The Fredericton Overcoming Obstacles Handbook

Local resources. Inspiring stories. Practical advice.

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Whether it’s physical, financial, professional or psychological, everybody goes through tough times in their lives. Josh Martin was 28 years old when he experienced his biggest challenge yet: an aggressive form of leukemia. Inspired by his journey, the Overcoming Obstacles Handbook is a free collection of real-life stories, practical advice and local resources in the Fredericton area geared at helping people who are facing adversity.

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Video features

Blood donors: helping others

Ten years ago, cancer almost killed me. Blood donors saved my life. And for that, I just wanted to say thanks.

Practicing gratitude

Gratitude. What’s so special about it, and how can we cultivate more of it in our lives to help us through tough times?

Life is awesome. Life is awful.

Sometimes life is an ice cream sundae smothered in chocolate. Other times it’s a flurry of kung-fu kicks to the gut.

Letting go

When my sister Meghan got stuck in the mud, she learned a valuable lesson about the importance of letting go.

Community resources in the Fredericton area

One of the most important lessons Josh learned from his health crisis was the importance of community. Whether it was accessing peer support programs, using the Cancer Society’s shuttle service to get to appointments or tapping into educational materials from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, community resources played a big role in his success.

Whatever obstacle you face in life — personally, professionally or otherwise — be sure to consider the resources available in your community. Fortunately, the Fredericton area boasts all kinds of organizations and programs focused on helping folks overcome a variety of obstacles.

Below, you’ll find information about some of them. This listing is by no means exhaustive, but it will hopefully give you a flavour of the kinds of resources available in your own backyard.

Health

Alzheimer’s Society of New Brunswick
http://alzheimer.ca/en/nb

New Brunswick Breast & Women’s Cancer Partnership
(cancer support group)
http://www.nbbwcp-pcscfnb.ca

Long-Term Care Services for Seniors
(Government of New Brunswick)
https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/services/services_renderer.10115.Long-Term_Care_Services_for_Seniors.html

New Brunswick Hospice Palliative Care Association
https://nbhpca-aspnb.ca/

Canadian Mental Health Association
(mental health services in Fredericton)
https://cmhanb.ca/mental-health/find-help/

Families and individuals

Therapists in Fredericton
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/nb/fredericton

Grief Therapists in Fredericton
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/grief/nb/fredericton

Credit Counselling Services of Atlantic Canada
https://www.solveyourdebts.com/english/Fredericton/

Greener Village
(home of the Fredericton Food Bank)
http://www.greenervillage.org/

Women in Transition House
(a safe shelter for women and their children)
http://www.womenintransitionhouse.ca/

Support services for abused women
(directory of available services in New Brunswick)
https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/women/Violence_Prevention_and_Community_Partnerships/content/Support-Services-for-Abused-Women.html

Children & Youth
(adoption and foster care; protection; support for children with disabilities)
https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/social_development/children_and_youth.html

Fredericton YMCA
https://fredericton.ymca.ca/

Learning Disabilities Association of New Brunswick
http://ldanb-taanb.ca/

Employment and financial

Employment counselling
(Government of New Brunswick)
https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/services/services_renderer.5095.Employment_Counselling.html

Newcomers and immigration services
https://ignitefredericton.com/getting-started

The John Howard Society of Fredericton
(services for people at-risk of committing a crime; homelessness programs)
https://www.johnhowardfredericton.ca/

Want to help others in your community overcome obstacles? Here are few local opportunities to consider:

Want to help others in your community overcome obstacles? Here are some local opportunities to consider:

Volunteer Greater Fredericton
(local volunteer opportunities)
http://www.volunteergreaterfredericton.ca/

Blood donor clinics
(search for “Fredericton”)
https://blood.ca/

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fredericton and Oromocto
https://fredericton.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/

Habitat for Humanity Fredericton
http://habitatfredericton.com/