20 Years of Brighter Futures

This year Brighter Futures celebrates 20 years. Thank-you to all those past, present and future that have helped to shape who we have become.


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Brighter Futures is born ...

During the development phase of Brighter Futures in 1994, Joan Heffernan was the Development Coordinator and in November 1995 when our programs began, Maureen Reddigan became the first Program Coordinator.

November 1994
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Family Resource Programs Begin

Brighter Futures began Family Resource Programs in St. John’s during November 1995 in five partner sites; Froude Avenue Community Centre, Buckmasters Circle Community Centre, Mac Morran Community Centre, Virginia Park Community Centre and Rabbittown Community Centre.

November 1995
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First Playgroup and Healthy Baby Club

Brighter Futures offered its first Playgroup and first Healthy Baby Club during November 1995.

November 1995
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Bell Island Boys and Girls Club Partner with Brighter Futures

Early in 1996 Bell Island Boys and Girls Club and Kenmount Park Community Center came on as partners and Brighter Futures commenced Family Resource programs from those sites.

1996
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Brighter Futures Expands to Central St. John's and Paradise

During 2001 Brighter Futures expanded to Central St. John’s and Paradise with the funding received from Provincial Health and Community Services under the Early Childhood Development Initiative (ECDI).

2001
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Did you know ...

Brighter Futures was the first federally funded Community Action Program for Children in the Province (CAPC) to receive Provincial Funding from the Early Childhood Development Initiative (ECDI).

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Over the years Brighter Futures expanded to include our current 21 partners such as the Eastern School District and the Town of Torbay.

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Rod Driscoll served as the Executive Director of Brighter Futures for over 15 years. Rod and Bernice Hancock from Stephenville’s Community Action Committee for Southwestern Newfoundland, partnered, which developed into a Provincial Association of CAPC family Resource centers.

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Brighter Futures received many Federal and Provincial Government grants over the years in the areas of Wellness, Job Creation and Literacy to expand and enhance services and supports to families.

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There were and continues to be many individuals from parents to government representatives including volunteer Board Members, involved in Brighter Futures success. There are too many to mention individually, it is however; our pleasure to thank them all for their dedication to our programs.

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