The Saint John Family Resource Centre (SJFRC) makes a positive impact on many lives each year. Parents and caregivers of children from prenatal to age six can take part in the many programs and services we provide.
Services and resources are enhanced through a wide range of local community organizations and government partners.
Families receive opportunities to socialize and learn in a comfortable, safe and relaxed setting since we began in 1984. Furthermore, support is given in a caring, friendly, and open environment free of judgment or opinion. Above all, participation in our programs is voluntary and open to all families from diverse backgrounds.
“…Playgroup is more than just a place for my children to get socialization. They get to play and learn while I get to talk to other parents… get helpful advice and tools to teach and prepare my children for school, and play with my children.” – Melissa (Read more testimonials)
Meet The Team
Silvia Borsic - Executive Director
Silvia joined the FRC as the Executive Director in 1997. This role combines her education and experience in business, community development and social work to partner with the community and funders. As a result, all parents can have access to best practice early childhood programs and services. When not working Silvia enjoys spending time with her rescue horses and growing organic vegetables and herbs.
Patricia Allan-Clark - Project Coordinator
Patricia coordinates the Building an Early Start Together (BEST) project for the FRC. She joined the FRC in 2012 after more than 20 years experience working in community development in Saint John. Watching the children in our programs grow and learn new things is important to her. And she rarely misses a chance to say hello to families when they arrive. 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. Since then she continues to facilitate and grow the Centre’s popular playgroup programs. She currently coordinates two playgroups - one on the West Side,l and one at Fundy Shores Elementary School in the Point Lepreau area. Miranda takes great joy in getting to know our program families and looks forward to meeting you!
Beth Firth - Program Coordinator
Beth joined the Family Resource Centre in 2018 as a Program Coordinator. Her busy playgroups are located in East Side Saint John and rural outreach in Barnesville. This mom to two awesome kids also runs a small family farm in Titusville when she is not at work. She loves being active in her community and looks forward to meeting more playgroup families!
Carolyn Glenn -Program Coordinator
Carolyn has been employed with the SJFRC since 2002. Fostering healthy and strong families fills her with joy. In her spare time, she likes to grow flowers - food for her soul, cook and read a good book in her hammock.
Randi O'Brien - Custodian
Randi has been involved with the FRC since 1998 when she attended prenatal class and playgroup with her daughter. A great advocate for the Centre, she joined our staff as custodian in 2003. She enjoys watching children in the programs grow, mature, build their confidence and learn. When not at work, Randi loves doing anything outdoors, and her cat, Skittles.
Karen Kincade- Program Coordinator
Karen has been an active member in the community for over 30 years, supporting persons with disabilities. She joined the SJFRC in 2008. Sharing information through playgroups, literacy programs, and parenting programs at the Centre are important to Karen. She is passionate about helping children grow, learn, and be all that they are meant to be.
Mariam Parekh - Program Coordinator
Mariam has been working in the education field for 6 years. She completed her Bachelor of Education degree with honors. Her career goal is to ensure that each child has an enriching environment in which she will meet the needs of their development. She also believes it is important for children to form positive relationships in inclusive environments. She is excited to work with the SJFRC, which aligns with her personal philosophy. She looks forward to learning and facilitating families within the Saint John Community.
Natasha St-Coeur - Administrative Assistant
Born and raised in this community, Natasha is thrilled to be apart of the FRC team. Over the years she has worked with the public. Natasha loves nothing more than meeting new people and seeing all the little faces come in brings her so much joy. Being the first and last face people see when coming and going at the FRC is what she was meant to do. When not at work she is busy spending time with her three boys who are always on the go, or out with her dog Trigger for a long walk.