A provincial Steering Committee came together to plan and implement a coordinated community approach to inform and educate the public about family violence problems and solutions.
The committee was made up of a variety of community organizations and government departments. Members agreed to work together to motivate grassroots public awareness of family violence initiatives around the province.
The initiative was funded by Health Canada, with in-kind support from the Government of New Brunswick and resource assistance form the YWCA
In keeping with the underlying principle of promoting and supporting community-driven initiatives, the Government of New Brunswick relinquished the co-chairs position and administrative duties in 1996.
Committee took on the name Provincial Caring Partnerships Committee
Government of the New Brunswick continued to support the project with a three year funding arrangement. Other contributions came from sources such as the NB Advisory on the Status of Women, the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation and the Solicitor General of Canada along with in-kind contribution of committee members.
Committee keeps the co-chair model. Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation (MMFF), a provincial charity with the mandate to eradicate family violence through action research and public education, agrees to act as co-chair and administration of committee. Efforts are continuing to maintain existing communities and encourage new communities to join the network.
Role of the Committee
A Provincial Committee of community and government representatives oversees this province-wide initiative. The Committee provides support, resource assistance, and co-ordination. It also fosters networking opportunities, sharing of best practices and public awareness and advocacy on family violence issues generally.
Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research
PO Box 4400
John Howard Society –
Saint John, NB
Stacy Coy, PCPC Co-Chair
Community Development Coordinator
Canadian Red Cross
Phone: 458-8445 ext. 2260
Deborah Doherty, PCPC Communication Chair
Public Legal Education and Information (PLEIS – NB) Service of New Brunswick
PO Box 6000
Acting Executive Director
CHIMO Helpline Inc.
PO Box 1033
Susan Gavin, PCPC Recruitment and Retention Chair
Department of Justice & Consumer Affairs
PO Box 6000
Executive Council Office
Women’s Issues Branch
PO Box 6000
Sartain MacDonald Building
Therese Murray, PCPC Co-Chair
Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation
678 Windsor St. (UNB Campus)
PO Box 50,000
Bill Patrick, PCPC Public Awareness Event Chair
Gender Justice Collaborative
Sgt. Tammy Ward
Dept. of Family and Community Services
551 King St. .
RCMP “J” Division
PO Box 3900
Ad hoc Members
Ombudsman/Child & Youth Advocate
548 York St.
Youth in Transition Inc.
John Howard Society
Partners for Youth – Making Waves/Vague par Vague NB
535 Beaverbrook Ct. Suite B-10
Phone: 462-0323 or 474-1666