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JDI Employees Lending a Helping Hand


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As part of J.D. Irving, Limited (JDI)’s continued commitment to the Partners Assisting Local Schools (PALS) program, JDI employees volunteer their time helping children in their local community. A group of ten J.D. Irving, Limited employees spend their lunch hour every Tuesday and Thursday helping serve lunch to the children of Prince Charles School in partnership with Boys & Girls Club of Saint John.

The Boys & Girls Club of Saint John has been involved in the lunch program for upwards of 40 years. This year, there are approximately 75 children who attend daily – they are hoping to have 100 children registered in the New Year.

“Supporting these children and providing them with a hot meal every day is something that we are very proud of,” said Amanda Downey, Program Director, Boys & Girls Club of Saint John. “It is important because for some children, this may be the only meal they eat in a day.  The people at JDI are caring neighbours and we appreciate the support of volunteer partners like JDI. The company has been a generous contributor of volunteer time and funding for many years.” 

Katie Houseman, Client Services Coordinator, J.D. Irving, Limited has been volunteering with the lunch program for over two and a half years. “It’s all about the kids,” said Houseman. “It is certainly rewarding seeing the children’s faces each week. We are happy to help.”

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From left to right: Katie Houseman, Brandi Seaward, Kate Fisher, Sarah Burpee, and Thomas Hayes. Not pictured: Lisa Shaw, Wanda Folkins, Kate MacDonald, Kate Palmer, and Catherine Delaney.


To find out how you or your organization can get involved with Partners Assisting Local School, please contact Deborah Fisher, PALS Coordinator, at (506) 632-6071 or

Find out more on Twitter! @jdirvinglimited or @PALSpartners