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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Our New Annual Fundraiser

Saint John Right to Life Presents
"Celebration of Life"
Our New Annual Fundraiser
On September 19, 2013, at the Annual General Meeting, we voted to have a mail-in fundraiser
this fall. We have called it "Celebration of Life." This is our solution to the conflict
experienced in using the phrase, "Walk for Life" for our former annual walk/fundraiser.
We would like to ask you to please come up with ways YOU can raise money on your own or in
a group with friends or family. Please do not use "Walk" in naming any of your activities.
Please mail-in your donations by December 27, 2013 to the following address:

Saint John Right to Life
P O Box 6475, Stn A
Saint John, NB E2L 4R9

We look forward to learning of the various fundraising projects that will be take place when
members and non-members get together and work for our cause. This could be educational and
bring awareness to others who may not know about us. Think of watching the Empty Stocking
Fund and how they ask, "Now how did you raise this money?"
A few ideas that come to mind:
 yard sale
 fudge sale
 bake sale
 craft sale
 movie night with friends at home
 helped a neighbour
 babysat
Maybe you could solicit pledges and stroll around Uptown! That would be great!

 donations over $10.00 will get a tax receipt at the end of the year
 to record the Name and Full Address of all donors or new volunteers

If possible, please send a photo and description of your fundraiser!! Perhaps we will use some
or all submissions for advertising!
If you need anything from the Respect for Life Education Centre (i.e., DVD, poster, book-markers),
please just let us know.
Let's work together in fresh new ways to raise the funds to carry on our important mission of
education! I look forward to the outcome of our new endeavours!
Thank you!
Marilyn Leland Bennett

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Saint John Right to Life AGM, Dinner & Silent Auction

  • Sept 19th 2013
  • 6 pm
  • Saint Ann's Parish Hall, Saint John NB
  • Side of beef is on the menu
  • $20.00 a plate
Please email
leave message by phone 
506 657 3771
before Sept 16th
to reserve your seat.
Pay at the Door

Friday, June 14, 2013

Death of Founding Member.. Margaret F Leland

Margaret F Leland 1925-2013

Margaret Frances Leland



Margaret Frances (McVicar) Leland, relic of the late Leonard James “Ben” Leland, passed away peacefully in her sleep, on May 18, 2013, at her home on Main Street in Saint George, NB, after several years of declining health and dementia, under the care of her daughter, Marilyn.

Born January 11, 1925 at Carleton Street, Saint George, NB, Marg was the daughter of the late John Valentine McVicar and the late Kathleen Mary (Brown) McVicar; granddaughter of John McVicar, Mary (Leavitt) McVicar, Henry Brown and Anne (McPike) Brown. Marg was raised at Alderbrook Farm, on what was then Basinview Avenue in Saint George. She was graduated from Saint George Superior High School on June 26, 1942 and from Saint Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing on April 02, 1947. She received her Nurses’ Registration (RN) on May 28, 1947. She worked as a Registered Nurse at Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Fundy Hospital and as a private duty nurse until the 1960’s.

Marg is survived by seven (7) sons and seven (7) daughters; Mary Teresa (Richard “Mac”) MacDonald of Pasadena, NL; Peter McLeod Leland of Black’s Harbour; Nellie Ann (Daniel) Wright of Moncton; Kathleen Frances (Wylie) MacKeigan of Rothesay; John William (Judy) Leland of Caithness; Leonard Joseph (Irene) Leland of Black’s Harbour; Rosalie Jane (Stig) Skodje of Saint George; Glen Anthony Gerard (Lorraine) Leland of Caithness; Marilyn Maria (William “Billy”) Bennett of Baxter’s Corner; Margaret Clare McVicar (Thomas) Dick of Caithness; Benjamin Paul Timothy Leland of Detroit, Michigan; Veronica Marie Alice (Leonard) Cassidy of Saint John; James Thomas Alexander (Lori) Leland of Caithness; and Patrick Andrew Kevin Leland of Saint George.

Marg is also survived by fifty (50) Grandchildren, many great grandchildren, two brothers and a sister; Neil Frederick McVicar (Jean “Jeannie” Verna Stairs); Clayton Francis McVicar (Agnes Jane Josephine Savoy); and Rosalind Elizabeth McVicar.

Besides her parents and her husband, Marg was predeceased by three brothers and three sisters, Marie Alice Clow (H Arnold Clow, deceased); Arthur Hugh McVicar (Beatrice Lillian MacVicar, deceased); Harold John McVicar (Frances Marie "Eva" Kinney, deceased); Ralph Eugene McVicar (Rita Myra Williamson); Inez Kathleen Holmes (Bryce "Jack" Raymond Holmes, deceased); and Marilyn "Ming" Maxine Bonvie (Charles "Maxie" Henry Bonvie, deceased).

Marg was a devote member of the Saint George Roman Catholic Church, having been baptised, confirmed and married there. Marg was staunchly Pro Life and a founding member of the Saint John Right to Life. Marg enjoyed her indoor plants, family and staying close to home.

Visitation will take place at the St. George Funeral Home (755-3533), 26 Portage Street, Saint George, NB on Sunday, May 19, 2013 from 7 to 9 pm; and on Monday, May 20, 2013 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. A Requiem Mass, for the repose of Marg’s soul, will be said on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 11 am at Saint George Roman Catholic Church with Father Rolando Suplido officiating. Interment will take place at the Saint George Roman Catholic Cemetery, Upper Letang, NB, and a reception will follow at the Legion Hall, until 2:30 pm.

In Marg's memory, donations to the Saint George Roman Catholic Church Building Fund or to the Saint John Right to Life would be appreciated. Personal condolences may be addressed to The Family of Marg Leland, 112 Main Street, Saint George, NB, E5C 3J9. Online condolences may be placed at

Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace. Amen

Dear Mom with a prenatal Down Syndrome diagnosis....

