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Where is BC’s Poverty Reduction Plan? Join the election campaign!

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British Columbia has the highest poverty rate in Canada, and is now one of only two provinces left without a poverty reduction plan. Now is the time to tell your political candidates you want to vote for strong leadership on poverty reduction.

If you’re concerned about low wages, low welfare rates, the housing crisis, skyrocketing child care fees, the inaccessibility of education, the lack of essential health care, and marginalized groups in BC come and join the conversation about what we can do to address these critical issues!

Register here for the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition’s webinar

Tuesday March 19, 12-1:30pm

Learn more about a poverty reduction plan for BC and how to take action in this critical time, featuring a fantastic line-up of community experts:

  • Ted Bruce, Public Health Association of BC
  • Rita Chudnovsky, Child Care Advocates of BC
  • Ivan Drury, Social Housing Coalition of BC
  • Kathy Hartman, BC Teachers’ Federation
  • Bill Hopwood, Raise the Rates
  • Seth Klein, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – BC
  • Gudrun Langolf, Council of Senior Citizens’ Organizations of BC
  • Robin Loxton, BC Coalition of People with Disabilities
  • Katie Marocchi, Canadian Federation of Students – BC
  • Adrienne Montani, First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition
  • Eyob Naizghi, MOSAIC

More detailed biographical information included below (where available).

Download the poster here.

Please share this announcement widely and put up the poster in your local community. Hope to see you there!

Speakers

Ted Bruce
Public Health Association of BC
Ted Bruce is the Past President of the PHABC and is Co-Chair of the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition. He has worked in public health for over 30 years in various roles including currently as the Executive Director for Population Health for Vancouver Coastal Health.

Rita Chudnovsky
Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC
Rita Chudnovsky has been active in Canada’s child care advocacy movement for over 30 years. Rita was the first Children’s Advocate for the City of Vancouver, and now works with the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC and others to advance “The $10 A Day Child Care Plan.”

Seth Klein
Director, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – BC Office
Seth Klein was hired to open the CCPA’s BC Office in 1996. Under his direction it has become a prominent and widely respected source of public policy research and commentary. Seth’s research deals primarily with welfare policy, poverty, inequality and economic security. He is also the Co-Chair of the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition.

Robin Loxton
BC Coalition of People with Disabilities
Robin Loxton has been as advocate with the BCCPD’s Advocacy Access Program for over 20 years. He specializes in assisting people with applications and appeals for provincial disabilities benefits (PWD), and also has knowledge of federal income support programs for people with disabilities.

Katie Marocchi
Chairperson, Canadian Federation of Students – BC
Katie Marocchi is a student from Vancouver Island University. She is currently on leave from her studies to fulfill her elected role. CFS-BC was founded in 1981 to provide students with an effective and united voice in BC to advocate for higher quality, more affordable post-secondary education.

Adrienne Montani
Provincial Coordinator, First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition
Adrienne Montani has worked for over a decade at First Call, which is most well known for the release of the Child Poverty Report Card every year. She has also served as the Child and Youth Advocate for the City of Vancouver, Chairperson of the Vancouver School Board and executive director for non-profit social service agencies.

Eyob Naizghi
Executive Director, MOSAIC
In his early 20s, Eyob Niazghi became stateless, a refugee from Eritrea. This experience led to over 30 years of commitment to social justice for immigrants and refugees. Before joining MOSAIC in 1993, Eyob managed development projects with refugees.