FREDERICTON (CNB) – Three new ministerial advisory committees have been established to provide input on the implementation of the Early Learning and Childcare Plan; on reducing bullying through positive learning and working environments; and on extra and co-curricular transportation.

Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Jody Carr announced the committees today.

"I am confident these committees will foster collaboration, bring people together to share best practices, and make significant improvements,” he said. “These committees will help people become a part of the solution.”

The three committees are: the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Early Learning and Childcare; the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Positive Learning and Working Environments (anti-bullying); and the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Extra and Co-Curricular Activity Transportation.

“In Putting New Brunswick First we have identified several key priorities for the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development,” said Carr. “Today’s announcement illustrates how we will address many of them.

The committee on early learning and childcare  will provide advice on implementing the government’s Early Learning and Childcare Plan under four key principles of accessibility; affordability; inclusiveness; and quality early learning and child care. The committee will also facilitate communication between the department and early learning and childcare centres, parents, schools and community partners.

The committee on positive learning and working environments is being created in response to the provincial government's multi-phased approach to address bullying.

"This new committee is a first step in creating a united stand against bullying," said Carr. "It will work with stakeholders and interested parties and make recommendations on ways to foster positive learning and working environments in our schools and workplaces, including the development of enhanced legislation. This is a complex issue. We all have to work together to do our part."

The committee on extra and co-curricular activity transportation represents the government's commitment to create a provincial strategy as stated in the document Putting New Brunswick First.

"The provincial government is committed to tackling issues such as funding and safety practices to improve extra and co-curricular transportation," said Carr. "As part of this process, I will ask stakeholders to specifically consider and make recommendations on whether further checks and balances could be implemented that would address potential risks that fall outside the traditional scope of student transportation policies."

The committees are tasked with seeking input and engaging the many partners in education and early childhood development.


Following are the co-chairs and representatives on the respective committees:

Ministerial Advisory Committee on Childcare and Early Learning

Co-chairs:

●    Jody Dallaire, New Brunswick Child Care Coalition
●    Dixie Mitchell, New Brunswick Association for Community Living

Members:

●    Marjolaine St-Pierre, Early Child Care and Education New Brunswick
●    Brigitte Lapointe, New Brunswick Association of Family and Early Childcare Educators
●    Denyse LeBouthillier, Association francophone des parents du Nouveau-Brunswick

Ministerial Advisory Committee on Positive Learning and Working Environments

Co-chairs:

●    Robert Fowler, chair of District Education Council 8, Saint John
●    Jeanne Da Gauthier, chair of Conseil d'éducation du district 3, Edmundston

Members:

●    Ken Pike, New Brunswick Association for Community Living
●    Stacy Coy, Canadian Red Cross
●    Rachel Robichaud, Roots of Empathy
●    Marilyn Noble, parent, anglophone education sector
●    Denyse LeBouthillier, parent, francophone education sector
●    Wendy Dickinson, anglophone school administrator
●    Tammy Akerley-Cyr, francophone school administrator
●    Rob Frenette, anglophone community
●    Madeleine Arseneau, francophone community
●    Jake Stewart, Southwest Miramichi MLA
●    Hédard Albert, Caraquet MLA

Ministerial Advisory Committee on Extra and Co-Curricular Activity Transportation

Co-chairs:

●    Mike Mortlock, chair of District Education Council 15, Bathurst
●    Mario Pelletier, chair of Conseil d'éducation du district 5, Campbellton

Members:

●    Peter Corby, New Brunswick Interscholastic Athletic Association
●    Regan Riordon, anglophone student representative
●    Julie Frigault, francophone student representative
●    Donna Fry, New Brunswick Association of Student Activity Advisors (anglophone)
●    Rémi Goupil, Fédération des Jeunes Francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick
●    Delalene Harris-Foran, Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 1253
●    Jean-Yves Maillet, Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 1253
●    Isabelle Haines, parent, anglophone sector
●    Crystal Kelly, parent, francophone sector
●    Peter Wiggins, anglophone school administrator
●    William Pinet, francophone school administrator