The New Brunswick Association for Community Living (NBACL) is continually looking for new ways to reach more people across the province to share the NBACL story and how the Association impacts communities big and small. One of the ways of achieving this is through NBACL 101 information sessions.
“An NBACL 101 is a quick, one-hour session where we introduce others to the important work we do. It could be a new group of people who know nothing about us, a family or individual we support so they can see the larger scope of our work or even people who already have attended before and want to be re-introduced and updated on what we’re currently doing,” said Debbie Thomas, NBACL’s Development Coordinator. “During the session we share some impactful stories from the people we’ve supported to help those in attendance better understand what we do and who we assist.”
The sessions are held in communities all over New Brunswick, and are an effective way to introduce new people to the Association who may not be familiar with the programs and services NBACL offers to those with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
“We’re finding there are a lot of people who don’t necessarily know who we are. They’ve heard our name before, but just aren’t connecting the dots back to the programs and services we offer. The NBACL 101 events are an amazing opportunity to give a quick snapshot of the NBACL mission and important work we do that benefits so many,” Thomas said.
An NBACL 101 event is only one hour in duration.
“We’re not soliciting donations at the event, we’re simply there to inform and educate with the goal of making sure as many people as possible know about NBACL and the work we do in communities all over the province,” Thomas continued.
Anyone can attend and attendees are encouraged to bring a friend. The events also are great for employers to offer as a “lunch and learn” opportunity for staff as a way to introduce them to NBACL and how the on-going mission of ending exclusion in New Brunswick. The sessions can be adjusted to accommodate almost any group or workplace. The time can be shortened or lengthened as needed.
If you’d like to attend an NBACL 101 information session, there are four sessions coming up in November and December in Fredericton and Saint John. The Fredericton sessions are happening on Wednesday, November 14 and Monday, December 10 both from noon to 1 p.m. at NBACL’s office located at 800 Hanwell Road. In Saint John, the first session is Friday, November 23 and Friday, December 14 from 12 to 1 p.m. at 37 Hanover St Suite 100. The NBACL 101 events are completely free to attend, the only thing you need to do is RSVP.
If you live outside these areas and are interested in hosting an NBACL 101 information session, you’re encouraged to gather some friends, family or co-workers and reach out to either Debbie Thomas.
“Some of the best 101 info sessions happen in private homes with friends, family or co-workers of the host attending. It’s a more intimate setting and some really great conversations happen. We love it when someone reaches out to arrange a 101 in their home or even their business or workplace,” Thomas said.
If you’d like more information about any of the upcoming NBACL 101 information sessions or to learn more about hosting one, get in touch with Debbie Thomas at 1-866-622-2548.