Our Namesake

Stella’s Circle is named after Dr. Stella Burry, a pioneering Social Worker who made an outstanding contribution to her church, to her community, and to her province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Working with the United Church of Canada, she introduced a community development approach to St. John’s and in 1945 founded Emmanuel House to provide food, shelter, friendship, and counselling. Stella Burry was also a founding member of the Community Services Council and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association for the Aging.

Stella Burry passed away in 1991 at the age of 93. In 1995, in memory of the visionary who believed in a hand up, not a hand out, the organization now known as Stella’s Circle was established.