavidFleming 2014-08-22T22:09:59-07:00 ONE Build Evaluation Old North End Fun Day http://onechangesj.com/pc_url_33897360 <p class="plain">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.</p><p class="plain"><br></p><p class="plain">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</p><p class="plain"><img width="250" daid="15497388" src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/005/2f3/063/BBQ.png' border="0"></p><p class="plain"><br></p><p class="plain">Relay races for the kids run by the staff from the Nick Nicolle Community Centre,</p><p class="plain"><img width="150" daid="15497389" src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/005/2f3/063/Races.png' border="0"></p><p class="plain"><br></p><p class="plain">There were several face painting stations, as it always seems to be so popular!</p><p class="plain"><br></p><p class="plain"><img width="150" daid="15497390" src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/005/2f3/063/Face-Painting.png' border="0"></p><p class="plain"><br></p><p class="plain">Even our Community Co-ordinator, Wendy, had her face painted!</p><p class="plain"><img width="250" daid="15497391" src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/005/2f3/063/Wendy-Face-Painting.png' border="0"></p><p class="plain"><br></p><p class="plain">Patrick from 97.3 The Wave came by to hand out treats,</p><p class="plain"><img width="250" daid="15497392" src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/005/2f3/063/The-Wave.png' border="0"></p><p class="plain"><br></p><p class="plain">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.</p><p class="plain"><img width="250" daid="15497393" src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/005/2f3/063/Saxophone.png' border="0"></p><p class="plain"><br></p><p class="plain">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!</p><p class="plain"><br></p><p class="plain">Overall, it was a wonderful day in the Old North End as we celebrated our community together.  We are looking forward to next year!</p><p class="plain"><br></p><p class="plain">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!</p><p class="plain"><br></p><p class="plain"><br></p><p class="plain"><br></p> DavidFleming 2014-08-20T09:18:03-07:00 Old North End Fun Day Old North End Days Continue! http://onechangesj.com/pc_url_33879816 <p class="plain">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.</p><p class="plain"><br></p><p class="plain">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".</p><p class="plain"><br></p><p class="plain">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!</p> DavidFleming 2014-08-16T06:58:27-07:00 Old North End Days Continue! Teddy Bear Fair http://onechangesj.com/pc_url_33860460 <p class="plain">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.</p><p class="plain"><br></p><p class="plain">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.</p><p class="plain"><br></p><p class="plain">Some kids were even so worn out from all the fun, they had a nap on the blanket!</p><p class="plain"><img width="400" daid="15477320" src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/243/260/2d3/teddy-bear.JPG' border="0"></p><p class="plain"><br></p><p class="plain">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!</p> DavidFleming 2014-08-12T18:51:58-07:00 Teddy Bear Fair ONE Build Graduation http://onechangesj.com/pc_url_33767589 <p class="plain">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.</p><p class="plain"><br></p><p class="plain">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.</p><p align="center" class="plain"><img width="400" daid="15431297" src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/2d6/27b/034/DeWalt.JPG' height="299" border="0"></p><p class="plain">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.</p> DavidFleming 2014-07-26T13:25:21-07:00 ONE Build Graduation Big Day in the Old North End http://onechangesj.com/pc_url_33731044 <p class="plain"><img width="273" align="left" daid="15415619" src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/03e/3a4/1fe/01dd962e2077e5a3ebc422b03e0e9111f5f3cfc863.jpg' style="margin: 15px 15px 15px 0px;float: left" height="205" border="0">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.</p><p class="plain"><br></p><p class="plain"><img width="335" align="left" daid="15415620" src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/03e/3a4/1fe/019b644ee23ae6e524efd0bb96f9791599ef3f9efe.jpg' style="margin: 15px 15px 15px 0px;float: left" height="237" border="0">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!</p><p class="plain"><br></p><p class="plain">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.</p> DavidFleming 2014-07-19T15:41:55-07:00 Big Day in the Old North End Thursday Morning Drop In http://onechangesj.com/pc_url_33718089 <p class="plain">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.</p><p class="plain"><br></p><p class="plain">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!</p> DavidFleming 2014-07-17T12:02:41-07:00 Thursday Morning Drop In Passport to Parks at Victoria Square http://onechangesj.com/pc_url_33647013 <p class="plain">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 <a rel="" link="" target="_self" href="/passport-to-parks_1.html" class="plain">Passport to Parks Album</a>.</p><p class="plain"><br></p><p class="plain">Come on out next week for our community cleanup!</p> DavidFleming 2014-07-12T12:54:57-07:00 Passport to Parks at Victoria Square Passport to Parks comes to Victoria Square Tomorrow! http://onechangesj.com/pc_url_33640239 <p class="plain"><img width="250" align="left" daid="15364619" src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/2c6/250/254/Victoria-Square.jpg' style="margin: 15px 15px 15px 0px;float: left" height="166" border="0">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 <a rel="" link="" target="_blank" href="http://www.saintjohn.ca/en/home/cityhall/developmentgrowth/sportsrecreation/passporttoparks/victoriasquare.aspx" class="plain">Passport to Parks </a>event tomorrow, Saturday July 12th from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM.