New initiative launches October 26 with event in Saint John featuring Candy Palmater and Radio Radio

Written by Lisa Hrabluk

Best-selling author. Award-winning journalist. Purpose-led entrepreneur. Find me hanging out where culture, people and ideas collide.

October 5, 2017

Adults in New Brunswick have been trying to solve the province’s population decline population for two decades; on Oct. 26 young people are taking it over.

Join us Thursday October 26, 2017 at Harbour Station in Saint John, N.B. for the launch of My NB 150, a Canada 150 NB initiative. My NB 150 is by, for and about young people in New Brunswick and how they want to make their communities better.

How to get involved


My NB 150 is free for schools to participate. It is open to public, private and home-schooled students and educators.

Parents and Community Volunteers

We’re looking for volunteers to help on Oct. 26 at Harbour Station in Saint John.

Non-profits and local businesses

Join us on October 26 at Harbour Station with an information booth to connect directly with students interested in learning more about how what you do and how they can get involved in your organization’s work. It’s an opportunity to connect directly with students from across New Brunswick to inform them about what you do and possible career and/or educational paths you offer that will help young people build their future in New Brunswick.

“The My NB 150 initiative is an exciting opportunity for New Brunswick students. One of the objectives of our 10-year education plans is to foster leadership, active citizenship and an entrepreneurial mindset. The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is committed to creating additional opportunities for students to demonstrate initiative and show leadership. My NB 150 aligns with government’s goal to make New Brunswick the best place to live, work and raise a family.”

Honorable Brian Kenny

Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development


Because right now New Brunswick has one very big problem: its young people do not believe they have a future here in New Brunswick – and neither do an increasing number their parents. The province’s working age population is decreasing and New Brunswick is at risk of being left behind in the race to adapt to the world’s current pace of change.

Let’s admit it, this has a lot of us worried and a little bit angry. We can all feel the tension in our communities because it surrounds us – on our devices and in our conversations with colleagues, customers, friends and family. It is all-encompassing and we feel powerless to stop it. But we have to. And together we can lead this change, with a little wicked thinking.

My NB 150 is a signature Canada 150 NB initiative.

It is co-hosted by Wicked Ideas, the Pond-Deshpande Centre and the New Brunswick Social Policy Research Network (NBSPRN).


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