The Moncton Community Chaplaincy began its community service in 1980 as a Friday evening drop in program to assist ex-offenders in filling leisure time with study, worship and fellowship that would prevent ex-offenders from involving themselves in past, unhealthy conduct. As a Dorchester Penitentiary Chaplain and pioneer in prison aftercare, Rev. Pierre Allard and his wife Judy also opened their home and recruited volunteers to help.
The Chaplaincy Ministry then grew from meeting spiritual, social, recreational, and relational needs to a truly street level ministry with a team of Chaplains partnered with the Christian Council for Reconciliation. In 1985 the Moncton Community Chaplaincy was incorporated and is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors appointed from the faith community. Chaplaincy work is supported through monetary donations from community Churches and individuals; and is also supported by the Mennonite Central Committee. We thank all those who continue to support us in our ongoing ministry of supporting prison aftercare and the reintegration of ex-offenders back into the community.
During the Chaplaincy’s long history, they have been housed in several different locations
throughout the city of Moncton NB, purchasing a permanent building in 2002 at 75 Gordon St., Moncton NB. The initial vision of the Community Chaplaincy in Moncton was to be a support for ex-offenders as they transitioned back into the community; to be there for them and to be channels of God’s grace and mercy and to walk with them toward a relationship with Christ.
Although there have been many changes over the years with locale, programs and services; their mission remains the same….To Reconcile Ex-offenders with God, with Themselves, and with the Community. We continue to believe that the Community Chaplaincy is but an extension of local Churches, individuals and organizations hoping to change the lives of the lost and to bring light into darkness.
The Community Chaplaincy continues to strive for the reconciliation of ex-offenders by following Restorative Justice principles. We thank God for the many blessings the Chaplaincy has received as a ministry and for the privilege of serving those we serve.
How Can I Become a Board member?
The Board of Directors has established a policy that outlines the process a potential Board Member must complete before being considered for acceptance to the Board. This process is as follows:
- Complete a Volunteer Application form and submit to the Community Chaplaincy Board for processing in the same manner as all other Volunteers. The candidate is to consent to having references checked, a Criminal Records Check and signing an Oath of Confidentiality;
- Attend a Board Orientation training session;
- Attend Community Chaplaincy Board Training as available;
- Attend two monthly Board Meetings as an observer; and
- be nominated and accepted at a scheduled monthly Board meeting or AGM.
The Community Chaplaincy Board of Directors is always in search of new members that bring fresh ideas and talents to their organization. If you are interested in serving as a Board member; and if you are prepared to devote a minimum of 4 hours work a month, contact us at 506-851-6384.
Rev. David Way is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan denomination and became chaplain of the Moncton Community Chaplaincy in November 2000. He has ministered in churches in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan and Africa. He has been awarded the Evelyn McKie Community Builder award and has been on the Citizens’ Advisory Committee of Westmorland Institution as well as other committees in the community. Dave can be contacted by calling 506-851-6384 or by email at email@example.com.
Mike Dawson has been working with ex-offenders for over ten years and is well versed in all that is required to support clients as they reintegrate back into the community. Whether it’s housing, employment, budgeting or referrals to other organizations, Mike will do his best to direct individuals in the right direction. Client success and accountability are high on Mike’s list of priorities.
This population also needs stable housing, basic needs supported, access to a variety of community services, & plain ordinary friendships & mentors. The successful support and reintegration initiatives serve everyone.
The economy needs productive workers; these ex-offenders need work – they need to be given a chance to be employed and to have hope. The circles of support & accountability is one program that seeks to provide these needed services.
My previous work experience in crime prevention, my own PhD research with children & youth at-risk, & my years of volunteering as a community mentor for young offenders & older ex-offenders that some of the best things one can do to support both the personal growth & thriving of the ex/offender & to prevent crime is to help such vulnerable populations to reintegrate healthily into society.
From having served on the Board of Directors for a few years, and knowing the hearts of the staff and board members, it is my pleasure to provide my personal perspective on the value of the work of the Chaplaincy program in the Greater Moncton area. I highly recommend involvement as a volunteer or financial contributor to this worthy, nonprofit organization that seeks to restore hope & life to those whose hope & life has been compromised.