The Super Steel Band Bursary Fund

Known as the Lancaster Kiwanis Steel Band in the 70's, the Super Steel Band was a popular act at many local events and provided musical experiences for dozens of young musicians over the years. The Board has established a permanent fund to help post-secondary music students with an annual $1,000 bursary.

The board of directors of Saint John Super Steel Inc., which for seventeen years has overseen a local steel band for youth, established a $21,000 fund in December of 2002, The Super Steel Band Bursary Fund, with The Greater Saint John Community Foundation.

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The Marie Walsh Clock Fund

John Rogerson (1837 - 1925) was a Scotsman who immigrated to Saint John at age 12. He possessed great skills as a woodworker, artist and carver and was renowned on both sides of the Atlantic. In 1883 Rogerson conceived of a centennial clock as befitting the celebration of the Saint John’s 100th anniversary.

One hundred twenty-eight years after its crafting, Gregory Walsh donated the centennial clock to the City of Saint John, in loving memory of his wife of over fifty years, Marie I. Murphy Walsh. The terms of the agreement, with the city and the Greater Saint John Community Foundation, provide for its permanent display in the city’s official reception area, the Ludlow Room, at Saint John City Hall.

Eligibility

In order to ensure its security and preservation, Mr. Walsh has established a fund of $25,000 with The Greater Saint John Community Foundation. It provides for the clock’s proper maintenance and ongoing public enjoyment of it as a fitting part of our community’s heritage as the only known artifact dating from the City’s centennial. Any earnings from the permanent fund not required for the clock, is used for the ongoing charitable work of the Community Foundation and to improve the quality of life of the citizens of Greater Saint John. Mr. Walsh’s gift has been matched with a gift of $12,500 from the T.R. Meighen Foundation’s Community Advancement New Brunswick program. It was augmented by a bequest from Mr. Walsh to the Foundation’s Community Fund when he passed away in 2006.

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The Dr. Joseph & Renée Arditti Family Neurosciences Fund

Dr. Joseph and Renée Arditti emigrated from Turkey to Canada with their two children in 1962. After completing his residency at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Arditti began his neurosurgery practice at the Saint John General Hospital.  The Arditti Family Neurosciences Fund is in memory of their two children, son Eliezer, and daughter, Perla.

 Eligibility

Dr. and Mrs. Arditti are passionate about continuing education. The support and expertise nurses bring to the job inspired them to start a fund that would encourage nurses to seek further education. The award will go to a deserving nurse who is pursuing post-graduate studies in the fields of neurosurgery or neurology.

 How to Give

Contributors who wish to support awards for nurses studying in the neurosciences field are welcome to augment the Dr. Joseph and Renée Arditti Family Neurosciences Fund. 

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The Gregory J. Bangay Memorial Bursary Fund

Gregory Bangay was born in Saint John and grew up in Quispamsis with his parents, Donald and Brenda, brother Paul, and two sisters, Dana and Lou-Anne. On December 30th, 2009, at the age of 31, his promising life was cut tragically short.

 Eligibility

In honour of their son, Greg’s parents have established The Gregory J. Bangay Memorial Bursary Fund. Their wish is to contribute to the life and development of a young person as they pursue post-secondary studies. The award will support young mothers entering post-secondary education through the First Steps program. A deserving graduate will be selected annually for the award of $500.

 “Greg had a strong sense of social justice and felt deeply for those marginalized by poverty or circumstance," says his mother. "We hope this bursary will give a young mom and her babe more options in life. Greg always wanted to make a difference and we want to be his vehicle for change." 

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The Barbara & Don Ring Memorial Bursary Fund

Those who support the arts in Saint John likely remember the Ring Gallery. There, founder Barbara Ring sought out, promoted, displayed and admired local artist’s works that the community could also enjoy and purchase.

Stephen Ring and his wife Pamela inherited his parent’s extensive collection and, recognizing that it would be impossible to retain and display such a large trove of Saint John art, it seemed only natural to share and display the valuable array of works by Saint John artists.

