The Bathurst Public Library's bilingual children's program, run by two university students, has drawn record numbers.
"Most of the activities, which are capped at 20, are capped almost every day," said summer student Stephen Perreault.
The activities include reading, of course, and hands-on learning, like arts and crafts, and gardening.
All interaction and instruction is done in both English and French.
"We both speak French and English," said Danielle Doucet, another student running the program.
"A lot of them are shy when they first come in and then they make friends and they speak different languages but they kind of learn to communicate with each other."
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Cathy MacLaggan recognized for long time service to the Fredericton public library board.
Hadeel Ibrahim, Fredericton Daily Gleaner
July 19th, 2016
Cathy MacLaggan was recognized for longtime service to the Fredericton Public Library Board at a recent community services committee meeting.
Coun. John MacDermid presented her with the certificate. He said she’s been on the board since 2004, and was chair from 2008 to June 2016.
“Cathy volunteered as the tireless champion of all the public libraries in Fredericton. She’s instrumental in developing a comprehensive road map in improving services for the community and invited Frederictonians to look at our libraries in a whole different way,” he said.
MacLaggan said it’s been a great experience.
“It’s been an honour and a privilege to work with city staff and city council and library staff and board members,” she said.
MacDermid said MacLaggan has worked on a project that resulted in the downtown library expansion by one third.
“It’s certainly not just my effort … It’s something that only happens when people are committed to a vision, a dream if you like, of making a better library for our community,” MacLaggan said.
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Seven New Brunswick students honored for Research and Academic performance.
Ernesto Carranza , Fredericton Daily Gleaner
July 21st, 2016
Seven recipients of the 2016 O’Brien Foundation Fellowship were honoured during a reception at Government House Wednesday evening.
The fellowships are given out each year to help New Brunswickers who want to further their education in graduate studies and eventually return to New Brunswick to contribute back to the province.
Roxann Guerrette was one of the fellowship recipients. She said she was proud to be recognized for her work in the biomedical field.“Having scholarships like [the O’Brien Foundation Fellowship] in New Brunswick helping students helps with research,” said Guerrette. “Knowing my research in funded helps me and other students stay in the province and entices people to do their research here.”
Guerrette, 26, intends to pursue breast cancer research through her fellowship in personalized medicine and aspires to be a researcher in New Brunswick.
“I work on cancer and New Brunswick has the highest prevalence in Canada when it comes to cancer,” said Guerrette. “So it is really important to have the support from the O’Brien Foundation to continue our research.”
Guerrette is also the president of l’Université de Moncton’s student council and has been known to help and advise Donald Arseneault, Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour.“Me and Donald are working together to figured out how to work the Tuition Access Bursary [TAB] program and the Student Employment Experience Development [SEED] program,” said Guerrette. “It’s great to be recognized because it’s nice to have research but it is also nice to receive a tap on the back and hear ‘the job your doing is really contributing to the province’ and that’s awesome to hear.”
Barry Miller, executive director for the O’Brien Foundation, said he looked forward to the reception every year to meet the new alumni and talk to the previous fellowship recipients as well.
“Today we have 19 alumni of the O’Brien Foundation Fellowship returning and honouring the 2016 recipients and celebrate their achievements,” said Miller. “I got mine in 1977 and studied at the University of Florida and I always look forward to talking to these bright and wonderful people.”
Lt.-Gov. Jocelyne Roy-Vienneau was also there presenting the fellowships to the recipients and spoke to the recipients on their accomplishment.
“Today’s recipients joined an incredibly of alumni made up of doctors, artist researchers, authors, and the list goes on,” said Roy-Vienneau. “I have read the list of recipients this year and I must say I am impressed, congratulations.”
Since 1975, the foundation has granted more than 300 fellowships and the total value of the awards granted in these years is more than $1.5 million.
©Daily Gleaner 2016