Poverty Reduction Action Committee (PRAC) meetings continue to grown into ever more fun and informative sessions. At our November meeting we had the opportunity of having Fraser Stuart as a guest speaker. Fraser spoke about his experience living in welfare, and how difficult it can be. It was a powerful story that had a strong impact on all of us, and made our commitment to push for a Poverty Reduction Plan for BC stronger.
After Fraser’s presentation, we all played a game to get to know each other a bit better. By playing we learned there are Shiny, Jolly, Original, Restful and even Juicy members at PRAC. You got to come to our next meeting to find out why!
And the fun was not just games, we also had tons of information to share. Trish gave a quick overview and update of the work of the Poverty Reduction Coalition (PRC), including how our Meet your MLA campaign is going, and reported on the launch of a “How to make your food bank drive better” campaign. We also heard reports from PRAC members Thelma, who told us about two letters to the editor that got published, and from Justin and Priya, who reported on their attendance as PRAC representatives at the PRC General Meeting.
Then we got into a lively discussion about a holiday campaign that the PRAC is set to launch: #rethinkgiving. It was exciting to hear multiple ideas about how to organize such a campaign, the possible benefits and also the challenges of doing work during this season, and the need to make sure that we remain approachable to people instead of being perceived as antagonistic. A big challenge indeed! You can find out about this campaign here.
While we are all-hands-on-deck for the #rethinkgiving campaign, some members decided to join the “Letters to the editor” team, and we are currently working on a “skills inventory” in order to plan future activities.
Make sure to mark your calendar for PRAC’s next meeting:
Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, 6:30-8:30 PM
Collingwood Neighbourhood House
(5288 Joyce Street, one block South of Joyce Skytrain Station)
If you’re interested in participating, please contact Trish at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
See you all soon!