 Eligibility

By sharing the proceeds of the exhibition and sale of the Ring Collection, future artistic talent will be nurtured and young people educated. "It is unique in the aid it will give to graduates of both Saint John and Harbour View High School who are pursuing post-secondary studies in the visual arts.

 Annual earnings from the fund will continue to provide financial aid for years to come to deserving and talented young people from our community, one which is rich in its artistic talent and traditions.

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The Belleisle Valley Health Centre Inc. Fund

Around 1950, a group of citizens from the Belleisle area banded and conceived of a plan to construct a home/office building for a medical practice, which would be offered to prospective physicians considering opening a practice in the area. The organization eventually incorporated and became known as the Belleisle Valley Health Centre Inc. Members of the founding group continue to serve on the Board.

The Belleisle Valley Health Centre Inc., after exhausting many avenues, reluctantly concluded it was necessary to dispose of the building.

Eligibility

Wishing to continue in a supportive role for the community, earnings from the proceeds of the sale have been directed to scholarships for graduates of Belleisle Regional High School, pursuing studies in the health field, for several years. Preference will be given to graduates pursuing studies in the health field but other candidates will also be considered for the three $1,000 annual awards, tenable at any post-secondary institution. The annual selection is made by senior staff of Belleisle Regional High School. 

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The Bill Gale Bursary Fund

Bill was born in Placentia, Newfoundland, and graduated from St. Edward’s High School in 1954 with a business diploma.  In 1990, after 39 years of service, he retired from the Royal Bank.  In his retirement, Bill formed consulting firm Gale Group Inc. and became a real estate consultant with Prudential Summit Real Estate Inc.

In 1997, Bill rallied local business leaders to address the issue of poverty and established the Business Community Anti-Poverty Initiative (BCAPI).  BCAPI involves 100 business leaders and professionals dedicated to reducing poverty in Saint John.

Eligibility

The proceeds from the fund will provide financial assistance to Saint John students who have completed high school, are in serious pursuit of post-secondary education, but are unable to access sufficient funding to begin, continue or complete their studies.

The applicant must be recommended by a spokesperson from a local school, community organization or neighbourhood group who knows the applicant well and can confirm the student’s potential to complete their chosen post-secondary program, the financial need of the student, and that the student has the support they require (from family, community and/or educational institution) to succeed.

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The Brian Lund Memorial Fund

Friends and family of Brian Lund referred to him as a GG (good guy). He established many valued friendships in his youth that extended throughout his adult years. Larger than life, he was always there to make them smile with a crazy story followed by his boisterous laugh. Brian had a huge heart and his generosity knew no bounds. His passion to help people shone through everything he did.

Growing up in Saint John West, along with his parents, Sally and Dr. Ed Lund, and brothers, Stephen, Michael, Sean and sisters, Susan, Kathryn and Maureen, he graduated from Saint Malachy’s High School and St. Thomas University. He enjoyed sports, martial arts, working out, and weekly visits to the movie theatre. He had an active interest in helping young people build self-confidence, and achieved this through his work with the Rainbows Program and similar mentoring programs at area high schools.

Brian lived life to the fullest – evident when he purchased a tent trailer in 2007 after convincing his wife, Roseanne (Rosy Maloney), and their children Jack and Sarina, that getting back to nature would be an incredible family adventure – and he was right! 

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The Carleton Kirk Lodge Fund

The Carleton-Kirk Church is one of Saint John’s most historic places of worship.  In the 1970’s, church and community came together, recognizing the need for affordable housing. In a few short years, they had successfully provided housing to seniors, and soon thereafter incorporated round-the-clock nursing care.

Carleton-Kirk Lodge is a 70-bed long-term care facility providing care for individuals nineteen years of age and older. It is the only nursing home located on the West side of Saint John.

In December 2009, the Carleton Kirk Lodge Fund was established by an inaugural gift by Eileen and Gordon Boyd.  The income from the Fund provides the nursing home with necessary funds to continue operation.

As our demographics change, there will be an increasing need for financial support to facilities which care for our aging population.

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The CFUW-Saint John Scholarship Fund

The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Saint John is a women’s organization that was established in 1924. The club is active in public affairs, working to raise the social, economic and legal status of women, as well as to improve education, the environment, peace, justice and human rights.

