It’s all about community

 Above are just some of the voices from the community that have contributed to the Sackville Schools 2020 movement over the past 3 years.

Above are just some of the voices from the community that have contributed to the Sackville Schools 2020 movement over the past 3 years.

 

It all started when…

In July of 2015, community members, including parents, educators, students, and concerned citizens, met to discuss the state of Sackville’s schools.

Here are the questions that sparked the Sackville Schools 2020 movement:

  1. What is the best solution for our aging schools?

  2. How can we include 21st century learning in the plan?

  3. How can this benefit the community, present & future?

Our aim is to be proactive: knowing that Marshview must close, we want to ensure that Sackville’s education model is designed by the community, for the community.

Our goal is to advocate for modern school facilities for the children of Sackville, present and future.

Over the past 3+ years, SS2020 has been researching education trends, consulting with experts, advocating for the community, and dreaming of the possibilities. Here’s a brief overview of what we’ve accomplished in that time:

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 Since 2015, SS2020 volunteers have consulted with educational experts and met political leaders, including the Hon. Dominic LeBlanc, MP, to discuss a community-based vision for education in Sackville.

Since 2015, SS2020 volunteers have consulted with educational experts and met political leaders, including the Hon. Dominic LeBlanc, MP, to discuss a community-based vision for education in Sackville.

 The community event “Sackville as an Integrated Education Community” brought together education experts from NB and beyond

The community event “Sackville as an Integrated Education Community” brought together education experts from NB and beyond

Supporter and advisors

Support for the SS2020 movement is widespread and includes:

  • Our MLA Megan Mitton and former MLA Bernard LeBlanc

  • MP Hon. Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs

  • Chris Treadwell, Assistant Deputy Minister of EECD

  • NB Business Council

  • Sackville Mayor, John Higham

  • Sackville Town Council (Strategic Plan, item 7)

  • Local business owners, including

    • Mike Wilson (CEO of AIL)

    • David Hawkins (communications consultant)

    • Ashford Management Group (Patrick Gillespie and James Dixon)

    • Fairwyn Development Group (Kirk McCullough)

    • John Lafford (J.N. Lafford Realty Inc.)

    • David Hunter (Karen Inc.)

    • Robert Lyon (Robert Lyon Graphics Inc.)

  • Greater Dorchester Moving Forward Cooperative

  • Robert Paterson (early childhood development advocate)

  • Greg Hasiuk (Educational Design Architect, Number Ten Architects)

  • James Seaman and Randy Fielding (Fielding Nair International Architects)

  • Stephen Hurley (Education Canada & EdCan Radio)

  • Stuart Baker (Planning Systems Consultant, Saint John)

  • Phil Jarvis (Transitions Canada National Youth Skills Strategy)

  • Hon. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell (former Senator)

  • Mount Allison University - Vice President Kim Meade

  • R-PEACE (Research Partnerships for Education and Community Engagement)

  • Harvard Graduate School of Education “Redesign Lab”


Wondering how a community can be involved in the design of a new school? Here is an example from Regina, SK, that shows how collaboration and consultation lead to success. Hear about how in the Cathedral neighbourhood, an innovative 21st century school replaced a cherished but unrepairable 100-year-old school building that served as a community's heartbeat.