On Saturday August 25th, Saint John Transit arranged a “Stuff the Bus” with school supplies event at both the Walmart Saint John East and West locations.
“We are very pleased to work with both partners on this initiative to provide school supplies to children who are not able to provide their own either as school starts or throughout the year,” said Deborah Fisher, Program Coordinator for PALS (Partners Assisting Local Schools.)
Two of our IT Division’s newest members Rosemary Fadare and Christine Eruokwu, who also brought her daughter, donated time out of their weekend for this event.
“Education is believed to be the most potent weapon against poverty,” said Christine Eruokwu, Business Analyst for JDI. “Volunteering with the PALS program provides a unique opportunity for me to empower our future leaders through education. I'm a business professional today because someone invested in my education; as such, I'm obliged to give back.”
“Why do I volunteer? If we can pause a minute or two to think about the needs of others and not just ourselves, we would put smiles on people’s faces, probably set off a chain reaction of goodwill and hopefully, make the world a better place,” said Rosemary Fadare.
Christine and Rosemary were also joined by JDI Employees Kim Kilpatrick, Lorrie Johnson and Louis Chouinard. The JDI employees joined other volunteers from Saint John Transit, local schools, PALS and Ambulance NB, proving that it does “take a village to raise a child.”
The PALS program began in 2000 as a way to help children in New Brunswick reach their full potential and is an internationally and nationally honoured anti-poverty initiative. Through PALS and Bowl for Kids, JDI employees have raised one million dollars in the past ten years for local children. As part of the PALS program, employees from many companies, including JDI are allowed time from their work day to volunteer with local schools to help with literacy, mentorship and education enrichment.