Dear mom with a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis

Please go read this article... pass it along to others. I do not have permission to place it all here but go to the authors site and read.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Saint John Right to Life's AGM

We normally have our Dinner & AGM the end of May or the first part of June, but this year we are postponing it until the Fall.

New Brunswick's March for Life in Fredericton May16th 2013

Schedule:        10 am              Prayer service at Brunswick St. Baptist (Brunswick & York, 10-12 minute walk to Legislature)
                        10 am              Mass at St. Dunstan’s (Regent & Brunswick, 5-7 minute walk from Legislature)
                        11-11:15 am    Music starts at Legislature
                        11:30 am         Speakers at Legislature
                        12:45 pm         Get ready for March
                        1 pm                March along Queen St., up Carleton, down Brunswick to Mother and Child House
                        1:50 pm           Brief closing prayer vigil
                        2:00 pm           Refreshments at Msgr. Boyd Center

for more information please contact NB Right to Life

New Brunswick Right to Life Association
562 Brunswick St. , PO Box 113, Stn. A
Fredericton NB E3B 4Y2

or <>

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Please sign and pass this along for others to sign.


Whereas sex-selective abortion is a reprehensible practice that targets baby girls for female gendercide and represents discrimination against women in its most extreme form;
And whereas the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) revealed that the targeting of baby girls for sex-selection termination is indeed taking place in Canada and that certain communities have a birth ratio as high as 136 boys to 100 girls, in contrast to the Canadian average of 105 boys to 100 girls;
And whereas the practice of sex-selection abortion in countries like China and India has caused such a critical gender imbalance in some regions that sex slavery and even “wife sharing” have become grave problems;
And whereas a recent poll found that 92% of Canadians believe sex-selective pregnancy termination should be illegal;
Therefore, we call upon party leaders and the assembled House of Commons to support Motion 408, by MP Mark Warawa, which reads: “That the House condemn discrimination against females occurring through sex-selective pregnancy termination.”

Thank you
Marilyn Leland Bennett

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Love Life Chain ... Feb 14th 11:59 am - 12:20 pm 
King Square Saint John. 

Historical Analysis of Abortion Debate in the Maritimes

I have been asked to pass this along for anyone who may be interested in taking the survey....
about the

Historical Analysis of Abortion Debate in the Maritimes

Dear New Brunswick Right to Life Association,

I am wondering if you would kindly distribute this email to fellow Maritime citizens who might be interested in participating in the online survey and/or interview. There is currently very little research in Canada on the regional and national pro-life movements and I hope to fill this gap through an analysis of the debates in the Maritime Provinces. 

I am a PhD student in the Department of History at the University of Waterloo conducting research under the supervision of Dr. Wendy Mitchinson, Canada Research Chair in Gender and Medical history.  I am researching the cultural, economic, political, and social factors that influenced the availability of abortion services in the Maritime Provinces from 1969 to 1996.  The study is being conducted with funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. 

There are two phases to this project.  In the first phase, I am collecting surveys from residents of Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia who are willing to reflect on the abortion debates during the period 1969-1996. If you decide to volunteer, a 15-minute online survey is completed anonymously.  Survey questions focus on demography, religion, political views, and personal experiences to determine the various factors that shape a person’s beliefs regarding abortion.  Participation in this study is voluntary. You may decline to answer any questions that you do not wish to answer and you can withdraw your participation at any time by closing your web browser; incomplete surveys will be deleted and not analyzed.  I may use quotes from participants’ responses and publish them in my dissertation and/or articles. In circumstances where answers are of a personal nature or could put a participant’s reputation at risk—such as a patient or medical professional’s experiences with abortion--I will aggregate data at either a regional or provincial level to ensure anonymity. The data collected through this study will be maintained in a de-identified, encrypted file on a password-protected computer and kept for a period of ten years.  The web site is programmed to collect responses alone and will not collect any information that could potentially identify you (such as machine identifiers). This survey uses FluidSurveys, a company based out of Canada, and secure socket layer links (SSL) encrypt the online survey and data during respondents’ sessions to ensure that your sensitive information remains protected.   If you prefer not to submit your data through FluidSurveys, please contact me via email so you can participate using an alternative method (such as through an email or paper-based questionnaire).  The alternate method may decrease anonymity but confidentiality will be maintained.

In the second phase of the study, I would like to conduct follow-up interviews with those who are willing from the group that has filled out this survey.  Participation in the interview would again be completely voluntary and you may decline answering any questions you prefer not to answer.  Your involvement in the first phase of the study does not obligate you to participate in the second part.  There will be a question at the end of the survey that asks if you would like to participate in the interview and space for you to fill in your contact information.

All information that you provide through your participation in this study will be kept confidential.  Unless requested otherwise, participants’ identities will remain anonymous. 

If you have any questions about this study, or would like additional information to assist you in reaching a decision about participating, please feel free to contact myself, Katrina Ackerman, at, or my supervisor, Dr. Wendy Mitchinson, at

I would like to assure you that this study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through the Office of Research Ethics at the University of Waterloo. However, the final decision about participation is yours. Should you have any comments or concerns resulting about your participation in this study, please contact Dr. Maureen Nummelin in the Office of Research Ethics at 1-519-888-4567, Ext. 36005 or

To take the survey in English, please click on the link and enter this password when prompted: abortionstudy2013

Pour répondre au sondage en français, s'il vous plaît cliquez sur le lien et entrez le mot de passe: abortionstudy2013

Thank you in advance for your co-operation in my research.                                    

Yours sincerely,
Katrina Ackerman