Thursday, February 24, 2011

QLNB helps out at Family Evening

QLNB board member Heather McKend with Clifford the Big Red Dog

In the midst of hosting a Scholastic Book Fair, Hazen White / St. Francis Elementary School held a Family Evening complete with games, reading, shopping and Clifford the Big Red Dog. QLNB was happy to be help out on the night, providing four volunteers (two of them pictured above). In return, we had the chance to grab some really great deals for the bookwagon.

After the event, school principle Jennifer Carhart wrote to say, "between Clifford and all the games/activities the children had a REALLY great time."

We think so, too.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Juanita Black receives 'Y' Peace Medal, 2010

Juanita Black QLNBJuanita Black (right) recipient of the YMCA's Peace Medal 2010

We often talk about our quality programs, but QLNB also has some very special board members. Among them is our treasurer, Juanita Black.

Juanita is a resident of the Crescent Valley neighbourhood, a long-time block parent, and a past president of the Crescent Valley Community Tenant's Association. She helps organize a Community Garden, works as Coordinator of the Around the Block community newspaper and has been called described as a "tireless worker for the City's poor" (CHSJ News). She is a constant volunteer for events like neighbourhood clean-up, Christmas parties, and Crescent Valley Fun Days. Less visibly, she is a constant source of encouragement and information for many of her neighbours, and we feel lucky to have her on our board.

Juanita Black YMCA Peace Medal
Juanita was one of two 2010 recipients of the YMCA Peace Medal, an award granted "an individual or group who, without any special resources, demonstrates a commitment to peace through special contributions made within their community locally, nationally or globally." We didn't want to leave 2010 too far behind without adding our "congratulations" to the chorus of cheers and appreciations she has received from across our region.

Thank you, Juanita, and well done.

Juanita Black Around the Block

Friday, February 18, 2011

2010 Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting is scheduled for noon on Monday, March 21st, 2011. The meeting will be held at the Saint John Free Public Library, One Market Square. All are welcome.


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Basket of Books

What do Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Robert Munsch's Paperbag Princess, Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Charles Portis' True Grit have in common?

They were all part of a basket of books for the whole family. The basketful of books, with a retail value of approximately $200, were part of a Family Literacy Day fund-raiser hosted by the Saint John Walmart Store on Westmorland Road. Tickets on a draw were sold for $1 each, with the winning ticket going to Andy from K-park.

Walmart generously offered to matched what we raised, making this a successful fundraiser toward the 2011 Quality Storytent program.

Thanks, Walmart!

Family Literacy Day is a yearly celebration of books and reading in families. It has been celebrated across Canada since 1998.