Initiative & Partnership Development

The Collaborative strives to build connections with stakeholders in aging to support the development of partnerships and initiatives that address challenges and foster opportunities here in New Brunswick.

Cities Deepening Community

In 2019, the Collaborative became a member of the Vibrant Communities – Cities Deepening Community learning network. Cities Deepening Community is collective impact movement aimed at deepening a sense of community in our cities and is led and facilitated by the Tamarack Institute


Specifically, the Collaborative partnered with Tamarack to introduce a Local Deepening Community Initiative here in New Brunswick, as well as participate on the network’s Community if Practice (CoP) for peer learning and support.


What is the Local Deepening Community Initiative?

The Local Deepening Community initiative is a 6-step, structured action learning project designed to be led by the community, and to facilitate authentic citizen and community engagement. The goal of the project is to guide participants on how to engage their own community members in creating a shared vision and strategy for the future of their community, by hosting community conversations and utilizing tools to capture data and identify assets and priorities. Throughout the 6-stage process, Tamarack provides training and coaching on asset-based community development (ABCD) and how to authentically engage community with the local leadership teams.


Currently, the Collaborative is supporting two New Brunswick nursing homes leading these projects in their own communities as they work to strengthen connections within the larger community and the nursing home.


  • Forestdale Nursing Home – Riverside Albert, NB

  • Foyer Assomption – Rogersville, NB


Contact Collaborative Coordinator Erin Jackson for more information on this initiative.

Lieutenant Governor’s Excellence in Aging Award

In 2017, the Collaborative established a partnership with the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick to assume the secretariat role for the Lieutenant Governor’s Excellence in Aging Award. The award was established in 2012 by the then-Lieutenant Governor, Hon. Graydon Nicholas, to highlight and honour those who recognize the value and contribution of older adults in our communities.  ​


The award recognizes New Brunswick citizens, organizations, and communities that have had a unique and positive impact on the way people age in New Brunswick. This province has thousands of engaged citizens, professionals, activists, organizations and community groups who work diligently every day to support the aging experience. The passion demonstrated by both individuals and groups has the power to make significant impacts in communities across our province. 

2018 Award Recipients

  • Zoomers on the Go

  • Majella Dupuis

2017 Award Recipients

  • Tantramar Seniors College

  • Jean-Luc Bélanger​

Age-Friendly Recognition

The province of New Brunswick has a thriving Age-Friendly Community Recognition Program, led and overseen by the province’s Seniors and Healthy Aging Secretariat. Since 2017, the Collaborative has supported the program by participating on the Assessment Team for new and renewing communities.

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The Age Friendly Community movement encourages the establishment of policies, services, and structures that promote healthy aging and wellness. These actions enable seniors to live in secure, healthy environments where they can contribute fully in society. The program recognizes success and encourages communities and municipalities to take sustainable action towards becoming Age-Friendly. Learn more about the provincial program and communities that have been recognized as Age-Friendly here in New Brunswick.