NEWS RELEASE | Port Saint John a beacon of support to L’Arche

NEWS RELEASE | Port Saint John a beacon of support to L’Arche

Nov. 21, 2022.

SAINT JOHN – A growing partnership between L’Arche Saint John and Port Saint John is building a brighter future for adults with intellectual disabilities in the region.

“L’Arche is a community of welcome, but in the past year we have had the pleasure of being welcomed into the Port Saint John family. The Port’s commitment to community building and inclusion is a great source of support and joy for L’Arche Saint John,” says L’Arche Saint John Executive Director Zoël Breau.

The Port has generously donated $5,000 to L’Arche Saint John’s Brighter Futures Fund to sustain and grow L'Arche services to adults with intellectual disabilities. 

“We’re grateful for the Port’s investment in the future growth of L’Arche Saint John, and so thankful for its support of the L’Arche mission of making known the gifts of adults with intellectual disabilities,” Breau says.

The Port has been welcoming L’Arche into the Port community. At the Port Pod in the AREA 506 Container Village, custom postcards made by artists with intellectual disabilities are for sale to international tourists arriving by cruise.

The artists are part of Creative Connections, a day program and art studio run by L’Arche Saint John at 95 Prince William St. They were thrilled to have their artworks at the Port Pod, an interpretive centre for all things Port Saint John.

"L'Arche Saint John is an integral support for our community and we are pleased to sponsor their Brighter Futures Fund.  L'Arche provides programs that help build an inclusive future for Saint John and we thank them for that," says Craig Bell Estabrooks, President & CEO at Port Saint John.

The Brighter Futures Fund was launched in 2021 to sustain and grow L’Arche Saint John’s support to adults with intellectual disabilities.

Other foundational supporters of the Brighter Futures Fund include Moosehead Breweries, the Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception and Frank McKenna, the former premier of New Brunswick.

The endowment fund is hosted by the Greater Saint John Community Foundation. It allows anyone to donate any amount in support of L’Arche Saint John. Donations to the Brighter Futures Fund are not spent but instead grow the endowment.

For more information or to donate, visit

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For L’Arche Saint John media inquiries, please contact:
Zoël Breau, L’Arche Saint John
(506) 651-0266

For Port Saint John media inquiries, please contact:
Jane Burchill, Port Saint John
(506) 343-3707


L’Arche Saint John is a community of people with and without intellectual disabilities in Saint John. Founded in 2005, the non-profit operates McKim House on the city’s west side and the Creative Connections art studio and program at 95 Prince William St. It is part of a global organization. For more information, visit


Port Saint John is Atlantic Canada’s largest port by volume and a cornerstone of the New Brunswick economy thanks to its diverse cargo base and cruise tourism infrastructure.

PHOTO CAPTION 1: ​L’Arche Saint John presented an original painting made by artists at their day program, Creative Connections, to Port Saint John in thanks for the Port’s $5,000 donation to L’Arche. From left, the Port Community Co-ordinator Chisom Ezeh, L’Arche Saint John member Adrian Morgan and executive director Zoël Breau with Port Saint John CEO Craig Bell Estabrooks and Paula Copeland, Vice-President, Engagement & Sustainability at the Port. L’ARCHE SAINT JOHN PHOTO.

PHOTO CAPTION 2: Over the summer, the Port Pod in the AREA 506 Container Village showcased custom postcards designed by artists at Creative Connections, the L’Arche Saint John day program and gallery. From left, L’Arche members Kathryn Titus, Gray Gillies Mott, Jenn Desroches, Danielle King and Adrian Morgan. L’ARCHE SAINT JOHN PHOTO.

1 comment

This is fantastic – great initiative!

Lisa Weir

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