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You Made a Difference: Highlights of 2012

  • BC’s Hardest Working: Our political leaders heard from you through hundreds of emails. Let’s keep sharing this powerful collection of 100 stories of those struggling on income assistance or in low-wage jobs.
  • End Poverty Day: During this day of action, students from 22 schools around the province organized events to raise awareness about poverty in BC, and some produced this video: “This is what inequality looks like in BC” (now over 2000 views).
  • Welfare Food Challenge: Many of you took the challenge from Raise the Rates to eat on only $26 for a whole week, and got the message out about the need to raise the welfare rates. We look forward to supporting more campaigns in the future.
  • Involving youth: Through the CitizenU program, we now have a group of passionate youth involved in our work and the Canadian Federation of Students – BC is also actively involved on behalf of post-secondary students.
  • Engaging business: The Surrey Board of Trade passed a resolution in support of a poverty reduction strategy for BC, and we started conversations with the Vancouver Board of Trade. Reach out to business leaders within your community using the Surrey resolution as a model.
  • Engaging LGBT communities through our queer and trans poverty study, which will be released later this year.
  • Promoting universal child care: Endorsing and raising public awareness of the “$10 a day child care plan.”
  • Impacting public policy, including positive changes to the welfare system. We still have a long way to go but it’s important to recognize our successes!
  • Spreading the word, including presenting for a webinar with the BC Healthy Living Alliance on “Poverty Reduction as a Prescription for Health.”
  • We’re growing! We now have over 375 organizations around the province that have joined the call for a poverty reduction plan for BC and 35 members on the steering committee, and our social media networks also grew substantially throughout the year. Please join us on FaceBook and Twitter if you haven’t already. All these networks give us the ability to call on a great number of engaged citizens when it matters most.