Vestiaire St-Joseph NEWS

Vestiaire Greenhouse Project

 (Oct 22/2018) We have a new greenhouse thanks to the New Brunswick “Food Resources Support Grant” – Innovation.

Programs are being developed for the 2019 season focusing on growing fresh produce for the food bank and using the greenhouse as an educational tool for our staff, volunteers and people in need.

Big thank you to Noble Construction and Renovation for completing this project.

Nous avons une nouvelle serre grâce à « Subvention de soutien aux ressources alimentaires » du Nouveau-Brunswick - Innovation.

Des programmes sont en cours de développement pour la saison 2019 et se concentrent sur la culture de produits frais pour la banque alimentaire et l'utilisation de la serre en tant qu'outil éducatif pour notre personnel, nos bénévoles et la personnes aux besoin.

“Share the Warmth” Yoga for coats.

Thank you to Anne Blinne for organizing the fundraiser “Share the Warmth” yoga for coats. Almost $400 was raised for Vestiaire St-Joseph as well as a donation of winter clothing for those in need. Your generosity is appreciated and we thank all of those involved! 

"Partagez la chaleur" Yoga pour manteaux.

Merci a Anne Blinne pour l'organisation de la collecte de fonds «Partagez la chaleur» du yoga pour manteaux. Près de 400 $ ont été amassés pour la Vestiaire St-Joseph, ainsi qu'un don de vêtements d'hiver pour les personnes dans le besoin. Votre générosité est appréciée et nous remercions toutes les personnes impliquées!

Photo: Anne Blinne of "Bends and Blends" yoga and Vestiaire Executive Director Carol Boudreau. 

Vestiaire Store Grand Opening

(Sept 12/2018) All of us at Vestiaire St-Joseph are pleased to announce the grand opening of our new retail store located at 40 Donat street, Shediac. This expansion will ensure our ability to help those in need well into the future. Donations from the community such as clothing and articles are sorted and sold to the general public in our new facility. From there the profits are directed to our food bank for food purchases that help over 570 people in Shediac and our surrounding areas. A big thank you to our volunteers, staff and the community for making this happen! 

Le Vestiaire St-Joseph remercie Judy Cormier pour sa contribution

(Sept 13/2018) TexLe conseil du Vestiaire St-Joseph reconnait et remercie sincèrement Judy Cormier pour sa contribution importante comme trésorière et comptable bénévole du conseil durant les cinq dernières années au sein du Vestiaire afin de venir en aide aux plus démunis de la région. Sur la photo, Judson Cassidy; président, présente le certificat de reconnaissance à Judy Cormier. Judy siégera au conseil comme membre régu- lier. (Photo : Gracieuseté) 

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Scoudouc Knights of Columbus help Vestiaire.

(Aug 30/2018)  

Leo Paul Babineau of the Scoudouc Knights of Columbus presenting our Executive Director, Carol Boudreau with a donation. Thank you very much for your generosity!

Leo Paul Babineau, des Chevaliers de Colomb de Scoudouc, présente un don à notre directrice générale, Carol Boudreau. Merci beaucoup pour votre générosité!

Shediac Food Bank Set to Expand.

Published Friday, August 10, 2018 6:48PM ADT 

The Shediac Food Bank and Community Thrift Store used to share the same tight space, but that’s about to change.

The plan is to move the thrift store into a separate, larger building, which will open up opportunities for both to expand.

“All the money generated from this place will be going back into the program to help buy food for the people in need and also establish more programs,” said food bank president Judson Cassidy.

“I've always been that way, that I like to help out,” said volunteer Charlie Gallant. “And now that I'm retired, I figured I could spend a little bit of time.”

That will include a space for G.E.D. classes, yoga, and a teaching kitchen to name a few.

“It is all about giving them a sense of belonging somewhere, of being part of something and having the normal see that we all have so they do come out and they do their groceries and they participate in programs and events,” said food bank executive director Carol Boudreau.

The idea is to have the food bank become more like a grocery store where clients can choose the food that suits them.

The food bank helps close to 500 people. A lot of them are children who will soon be returning to class. Boudreau says the new food and clothing depot will be there to help

“So therefore the book bags, the lunch bags, their snacks, they're healthy snacks for school and their school supplies,” Boudreau said.

Officials here at the food bank have started a food recovery program. Every month they pick up thousands of kilograms of donated, day-old food items from local grocery stores.

It’s an important source of food especially this time of year.

“In the summertime the food donations are a little less in July and August because people are away camping and a lot of people tend to forget,” Boudreau said.