Eligibility

The Greater Saint John Community Foundation Board members and the Canadian Federation of University Women-Saint John celebrated local philanthropy and education on March 15, 2007. By donating $64,000 to The Greater Saint John Community Foundation, a new permanently endowed fund has been created by CFUW-Saint John. It will annually support three scholarships for women from the Saint John area who are or will be enrolled as full-time university students.

 The scholarships are:

  •  CFUW-Saint John Entrance Scholarship $1,000
  • Jean Flemming Memorial Scholarship for Mature Students  $1,500
  • Lillian D. and Charles R. Bone Memorial Scholarship for Post-Graduate Study  $1,500

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The Charles F.W. Starkey Memorial Scholarship Fund

Charles F.W. Starkey (1945-1996) was a native of Cambridge Narrows.  As a child he played the piano daily while waiting for the school bus. Charles, along with his sister Lynne, Richard J. C. Brown, Deborah A. Connell, Harvey A. Arbo and J. Terrence Stilwell came together as a group of talented musicians in the 1980's and '90's. When Charles Starkey became ill in 1995 and eventually passed away from cancer in 1996, they and others wished to honour him, his musical talents and contributions to the quality of life in the many places where he shared his music and other skills.

 Eligibility

The Charles F. W. Starkey Scholarship Trust was formed with the intention of supporting high school graduates of Cambridge Narrows who wished to pursue post-secondary education. Charles’ friends raised the funds for the Trust through a series of concerts over several years, investing the proceeds and using the earnings for the annual awards, benefitting many Cambridge Narrows students over the years.

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The Constable Royce Isenor Memorial Scholarship Fund

Constable Isenor was a native of Enfield, Nova Scotia, where he grew up with his eight siblings. His mother Mae is still living in the area. He was well-respected by his peers on the Saint John Force, never losing his enthusiasm or his passion for his chosen profession over his twenty-one year career. Constable Isenor was one of the forces most well-liked and respected officers.  He passed away in 1996, leaving his wife Margaret and two young sons, Curtis and Kyle.

Eligibility

Earnings shall be used to fund an annual scholarship for high school graduates from the Greater Saint John area entering UNB-Saint John the following fall. The selection will be made based on a combination of academic success, community leadership and financial need. Initially, the foundation shall award a one thousand dollar ($1,000) scholarship, earnings permitting.

Contributors to the Constable Royce Isenor Memorial Scholarship Fund can support scholarships through contributions to the Fund established in his memory at any time. The Greater Saint John Community Foundation is honoured to have been entrusted with this memorial scholarship fund in December, 2008. 

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The Cook Family Fund

In order to give back to the community, the Cook family of Saint John created a fund that supports the charity of their choice, along with a scholarship for UNBSJ students.

 Eligibility

The annual award, valued at a minimum of $2,000, will recognize the efforts of a Saint John area UNBSJ student with advanced standing, pursuing studies in English - a particular interest of the donors. Applications for the bursary are directed to UNBSJ.  Earnings from the permanently endowed fund may be directed to a Saint John area charitable organization.

 “It is encouraging to have generous community benefactors like this family come forward, who believe in Saint John and who intend to leave a lasting legacy here” said Lino Celeste, Chairman of the community foundation. “We find it doubly satisfying to help donors attain their charitable goals while adding to the pool of awards our local university can offer to Saint John area young people”

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The Doug Elliott H.O.P.E. Centre Fund

Douglas Elliott was born on January 29, 1937, the fourth son of Walter (Dates) and Charlotte (Logan) Elliott. For over 30 years, Doug devoted his time and talent to the development of youth through the Little League and his to church, Saint Joseph’s Parish.

Doug was a strong supporter of the H.O.P.E. Centre,  a multi-purpose centre providing community programs and services in Loch Lomond.

Upon his death, Doug left money to establish an endowment fund to serve the Centre for years to come.  The funds from this endowment will allow the H.O.P.E. Centre to continue to be a source of hope for many, and will serve as a vessel for others to contribute to the success of Saint Joseph’s. 

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The Dr. Malcolm M. Somerville Bursaries in Business Fund

Malcolm (Mac) Somerville was born in Saint John in 1921.  A graduate of Saint John High School, Mac became involved in the community at a young age with the YMCA of Saint John, where he later became president and was recognized with the Red Triangle Award in 1995. 

Throughout the years, Mac had a constant presence in community and business affairs including city planning and development. He was the recipient of various awards, including an Honourary Doctor of Letters Degree from the University of New Brunswick Saint John  in 1996 for his contribution to the Faculty of Business and for his recognition of the importance of a university presence in Saint John.

Eligibility

Mac’s sister Aileen Smith and brother, Graeme Somerville, started The Dr. Malcolm M. Somerville Bursaries in Business Fund in his honour, which will benefit business students at UNBSJ. 

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The Dr. J.P. and Anita McInerney Family Fund

Dr. James P. McInerney was born in Saint John, NB on November 18, 1903. A graduate of Saint John High School, he first attended the University of Edinburgh, graduating from McGill University with the degree of MD, CM in 1929. He became a surgeon and family physician who was widely known and respected in the community with a career spanning over fifty years. Dr. and Mrs. McInerney were very active and interested in community life. Their home parish was St. John the Baptist.

Eligibility

In 2005, Anita McInerney established The Dr. J.P. and Anita McInerney Family Fund in Dr. McInerney’s memory and to recognize his accomplishments and many contributions to the Saint John community. The fund supports the causes held close by her family.  Income from the fund will provide grants to health, education and social service charities.

Mrs. McInerney passed away in September 2011 in Sioux City, Iowa.  She leaves behind her daughter Elizabeth, son in law Mark Johnston and three grand children, James, David and Emily.

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The Ericka Low Fund

In October of 2007 Ericka Low passed away, too early and too soon to be able to fulfill all of her dreams and goals. Ericka was a professional musician with the Saint John String Quartet and the New Brunswick Symphony Orchestra and was very active in volunteering and fundraising activities dedicated to making music more accessible to underprivileged children.

A group of Saint John area supporters have established a permanently endowed fund with the Greater Saint John Community Foundation. They are engaging the community to generate support to pay tribute to the talented young musician who made Saint John her chosen home.

Supporters of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra Foundation and the Greater Saint John Community Foundation for youth-oriented programs are welcome to contribute to the Ericka Low Fund. The Greater Saint John Community Foundation is honoured to have been entrusted with the fund in July 2009.

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The Faye Somers Fund

Faye Somers has been a longtime resident and supporter of Greater Saint John. As an educator for over thirty-five years, businesswoman, author, historian, supporter of the arts and music, leader in the hairdressing profession and an active and contributing community member, she wishes to give something back to her community. Her parents were a guiding influence in her life and supporters of higher education.

Eligibility

Faye, with the Greater Saint John Community Foundation, has established a permanent endowment fund in her name in recognition of her commitment to her parents, her sister, Joy, and the Greater Saint John area. It shall be used by the Foundation in support of its objects and purposes in Greater Saint John, and in particular, for charities which support individuals with disabilities.

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The Garfield T. Meltzer - Jewish War Veterans Scholarship Fund

Garfield Theodore Meltzer was born in Saint John, New Brunswick June 29, 1922 and passed away, April 26, 2008. Gar believed in working hard, doing one’s best and realizing the fruit of one's labours for family and community. He was a kind, generous and ever-courteous man who had an indomitable spirit.

Eligibility

In honour of their beloved family member, The Meltzer family established The Garfield T. Meltzer – Jewish War Veterans Scholarship Fund with the Greater Saint John Community Foundation. It will support an annual scholarship, on a merit basis, at any post-secondary institution, for a graduate of Saint John High School entering first year at any post-secondary institution.

The intent is to assist local students exhibiting academic success and community service, who demonstrate the spirit of kindness, honesty, integrity, public service and dedication to family, community and country.

Applicants must include a 750 word essay on “Why we should remember the Veterans of WWII: the ongoing struggle against bigotry, discrimination and genocide” with their application. 

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