An Atlantic business-education partnership helping students from vulnerable communities!

An initiative of New Brunswick businessman J.K. Irving and Bev MacDonald of School District 8 in Saint John, New Brunswick, the P.A.L.S. for Prince Charles Partnership was launched in 2000 and is still going strong. The students (K-8) of this inner city school district are supported by 140 J. D. Irving employee mentors who each spend up to two hours a week helping students with reading, math skills, sports, music and more. Mr. Irving gives his employees paid time off each week to volunteer.
The P.A.L.S. program has served as a catalyst and model for other companies to support school communities that are experiencing poverty. Today, with the help of caring businesses, the program has grown to 19 schools in Saint John, more than 100 P.A.L.S. business partners, and more than 1,000 volunteers. It is now being replicated in other school districts in New Brunswick and British Columbia.
For more information, contact:

Gen-Ling Chang
Director, Research & Equity
647 252 3581