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.
These popular programs lead participants through fun and educational activities such as following recipes (A Recipe for Literacy and Community Kitchen), parenting programs (First Five Years, and Nobody’s Perfect) among others. For a full listing, please visit our “Programs” page.
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.
Meet Our Team +
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 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 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 has been employed with the FRC 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.
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.
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.
Natasha St-Coeur - Receptionist/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.
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.
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.
Courteney DeMerchant - 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”.
Website Working Committee Members:
- Silvia Borsic (Executive Director, SJFRC)
- Trevor Seely (Board Member)
- Loai Jaouni (Digital Specialist)