There are 10 staff members that help run the food bank and clothes depot, but like most non-profit organizations it's the volunteers that are essential to its success.

“I've always been that way, that I like to help out,” said volunteer Charlie Gallant. “And now that I'm retired, I figured I could spend a little bit of time.”

With the expansion well underway, volunteers like Gallant will have more room to do what he does best.

With files from CTV Atlantic’s Jonathan MacInnis.

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2018 Staff and Volunteer Appreciation Cruise

(July 1/2018) Vestiaire St-Joseph staff and volunteers took a trip aboard Shediac Bay Cruises in appreciation for their hard work and service. We are thankful we have such great staff and volunteers. Thank you as well to Shediac Bay Cruises for offering such a great tour on the water.


(1er juillet 2018) Le personnel et les bénévoles du Vestiaire St-Joseph ont fait un voyage à bord de Shediac Bay Cruises en reconnaissance de leur travail acharné et de leur service. Nous sommes reconnaissants d'avoir un personnel et des bénévoles aussi formidables. Merci aussi à Shediac Bay Cruises d'avoir offert une si belle excursion sur l'eau.

Vestiaire Golf Tournament RESCHEDULED


The 11th Annual Vestiaire Golf Tournament has been cancelled due to unfavorable weather conditions expected on Thursday. The tournament is rescheduled for September 6. More information to follow here and on our website. 

Le 11e tournoi annuel de golf du Vestiaire a été annulé en raison des conditions météorologiques défavorables prévues jeudi. Le tournoi est reporté au 6 septembre. Plus d'informations à suivre ici et sur notre site web.


(June 12/2018) Un grand merci à tous ceux qui ont participé, donné et aidé avec Marathon Pépère Boîte à lunch!

Plus de 4000lbs de nourriture ont été recueillies pour le Vestiaire St-Joseph. 

A huge thank you to all those who participated, donated and helped with Marathon Pépère Boîte à lunch!

Over 4000lbs of food gathered for Vestiaire St-Joseph. 

United Way Day of Caring Volunteers visit Vestiaire.

(June 3rd/2018)  

Today is the "United Way Day of Caring" and volunteers from United Way are busy at Vestiaire St-Joseph painting our decks, ramps and stairs as well as working our flower beds and putting beautiful flowers in them. Thank you!


Aujourd'hui, c'est la «Journée Centraide de l'entraide» et les bénévoles de Centraide sont occupés à Vestiaire St-Joseph à peindre nos terrasses, rampes et escaliers, à travailler nos parterres de fleurs et à y déposer de belles fleurs. Merci!  


Vestiaire St-Joseph Store now open later on Thursdays and Fridays, (9am to 8pm, summer hours)

(June 1st/2018) For the first time, Vestiaire Store will be open later during the summer. On Thursdays and Fridays the store will close at 8pm, providing a greater opportunity for our customers to shop. Drop by the Vestiaire store and browse our selection of clothing, kitchen goods, electronics and much more. Proceeds generated for our store directed to our food bank so we may help the less fortunate in our communities. Thank you!

Food Banks Canada and New Brunswick Food Bank Association representatives visit Vestiaire St-Joseph.

(June 3rd/2018) Representatives from Food Banks Canada and the New Brunswick Food Bank Association toured Vestiaire St-Joseph and took in the Shediac sights. From left to right, Laurie Stewart - President NBFBA, Kirstin Beardsley - Chief Network Services Officer Food Banks Canada, Carol Boudreau - Executive Director Vestiaire St-Joseph, Greg Doucet - Provincial Food Director NBFBA.

Kirstin Beardsley from Food Banks Canada posing next to Shediac's beloved "giant lobster".


Food Banks Canada is the only national charitable organization dedicated to helping Canadians living with hunger. They do this by supporting a network of 10 Provincial Associations and more than 500 food banks, sharing food and funds and delivering programs and services.

Volunteers from the Rutgers University Catholic Student Association dropped by to help out Vestiaire St-Joseph.

(March 15/2018) Volunteers from the Rutgers University Catholic Student Association dropped by to help out Vestiaire St-Joseph. This March break week was their week of service / week of retreat.

It was a great learning experience for everyone involved and we surely enjoyed having them. Thank-you and have a safe journey back to New Jersey! 

Sister Lorraine Doiron, a Cap-Pelé native, has lived in New Jersey for 28 years. This week she brought seven students back home with her to volunteer at charities in southeastern New Brunswick. (Tori Weldon/CBC) 

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