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Family Resource Centre


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about us

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 testimonial

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 - Program Manager

Patricia joined the FRC in 2012 after more than 20 years working in community development in Saint John. She is our Program Manager, supporting all the playgroups and parenting programs, and promoting the FRC programs in our community. Seeing children grow and learn new things is exciting 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!

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.

Jennifer Scovil- Program Coordinator

As a stay-at-home mother/ childcare provider/ participant of the FRC Playgroup for the past 10 years, Jennifer was excited when the position became available in her community, the Browns Flat area. Bringing people together and watching her community blossom brings great joy to her. Most of her time is spent with her 2 young girls, husband, family, and friends. She enjoys attending concerts, volunteering in her community, being a leader at her local Sparks unit and working on their land to make it a home in the future.

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.

Courteney DeMerchnt- Program Coordinator

Courteney has a passion for empowering humans, she is especially interested in women’s issues. She will be acting as the program coordinator for the pre- and post-natal classes. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton University, she is also a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. Her favorite things are making people laugh, quality time with her family – including her three cats and spending time in nature. The quote she lives by is: “A jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one”.

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.​

Samantha Middleton- Program Coordinator

Samantha has been coming to playgroup since 2013 with her own children and has recently joined our team as a Playgroup Coordinator for the North End Playgroups. She is beyond thrilled to start this new adventure and provide support and resources to her community. She has worked very closely with Talk with Me as well with Autism Intervention services. She believes all children should be treated equality and understands that children develop at their own speed. She is the mother to, two small children as well as a wife. In her free time, she loves taking care of her many animals from cats, rats, ferrets, and dogs. She also has a small jungle that she enjoys reading in or just sitting in reflexing on the day. She is also registered tap/jazz/lyrical/hip hop dance teacher and enjoys her own recreational classes every week.

Administrative Coordinator

(Position currently Open)