Poverty Reduction Forum in York Region (July 17)

On Thursday evening, July 17, 25 community members participated in a poverty reduction forum at The Welcome Centre in Vaughan, the first community event sponsored by the new Social Planning Council of York Region (SPCYR).

Guest speakers were Avvy Go of the Colour of Poverty, Peter Clutterbuck of the Social Planning Network of Ontario representing the 25 in 5 Campaign, Neethan Shan of the Council of Agencies Serving South Asians and SPCYR Board member, and Yasmin Dossal with COSTI and an SPCYR Board member. The moderator and facilitator for the evening was Rev. Sky Starr, also on the SPCYR Board. Also participating in the evening’s discussions were Jacquie Maund of Ontario CAMPAIGN 2000 and Michael Kerr of Karuna Community Services and the Colour of Poverty.

After presentations on the work of the Colour of Poverty, 25 in 5, CASSA and SPCYR, there was a general discussion in which participants raised the following issues and concerns:

Participants then spent time at their tables talking about what was happening in the community to reduce poverty and what gaps existed and work needed to be done.

Reports from the tables to the whole group on what work was occurring to fight poverty included:

It was generally acknowledged that much that was and could be done locally were mostly “stop-gap” measures and poverty alleviation rather than reduction.

Reporters from the tables identified the following gaps and needs in poverty reduction in York Region:

Event Reports

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