Celebrate those who help build healthy communities

November 5, 2021  |  6:00 PM  | Saint John Regional Y
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Red Triangle Recipient

Partners Assisting Local Schools – PALS

Over the past two decades, Greater Saint John businesses, community organizations and volunteers have partnered with schools, the Anglophone South School District and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development to enrich the education and open new doors for students both in and out of school. PALS has been and continues to be an important founding partner in this work.

PALS partnerships provide opportunities to complement the curriculum. They help support school staff as they work with students to shape new directions and to think and explore the broad spectrum of possibilities available during their school career and upon completion of high school.

One of their highlighted programs is PALS En Route to Success – a high school program developed in partnership with St. Malachy’s Memorial High School in partnership first with J. D. Irving, Limited and then with many community-based businesses and organizations, such as the City of Saint John, Port Saint John, Key Industries, Shurfit Auto Parts, Stew’s Cleaning Services, Coast Tire, and Loch Lomond Villa. The PALS En Route to Success program provides a high school learning opportunity that is project-based, hands on, and experiential. Students are given challenging responsibilities and have the opportunity to learn by doing. This year the program is pleased to expand to include Saint John High School.

PALS is a program that creates and facilitates beneficial partnerships between a school and local businesses, service agencies and/or community groups. The founding partners of PALS are Mr. James K. Irving, Chairman of J.D. Irving, Limited and the Saint John Education Centre of the Anglophone South School District. Established to help break the cycle of poverty for students living in identified priority neighbourhoods in Saint John, PALS combines initiatives that focus on academic achievement and a positive school environment. By working together, the school and its partners make a positive impact on the life of a child and the future of the community.

Leader to Watch Recipient

Dustin Leclerc

The Leader to Watch Award recipient demonstrates leadership and enthusiasm in their life, in learning and in volunteering in our community. In his former role as a Relationship Manager with the United Way, Dustin Leclerc successfully managed a $-1.78-million collective impact fundraising campaign involving 80 corporate entitles and hundreds of individuals.

Currently, Dustin is the Executive Director of Carleton Community Centre where he has re-energized important features of a priority neighbourhood in Saint John. Dustin is a passionate team player and an active volunteer for groups such as the Neighbourhood Action Group, Regional Resiliency Project, Greater Saint John Emergency Food Program, PRC – Living SJ and Fusion Saint John.

While he also has a lengthy and impressive history of devoting his time to the most vulnerable,

Dustin’s commitment to the community became widely recognized during the pandemic as he

spearheaded and galvanized an operation to feed children and youth during school shutdowns

because of COVID-19. Knowing that many children in the lower West side of Saint John would be greatly impacted by school shutdowns, Dustin raised funds and with a team provided meals to children who relied on school lunch programs to meet their basic nutritional needs. As a result of Dustin’s leadership, a great number of children and adolescents received meals that were desperately needed.

Dustin is a role-model every day, particularly for the children and adults of the lower West Side.

Whether it is playing volleyball, connecting with residents, or working with his team, Dustin inspires people to be their best selves. Dustin’s staff and the youth he serves revere, respect and admire him.

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All proceeds from the Red Triangle Awards will help fund our Strong Communities Campaign.

YMCA Strong Communities Campaign is an annual fundraising campaign focused on raising much needed resources to provide access to proven YMCA programs that give kids, youth, adults, seniors and families the opportunities they need to reach their potential and to live healthier, happier lives.

In 2021, your YMCA must raise $525,000 to support our community and ensure everyone has access to the Y.

At the Y we are building healthy communities through the power of belonging. We hope you will join us in supporting a healthier and stronger Greater Saint John.

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What is the Red Triangle?

The Red Triangle Gala is a time to reflect on those who have shown outstanding contributions to our community.

Join us on Friday, November 5th, 2021 at the Saint John Regional Y.

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Red Triangle and Leader to Watch Awards

The YMCA of Greater Saint John values the significant contributions that individuals have made in our society.  Since 1990, the Y has been recognizing individuals that have made a difference in the community.

The Red Triangle Award is presented in recognition of long and meritorious volunteer service, outstanding contributions and achievement within the Y or in the community. The recipient of this award has been an active volunteer and demonstrated a commitment to the community throughout their lifetime. They have made a difference to Canadian society.

The Leader to Watch Award is presented to an individual, 35 years or younger, who is a role model for youth in our community. This person demonstrates skills, enthusiasm and leadership in their work, in educational settings and as a volunteer in the community.

Many of the past recipients continue to serve the community on a daily basis.  Their commitment and dedication continues to inspire others to follow in their footsteps and it is very important that these extraordinary people be recognized.

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Red Triangle Award Criteria

The Red Triangle Award is presented in recognition of long and meritorious volunteer service, outstanding contributions and achievement within the Y and in the community.

The recipient of this award has:

  • Contributed to furthering the mission and values  of the Y of Greater Saint John;
  • Enhanced the work of the Y and/or other charitable organizations through philanthropy;
  • Demonstrated  social responsibility;
  • Been an active volunteer and demonstrated a commitment to the community;
  • Made a difference to Canadian society.

Leader to Watch Award Criteria

This individual (35 years of age or less) provides skilled and enthusiastic leadership in an educational, family, career or community setting.

This individual is:

  • Determined to lead, demonstrating their leadership skills at work and as a volunteer;
  • Willing to act and support the constructive actions of others;
  • A role model, encouraging and inspiring to other young people;
  • Participating in shaping the future of the community.


1990 James A MacMurray 2008 Cheryl Robertson
1991 Philip W. Oland Sheikh Bahauddin (Leader to Watch)
1992 Dr. G. Forbes Elliot 2009 Saint John Y’s Men’s Club
Elsie Wayne Eric Savoie (Leader to Watch)
1993 Ethel Flewelling 2010 Roly MacIntyre
George Stears Leah Richardson (Leader to Watch)
1995 Malcolm Somerville 2011 Dale Knox
1996 Dr. Mary Eileen Travis Taryn O’Neill (Leader to Watch)
1997 Harry Gaunce 2012 Erminie Cohen
1998 C. William (Bill) Stanley Stephany Peterson (Leader to Watch)
1999 Dr. Edward J. Doherty 2013 Sisters of Charity
2000 Clifford G. Warner 2014 Daryl Steeves
2001 Keith M. Wilson Danny Jardine (Leader to Watch)
William T. Gale 2015 BCAPI
2002 Lino Celeste Sarah Mudge (Leader to Watch)
Christopher Long (Leader to Watch) 2016 John K.F. Irving
2004 Patrick Darrah Craig Bell Estabrooks (Leader to Watch)
Dale Knox (Leader to Watch) 2017 Arthur Irving

John Fitzpatrick, Jr. (Leader to Watch)

2005 Jane Barry & David Barry

Janet Scott (Leader to Watch)

2018 Bill McMackin Stephen McMackin

Harry Daley (Leader to Watch)

2006 Richard Oland

Derek Riedle (Leader to Watch)

2019 Dr. Shelley Rinehart

Jennifer Brown (Leader to Watch)

2007 Brice Belyea, David Carlin, Blair MacDonald, Clark Sancton, Robert Vincent 2020 The Friars Family
Jeff Sparks (Leader to Watch) Katelyn Hunter (Leader to Watch)