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April 24, 2017
10 am-12 pm, Dan presented at the City of Vancouver’s CEDSAC advocacy working group meeting.
April 25, 2017
Dan Meades, provincial co-ordinator for the Transition House Association of Newfoundland and Labrador did a presentation on the success of Newfoundland and Labrador’s poverty reduction strategy. Dan was joined on the panel by Iglika Ivanova of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Chantille Viaud of Gordon Neighbourhood House, and DJ Larkin of the Pivot Legal Society, who highlighed the cost of poverty in BC and how we could achieve justice for all through a poverty reduction plan for BC. Margot Young MC’ed the panel, and the event also featured a performance from M’Girl.
In 2006, Newfoundland and Labrador became the second Canadian province to introduce a formal action plan to reduce poverty. Having shared one of the worst poverty rates in Canada with BC, they have reduced their poverty rate and food insecurity significantly through their poverty reduction plan. BC still has one of the highest poverty rates and is now the only province without a poverty reduction plan.
About Dan Meades: Dan Meades has been doing poverty reduction work throughout Canada, Europe, the United States and West Africa for over a decade. For years Dan was the Executive Director of Vibrant Communities Calgary before moving back to his home of St. John’s Newfoundland where Dan currently serves as Provincial Coordinator for the Transition House Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, an organization that focuses on safe shelter for women and their children experiencing violence.
This event was sponsored by:
- BC Alliance on Mental Health/Illness and Addictions
- BC Poverty Reduction Coalition
- Community Legal Assistance Society
- Vancouver Coastal Health
April 26, 2017
Changing the Face of Poverty
Kamloops Alliance Church
200 Leigh Road, Kamloops
Dan Meades, provincial co-ordinator for the Transition House Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, presented on the success of Newfoundland and Labrador’s poverty reduction strategy. at Changing the Face of Poverty’s meeting in Kamloops at 8 AM. The meeting was open to the public.
While in Kamloops, Dan also presented to two high school classrooms and to the Elizabeth Fry Society board meeting.
April 27, 2017
Province-wide Webinar with Dan Meades
Webinar on April 27, 2017 from 3:00 PM PST to 4:00 PM PST.
Dan Meades from the Transition House Association of Newfoundland and Labrador and Iglika Ivanova from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives spoke about the success of Newfoundland and Labrador’s poverty reduction strategy, the cost of poverty in BC and how we could achieve justice for all through a poverty reduction plan for BC. You can watch the full webinar here:
‘If You’re Not Going to Reduce Poverty When You Have a Strong Economy, When Are You Going to Do It?’ (The Tyee, April 24 2017)
When Is It Time To Focus on Poverty (The Jon McComb Show, April 26 2017)
Poverty Reduction & the BC Election [starts at 1:41:00] (The Early Edition, May 8 2017)
This was the third part of our 2017 Speaker Series: Value BC: Equality, Justice and Prosperity for All. Click the images below to learn about the other two events in the series: