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Annual Report 2022

I would like to begin this report by thanking the support and commitment of the members of our Board of Directors and more than 500 members who, with their effort, time, dedication, and participation continue to make possible the operation of this Network.

Throughout 2021 and 2022 we had the opportunity to achieve significant milestones that reaffirm our commitment to the Latin American Community and the importance of sharing our values and cultural heritage.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the City of Saint John for believing in us and contributing to the formation of this organization, as well as for its support in the execution of the various initiatives developed to date.

Lastly, and on behalf of the members of the Latin American Community, I extend a deep appreciation to all community organizations, settlement agencies, and community partners, for all you do in the community and for letting us contribute to the common effort to build a more inclusive and diverse province.

Commitment in the coming years is to continue promoting the Latin American culture, strengthening our relationships with all our community partners, supporting the settlement of more newcomers with ties from Latin America, and creating spaces and initiatives where we all can thrive, succeed, and stay.

Melissa Villareal


Board of Directors

Red Latin@ of Southwest New Brunswick


Melissa Villareal




Daniel Rito

Board members

Aura Otero

Carlos Valle

Cássio Martins

Daniel Quinceno

Esteban Moncada

Eunice Flores

Javier Hernandez

Karla Marticorena

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The Red Latin@ is run by a volunteer Board of Directors composed of an Executive Committee and three subcommittees. The Executive committee consists of a President, a Treasurer, and a Secretary who oversees the governance of the Board.

The Board of Directors sets the strategic direction to guide the activities of Red Latina@ according to its vision, mission, values, and strategic priorities.

As a volunteer-based organization, all the board members bring diverse experiences and, creative ideas and participate in the following permanent subcommittees:

  • Marketing and Communications
  • Fundraising and Finance
  • Projects and Activities

Additional ad-hoc subcommittees are created to provide support to a specific project when the need arises and involve volunteers of the Red Latin@ who are not Board members.

The structure and functioning of the Red Latin@, the responsibilities of its Board of Directors, and its election, are regulated by the by-laws 1 and 2 dated December 2021 and November 2022 respectively. (Attach by-laws).

Our Strategic Priorities


Increase our participation in community events and presence on social media.


Increase the number of alliances with other community organizations and the activities to which the Red Latin@ is invited.

Annual planification:

Make more efficient use of financial and human resources available.

Increasing membership:

Encourage more volunteers to become members of the Board of Directors and apply to private and public funding opportunities.

Our principles

Promotion and liaison:

Become the liaison between our community and the services available to newcomers who already landed and are pre-arrivals.


Create a support network from which newcomers could benefit.

Organizational efficiency:

become an efficient organization, with objectives that bring a tangible benefit to the community.


Creating conditions that allow our community to access the human and financial resources to work on our strategic priorities.


Our milestones

Throughout the year we accomplished a series of milestones for our organization, here are some of our highlights.


  • Launch of website
  • Launch of Facebook and Instagram
  • Translation of Welcome Guide
  • Referrals to service providers
  • Presence in local media
  • Community Census


  • Reading Circle
  • City-wide events
    • Culture Fest
    • Soirée multiculturelle
  • Socials
    • Spring Meet-up
    • Summer Potluck
  • Latin American Heritage Month


  • City of Saint John
  • Saint Johnn Public Library
  • ONB
  • SJNC
  • YMCA
  • Hola NB
  • Civic Tech
  • And many others...


October: Latin American Heritage month

The celebration included the following series of events:

  • Soccer Tournament
  • Film Festival
  • Reading Circle
  • Latin American Breakfast and Market
  • Cultural Celebration
  • SJYO Concert
  • Five and Dime Latin Party
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Community Engagement in numbers


Financial report

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