About My City: Charlotte County
Charlotte County is a rural area in South West NB. It is made up of a number of mainland communities - Saint Stephen, Saint George, Saint Andrews, Blacks Harbour and Beaver Harbour, and three island communities – Deer Island, Grand Manan and Campobello. It is characterized by its coastal nature and relies largely on fishing, aquaculture, tourism and manufacturing for industry.
About My Organization: Vibrant Charlotte County
To develop, oversee, coordinate and implement strategic initiatives and plans to reduce poverty and assist thousands of New Brunswickers to become more self-sufficient.
Through the collaboration of governments, business and non-profit sectors, people living in poverty and individual citizens, all men, women and children in New Brunswick shall have the necessary resources to meet their basic needs and to live with dignity, security and good health. Furthermore, all New Brunswickers shall be included as full citizens through opportunities for employment, personal development and community engagement.
By 2015, New Brunswick will have reduced income poverty by 25% and deep income poverty by 50% and will have made significant progress in achieving sustained economic and social inclusion.
My Collaborative: Charlotte County Community Inclusion Network
Charlotte County Community Inclusion Network (CCCIN) hosted 7 community consultations from October to December 2011 across the region, involving over 75 participants. Meetings were held at different locations on the mainland, Deer Island and Grand Manan, and a meeting with community members from Campobello was held by telephone conference. The objectives of the consultations were as follows:
1. To identify community assets and strengths in relation to poverty reduction
2. To identify opportunities to build on those assets to help reduce poverty in the region
3. To identify priorities in relation to poverty reduction in the region.
Information from all the community consultations was consolidated to form a primary reference base for the development of the directional plan