Monthly Archives: April 2022

The April 25 – May 1, 2022, edition of Brian Cormier’s Weekly Update is out!

Click here for this week’s newsletter. To subscribe, please fill out the form on my website. In this week’s edition:
• Breaking down barriers: New Hallmark romance movie features leads with Down syndrome
• CBC Radio’s Under the Influence: origin stories and advertising tales from the front lines
• Iconic sketch-comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall gets reboot
• Queen Elizabeth II gets her own Barbie for Platinum Jubilee
• Once a powerful retailer, the end of the road is near for Kmart
• Fundraiser launched in Southeastern New Brunswick for Ukrainian families fleeing war
• Encourage campaign
• Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 8!
… and community events, quotes of the week, trivia, links to interesting articles and more!

Campaign for Families Fleeing the War in Ukraine

I’m pleased and honoured to be part of the campaign cabinet for the initiative to raise funds for Ukrainian families relocating to the Greater Moncton and Southeastern NB area after fleeing the Russian invasion of their country. I’m actively raising funds on behalf of this campaign and would appreciate any and all support. Tax receipts are provided.

Campaign information booklet (PDF)
Pledge form (PDF)
News release

If you’d like to donate directly through the United Way of Greater Moncton and SENB website, click here and choose “Ukraine SENB” in the fund portion of the donation form. You can also visit the campaign’s main website here.

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Happy Easter!

Wishing you all a very Happy Easter! This is another postcard from my maternal grandmother Rose Pineau’s collection from the early 1900s. (Click on the photo for a larger version.)

NEWS RELEASE: Campaign launched in Southeast New Brunswick for Ukrainian families fleeing war

Fundraising campaign launch for Ukrainian families relocating to Greater Moncton - April 13, 2022

I am pleased and honoured to be part of the campaign cabinet for the initiative announced yesterday to raise funds for Ukrainian families relocating to the Greater Moncton area after fleeing the Russian invasion of their country. For donation information, please check out the news release below and check out these resources:

Campaign information booklet (PDF)
Pledge form (PDF)


For immediate Release
April 13, 2022

Campaign launched in Southeast New Brunswick for Ukrainian families fleeing war

Moncton, N.B. — The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Moncton in collaboration with BrainWorks Marketing and United Way of Greater Moncton and Southeastern New Brunswick officially launched a major community initiative to support Ukrainian families during a press conference at Moncton City Hall this afternoon.

After two years of absence, “Greater Moncton Gives Back” returns under the Greater Moncton and Southeast New Brunswick Give Back banner. The goal of the campaign is to raise a minimum of $1 million in funds to support resettlement of Ukrainian families who will arrive in the next few months in Southeast New Brunswick.

Ukrainians fleeing war will be coming to Canada, mainly women, children and the elderly. Hundreds of them will be coming to Southeast New Brunswick in the coming weeks and months and some have already arrived over the past few weeks. The funds will be used to help newcomers in many ways – housing, food, transportation, clothing, education, medical and other resettlement and living costs

“Heartfelt appreciation to all those supporting Ukrainians with such wonderful HOPE. Canada symbolized freedom and opportunity to our parents and we pray for Ukraine’s right for freedom. Slava Ukraini!” said Danica Lahanky Carroll and Gordon Lahanky, Campaign Honorary Co-Chairs.

The fundraising effort will be led by a Campaign Cabinet co-chaired by Tracy Clinch and Luigi Rocca who have assembled a team of over 30 volunteer cabinet members who will each reach out to their contacts in the community. A broader community focused campaign will be announced in about 10 days time.

One hundred percent of the funds raised will go towards these campaign goals as the United Way of Greater Moncton and Southeastern New Brunswick is waiving any administration fees. – and BrainWorks and CCGM will also waive all fees and production costs associated with their involvement in the campaign. Funds raised will be used by frontline agencies who will be coordinating support to the Ukrainian families such as MAGMA and others.

“The situation in Ukraine has delivered a daily shock to those of us who live safely here in Atlantic Canada. The needs will be great for the hundreds of Ukrainian families fleeing war to find a safe, new life here in southeast New Brunswick,” said John Wishart, CEO of the Chamber. “As a Chamber of Commerce, we feel it is important that our business community steps up to meet those needs and provide a better life for our Ukrainian newcomers.”

“Surely it is our duty, our responsibility and our deep privilege to help others whenever and however we can. This is our individual and collective calling,” said David Hawkins, Founding Partner at BrainWorks.

Myla Muntyan, president of the Ukrainian Club of Moncton, says the campaign will be vital to welcome Ukrainians coming to Southeast New Brunswick.

“4.5 million Ukrainians have already left their homeland in search of safety. Let’s welcome those who choose New Brunswick to be their new home. Let’s help them during the darkest times to get on their feet so they can stay here and become a part of our community.”

The business community and the community at large are encouraged to give generously and to share information about the campaign with their friends and family.

Details on how to donate can be found here: More information can also be obtained by contacting the Chamber of Commerce office at (506) 857-2883 or via email at


For more information:

John Wishart
Chamber of Commerce for Greater Moncton
(506) 856-4000

David Hawkins
Founding Partner
BrainWorks Marketing
(506) 850-1651

Danny Bazin
Brand Expressionist
BrainWorks Marketing
(506) 232-5584

NEWS RELEASE: Encourage campaign sends out 146 greeting cards in first month, exceeding expectations


Encourage campaign sends out 146 greeting cards in first month, exceeding expectations

April 13, 2022

SCOUDOUC, N.B. – A four-month campaign to send out positive messages to residents has far exceeded expectations in its first 30 days. The Encourage campaign began March 1 and runs until June 30. An initiative of Milco Warehousing and Logistics, Pallet Depot and Modu-Loc Fence Rentals Maritimes – all located in the Scoudouc Industrial Park near Moncton, the campaign hoped to see 100 requests fulfilled in the campaign. In fact, there were 146 cards sent out in March alone.

“We’re thrilled to see so much interest in the Encourage campaign,” says Tyson Milner, owner of the three companies. “The local community has embraced the concept. Cards have been sent across the country. The feedback we’ve received has been extremely positive. We’re heard back from many recipients who were surprised and touched to receive a card. In turn, they’ve sent in requests to return the favour and requested some of their own!”

The cards are intended for anyone who would appreciate a happy message, be they health-care workers, teachers, students, seniors, retail or restaurant workers, delivery drivers or anyone else, including family, friends and neighbours.

The message inside each card reads, “Someone who thinks very highly of you wanted us to send you this ray of sunshine to brighten your day! We hope it brings a smile to your face!” The cover of the card shows a smiling sun graphic accompanied by the words “Hi! Bonjour!” The cards are printed in both official languages.

Each month during the campaign, recipients will be eligible for an extra bonus of a gift card from a local business. For cards sent between March 1-31, the three recipients of $100 gift cards to Dolma Food in Moncton are Tara Stirrat of Moncton, Colette LeBlanc of Dieppe, and Liudmyla Muntyan of Moncton. Recipients of cards sent from April 1-30 will be eligible for gift cards from CoPain Artisan Bread Company in Moncton.

There is no cost to have a card sent. Any names and addresses collected during the campaign will not be used for any purpose other than sending the card and for any related monthly prize draws. No one will be contacted for any other purpose than to receive an Encourage greeting card or to be notified if they win a gift card. Recipients’ data will not be kept after the end of the campaign.

Cards will be forwarded to anywhere in Canada, however only residents of Southeastern New Brunswick are eligible for the gift card draws because these come from local companies.

Requests for cards may be sent via email to Requests must include the name and full mailing address of the person who will receive the card, including the postal code.


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Brian Cormier