PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES
Experts (dialogue) in Residence
In order to develop a provincial action plan, Dialogue NB is creating a Residency Expert Program. Its purpose is to anchor Dialogue NB’s mission in a solid foundation and to establish activities based on the recommendations gathered.
The objectives are clear and precise;
- Identify common goals, shared values and factors and mechanisms that define NB’s social cohesion;
- Propose a social cohesion strategy;
- Develop performance indicators;
- Propose pilot projects aimed at fostering social cohesion in our province while identifying positive links between our communities.
* Those mandated to carry out this mission will be announced later this year. *
Communities Dialogue NB
This program targets 104 communities in New Brunswick and aims to foster dialogue at the local level. In concrete terms, this program aims to create a provincial network of like-minded individuals who will be ready to contribute positively to the social cohesion agenda in their community.
Already 20 communities have indicated interest in participating in this initiative.
Dialogue New Brunswick is taking a decidedly community-based approach by launching the Dialogue Communities program. “Our goal is to create an environment where New Brunswickers of all backgrounds feel accepted, valued and understood”, says Nadine Duguay-Lemay, CEO of Dialogue NB. “It’s important that communities themselves play a leadership role because the 104 municipalities all have their own particular challenges and opportunities. More and more mayors and other local leaders are stepping up and we want to partner with them. We can have the most impact at the community level.”
Joining the program comes with a commitment to set objectives of promoting a sense of belonging and trust among the diverse groups within the community while fighting marginalization and exclusion. Communities will appoint a Dialogue Community Leader and form a Social Cohesion Committee tasked with finding ways of overcoming challenges to cohesion in their communities and organizing events that promote it. Dialogue NB will organize annual provincial symposiums for local leaders and provide ongoing support including toolkits, event templates and a visible presence on social media platforms. The recruitment process is underway and several municipalities have already expressed acute interest.
Youth Social Cohesion Lab
Young Promoters of Change
The first initiative from our Youth Lab is our quest for Young Promoters of Change. We are looking for 7 young people (aged 15 – 30 years old) that have an idea or project to be implemented in 7 communities in 7 months time. With the support of Jean-Marc Landry’s innovation team at Atlantic Lottery / Loto Atlantique, the lab will enable you to test, learn and refine your concept. We will provide the training, resources and mentorship with Moncef Lakouas to make your project a reality. Thank you to National Bank for being a partner of this initiative.
Dialogue Cafe – pilot project
The purpose of this activity is to celebrate linguistic and cultural plurality while facilitating opportunities to learn another language and to interact with another culture. Dialogue recognizes that the language is imbued with the culture of the speaker, these cafes are original opportunities to learn and discover the cultural peculiarities surrounding the language taught by the participants.
Inspired by similar initiatives elsewhere in the world, Dialogue NB will provide a place and framework for connecting individuals interested in learning a language and teaching one of their own. (The match between the participants will be done by Dialogue NB.)
The dates and time of the cafes, as well as the location will be shared soon.
* Registration details will be available shortly *