</p><p class="plain"><br></p><p class="plain"><br></p><p class="plain">There will be all sorts of fun activities, including live music from <a rel="" link="" target="_blank" href="http://adamwashburn.bandcamp.com/" class="plain">Adam Washburn</a> 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.</p><p class="plain"></p> DavidFleming 2014-07-11T16:00:24-07:00 Passport to Parks comes to Victoria Square Tomorrow! Canadian Institute of Planners visit ONE Change Community Garden http://onechangesj.com/pc_url_33635502 <span class="plain"></span><p class="plain"><img width="400" align="left" daid="15361512" src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/32b/2e7/237/CIP-Garden.jpg' style="margin: 15px 15px 15px 0px;float: left" height="299" border="0">This afternoon, we had the pleasure of hosting a group of urban planners attending the Canadian Institute of Planners annual conference in Fredericton.  The group was interested in seeing the urban garden that our youth have grown across the street from Lorne Middle School.</p><p class="plain"><br></p><p class="plain">The youth were very eager to show the results of their hard work in building and planting this garden, and we are hopeful that this garden will be a way that our youth can give back to the community of the Old North End.</p><p class="plain"><br></p><p class="plain">Scott Crawford, president of the board of ONE Change, stated that what would be done with the harvest will be largely up to the youth involved in the upkeep of the garden, with some options including use in cooking programs, as well as selling produce at the Queen's Square Farmer's Market.</p><p class="plain"><br></p><p class="plain">It was a beautiful day, and many thanks go to Jody Kliffer from the city of Saint John for hosting this workshop and bringing them to see our garden!</p><p class="plain"><br></p><p class="plain"><img width="400" daid="15361513" src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/32b/2e7/237/Youth-Garden.jpg' height="299" border="0"></p> DavidFleming 2014-07-10T13:23:04-07:00 Canadian Institute of Planners visit ONE Change Community Garden ONE Change Community Cleanup http://onechangesj.com/pc_url_33604004 <p class="plain">Due to the forecast, our Community Cleanup Day has been changed to July 19th.  Please meet us at 9:00 AM on the 19th at the ONE Change Building to help clean up our community!</p> DavidFlemming 2014-07-04T14:01:25-07:00 ONE Change Community Cleanup Every ONE has a story – Margie http://onechangesj.com/pc_url_33420418 <p class="plain"><img width="224" align="left" daid="15264241" src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/2bf/178/25c/Margie.jpg' style="margin: 15px 15px 15px 0px;float: left" border="0">Margie was born in Saint John and raised on Belleview Ave here in the Old North End.  Margie married and raised her children in the Old North End.  Margie has two daughters and two grandchildren who she speaks very fondly of.  During my interview with Margie she brought me to tears about her heartache and days with her dying husband John.  Margie got through those sad times and moved on to become a Prayer Warrior through RiverCross Church. Margie claimed her biggest challenge was trying to be accepted as she grew up and lived in poverty.  Margies fondest memory of the early years of the North End was helping her mother taking care of the 100 hens and ducks that they raised.  Margie was one of 14 siblings.  Her favorite quote is “take care of yourself , eh?”.  Thanks Margie for being here until you meet your love beyond the moon.</p> OneChange 2014-06-09T11:27:35-07:00 Every ONE has a story – Margie Every ONE has a story – Brandon Cramm http://onechangesj.com/pc_url_33420332 <p class="plain"><font class="plainlarge"><img width="204" align="left" daid="15264240" src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/2bf/178/25c/Brandon-Cramm.jpg' style="margin: 15px 15px 15px 0px;float: left" border="0"><br></font></p><p class="plain"><font class="plainlarge">One Change is proud to introduce one of our own Old North Ender, Brandon Cramm.  Brandon has participated in many skate competitions and has won awards and prizes.  He has been recognized by his school for his hard work and received a certificate for East Side Board Supply.  Brandon enjoys his day at the skate park or a good game of skate with his friends. Brandon is a great role model to the other youth by ensuring he wears his helmet and safety gear.  Brandon is now recording some of his skate tricks to make a video for You Tube. ONE Change would like to wish Brandon the best of luck in his skate boarding adventures.</font></p> OneChange 2014-06-09T11:27:11-07:00 Every ONE has a story – Brandon Cramm Chefs http://onechangesj.com/pc_url_33420306 <p class="plain"><img width="176" align="left" daid="15264238" src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/2bf/178/25c/chefs.jpg' style="margin: 15px 15px 15px 0px;float: left" border="0">The school year is closing which means our CHEFS! Program is winding down and what a great time did we had.  We had two five week sessions where the students from Lorne School were able to attend.  Basic cooking skills were taught along with healthy recipes.  The kids enjoyed cooking the different types of recipes.  I do believe if you ask the students what was their favorite part about the class the response would be EATING WHAT WE COOKED. I would like to thank Mary LeSage and Vanessa Crossman for helping out during these great classes.  I really would like to wish all the students who went through my CHEFS! Program the best of luck.  And don’t forget your Whoa foods.  All the students had asked for more cooking classes and I hope that they will be available in the future for them.  </p><p class="plain"></p> OneChange 2014-06-09T11:26:37-07:00 Chefs