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Family Resource Centre

About Us

The Saint John Family Resource Centre (SJFRC) makes a positive impact on many lives each year through our participant-focused programs and services.

We’ve provided parents and caregivers and their children from prenatal to age six the opportunity to socialize and learn in a comfortable, safe and relaxed atmosphere since 1984.

Our services and resources are enhanced by a wide range of local community organizations and levels of government partners.

The Family Resource Centre provides support in caring, friendly, open environments free of judgment or opinion. Participation in our programs is voluntary and open to all families from diverse backgrounds.

Meet The Team

Silvia Borsic - Executive Director

Silvia joined the FRC in 1997 as the Executive Director. This position allows her to combine her education and experience in business, community development and social work to partner with the community and with funders, to ensure that all parents can have access to best practice early childhood programs and services. When not working Silvia enjoys working with her rescue horses and growing organic vegetables and herbs.

Patricia Allan - Clark Program Coordinator

Patricia coordinates the Building an Early Start Together (BEST) project that links the FRC with Saint John's focus neighbourhoods. Involved in community development in Saint John for over 20 years, she joined the FRC in 2012. She loves seeing the children in our programs grow and learn new things, and rarely misses a chance to say hello to all of our families. When not at work, Patricia enjoys gardening and knitting.

Miranda Belliveau - Program Coordinator

Miranda joined the Family Resource team in 2014 as a Program Coordinator and has been busy facilitating the Centre’s popular playgroup programs. She currently facilitates two playgroups at Seaside Park Elementary School and one at Fundy Shores. Miranda takes great joy in getting to know our program families and looks forward to meeting you!

Beth Firth - Program Coordinator

Beth joined the FRC in 2018 as the Program Coordinator of the Rural Outreach Playgroup in Barnesville. She is a mom to two awesome kids and runs a small family farm in Titusville. She loves being active in her community and looks forward to meeting more playgroup families!

Brenda Gamble - Program Coordinator

As a Program Coordinator with the FRC, Brenda offers programs in Prenatal Newborn New Life and Parenting Classes, Life with Baby. Brenda brings valuable experience to these programs from her 37-year nursing background. She loves spending time with her two beautiful girls and loving husband and her pets. She loves hiking and enjoying the outdoors, especially the woods.

Carolyn Glenn - Program Coordinator

Carolyn has worked as Program Coordinator with the FRC since 2002. She currently facilitates a playgroup at Glen Falls School. Coming together with the many participants to foster healthy and strong families fills her with joy. She facilitates several FRC programs including parenting programs, book clubs, and literacy projects. In her spare time, she likes to grow flowers - food for her soul, cook, and read a good book in her hammock.

Karen Kincade - Program Coordinator

Karen joined the FRC in 2008 and has been an active member in the community supporting persons with disabilities for over 30 years. Karen enjoys sharing information through playgroups, literacy programs, and parenting programs at the Centre. She is passionate about helping children grow, learn, and be all that they are meant to be.

Wendy MacLellan - Program Coordinator

Wendy has been involved with the FRC since 1994. Prior to the FRC, Wendy worked as a registered nurse in pediatrics, obstetrics and geriatrics, and with pregnant and parenting teens. She has additional studies and research in mental health education and diabetes. Through Wendy’s love of life, people, and travel, she is always searching for tools, information and opportunities to share knowledge and experience. When she isn’t at work, Wendy loves travelling the globe with her husband.

Barb Muir - Program Coordinator

Barb joined the FRC in 2019 and coordinates rural and urban playgroups. Prior to this role she was a playground coordinator, a Community Development Officer with the City of Moncton, and ran her own private licensed daycare. Barb also has 10 years experience working in communications, journalism and marketing. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, sailing, volunteering in her community, and spending time with her husband, twin daughters, and dogs.

Janet Ring - Administrative Coordinator

Janet joined the FRC in 2018 and loves her career as an Administrative Coordinator, working in the community, for the community. Janet is the friendly face you see when you first come into the Centre, and she loves greeting the participants each morning as they arrive. Seeing the children progress and develop through the programs brings her great joy. In her spare time, she loves spending time on the river and at her camp, hunting, fishing and enjoying nature with family and friends.

Randi O'Brien - Custodian

Randi has been involved with the FRC since 1998 when she attended prenatal class with her daughter, and then play group. She is a great advocate for the Centre as a place to come, learn, play and meet other parents through the various programs offered. In fact, Randi loved us so much she decided to joined our staff as custodian in 2003! She enjoys watching the children in the programs grow, mature and learn as they get ready for the school years, and seeing their confidence build. When she is not at work, Randi loves doing anything outdoors. Her passions include hiking, kayaking, camping, swimming, skating, sliding, geocaching, and her cat, Skittles.

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