Poverty Reduction Workshop – This Monday!

Sean Moore Workshop: How the system works and how to work the system
Monday, September 21st 10am – 4pm
Abbotsford, BC


Greetings BC Poverty Reduction Open Letter endorsers,

It is short notice but there are a few spaces left for you or someone in with your organization to attend a very timely workshop designed for the BC Poverty Reduction Coaliton and for those who are planning to work with us to influence government decisions. This Sean Moore training session on public-policy advocacy has been organized by BC Vibrant Communities in partnership with The BC Poverty Reduction Coalition. We hope some of you will be able to attend.


How the System Works and How to Work the System

While there is no guaranteed formula for successful policy change, this session is based on the following premises:

  • The more one knows about how government works, the more effective one is likely to be;
  • In order to penetrate the consciousness of decision-makers, one needs to understand how they think, what their priority concerns and objectives are, and who inside and outside government is influential in the process;
  • Successful advocacy is most often the result of a medium-to-long term, focused, sustained and collaborative approach to advocacy.

This interactive workshop is designed to enable participants to start the process of constructing a practical advocacy strategy and plan to achieve their objectives. Sean will be offering his wisdom through the lens of poverty reduction, as a special offering to Vibrant Communities

Presented by Sean Moore

For more than 12 years, Sean was the Ottawa-based Public-Policy Advisor and Partner at the national law firm of Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP. Before joining Gowlings he co-founded and edited The Lobby Monitor, a publication that continues today, under other ownership, to track and assess lobbying activity. Prior to that, he had served as president of what was then Canada?s largest government-relations consulting company. Today, Sean has a limited consulting practice and is involved in on-going study and exploration of the nuts and bolts of organized attempts to influence decisions of government by all elements of society. Sean also serves as a SiG Fellow in support of the Social Innovation Generation (or “SiG”) Initiative sponsored by the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation and its partners, The PLAN Institute of Vancouver, the University of Waterloo, and the MaRS Discovery project in Toronto. For more background on Sean Moore, go to:


Date: September 21, 2009     Time: 10am to 4pm

Cost: $55 per person, includes lunch

Location: Clayburn Village Heritage School House 4315 Wright Street Abbotsford, BC. Directions:


To Register: Call: 1-888-356-0892 Web: (Click on “Events”) SPACE IS LIMITED

Best regards,
BC Poverty Reduction Committee