Big changes at the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition

It is with mixed feelings that we announce that Trish Garner, the PRC’s Community Organizer, will be leaving the Coalition at the end of November.

Trish has been central to the PRC’s work from its foundation and has led the Coalition for the last eight years. After co-authoring A Poverty Reduction Plan for BC, which launched the Coalition in 2009, Trish went back to school to complete their graduate studies and returned in 2012 as the Coalition’s only staff member. Since then, Trish has grown the Coalition, built a talented team, engaged supporters throughout BC, and played a key role in achieving BC’s long overdue Poverty Reduction Strategy. It has been a pleasure to work with someone as smart, strategic, kind, and committed as Trish.

While Trish’s departure is a big loss for the Coalition, we are incredibly excited that they will be moving to the Office of the Human Rights Commissioner to take on the role of Executive Director, Research and Policy. We cannot think of any one better suited to the role and we have no doubt that Trish will continue their commitment to centering people with lived experience, community organizing, and values-based work to that role. Human rights in BC will benefit from Trish’s work and perspective.

With Trish’s departure, Viveca Ellis will be stepping in as Interim Community Organizer. Viveca co-founded the Single Mothers’ Alliance of BC and currently works as the Coalition’s Leadership Development Coordinator, leading the Community Action Network and #AllOnBoard transit equity campaign. The Coalition will continue to thrive in Viveca’s very capable hands during this period of transition.

In the coming months, the Coalition will take a step back and complete our current strategic planning process to shape the next phase of the Coalition’s work and consider what leadership structure best supports that work.

It’s an exciting time in BC: we have a Poverty Reduction Strategy and now the Coalition’s work is to ensure that it leads to meaningful change. We look forward to continuing to work with the PRC’s dedicated staff and all of you to achieve that.

– BCPRC Coordinating Committee