My name is Christina Allain and I just joined the Saint John Community Loan Fund’s team as the new Micro and Social Enterprise Programs Coordinator.
I am originally from the picturesque small town of Bouctouche. I graduated from Université de Moncton with an Economics Degree in 2011. I’ve been very fortunate to work in several different economic development agencies during these last few years. These opportunities allowed me to build connections within many communities all across the province.
I’ve always been particularly interested in what fosters our sense of belonging to a place – especially right here in New Brunswick. Employment is directly connected to our quality of life and I’m proud to work with an organization committed to economic independence and entrepreneurship.
Part of my job is to review our Enterprising Women Program, a self-employment training program for women experiencing barriers to starting a business. We received funding from the Canadian Women’s Foundation back in 2009 and participated in a 5 year national project to track women’s economic development within a Sustainable Livelihoods framework. We achieved excellent outcomes and learned a lot from our counterparts across Canada.
We are also leaders in the social enterprise scene and have assisted a number of social enterprises to get started. In fact, we are building a Social Enterprise Hub which will house social enterprises and other organizations, like the Saint John Learning Exchange. The 15,000 square foot building will be located at 139 Prince Edward St. and encompass three floors.
As you can tell, I am a proud New Brunswicker and I am very excited to live and work in the Renaissance City. I truly think that life is all about experiences. I’m always game to try something that I’ve never done before, especially when it comes to food and travel, two things that I love. I look forward to experiencing Saint John’s culinary scene and exploring the attractions.
Micro and Social Enterprise Programs
Tel: (506) 652-5601