District Community Fund

In 2019, the New Brunswick Medical Society (NBMS) established the District Community Fund (DCF) with the goal of supporting local projects, programs, and associations within each of the ten medical districts in New Brunswick. These districts include the Capital Region, Moncton, Saint John, Miramachi, Restigouche, Carleton-Victoria, St. Croix, Madawaska, King’s County, and Acadie-Bathurst. 

Each year, the NBMS’ Health Policy, and Promotion Committee (HPP) selects a theme that resonates with the pressing concerns in New Brunswick communities. From supporting seniors to combating food insecurity and ensuring safety, these themes mirror the diverse challenges in our province. 

In partnership with the local district medical societies, the NBMS identifies projects that align with the chosen theme. This partnership not only ensures that the allocated funds are utilized effectively but also strengthens the bonds within the medical community. The list of projects is shared with the members of the local district medical societies who vote to determine the recipients of the funding. Once the initiatives have been selected, the organizations are contacted to allocate funding. The organizations are also asked to share photos of their current initiatives and work which are highlighted on the NBMS social channels.  

The HPP committee selected “Safe Housing” as the 2024 theme, reflecting the critical need to address housing insecurity in New Brunswick. Organizations dedicated to providing emergency shelters, transitional housing, and support for those who are unhoused were selected to receive funding. Among the recipients were Women in Transition House, Beausejour Family Crisis Resource Centre (The Courage Centre), Outflow Men’s Shelter, Miramachi Emergency Centre for Women Inc, Maison Notre-Dame House Inc, Sanctuary House, Fundy Region Transition House, Escale MadaVic, Sussex Vale Transition House, L’Accueil Sainte-Famille, and Bathurst Emergency Shelter. 

The DCF stands as a testament to the transformative power of collective action. By fostering collaboration, empowering local initiatives, and championing meaningful change, the NBMS remains committed to building healthier, more resilient communities across New Brunswick.