It’s all about community
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:
What is the best solution for our aging schools?
How can we include 21st century learning in the plan?
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:
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.