Bridging ports and communities

946675_527277710641449_1052265426_nWe love our community. It’s where we grew up.

That’s why Port Saint John wants to connect with the people who make our Port City such a vibrant place.

This weekend, Port Saint John president and CEO Jim Quinn and Greg Norton, City of Saint John councillor for Ward 1, will be travelling to Nanaimo, B.C. for the Association of Canadian Port Authorities (ACPA) annual general meeting. The Port City representatives will be sitting on a panel called Community Partnerships, with Norton’s visit supported by ACPA.

“This city grew up around Port Saint John and, as a port, we want to be able to give back to our city. I am pleased to be on the panel, sharing our example with other port authorities. ACPA supporting Councillor Norton’s participation is a clear signal that together Port Saint John and the City are recognized for our innovative approach to forging positive relationships,” Quinn said.

Investing in the local community is one of the pillars Port Saint John is built around. Annually, the Port contributes over $100,000 in cash and in-kind donations to local organizations, specifically those that improve the lives of children and families living below the poverty line.

Maybe you have come to one of our annual Community Day celebrations? This day of fun, held every June, is a chance for locals to visit the Port and enjoy some activities, a barbecue and more. The event raises funds for a local children’s charity and next year, you can join us for our fourth annual Community Day on June 8.

Norton said the relationship between the Port and the community is an important one in ensuring a safe, healthy and happy city.

“Our Port of Saint John is standout because it is where our region, city and respective communities meet global economic leaders and forces. Across the Saint John region, the port is invested in a network of economic, social and environmental partnerships that begin at the waterfront and positively impact whole communities and the people who live here,” he said.

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