2020 Startup dates:
Dipper Harbour Playgroup – January 13
Seaside Park Playgroup – January 14, 16
All other playgroups and programs start the week of january 20
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 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 Family Resource Centre in 2018 as the Program Coordinator of the Rural Outreach Playgroup. Her busy playgroup is located 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!
Brenda Gamble - Program Coordinator
Brenda joined the FRC team in 2018. She offers the popular prenatal and postnatal programs. Her 37-year nursing career brings valuable experience to these programs. When not at work, she loves spending time with her two beautiful daughters, loving husband and her pets. She enjoys outdoor activities, especially hiking in the woods.
Carolyn Glenn - Program Coordinator
Carolyn has been employed with the FRC since 2002. The playgroup she facilitates is currently at Glen Falls School two days a week. Fostering healthy and strong families fills her with joy. She also provides 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 has been an active member in the community for over 30 years, supporting persons with disabilities. She joined the FRC 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.
Wendy MacLellan - Program Coordinator
Wendy has been involved with the FRC since 1994. Before this she worked as a registered nurse in pediatrics, obstetrics and geriatrics, and with pregnant and parenting teens. She has further education and research in mental health and diabetes. Her strong passion for life and people is evident wherever she goes. Wendy loves travelling the globe with her husband.
Barb Muir - Program Coordinator
Barb joined the FRC in 2019. She coordinates a playgroup in in Crescent Valley, and a rural playgroup in Browns Flat. Prior to this role she worked in communications and journalism for 10 years and ran a private licensed daycare. 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 from the business sector as an Administrative Coordinator and loves working in the community, for the community. Her friendly smile greets everyone who comes into the Centre. Seeing the children progress and develop through the programs brings her great joy. In her spare time, she loves spending time enjoying nature with family and friends.
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.