Brian Duplessis is currently the Executive Director of the United Way/Centraide of Central New Brunswick. He has just recently been appointed to the United Way of Canada’s President’s Advisory Council.
However, up until just over one year ago he was the Executive Director of the Fredericton Homeless Shelters which operates a 40 bed men’s shelter and a 9 bed women’s shelter.
In just under three years at the shelters, Brian led significant change, particularly at the Men’s Shelter.
By bringing community groups and government agencies together, long-term clients were successfully transitioned back into the community and a dangerous environment was transformed into a much safer one.
Brian grew up in poverty in Saint John, NB but went on to a successful international career in corporate communications which took him to Labrador, Nova Scotia, South Carolina, France, Australia and Singapore. After returning to New Brunswick in 2003 he spent a couple of years in an executive position with NB Power before moving into the non-profit world.
He was involved in the development of the province’s new Housing Strategy and development of the Framework to end Homelessness in New Brunswick. He sits on a number of committees and boards including the City of Fredericton’s Affordable Housing Committee and the Community Action Group on Homelessness.
Brian is also part of the management committee which is overseeing the establishment of the Community Inclusion Network (CIN) in the Greater Fredericton region.
He is often asked to give guest lectures at both Saint Thomas University and the University of New Brunswick on social policy and community development. He also writes a bi-weekly column in the Fredericton Daily Gleaner called “Poverty Matters”.
In 2009, UNB’s Renaissance College presented him with their Unsung Leader’s Award for the work he has done on poverty issues in the community.