Continuing a culture of community in St. Andrews

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ST. ANDREWS – At New Brunswick Community College (NBCC), giving back to the community comes as second nature to students and staff. The College has a long history of supporting the communities in which its students learn.

The St. Andrews Campus was recently recognized for its community support with a Power of Collaboration Award from the Charlotte County Abuse Prevention Network (CCAPN).

The Power of Collaboration Award recognizes individuals or organizations that have made a significant contribution to improving the experience of victims and survivors of crime in New Brunswick. NBCC received the award for providing a collaborative environment for annual events such as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women and the St. Andrews Take Back The Night walk, and for supporting staff members to be active members of CCAPN.

“The events are powerful,” said Jaclyn Muir, Career and Wellbeing Counsellor at the St. Andrews Campus.

She became a CCAPN committee member after attending one of the organization’s events. The stories shared at the event to raise awareness and provide education encouraged her to reach out to the CCAPN to see how she could be part of their efforts.

Muir’s passion for the group’s work is shared by other NBCC staff members. Kate Akagi and Carolyn Cunningham are also involved as committee members.

Hospitality and Tourism Instructor Kim Garron got involved after walking past an event held on Campus. She recognized the need for the organization and its services, so she immediately set out to organize space and provide catering for events held at the Campus. Her efforts helped to enhance the space and provide a welcoming environment at the events.

“Kim’s collaborative efforts helped CCAPN ensure the events went off without a hitch,” said Muir.

With a vision of transforming lives and communities across New Brunswick, NBCC is committed to supporting staff and learners in community service initiatives. The College, through its Robertson Institute for Community Leadership, works closely with local partners in each of its Campus locations to provide engaging opportunities for service learning and volunteerism.

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