Using a holistic educational model that includes all aspects of self – mental, physical, emotional, social, creative, and spiritual, EFryNB aspires to provide a variety of opportunities for women and gender-diverse people to participate in health and wellness activities.
Women and Children
Mother-Child Read Aloud
Through on-site visits at the federal Nova Institution for Women, we foster connection between mothers and their children separated by incarceration through the love of books and reading. In this program, mothers are recorded reading aloud and the recordings and books are sent back to their children and the children’s caregiver. The Literacy Coalition of NB recognized the value of this program by awarding EFryNB with the 2018 Dr. Marilyn Trenholm Counsell Literacy Award for Early Childhood Literacy.
Shared Reading as a Tool for Supporting Caregivers of Children Experiencing Maternal Incarceration
Dalhousie University in partnership with EFryNB will develop resources to be included in packages of books and recordings sent to children and caregivers in the Mother Child Read Aloud program. It is anticipated that caregivers will participate more actively in shared reading with the children in their care, enjoy improved engagement and interaction with the children, establish a foundation of literacy, and strengthen relationships.
Women and Gender-Diverse People
Individual’s Journeys to Health and Wellness
EFryNB supports women and gender-diverse people to address challenges of family violence, poverty, cultural change, addictions, unemployment, gender issues, single parenting and conflict with the law that affect their personal lives. This program offers a holistic educational model to offer support and bring about both personal and social change.
Singing My Way Home
Singing My Way Home Project offered ways to ease some of the detrimental effects experienced by individuals who are incarcerated, in this case, at the New Brunswick Correctional Centre in Miramichi. People’s choices to break the law are usually made in circumstances where there are few alternatives to provide for themselves or their families. Women and gender-diverse people also place a high value on the importance of relationships and of mothering in their lives, yet nearly two-thirds of incarcerated women were the primary caregivers of their children at the time of their arrest. Women report feelings of despair, anxiety, decreased self-esteem, and depression.
EFryNB introduced song writing to women at NBWCC to provide opportunities for them to experience positive choices for themselves and turn negative events and feelings into something healing and meaningful. Through song writing, sharing stories, singing, laughter and tears, 4 co-facilitators/songwriters—Rachael Grant, Moon Joyce, and Mi’gmaq Gopit Clan Mothers, Cynthia and Constance Sewell—invited people to connect with others and feel a sense of empowerment and purpose.
With Symphony NB, Moon and Rachael shared women’s songs and stories at a concert at NBWCC and at the Imperial Theatre in Saint John with guest singers Elder Maggie Paul and Jessica Rhaye. Music was scored by Andrew Reed Miller of SNB. The project was supported by the National Arts Council.
Creative Pathways to Healthy Aging: Seniors and Youth Engage.
An arts-based intergenerational learning (ABIL) project that uses the arts as a vehicle to provide an opportunity for knowledge exchange, artistic expression, enhanced social wellness, and community building between seniors and youth.
Grandmothers for Babies
“Grandparents” are paired with mothers who have been recently released in the community and are reunited with their babies to provide baby/toddler clothing and other grandmotherly treats.
Bridging the Gap
Connecting Generations invited youth and seniors to share stories of their childhoods through the ever-popular speed-dating concept.