Brent is inspired by practical solutions to systemic problems like labour access, energy production, municipal reform, property tax reform and food sovereignty.
Brent Harris is originally from Blacks Harbour, NB but has lived in Saint John for over a decade, most recently living on Mecklenburg st. He graduated from Mount Allison University with a degree in International Relations and had dreams of getting involved in international development to live and work among the poor. After working in the international development sector for a year, Brent settled into Hamilton, ON where he lived among refugees and other disenfranchised groups trying to provide a better life for them and their family. Here is where he became acquainted with suffering, poverty, and also what holistic community development could look like.
Upon returning to Saint John, Brent began to pay attention to the needs of his community. Driven by a desire to be a good neighbour and help others desire to also be good neighbours, Brent began to build a team of like-minded residents. Together they observed the run-down housing crises of some of our neighborhoods and began to brainstorm solutions that might address these issues culturally and practically. The Saint John Tool Library was born out of that brainstorming and in June 2018, Brent and the team opened the tool library on Union Street uptown. Since then they have gone on to help homeowners and apartment dwellers access the tools and training they need to maintain their home. Each year they rally dozens of volunteers to work on rundown buildings and assist homeowners in need. Brent and the team have been recognized with two major awards for this work: the Community Builder Award and the Emerging Enterprise Award.
Brent’s experience with housing injustice led him to the Green Party in 2018 as he began to identify major points of contention in our current housing legislation and activities. From there he has become inspired by practical solutions to systemic problems like labour access, energy production, municipal reform, property tax reform and food sovereignty. Brent aims to apply his collaborative and practical approach to leadership in Fredericton for this riding and together we believe that we can finally get a Green and independent voice for Saint John that will truly put our city first.