Media Advisory: First Ever BC Poverty Reduction – Living Wage Summit

Vancouver, B.C. [November 14, 2016] – The Living Wage for Families Campaign and the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition are partnering to deliver a two-day summit for engaged community members from across BC.

  • When: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
  • Where: Richmond Radisson Hotel
  • Time: 9-10am
  • What: Opening with Cease Wyss and Keynote Speech by Paul Taylor

“The Poverty Reduction – Living Wage summit is an opportunity to draw connections between the local and provincial. It is through strengthening our connections and understanding the common issues that we face that we can begin to address the realities of low wage work and advocate for more employers to sign on to pay a living wage to all direct and contracts staff,” says Deanna Ogle, Campaign Organizer with the Living Wage for Families Campaign.

BC has one of the highest overall rates of poverty in Canada, yet BC is now the only province in Canada without a poverty reduction strategy. Poverty is partially a low wage story, with one in three poor children in BC living in a home where at least one parent is engaged in full time, full year work.

“This summit is an unprecedented opportunity to connect the dots between the issues facing all of our communities, recognize that the squeeze of unaffordability that we’re all feeling in BC is really a broken social safety net that has been ripped out from under our feet, and take collective action to address that” says Trish Garner, Community Organizer with the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition.

The opening will feature Cease Wyss, a Skwxw’u7mesh ethnobotanist, media artist, educator, and food security activist, followed by Paul Taylor as our keynote speaker. Paul is the Executive Director of Gordon Neighbourhood House and co-chair of the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition, and has been active in right to food and social justice organizations for most of his life.

The rest of the summit is focused on skill-building and leadership development to connect communities in the lead up to the provincial election.

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For more information, contact: 
Deanna Ogle
Living Wage for Families Campaign

Trish Garner
BC Poverty Reduction Coalition
The Living wage for Families Campaign signs on employers to pay a living wage as well as advocates for government policies that help families make ends meet.
The BC Poverty Reduction Coalition aims to see the introduction of a bold and comprehensive poverty reduction plan from the government of British Columbia that would include legislated targets and timelines to significantly reduce poverty and homelessness.
Participating Communities: Campbell River, Abbotsford, Squamish, Cranbrook, Prince George, Victoria, Kamloops, Trail, Kelowna, Revelstoke, Parksville, Mission, Langley, Nanaimo, 100 Mile House, Powell River, Whistler, Terrace, Nelson, Vancouver, Richmond, New Westminster, Burnaby, North Vancouver.